The Lewis Road Kayak Launch
Visit the Lewis Road Kayak Launch
On Ayres Creek
8913 Lewis Road Kayak Launch
For more information call 410-213-2297
This public access was made possible through grants from the State Highway Administration and the Department of Natural Resources and the man-power of Town of Ocean City Department of Public Works, along with volunteer hours of local residents.
As you travel on the upper portions of Ayres Creek you are in the southern third of the Holly Grove Swamp Area. This area has amazing biodiversity and is of great value to our Coastal Bays. More information on the Holly Grove Swamp Area is available further down this page.
Shoreline Marsh Restoration:To restore valuable marsh along the shoreline marsh grasses (spartina alterniflora and spartina patens) were planted in the launch area. Staff and volunteers also planted cypress trees donated by Spencer Rowe and Gene Parker, local residents. These plants will help prevent shoreline erosion, give the site a more natural appearance, and hopefully outcompete invasive species like phragmites and wisteria.
A hickory shad was recorded by the DNR. The shad was pulled from a seine net where Ayers Creek intersects Assateague Road.
Summer Intern April Israel plants saltmarsh grasses for their numerous benefits.
Plants and Wildlife:
The Maryland Conservation Corps from Assateague and Pocomoke State Parks worked tirelessly to restore an area disturbed by earth moving equipment. They planted upland broomsedge, switchgrass, red cedars, and blackberry bushes.
Directions to the site from Route 50: Turn south onto Route 611 (toward Assateague Parks) and make a right onto Sinepuxent Road. Make a left onto Lewis Road. The site will be on your right hand side at 8913 Lewis Road.
Directions to the site From Assateague Road:From the intersection of Assateague Road and Stephen Decatur Highway, go north (left) and immediately turn left onto Lewis Road. After traveling a little more than a mile the entrance to the launch will be on your left at 8913 Lewis Road.
Rules and Regulations Signs at the site:
The Holly Grove Swamp Area:
The Holly Grove Swamp Area, with nearly 4,000 acres of contiguous forest within its boundaries is one of last strongholds of forested wilderness in northern Worcester County. These flooded deciduous/pine mixed forests perform a variety of important services which include providing sources of clean, fresh water to the bays, and habitat for forest interior species. The area contain the largest documented concentration of red‐bellied water snakes, a state rare species, in Maryland. The protection of the Holly Grove Swamp Area may provide