Magothy River Marathon

  • June 29, 2013 · 10:00 AM
  • Magothy River - Beachwood Park Put In

 

Magothy River Marathon

RSVP's for this paddle open Sunday, June 9th at 9:30 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.

No this is NOT a race.  I used the term marathon because it is a very long paddle and getting the kayaks to and from the water is a challenge in itself.  Thanks to Kelly H, I may have a way to make that part a lot easier this year though but need to check it out yet.  People always ask me "what's your favorite paddle".  I can't pick a single one but the Magothy is in the top 3 contenders.  I love this paddle and have the extremely bad habit of falling in love on this paddle with women who can complete it in style.  :)  Hopefully this year I can fall in love with a bunch of you.

The Magothy River is one of the hardest Chesapeake Bay tidal tributaries to find easy public access to.  It is also in my opinion one of the neatest tributaries to paddle.  The scenery varies from middle class residential neighborhoods at the put in where the river is only 20 yards wide to Gibson's Island at the mouth where it enters the Bay.  In between you'll find everything from multi-million dollar homes to Dobbin's Island where if we're lucky the sno-ball boat will be hanging out at a beach where the locals gather to swim.  Bring a few dollars for a sno-ball/sno-cone.

Please note that 10:00 AM is the "on the water time".  Please arrive with plenty of time to have your boat and gear ready to launch  by then.  See my commentas about getting to the water below.  It will take longer at this put in.

Pack a lunch and bring your wheels.  Access to this put in can be best described as difficult.  If you don't have wheels, we will help you carry to the water.  We'll set up a system to get everyone's boat down the last 30 foot drop (pictured above) to the water.  This is an adventure that takes some effort to get to the water but everyone who has ever done it with me says it's well worth it but you will drive away from the put in at least a little bit exhausted.

This is an all day adventure.  Expect to paddle a minimum of 12 to 14 miles and get back to the take out around 4:30.  Don't worry though, we will take plenty of breaks along the way.

Rental kayaks including a paddle and PFD are vailable for this paddle at the weekend rate of $50.00.  To reserve a rental boat for this paddle simply answer the rental question when you RSVP.

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  • Dave

    It was a great day!!!! I had a blast good and challenging, beautiful homes and scenery and great waves for added excitement.

    Glad all helped to get the boat back ashore.

    July 1, 2013

  • Kimmie

    What a wonderful trip. This is just an amazing group. Thank you Chuck for all you do to make it amazing.

    June 30, 2013

  • Denise P.

    What a terrific day! This is such a wonderful group. It amazes me how everyone works as a team even under challenging circumstances. We were all pretty much out of gas, yet everyone pitched in to get the boats up the cliff and back to the cars. Did anyone get any pictures or were we all too busy digging in? Thanks to Chuck and Kimmie for another fantastic day. Swimming breaks were well-timed and provided some extra fun. Chuck-thanks for letting me practice my rescue skills (and saving me from the "yellow rainbow"). It is different when not in class.

    June 30, 2013

  • Toni

    Loved everything about this paddle! (except maybe the putting in and taking out - extra thanks to those friends who safely hauled my beloved Eddyline down and back up the cliff!) The paddle itself was wonderful - the scenery, the swimming breaks, the challenge of the waves as we circled the island and crossed to the other side - and, as always, the company.

    June 30, 2013

  • Chuck

    Yesterday was a stellar day on the Magothy. The Magothy the way we did it is always a lot of work but the paddle usually rewards that work and yesterday was no exception. Yesterday was a great example of why when people ask me about my favorite paddle the Magothy often comes up in the discussion. I'm sure everyone slept really well last night.

    June 30, 2013

  • Jane

    I just figured the "mileage" out on googleearth with the path tool and it was 18.9 statute miles which is 16.4 nautical miles. Do you think that's right, Chuck? I went around the Dobbins Island and then over to Gibson and back.

    1 · June 29, 2013

    • Chuck

      There is NO WAY that hill is 6.1 miles long Ben. It can't be over 4.5 miles, but Jane is right that the air does get pretty thin by the time you get to the top

      June 30, 2013

    • Julie

      Does that include the walk from the top of the hill back and forth to the roadway? :-) Does anyone have a way to calculate the number of calories we burned so we can figure out how many deserts we can eat? :-)

      1 · June 30, 2013

  • Julie

    This was a great paddle in every way. It was a terrific workout in the best sense of the word. Just like last year, Dobbin Island was a treat and so were the other opportunities to swim along the way. The weather was perfect and most of all, everyone was fun-loving, kind, considerate, supportive . . . . A perfect day! Also, an added benefit is that I'm sure we all slept well after the exertion of the day. During and after every paddle with CKA, I feel so grateful for the opportunity. It is truly a blessing. Thank you Chuck and Kimmie, for all that you do!

