Susquehanna River Paddle from Cold Cabin Park
RSVP's for this paddle open tonight, Monday, May 20th at 10:30 PM
The actual attendance limit for this paddle is 30 paddlers. 6 spots have been set aside for people who will be renting kayaks. If you are a renter on the waiting list I will move you to the attending list. Those spots not filled by renters 24 hours before the paddle will be filled with members on the waiting list who have paid the voluntary dues. Everyone has the same chance to sign up for the first 24 slots.
This paddle is perhaps one of the most scenic and beautiful paddles we will do this year. At least one paddling guide book author puts it in her list of top 10 paddles on the east coast. The picture to the left which serves as the background wall paper for our Meetup group was taken on our paddle here in 2011.
We will launch promptly at 10:30 AM from the Cold Cabin Road boat ramp in Delta, PA. Please arrive with plenty of time to have your boat and gear ready to be on the water by 10:30. It sounds a long way away but it's only a 45 minute drive from downtown Baltimore.
This section of the Susuquehanna has Holtwood Dam upstream and Conowingo Dam dowstream forming what some people refer to as Conowingo Pond. Hardly a pond it is a massive body of water dotted with several large rocky islands and many more smaller ones. We will paddle upstream from the put it to Muddy Creek which is a popular whitewater kayak destination. We will paddle up the Muddy to the last of the whitewater rapids and then back out into the main body of the Susquehanna where we will paddle among the islands with a lunch stop at a beautiful sandy beach before returning downstream to the take out.
The area around Conowingo Dam is known for it's bald eagle population. It's a popular stop on their migration path with reports several hundred eagles stopping here in a single day on their way south in the fall. I think I can guarantee several eagle sightings although probably not hundreds at this time of year. This trip would not be complete without a stop at Staark Moon Kayaks, a world famous, eccentric and unique kayak shop located on Cold Cabin Road.
There are rental boats available for this paddle at the weekend price of $50.00. To reserve a boat for the paddle simply answer the rental questions when you RSVP.