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05-26-2015 07:53 PM
Re: Taking the Tour of Poplar Island

Before the government got their hands on Poplar Island, I was among the fortunate few that got to fish this area. The fishing was incredible, especially for bluefish and striped bass, and when it came to crabbing, it was hard to go wrong for those who suspended some chicken necks from the gunwale and slowly handlined in some monster blue crabs from among the submerged timber. Back then, the island consisted of several islands, and in many ways resembled an atoll. The interior was an incredible tidal marsh, alive with a myriad of sea life, including sea horses, which until then, I didn't realize existed in the confines of Chesapeake Bay. There were also mounds of succulent oysters, soft shell clams and swarms of small menhaden that took refuge in the aquatic grasses that were very abundant in the interior area. Personally, I believe filling in this area with dredge spoils was an ecological disaster. I think it would have been a better idea to add to the Hart/Miller island spoils area instead and allow nature to take its course at Poplar Island.

All the best,

05-26-2015 06:37 PM
Re: Taking the Tour of Poplar Island

I think I'll revitalize this thread as I think this one of the few gov't projects that seems to be working...
10-19-2010 05:54 AM
Originally Posted by mccary View Post
Do you have a copy of the link?
Baltimore District - Maryland Projects - Baltimore Harbor & Channels - Poplar Island

s/v 'Tango'
10-18-2010 09:58 PM
mccary Do you have a copy of the link?
10-17-2010 08:18 PM
eryka Us too - maybe we can try to do it as a SN group.
10-17-2010 07:59 PM
chef2sail Great idea...Donna and I am going to try to do this.

10-17-2010 10:02 AM
Visit the Web Site for Poplar Island

Hi, Joe. The tour is free but you do need to make a reservation via the web site. Clayton did the contacting and we were put on a wait list for that Monday, last day of the sailboat show. On Friday we were advised that someone had canceled and we were to show up for the tour.

You show up at the boat on Tilghman Island before 9, are treated to a boat ride out to the landing on the Island and are then put on a bus for a guided tour of the Northern half outer rim and inner trail of the island. You then visit the tour building (trailer) on the island to see a video on the building of the island. You then get a tour of the Southern portion of the island, seeing the landing for the barges that haul in the dredge material and the inlet between Coaches Island. The history is very interesting. Seems the Democratic Party used to bring politicians out there for hunting fishing junkets.

I think the tours run from March to October so it may not be easy to get a tour this Fall, but you can contact them to see what slots are available. They only run during the week. It seemed to be a contingent of senior citizens. They also do school students but I am sure they don't mix those tours.

We enjoyed it. I bet you will as well.

10-17-2010 08:15 AM
mccary I would like to go to Popular Island. I spent many, many weekends there in my early sailing times 35 years ago. I recall seeing a “wild” ram with horns there (obviously a long lost domestic ram). And wading in the shallows with hundreds of rays. Our boat drew only 3 feet back then and the chain of little islands (from just north of Coaches island around to the small inhabited island east of Poplar Island that formed the fairly well protected cove) was a perfect weekend getaway from West River. It was a shame when time and tide took away the islands, and I have to wonder about the Phoenix version of Poplar Island's future...
10-14-2010 09:25 AM
eryka How cool! I worked on the environmental impact statement for this project some years ago - had no idea they were offering tours - I'd love to see how the plans become reality; will definitely check it out. Thanx for posting!
10-14-2010 09:23 AM
T37Chef The Chesapeake Bay Tartan Sailing Club did the tour a couple of years ago, I was sorry to have missed it...pretty cool though
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