The 4.25-mile Paddlefest route is planned to start at Savages Ditch Road and end at Tower Road Bayside.
This map shows the path we expect to take, however due to weather and tides, we may have to make some last minute changes to the course. Check your email the night before Paddlefest for up-to-the-minute changes!
If you want to open this map on your GoogleMaps app, click here.
Download the Avenza Maps app and the Avenza course map file straight to the app on your smart phone and follow along as you paddle!
Use these map tools for the Virtual DIY Paddlefest!
Paddle the course on your own time, take photos along the way, and post on social media with #PaddlefestDE20
The Nitty-Gritty Details:
The logistics of Paddlefest can get a little confusing, so we've created this nifty flow chart to make it easy for you!
Complete Your Registration
Once you have your tickets, you'll be added to the 2020 Paddlefest email list. You will receive an email about a week prior to Paddlefest with important reminders and information.
Your Paddlefest adventure will begin at Savages Ditch Rd. Park entry fees are waived for Paddlfest participants. A designated kayak unloading zone will be marked near the pavilion. This will allow you to unload your kayak(s) near the launch before you park. Once you are parked, you'll check in with park staff under the pavilion. If you have rented a kayak, you'll also need to check in with Coastal Kayak staff. You'll receive some final instructions and then it's time to launch!
Paddle the Course
Enjoy a leisurely pace, or challenge yourself and get your heart rate up, it's your day!
Along the way, several park staff will be stationed on marsh islands to interpret the landscapes of the park. There will also be several safety staff scattered along the course if you need any assistance.
The Finish Line (s)
The Paddlefest finish line will be located at Tower Road Bayside this year. Park staff and fellow paddlers will be there to cheer you on! Once you've regained your land legs, hop on a state parks shuttle bus to return to you car. Due to COVID19 restrictions, only one person from your party will be allowed to ride in the bus. You may also choose to leave a second car at Tower Rd Bayside. Once you get back to Savages Ditch, you'll want to drive back to the finish line to pick up your kayak.
Time to Celebrate - Virtually!
Once you've retrieved your kayak, it's time to celebrate! We know, it's a major bummer to not have a fun party to attend with your fellow paddlers this year, but you can still celebrate! Grab your family, snap some photos, and use #paddlefestde to share how you celebrated in the afternoon, whether it be a walk on the beach, dinner with your family, a cold brew, or a nap!