The Wye River is an approximately 16 mile long tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. It leads to the Miles River and Eastern Bay. It is a very popular place for boating due to its beauty and many secluded places to anchor around the lovely Wye Island. It is also widely reported to have the best crabs on the Eastern Shore. Those who live and boat here enjoy the rivers close proximity to the charming, historic town of St. Michaels. The Wye River makes a circle around the 2,800 acre Wye Island where there are many beautiful hiking trails from which to take advantage of the scenic water views.
Notably, the Wye River is home to the Aspen Institute Wye River Conference Centers where the 1998 Mideast Peace Talks were hosted by President Bill Clinton and attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat. Additionally, the Wye Research and Education Center operated by the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is located on the Wye River. Agricultural research and education are conducted here.
The Wye River is a very sought after place for those wishing to live on the waters around the Chesapeake Bay. The river has some of the deepest water making it ideal for sail boaters and power boaters alike. Neighborhoods fronting the river are located off of Bennett Point Road, Sportsman’s Neck Road and Carmichael Road. You will find the neighborhoods of Wye Harbor, Governor Grason Manor, Belle Point, Bennett Point Community, Hickory Ridge and many others. There are also a few neighborhoods with a community boat launch or marina. These include Sportsman’s Hall, Wye Acres and Bennett Point. Wherever you choose to live on or around the Wye River you will be surrounded by one of the most beautiful waterfront areas anywhere on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
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