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Kayaking on the Potomac - Springtime in DC Series Event #3

Spring is finally here! Celebrate the arrival of the season with a unique look at the Nation's Capital from a perspective you just can't get on land at Key Bridge Boathouse (Formally Jack's Boathouse)

What to expect

As a group, we will set off with our trained safety guides from the dock and paddle past the Georgetown Harbor, Watergate, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and the Memorial Bridge leading into Arlington Cemetery. On our return we will paddle around Roosevelt Island and head towards the Three Sisters Islands.

As the sun does down the wildlife experience really kicks into full-gear. Folks have frequently seen eagles, beaver, turtles, night herons, fox and little deer babies.

 

The team at Key Bridge Boathouse will provide the instruction, safety information and provide you with a life-vest and paddle. All you need to do is show up with a good attitude and maybe a bottle of water.

 

When you arrive, you will be offered a choice between a one-person kayak, two-person kayak, or a canoe that holds up to three people.  A lifevest, special light, paddle and brief "how-to" instruction.

 

While not mandatory, you should have some prior experience paddling and be physically capable of paddling for 90 minutes. Don't worry, there are canoes available as well for those who would prefer something a little easier.  Sites that we will see include:

 

 

*Ok.. maybe not....

 

Times
We do our best to leave the dock at exactly 6:30 PM and the tour should run until 8:30pm.

We strongly suggest that you arrive and check-in at the desk by 6:00 PM.


Cost
This event cost $45 per person.  You will pay when you arrive on June 2nd.

 

Cancellation and Weather Policy
The weather on the Potomac can change quickly, so the site reserves the right to change our course and trip duration of the situation warrants.  If the trip is cancelled, we will reschedule for another available time. 


Facility Info

The site has portajohns, a nice "hang-out" area where you chill out, picnic tables and free gas grills, a changing room and lockers for rent ($2.00). We even have an out door shower to rinse off.  Water and soft drinks are for sale, but its cheaper to bring your own.


Transportation

Parking
The site has limited parking area for about 15 cars. It is first-come... There is pretty good metered street parking available. There is a parking garage that offers special evening rates next to the Lowe's Theatre a couple of blocks away.

Metro
A wise paddler would really try and take the metro or bike. We are a 15 minute walk from the Rossyln Metro stop right over the bridge. Really, it is the best way to get to go!

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  • George C.

    Again. This event is still on. The Boathouse monitors the weather and they said that we will be fine. They have a special tour just for us this evening.

    2 · June 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sweet, looking forward to it.

      June 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yea .. I saw a large group kayaking .. I was Sequoias.. getting it in..lol

      July 1, 2013

  • Kelly

    Well organized. Great boating & views of monuments/memorials, perfect weather, and nice people. I didn't like seeing the water moccasin so close to my boat.

    June 24, 2013

  • Leticia

    Glad your event was a success George. Kudos to you for your effort in planing this not once but twice!

    June 24, 2013

  • Viral D.

    Fun event, great weather :) couldn't ask for a better day to go kayaking :) thank you for organizing george :)

    June 23, 2013

  • George C.

    We are here and the weather is beautiful.

    June 23, 2013

  • Murali

    ok I will just show up and if there are enough spots, great. If not, no big deal

    June 23, 2013

  • Murali

    any open spots?

    June 23, 2013

  • Leticia

    Sorry, I won't be able to make this event anymore:( For whose going, have a great time!

    June 23, 2013

  • Zain

    Unfortunately the weather has turned bad for this event like last time. :(
    Is it still on or getting canceled?

    June 23, 2013

    • Lionel

      Yeah, so if it is rescheduled today, can you let everyone know a couple of hours earlier? Don't want to get there and find out like last time..

      June 23, 2013

    • George C.

      We are still good to go. @Lionel: I was there at 5:30 and the call was made then by the boathouse last time to cancel. This could not have been avoided but thanks for your comment. Noted

      June 23, 2013

  • George C.

