Susquehanna River Paddle from Cold Cabin Park

  • June 9, 2013 · 10:30 AM
  • Susquehanna River - Cold Cabin Road Boat Ramp

 

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.

 

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  • Bill

    What a great day! Thanks for organizing this trip Chuck.

    Also, thanks to everyone that uploaded the pics. It makes for a truely unforgettable experience!

    1 · June 10, 2013

  • Chuck

    Sometimes the weather, the water, the people and the venue combine to make for what I can only describe as a magical day. Yesterday on the Susquehanna was one of those days. I am so happy I could share it with all of you. Thanks for coming everyone!

    1 · June 10, 2013

  • Louis S.

    It was a really beautiful and fun trip. Like Becky said the rocks, currents, and wild life were fantastic. Quite a large group for Chuck and Kimmie to keep track of, yet everything went smoothly. I don't know how they do this day after day.

    1 · June 10, 2013

  • Denise P.

    Chuck-Thanks for putting these wonderful trips together. This is such a fun group to paddle with. Another fantastic day on the water and cool hidden lunch spot.

    1 · June 10, 2013

  • Yoshiko

    BEAUTIFUL!!

    1 · June 10, 2013

  • Julie

    A fantastic day in every way!

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Gregory S Pokrywka M.

    terrific paddle Chuck-thanx again for what you do.

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Becky

    What a beautiful place... Loved seeing all of the bald eagles. It was fun weaving around the rocks and playing in the current!

    June 9, 2013

  • annie m.

    Lovely paddle, especially Muddy Creek, rock formations are stunning! Great trip. Too much to look at to realize we'd gone 10 miles.

    June 9, 2013

  • annie m.

    Anyone willing to give a cell number in case of difficulties. Last time I drove home from here I got terribly lost. It would be nice to have a contact. Thanks. I'm coming from western Frederick County

    June 8, 2013

  • Steve

    Over did it today. Will have to bail. Have fun.

    June 8, 2013

  • Gregory S Pokrywka M.

    just there a few weeks ago with the OTHER premier paddling group in the Baltimore region, The Waters Edge Kayak club. utterly magical amazing paddle. Got past the bridge for the first time- current is tough there, depending on water levels etc...cant wait. cya'll there :)

    June 8, 2013

  • Gail

    I read what my post. Just to clarify, if no one wants to do the Susquehana paddle in my place by 4:00 pm today, I will be glad to go on it. Otherwise I will support the Bay Bridge swim. For people on the wait list who do not get to do the Susquehana paddle, supporting the bay Bridge Swim is an option. They have 1 mile and 4.4 mile option. The kayakers are in the water as support for the swimmers. Info can be found at http://www.cpakayaker.com/paddle-now/swim-support-events/ You need to consider you skill level in bay water before volunteering.

    June 8, 2013

  • Gail

    I have learned they can use help with the Bay Bridge swim tomorrow. If no one on the wait list takes my spot on this paddle by 4:00 pm today, I will be glad to go on it though.

    June 8, 2013

  • Monika

    I am very sorry! Maybe next time.

    June 7, 2013

  • Randy S.

    canceling for Mary Strem

    June 7, 2013

  • Randy S.

    Hey Chuck, there was a mix-up in our reservations. Randy Strem is going, Mary Strem is not. Not sure how to fix this on Meetup.

    June 7, 2013

    • Chuck

      Hey Randy - Not sure what happened but you are both on the attending list now. Hope that works for you.

      June 7, 2013

    • Chuck

      If Mary isn't going just have her change her RSVP to no.

      June 7, 2013

  • David S.

    Had a great outing last weekend, and want to give someone else a chance to make this paddle. Thanks.

    June 5, 2013

  • Jane

    letting somone else go instead, have fun!

    June 3, 2013

  • Melanie

    This is one of my favorite places to paddle! Great trip! The canyon is beautiful! And ...permits weren't necessary for launch from Cold Cabin park.

    June 2, 2013

  • Andy E.

    I paddled this area last year, and met a kayaker and canoeist. We had a great trip together and they gave me a lot of information. One thing they told me was that I needed a "Launch Permit" issued by the PA Fish & Boat Commission. The permit cost $10/1 year, $18/ 2 years. I'm new to this group, and I'm sure you have made this trip before. I don't want to see anyone getting fined by the PFBC. It's not worth the hassle.
    I will not be able to make this trip, but will post a pick-up trip in the future.
    Be Safe and Stay Dry!

    May 27, 2013

    • Chuck

      Andy - Paddling this section of the Susquehanna is a little strange. You need the PA permit if you launch from some places but not from others. You definitely do NOT need a permit to launch from Cold Cabin park. Thanks for your concern though.

      May 27, 2013

  • Denise P.

    What a cool place to paddle.

    May 27, 2013

  • MaryB

    If I can't get 2 slots I'll take one, and my guest be darned! :-) oops - won't allow me guests.

    May 21, 2013

  • Gail D.

    If anyone is interested in carpooling.... I have room for one extra boat on my rack. NE/Hyattsville area.

    May 20, 2013

  • Dee

    One of my favorite spots

    May 20, 2013

  • Randy S.

    Sounds Terrific, I'm ready.

    May 20, 2013

  • MollieMc

    Sounds beautiful. I assume this is all day? Unfortunately that is the kid's graduation in the evening (for which I feel fortunate--would just rather paddle than eat cake).

    May 20, 2013

    • Chuck

      I'm sorry Mollie but yes this paddle pretty much kills the entire day. I guess you probably could be headed home by 3:30 or 4:00 if that would give you enough time.

      May 20, 2013

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