Big Little Boat Festival 2022

Location: Camp Wabanna - Edgewater, Maryland
Dates: Friday, May 27, 2022 - Sunday, May 29, 2022

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Friday-Sunday, May 27-29, 2022

Join us for a full-on weekend waterfront celebration of small boat culture that will:

  • Introduce the joys of small boats -- especially homebuilt wooden ones -- to everyone
  • Help paddlers, rowers, and sailors of all skill levels expand their abilities
  • Highlight the broad spectrum of small boat designs and construction methods
  • Foster camaraderie among bayfaring enthusiasts
  • Showcase the Chesapeake Bay's history, culture, and art
  • ... and MORE!

Plan to spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend with us at the beautiful Camp Wabanna campus just south of Annapolis. Centered at the intersection of the Rhode and West Rivers, there will be plenty of space to launch boats, exciting new seminars, live music, interactive boatbuilding, kids' activities, a mini-lecture series, river racing for paddlers, and a distance expedition race. There's also ample room for camping in tents and campers and even on-site lodging available. Get more details below.

                    ON LAND                                       ON WATER                 
Best in Show Competition CLC Boat Demos
Skill Seminars & Demos
(fiberglassing, sailboat
rigging, etc.)
Family Cardboard Boat
Building & Race
'Deale or No Deal' 
Distance Race
Camping & Lodging 3- & 6-Mile Paddle Races
Food Trucks & Refreshments Scavenger Hunt
Music & Storytelling
Fire Pit Socials Boat Launching Facilities


Useful Things to Know:

We're glad you'll be joining us this weekend, and looking forward to a great time! Below you'll find information about locations, schedules, food & drink options onsite, boat launching, and more.


Or save time at the check-in desk, save paper, and get down to the beach to play with the boats sooner by completing your RSVP & Waiver in advance!

Where is the Big Little Boat Festival?

The Big Little Boat Festival will take place on the waterfront at Camp Wabanna, 101 Likes Rd., Edgewater, MD 21037. CLC staff will be at the gate to direct you once you arrive! This is an Alcohol-Free event. Sorry, pets are not permitted at Camp Wabanna.

Parking is extremely limited on site. Those who are bringing boats, racing, and/or camping will receive priority. Saturday overflow parking will be available within a short drive; shuttle van service will be operating.

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, May 27

  • 9:00am – 5:00pm Camping Check-In
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm On-Water Scavenger Hunt
  • 10:00am - 4:30pm On-Water Demos
  • 11:00am - 3:30pm Technical Seminars
    • 11:00am - 12:30pm: Bill Griffin, Application & Chemistry of Finishing Products
    • 12:30 - 2:00pm: Aaron Freeman / New England Ropes, Cordage & Splicing
    • 2:00 - 3:30pm: John C. Harris, Small Boat Rigging
  • 3:00 – 5:00pm Racer Check-In / 20-mile Gear Check
  • 5:15pm Scavenger Hunt Awards
  • 7:00pm – Until "Fish Stories" Post-Race Social 

Saturday, May 28

  • 9:00am – 5:00pm Camping Check-In
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm On-Water Scavenger Hunt
  • 10:00am - 4:30pm On-Water Demos
  • 10:30am - 3:00pm Technical Seminars
    • 11:00am - 12:30pm: Andrew Schroeher, The Tools of Boatbuilding
    • 12:30 - 2:00pm: Nick Schade, The Evolution of Kayak Design
    • 2:00 - 3:30pm: Joey Schott: Composites Fabrication
  • 10:30am - 2:30pm Family Cardboard Boat Building
    • 2:30pm Cardboard Boat Race Start
  • 1:00 - 3:00pm On Water Instruction
    • 12:00 - 1:00pm: Joey Schott, Quick Start / Turning Safety / Correct Technique / Wet Exit
    • 2:30 - 3:30pm: Nick Schade, "Figuring Out the Forward Stroke"
  • 3:00 - 4:30pm Best in Show Review 
  • 5:00pm Best in Show, Scavenger Hunt, and 20-Mile Race Awards
  • 7:00pm – Until "Fish Stories" Post-Race Social 

Saturday Race Schedule


  • 7:00 – 8:00am All Racers (3-, 6- & 20-Mile) Check-In / Gear Check
  • 7:30am CheSUPeake Race Racer Meeting
  • 8:00am CheSUPeake points race presented by Chesapeake Light Craft
  • 8:00am Deale or No Deal Race - Skipper's Meeting
  • 9:00am Deale or No Deal Race - Start
  • 10:00am 3- & 6-Mile Race Awards
  • 5:00pm 20-Mile Race Awards, Best in Show Awards

Sunday, May 29

  • 10:00am - 1:00pm On-Water Instruction
    • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00pm: Joey Schott, Quick Start / Turning Safety / Correct Technique / Wet Exit
  • 1:00pm Festival Closes

If you are racing, please be sure to bring all the required safety gear, water bottle, sunblock, PFD, etc. Racing instructions will be posted in May.

