My wife and I booked a guided tour and a tandem kayak for a Saturday morning on Shem Creek. We have been kayaking a number of times in the past but we are new to the area and preferred a guided kayak tour and without question I am glad we did. Rachel was our guide and she was great. First, her pre-trip instruction on use of the kayaks and paddle technique was the best of any I have participated in. This was especially helpful since we were using cockpit style kayaks instead of the sit-on-top style that I am used to. Second, Rachel was very knowledgeable about the area including the history and the plants and wildlife.
We saw several dolphins while we were paddling in the creek as well as many species of birds. I also like that they keep their groups smaller; there were only four of us on our trip plus our guide. There were originally four more expected but they cancelled, maybe because the weather looked iffy. Some other places take a dozen or more at a time.
Shem Creek is a great place to kayak because there is so much to see and it is a fairly easy paddle.
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