    I just spoke with the boathouse and we are good to go. See everyone one at 6

    June 23, 2013

  • Viral D.

    I just checked the weather and it seems like this is all the rain we are going to get, so I think the event should still be on :)

    June 23, 2013

  • Kelly

    What happened to the weather? It was supposed to be beautiful! Are we still on for tonight?

    June 23, 2013

  • Charles

    There's a lot of discussion about having a kayaking partner. Are we doing tandem-kayaking? Is it highly encouraged to bringing a kayaking partner? Lastly what are the benefits to doing so?

    June 20, 2013

    • George C.

      I think that people just are trying to meet others. That is all. You do not need a "kayaking partner" as 90% of the kayaks there for one person. It would be a little awkward but do-able I guess if you really tried.

      June 21, 2013

  • Kelly

    Weather forecast for Sunday is hot, sunny & 90 degrees. Great day to go kayaking!!

    June 20, 2013

  • Bhanuj

    Need a kayak partner anyone?

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi George. I plan to invite a couple friends inside and outside of the group to attend. I'm sure there will be plenty of no shows since you're not asking for money ahead of time, but do you know what the company might max out at with regard to kayaks? Is there still plenty of room if many more keep rsvp'ing between now and then? Thanks in advance, Toby

    June 18, 2013

    • George C.

      I have a feeling that we will be getting close to capacity on this one.

      June 19, 2013

  • Priscilla

    What type of footwear should we have?

    June 18, 2013

    • George C.

      swim trunks and some flippie-floppies, just dont forget your nautical themed Pashmina Afghan cause you'll be on a boat. Dont you ever forget.... anybody?

      1 · June 19, 2013

    • George C.

      Ok, flip-flops or water-shoes (yes, this is a thing). Although you will be in a kayak, you will get splashed with water so expect to get a little wet.

      June 19, 2013

  • Andy

    do they have lockers where you can put you phones/wallets?

    June 19, 2013

    • George C.

      No, but they do have plastic bags with zip lock seals. Does that help?

      June 19, 2013

  • Nisha

    I'll double check but most likely in!

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    looking for a kayak partner... anyone interested...? Must be strong and cute ..lol

    June 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Pffffff yea right..lol

      June 17, 2013

    • George C.

      I'm a little insulted now Maurice.

      June 18, 2013

  • Macey S.

    Sadly can no longer make the event as I'll be at the Firefly music festival for the weekend. Hope we can do another one sometime, George! Have fun!

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to getting on the water!

    June 16, 2013

  • Leslie

    Sounds fun!

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    THIS SOUNDS SOOO FUN!! THANK YOU!! <3

    June 15, 2013

  • Nephtus K.

    Hey,my friends call me Nevy .looking forward to meeting some new people.

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So we pay the day of?

    June 9, 2013

  • Dalia

    are there lifejackets?

    May 25, 2013

    • Viral D.

      Something tells me he was just hiking, we should have both paddles and life jackets

      May 30, 2013

    • Viral D.

      Joking, sorry stupid auto correct

      May 30, 2013

  • erica

    I love water activities

    May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are there bike racks?

    May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Glad to see some adventure lovers in the group!

    May 13, 2013

  • Dalia

    does this place take credit card? or are they cash only?

    May 5, 2013

    • George C.

      They accept Credit Card as well.

      May 6, 2013

  • Kacey

    May I bring a friend?

    April 23, 2013

    • Kacey

      Are we allowed to bring cameras?

      April 30, 2013

    • George C.

      Yes! bring your camera(s), laptop, heck, you can even bring a plasma TV on your kayak... but if it falls in, its on you. ;D

      April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    do we need to know swimming ?

    April 24, 2013

    • George C.

      @RT. We will be in kayaks during this event and will have life-jackets. If you find yourself swimming in the Potomac during this event, then your doing it wrong.

      12 · April 24, 2013

  • Calvin

    sounds fun

    April 23, 2013

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