All Things Kayaking

Dividing Creek

Dividing Creek is one of the few hardwood lined creeks on the lower Delmarva peninsula. On a crystal clear fall day the kayaking upstream is spectacular. Our trip began at the Winters Quarter Boat launch on the Pocomoke River in Pocomoke City. An easy one mile paddle upstream on the Pocomoke brings one to the entrance to Dividing Creek  on the opposite shore. On this late October morning we left Winter’s Quarter just as the high tide began flowing upstream on the Pocomoke.  This certainly made for an easy paddle. The tidal currents on the Pocomoke are formidable at times, however currents are barely noticeable once you enter Dividing Creek.

Entering Dividing Creek the sunlight and changing fall leaves provided a tranquil setting. A warm yellow light filtered through the trees. The cypress needles had already turned brown, and the other trees were entering their color phase. Words can’t describe the tranquility of the creek on this trip. Hardwood swamps border the creek on both sides. Plan ahead as there are very few places to put ashore.


This fall day was so still around every turn one found a new reflection of trees and clouds in the water. We stopped often to admire and take photos. Small song birds flitted around in the trees. The birds were often hard to spot. There is an abundance of robins in this area, something we noticed on our last trip.

After a few miles a road comes in close to the creek and eventually you paddle under a bridge. Dividing Creek is well named as it serves as the boundary between Somerset and Worchester County, MD.

The creek is narrow near the Pocomoke, but about 3 miles upstream it opens up several times into large pond areas. Again, when entering these ponds, the reflections in the water always caused us to pause and admire. We continued four miles upstream before turning back. Fellow kayakers, we met at the launch, shared later they were able to paddle 5 1/2 miles upstream before a tree blocked their progress.

Throughout the day we kept watching the tree tops for evidence of bald eagles, since the creek seemed like a perfect spot for them. Shortly before we reached the junction with the Pocomoke two eagles flew out of a tree along the shoreline. We knew eagles were there somewhere!

As we entered the Pocomoke and started downstream the wind and tidal flow were against us. This is always a challenge on the Pocomoke. We didn’t quite plan correctly as within half a mile the tide slowed and the last stretch to the launch was peaceful.

Such a perfect day, we are planning a return trip this weekend with family. Hopefully, the sky and colors cooperate for another beautiful day.

 

GPS Topo Map of our trip.

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Winters Quarter Boat Ramp – operated by City of Pocomoke, no fee required. Restrooms in golf pro shop open to boaters.

Directions: From intersection of Rt. 113 and Rt 13. North on Rt. 13 approximately 1 mile to Winter’s Quarter Rd on the right. Boat ramp at end of road.

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