The Chesapeake Bay
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The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure. Those of you who live near the bay most likely already understand that. For visitors and those planning a visit, we'd like to help you get to know the bay and understand it for the natural wonder that it is.
We all have dreams and with a little information, we can help make those dreams come true. Do you dream of the perfect Chesapeake fishing trip? We can help you find fishing reports, locate fishing charters, and check current conditions. Want to explore historic Chesapeake Bay towns? Or maybe you dream of owning a waterfront home, or retiring to the Bay.
BayDreaming.com provides information to help Chesapeake Bay area residents and visitors explore the Chesapeake and make their dreams come true.
For a nice overview of the Chesapeake Bay region, you can view Maryland Public Television's full length video, Chesapeake Bay by Air. The video features beautiful aerial photography of the Bay. If you enjoy the video, consider sending MPT a donation while you're on their site - they do a lot to promote and protect the Bay, including their annual Chesapeake Bay Week programming.
What's Your Chesapeake Bay Dream?
Fishing - The fishing in the Bay is fantastic. Stripers, drum, bluefish, flounder, and the ever-present croaker are some of the fish to be caught in the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay is so nice and calm (most of the time) that even if you don't catch anything much, it's a nice day out on the water.
Fishing is good just about anywhere in the Bay or it's tributaries but the hot spots change with the seasons as you'll see from the fishing reports. Visit our fishing page for regulations, links to reports, and fishing charter information.
Chesapeake Bay Fishing Fishing Reports Fishing Charters Weather & Tides
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Boating - The Bay's calm waters and many sheltered tributaries make it a great place for all kinds of boating. All the waterfront towns scattered up and down the bay are destinations for cruisers and you'll see the marinas filled up with both motor and sail boats during the warm season. Most fishing boats are relatively small with a shallow draft. These are best for navigating the shallows and marshy areas close to shore. Our boating page may help you get out on the water.
Kayaks have grown in popularity on the Bay. They give you a nice close encounter with the water and are great for easing up on wildlife. You'll get closer to a heron in a kayak than you're likely to be able to do in a motor boat.
Chesapeake Bay Boating Boating Schools Paddling Marinas Cruising Guides
Travel - We provide information on over 30 towns and cities to visit in the Chesapeake Bay area. The places we've picked to feature are all accessible from the water. You can get there by car, of course, but since this site is about the Bay, we wanted to feature the waterfront destinations.
You'll find everything from the urbanized areas of Baltimore, Norfolk, Hampton, and Portsmouth, with all the entertainment and activities they have to provide, to tiny little towns with a wharf and a small collection of shops on Main Street.
If you take the time to visit, you'll find that each of these places has it's own charm and something to offer the visitor. That offering might not be much more than a chance to relax in a place that operates at a pace that's a little slower and calmer than you're used to. It today's hurry-up world, that's something to treasure.
Use our map of the region to navigate your way around the Bay and explore all it has to offer.
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Our Chesapeake Bay Guide provides information on boating, fishing, travel, events, and history for many areas throughout Maryland and Virginia. Take some time to browse our site and discover the many things the Chesapeake Bay region has to offer. Click on a destination from the list below to start exploring a specific area, or select from the navigation bar for bay-wide information.
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Cape Charles, Virginia
Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
Chesapeake City, Maryland
Deal Island, Maryland
Havre de Grace, Maryland
Kent Island, Maryland
Mathews Co, Virginia
North East, Maryland
Kent Island, Maryland
North Beach, Maryland
North East, Maryland
Rock Hall, Maryland
Smith Island, Maryland
Solomons Island, Maryland
St. Mary's County, Maryland
St. Michaels, Maryland
Tangier Island, Virginia
Tilghman Island, Maryland
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Chesapeake Bay Fishing
Chesapeake Bay Weather and Tides
Oh, what a peaceful morning;
The Chesapeake at the break of day;
The tattered fog is starting to diminish,
In the twilight distance on the bay;
Facing the marina's fishing fleet,
I watch charter and sailboats dispatch;
Blue crabs, oysters, and rockfish,
Are most always a day-to-day catch.
A great white heron stands on a pole,
From a teetering pier that's sank;
It scans the wisps of wiry marsh grass,
That dances along the waterlogged bank.
There are dozens of winding passageways,
That branch off left and right;
Some of them just within my view,
While the others one's just out of sight;
The alluring twin spans of the bridge
Always tower above it all.
They muster several memories
And youthful times that I recall;
How fortunate we truly are,
To have been given this splendid treasure;
Its ambiance I hold near to my heart,
And being here is such a pleasure.
Poem by Andy Harley, from
"Till the Dreaming's Done: Poems Crafted for Thinking People"
Where is the Chesapeake Bay? The Bay is on the east coast of the United States, with shoreline in Maryland and Virginia. There are two outlets through to the Atlantic Ocean, the wide southern gap between the Virginia Capes where the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is located, and the narrow Chesapeake and Delaware Canal at the northern end of the Bay. Map of the Chesapeake Bay.
Learn About the Chesapeake Bay
How much do you know about the Chesapeake Bay? Did you know that the Chesapeake is the largest estuary (a place where salt and fresh waters mix) in the United States? Did you know that the Bay supports 348 species of finfish, 173 species of shellfish, and over 2,700 plant species? Visit the Chesapeake Bay Program's About the Bay page for more Chesapeake Bay facts.
About the Chesapeake Bay
Links to more information about the Bay
The Chesapeake Bay Program
A partnership of the conservation and restoration of the Bay.
Wikipedia's Chesapeake Bay page.
The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
The National Park Service's guide to the Bay