    June 30, 2013

    • Julie

      Honorable mention to our other two event organizers, Ben and Deke. Thank you!!!

      June 30, 2013

  • David S.

    Another masterful plan (loved the swimming stops) and scenic paddling, wonderful group, and a fearless leader. Glad we did rescue practice too.

    June 30, 2013

  • Ben

    Thanks Chuck and Kimmie for leading another great paddle!

    June 30, 2013

  • Jean

    Having done this paddle last year I knew what was in store. This time around was just as rewarding and with new friends to paddle with it was just one of the best days to be on the water. Thanks Chuck and Kimmie for your leadership.

    June 30, 2013

  • Mary

    Great fun, beautiful day, fun people. Couldn't have been better. I agree, it was a perfect mix of paddling and swimming-rest stops. Thanks Chuck and Kimmie and everyone who made a safe and perfect day

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Janeen

    Terrific area with lots more to see than we had time for. Very cool paddle!

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Jane

    This was one of the best paddles ever, in an organization known for its great expeditions. Chuck, you really masterminded this. The breaks were at exactly the right times and lots of fun, energizing us for the waters ahead. As always, you were very optimistic and encouraging, yet sensitive to people's differing abilities and aware at all times of the group speed and configuration.

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • John A

    Sorry something came up with the kids

    June 27, 2013

  • Sandra Zeiser P.

    Change of plans for the weekend, heading out of town. Have fun everyone see you next time.

    June 27, 2013

  • Robin T.

    Sorry chuck. Didn't realize the distance and I need to be back for evening wedding. Thanks and will catch you all next time. I even bought some new water shoes :)

    June 27, 2013

  • Mary

    Sorry, II just made other plans and can't undo 'em. Enjoy!

    June 26, 2013

  • Robin T.

    Great. Thanks chuck. I will need to rent a kayak.

    June 26, 2013

  • Renee

    Please remove me from the wait list

    June 25, 2013

  • Renee

    Need to rent 2 kayaks

    June 21, 2013

  • David S.

    Chuck, please have a boat for me to rent for this paddle. Thanks.

    June 19, 2013

    • Chuck

      David - I will have boats for both you and Jane.

      June 20, 2013

  • Jane

    I'd like to rent a kayak from you, please. THANKS!

    June 19, 2013

  • Deepti

    Now that I cleared the wait list for the DC paddle I prefer to go on that one. Thanks so much!

    June 17, 2013

  • Andy E.

    Need to rent one kayak.

    June 9, 2013

  • MaryB

    Did this paddle last year in a Pungo 140 with a 1/2 skirt after not paddling for ~3 years (and then only casually) - it was my first with CKA. Did not have a problem, although I was quite (make that really, very) tired by the end of the day. But CKA, like the Army, never leaves anyone :-). From my experience last year, be prepared for wind, waves, and wake, but don't think this is an expert-only paddle. I suggest a skirt if you have one - people with much nicer kayaks were emptying theirs every stop but i never had to. Chuck - agree?

    May 21, 2013

    • Stacey

      Can some of us leave lunch a little early and go around the island? The Night Heron really wants to go out there!

      May 27, 2013

    • Chuck

      Just like a damned kid ... please dad can we please. That's how it all started last year and we're not even on the paddle yet. Let's see how it looks that day Stacey and make decisions then. We should have a Wednesday rescue practice under out belts by then. Those with Night Herons who want to go around the island should probably attend. :)

      May 27, 2013

  • Denise P.

    I have wanted to paddle here for a while since I live close. It's not so much the trek to the put in that discouraged me. I was concerned about doing this one on my own and having to haul the boat back up the cliff after the paddle! Insect repellant is recommended for the walk through the woods. I can't wait to finally paddle this area with my new friends. :-)

    May 23, 2013

  • Mike M.

    Chuck, looks like the distance from the put in to Gibson Island is 4 - 5 miles, where else do you paddle to to get to 13 miles?

    May 21, 2013

    • Chuck

      Thanks Ralph

      May 21, 2013

    • Mike M.

      Thanks Ralph, great app!

      May 22, 2013

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