What to Bring:

Bring your PFDs and paddles if you've got 'em, sunscreen and hat, and, of course, your boat(s).

Bring a water bottle! This is a kids’ summer camp and they have water bottle fill stations for all to use.   

What Else is Going On?

Camping & Lodging Available:

Stay overnight in your own tent or small camper! Full shower and bathroom facilities are on hand, along with other amenities. There also is space in the dormitory (rooms with 1 to 3 beds each, shared bath). 

  • Reservations required for all lodging options.
  • Reservations deadline - 1 pm Monday, May 23rd.
  • 25 Camping Spots (tent & small campers only) FULL, Sorry. Contact us for wait list possibilities
  • Camping Fees - one night $35, both nights $50. Reserve your campsite online, or contact us to reserve your spot.
  • 16 Dormitory rooms (1 to 3 beds) with shared bathing facilities.
  • Room reservation by phone or email only - Contact

Camping Rules:

BLBF Camping

Campsites are assigned upon check in. Full access to bathrooms, docks and beach area are available to campers. There will be a community firepit for all to enjoy Friday and Saturday evening. Pets, alcohol, and campsite camp fires are prohibited. 10am Sunday checkout time.

Meals, Snacks & Refreshments:

There will be a nice selection of food and drink available on-site all three days, including food trucks and a concession stand.

Food Trucks - We have food trucks for breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday.

CLC Snacks / Concession Stand -- Quick snacks and drinks will be available at the CLC concession stand all 3 days.

If you are looking for a sit-down dinner option and a tasty beer, visit our friends at The Old Stein Inn. They open at 4 pm and are located just a few miles away at 1143 Central Ave., Edgewater, MD 21037.  410-798-6807

Boat Launching Facilities:

Camp Wabanna has a large sandy beach, great for launching lightweight boats like kayaks, rowing boats, and dinghies. Larger boats that require a boat ramp will need to use one of the local ramp options below. Trailer storage will be available at Camp Wabanna.

The marina traffic is bound to be busy, so plan to arrive at the ramp early! Hideaway Marina is a small facility but the closest to the camp, next would be Casa Rio, then Holiday Hill. We suggest checking in with them in advance of your arrival for fees and hours of business.

Hideaway Marina (formally Cadle Creek Marina)
4159 Cadle Creek Rd. Edgewater, MD

Casa Rio Marina 
4079 Cadle Creek Rd, Edgewater, MD

Holiday Hill Marina 
3922 Calawasse Rd, Edgewater, MD

It's really all about the boats! You bring yours;
we're bringing ours for the first time since 2019!

Kayaks, Canoes & Paddleboards

Chesapeake 14 | Chesapeake 16 | Chesapeake 16LT
Chesapeake 17 | Chesapeake 17LT | Chesapeake 18
Chesapeake Triple

Mill Creek 13 | Mill Creek 16.5 Hybrid | Sea Island Sport

Great Auk 14 | Guillemot | Matunuck

Night Heron Hybrid | S&G Night Heron | Night Heron High Deck
Petrel (Strip) | S&G Petrel | S&G Petrel Play

Shearwater 14 Hybrid | Shearwater 16 | Shearwater 16 Hybrid
Shearwater 17 | Shearwater Sport | Sectional Shearwater Sport
Shearwater Double

Wood Duckling 8 | Wood Duck 10 | Wood Duck 12
Wood Duck 12 Hybrid | Wood Duck Double

Sassafras 12 | Sassafras 16

Kaholo 12 | Kaholo 14 | Kaholo 14 Hybrid

Rowing & Sailing Smallcraft

Annapolis Wherry | Annapolis Wherry Tandem
Expedition Wherry | Chester Yawl | Oxford Shell II

Eastport Pram | Eastport Nesting Pram | Eastport Ultralight
Passagemaker Dinghy | Passagemaker Take-Apart

Northeaster Dory | Southwester Dory
Jimmy Skiff II | Tenderly 10
Lighthouse Tender Peapod | Skerry | PT Eleven



Teardrop Camper | Peeler Skiff