Recreation and outdoors calendar (Nov. 26)

A bald eagle flies near the Conowingo Dam after catching a fish.
A bald eagle flies near the Conowingo Dam after catching a fish. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

Marine electronics

Monday, Nov. 27: John Murch will give a PowerPoint presentation and speak about “Recent Changes to Marine Electronics” at the monthly meeting of the Perry Hall Chapter of Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Gunpowder VFW Post 10067, 6309 Ebenezer Road. Visitors welcome. Details: Call Joe Zinner at 410-256-5641.


Patapsco Valley hike

Saturday, Dec. 2: This 10-mile figure-eight hike in Baltimore County uses a combination of marked and unmarked trails to travel from Oella to the Pickall area and then return by different paths. Total ascent will be 1000-plus feet with 2.5-3 mph pace. A few stream crossings and rocky sections; a few steep but relatively short climbs. Details: 443-805-5408.


Catonsville hike

Sunday, Dec. 3: This 5 mile hike has hills and stream crossings. Details: Email garyrein8@gmail.com.

Prettyboy hike

Dec. 6: Hike for about 4 miles in a loop on fire roads and the Prettyboy Trail along Prettyboy Reservoir off Mount Carmel Road in Baltimore County. Some hills, stream crossings, overgrown areas, trees to climb over, beaver dams and uneven footing on this sometimes rough trail. Details: 443-386-0862.


Ellicott City/Oella hike

Dec. 6: This expanded 8-mile history hike has hills and is limited to 25 participants. Details: Email garyrein8@gmail.com.

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PVSP/Avalon/Orange Grove hike

Dec. 6: Hike 13 miles on unmarked bike trails. Bush-whacking, hills and stream crossings. 2,200-feet elevation gain. Park fee. Pace averages 2.5-3 mph. Details: 410-721-1106 before 8 p.m.

Rockfish Shootout

Dec. 7-9: The 15th annual Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout will be held with weigh-ins at King's Creek Marina in Cape Charles, Va. Estimated payout is $150,000. Register online at MidAtlanticRockfishShootout.com. Details: 757-319-5146.

Loch Raven Reservoir hike

Dec. 9: Nine-mile hike should take about 2.5 hours. Details: 410-593-7123.

Prettyboy hike

Dec. 9: A 7.5-mile hike on the west side of Prettyboy Reservoir on fire roads and trails that were built by the Civil Conservation Corps. Details: 410-374-4879 by 8 p.m. Thursday. Carpool cost: $2.

Loch Raven dog hike

Dec. 10: Dog-participation encouraged. Details: 410-593-7123.

Big Gunpowder Falls hike

Dec. 13: Start through the culvert on the Wildlands Trail to the Stocksdale Trail. Hills at the start. two small stream crossings. Some logs to climb over. You can stop after 4 miles. Details: 410-285-0835.

The upshot is that this oily forage fish that provides crucial food for numerous marine species, including rockfish, whales and sea birds, will continue to be managed for the next two years as a single, commercially harvested species.

Piney Run Park hike

Dec. 13: 8-mile lollipop hike in Carroll County. Meet at 9:45 am at St. Jos. Catholic Church at 915 Liberty Road in Eldersburg for a short carpool to the trailhead at the undeveloped side of the park. Some bushwhacking possible and a couple of stream crossings. Details: 410-608-0967.

Liberty Reservoir hike

Dec. 16: This 11-mile hike is a mixture of fire roads and paved roads, though all of the paved section is along Liberty Dam Road, which has a wide grass shoulder to walk on. Total elevation gain is a little over 1,200 feet. Moderate 2.5-3 mph pace. Details: 410-876-7053. Carpool cost: $1.

Patapsco Valley hike

Dec. 17: Seven-mile Howard County hike lnear the Davis Tunnel area. For experienced hikers who can maintain a continuous fast pace (2.75-3.3 mph). Half a dozen minor stream crossings, some rocky and rugged terrain, 800-plus feet of climbing. Details: 410 747-2868.

Gunpowder hike

Dec. 17: Hike 6 miles on a figure-eight loop of trails to east and west of Belair Road. Details: 410-744-6057.

Cromwell/Loch Raven hike

Dec. 20: Five-mile hike at Cromwell Valley Park and Loch Raven Reservoir. Details: 443-562-0801.

Middle Patuxent hike

Dec. 20: Relatively flat 7-mile hike at Middle Patuxent Environmental Areain Howard County. Details: 410-489-9849.

Prettyboy hike

Dec. 20: Hike 11 miles on narrow Prettyboy Trail from Shamberger’s Peninsula at Beckleysville Road to Prettyboy Dam. Last part of hike is a rocky, boulder-filled and slope-side trail — poles recommended. Many stream crossings. Pace: 2.5 mph. All day. Details: 410-374-4879 by 8 p.m. Monday. Carpool cost: $2.

Patapsco hike

Dec. 24: Six-mile hike at Davis Tunnel area of Patapsco Valley State Park in Howard County. A few stream crossings and about 1,000 feet of climbing (including one rugged steep ascent), a little bit of bushwhacking, some rocky terrain. Pace: 2.5-3 mph. Details: 410 747-2868.

A Deer Creek kayak launch, named in honor of the late son of Harford County Director of Administration Billy Boniface, has opened on land owned by Harford County. Kayakers can take a paved road from Route 1 to the launch, called Benjamin's Bridge.

Patapsco Valley hike

Dec. 27: Out-and-back 12-mile hike in McKeldin/Henryton Road areas of Patapsco Valley State Park in Carroll and Howard counties. One stream crossing; little rocky, rugged terrain. About 1,500 feet of elevation gain. Sections may be muddy if conditions are wet. Details: 410-596-6421.

Patapsco Valley hike

Dec. 27: Seven-mile tweener hike in Glen Artney/Hilton area of Patapsco Valley Stake Park has hills (some steep) and stream crossings. Details: Email garyrein8@gmail.com.

Loch Raven hike

Dec. 30: Nine-mile hike for experienced hikers who like a continuous fast pace. Duration: 2.5 hours. Details: 410-593-7123.

Patapsco Valley hike

Dec. 31: Seven-mile hike in in the Glen Artney area of Patapsco Valley State Park. A few hills and many stream crossings (although most are minor). Details: 443-805-5408.

Saltwater Fishing Expo

Jan. 13: The Frederick chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association will present its ninth annual Saltwater Fishing Expo from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Building 9 of the Frederick Fairgrounds at 797 E. Patrick St. Details at mssafrederick.com or call Rob Pellicot at 301-606-0392 or Ed Susa at 301-252-0233.

Pasadena Fishing Expo

Feb. 17-18: Pasadena Sportfishing Group's 26th annual Fishing Expo will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days at Earleigh Heights Fire Hall, 161 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park. Admission is $5 each day and free for 12 and under free.

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