Mathews County’s location on the Bay creates plenty of opportunities to experience, learn about, and explore the natural area, wildlife, and local ecology. Not only is Mathews a great destination for outdoor lovers who enjoy paddling and water recreation, but it provides numerous activities like fishing charters, watermen tours, or learning about commercial fishing, shellfish harvesting, and local history.
Mathews is well known for its shallow waters, 200 miles of shoreline, and limited boat traffic making it a secret kayak-lovers haven. Several local outfitters provide kayak rentals and/or tours of the area. Check out one of the local vendors below to get started, or find more information here about self guided tours of our local blueways.
Whether you’re looking for family-friendly charters, serious angling, or targeted species fishing, you have options to connect with a local captain on the local waterways. Check out some of the vendors below, and schedule a charter in advance for a day on the water! Learn more here about boating, public launches, and landings here.
Watermen Heritage Tours
Take an eco-tour with a commercial waterman in Mathews and learn about the local heritage of commercial fishing and a little more about how your seafood is harvested!
Mathews is now uniquely offering opportunities for you to learn about oyster aquaculture, from larval stage to in the hands of farmers. Get a full circle tour from one of Virginia’s largest hatchery growers, to market sized production at a local oyster farm!
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Birdwatching and Wildlife Trails
Made in Mathews Open Studio Tour
Mathews County Public Landings
Mathews Blueways Water Trails
Mathews Museums & Historic Sites
“River to Bay” Artisan Trail
Tour de Chesapeake (Cycling)
Virginia Oyster Trail