Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! Features 12 Paddle Events from June 8 to June 19
Potomac Riverkeeper Network, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), presents Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! a series of public canoe and kayak adventures for all skill levels. Anyone may sign up to participate on a paddling trip lasting from a few hours to a few days at locations along the lower Potomac River, the Upper Potomac River, and the Shenandoah River. A celebration of area waterways, the trips mix history, education and recreation.
Participants can bring their own gear, or rent equipment from one of the outfitters collaborating with the Potomac Riverkeeper Network on this first annual paddling adventure. Interpretive paddling guides will be provided by each of the three Riverkeeper and local outfitters to help participants develop better paddling skills, orient adventurers to cultural landmarks and natural resources along the river, and organize stops and overnight campsites on the way.
“As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday this year, we are happy to partner with Potomac Riverkeeper Network on creating paddling opportunities with beautiful views of significant landscapes along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail,” said NPS Chesapeake Bay Superintendent Chuck Hunt. “So grab your paddle and find your park!”
Opportunities on the John Smith Chesapeake Trail include these dates with Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks:
- June 9: After Work Paddle at Fort Washington, 6:00 pm
- June 13: Sunset Over Dyke Marsh Paddle, 5:30 pm
- June 17: Mallows Bay “Ghost Fleet” Paddle, 11:00 am
- June 18: Paddle for Clean Water SPLASH event on the Georgetown Waterfront, 8:00 am
In fall 2015, the NPS Chesapeake Bay completed the Potomac River Segment Plan which serves to help partners develop and implement recreational and stewardship activities along the 140-mile tidal Potomac River. Dean Naujoks, Potomac Riverkeeper, and paddling participants will be testing paddling itineraries at these four John Smith Chesapeake Trail events. Paddling itinerary development will help paddlers identify routes, soft launches, amenities, paddle-in campsites, and points of interest along the John Smith Chesapeake Trail.
“The Potomac runs deep through the nation’s history and the hearts of all Americans. The river bends through seemingly untouched scenic natural areas that provide a tremendous opportunity for people to connect with their history and natural surroundings,” President and CEO Joel Dunn, Chesapeake Conservancy, said. “We encourage people to enjoy the beauty of the tidal Potomac River and experience the John Smith Chesapeake Trail.”
More information about Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! can be found at www.prknetwork.org .