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.