Liz Sweeney of Timonium used to race her kayak while she lived in New York City.
At the time, Sweeney would practice in the Hudson River, though public access to waterways was hard to find.
Now, she is able to get up early and take her kayak to Loch Raven Fishing Center in Baltimore County, as she did on a recent day. Although she no longer races, she still uses her kayak for exercise.
Elsewhere at the fishing center that day, minutes after Sweeney got out of the water, Rick Warner of Carney came in on his boat after a morning excursion.
Warner uses the water for bass fishing — a purpose very different from Sweeney's — but both are pleased with the...