Northeast River

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Northeast River Today

    The Northeast River is a lovely river with tall bluffs and quiet vistas. Turkey Point, which may be where Smith thought the Bay "divided into two" is now home to Elk Neck State Park (the boating facilities are accessible on the Elk River side.)  The hull of the replica John Smith boat was made from two large oak trees donated by the park. The trees were cut down using 17th-century practices, including draft horses to haul the trees away!

    The town of Northeast is located about four miles upriver of Carpenter's Point.  Transient docking is available at the Nauti-Goose Saloon but there are no amenities. The town itself is about a 10-15 minute walk through tree-lined streets and offers about four or five blocks of stores and restaurants. Fuel and basic supplies can be found about two miles downriver at Charlestown. 


How to Get There: There are two channels to the mouth of the Northeast River if approaching from Havre De Grace, MD. One can take the "inside channel" that is just off the shore, which saves you about nine miles. I did it in a 27-foot fishing boat using my GPS. The only tricky part was rounding Carpenter Point into the Northeast, which required slowing down and zigzagging to find the slightly deeper water. The bottom is sand.  If you don't have GPS or have a deeper draft boat, head south out of the main channel for Havre De Grace then head due east to Turkey Point and then north up the main channel for the Northeast River.

Image above: Northeast River, Northeast Chamber of Commerce

Northeast River 1608

 Smith names the Northeast River Gunter's Harbour, probably after the astronomer Edmund Gunter, who invented several navigational instruments and logarithmic tables. 

   The two islands in the river which Smith mapped have eroded away. Smith hiked up both  Stony Creek and Northeast Creek.

Smith's cross was probably placed or carved somewhere near the intersection of Rt 40 and Northeast Rd., approximately a mile outside of downtown.

Smith's Northeast Journals

Smith's 1612 map

Northeast Topo Map

Optional Excursion: If you are interested in locating the Elk River Cross, you could hire a cab and explore the hills outside Elkton, (7 miles away by highway.) See Elk River page for more info.