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Patuxent Water Trail Kayak Camper

  • Jun 6, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Patuxent River - Selby's Landing Boat Ramp


Patuxent River Kayak Camper

(RSVP's for this event open Tuesday May 13th at 9:45 PM)

One of our members is internationally famous for the exacting detail she goes to when planning something like a kayak camping trip.  I don't know if she will be able to join us for this trip but she did agree to let me borrow one of her excellent plans for a kayak camping trip she led on the Patuxent River near Jug Bay a number of years ago.  Those of us who attended had a great time despite less than perfect weather.  One of the challenges of this trip is learning to pack all of your camping gear, clothing, food and water for two days in your kayak.  No one will ever equal Gayle when it comes to packing stuff in a kayak.

We will be on the water from Selby's Landing Boat Ramp at 6:30 PM on Friday, June 6, 2014 for a short one mile paddle to our camp site for Friday evening at White Oak Landing on Mataponi Creek.  If you can't make it by 6:30 there will be options to come slightly later Friday or on Saturday morning.

After arriving at White Oak, we set up camp, cook dinner and spend the evening gathered around the fire.  After breakfast Saturday morning we will hook up with anyone arriving Saturday and explore a little of Mataponi Creek before heading back out to the Patuxent.


To make things a little easier this year we will also spend Saturday night at White Oak Landing which should give us a number of options for hikes and paddles in the area.

After packing up on Sunday we will take our time heading back to Selby's Landing and exploring the numerous small creeks along the way.

There will be a $10.00 charge per person for this trip to cover the cost of the camp sites.  You will be responsible for providing your own camping equipment, food and water.  The good news is that the camp sites does have a porta john.

Rental Kayaks are available for the 2.5 day trip at a rate of $95.00 including paddle and PFD.  You must provide your own camping gear, food and water.  To reserve a rental boat for this trip just answer the rental question(s) when you RSVP.

I will be sending out much more detailed information the week before the trip.




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  • Lisa

    Is anyone arriving earlier than 6:30 pm on Friday? If so let me know & I'll meet you there.

    June 2, 2014

    • Kimmie

      I will be going a bit earlier but not too early. I am sure some might be there by mid afternoon like 3 or 4 ish

      June 2, 2014

    • Andy M.

      Hi Lisa--I'll get there a little earlier--around 6pm

      June 3, 2014

  • Andy M.

    I am also planning to camp Friday night, but head home Saturday evening. Do I have to worry about my car being locked in after a certain time on Saturday evening?

    June 2, 2014

    • Chuck

      They do lock the gate and it is a little bit early like 7:30 or something but I will have the lock code to get you out if you need it Andy.

      June 2, 2014

  • Pam J.

    Chuck -- if it's okay I'd like to only camp Friday. I'd arrive Friday evening, paddle Saturday, pack up and go home Saturday afternoon/evening. Is that okay? Thanks I'm looking forward to it I just love this area!

    June 2, 2014

    • Chuck

      That would be fine Pam

      1 · June 2, 2014

  • Laurie C.

    Husband had to go to California to take care of his Mom so no one is home to watch the dogs. I'm stuck at home this weekend watching the two dogs instead of kayak camping.

    May 31, 2014

    • Chuck

      Sorry to hear it Laurie. Can't you find someone to check in on them a couple times and come for a day anyway?

      1 · May 31, 2014

    • Laurie C.

      We adopted a "rescue poodle" (he's a standard so a big guy) who was mistreated and, as a result, is not good with strangers. He's a sweetheart with us but snaps at just about anyone else. I like my neighbors too much to take a chance!

      May 31, 2014

  • Darrick

    This is a great idea Chuck. I've been wanting to participate in something like this since I started kayaking. Unfortunately, I will not be able to join you this year, but hope all goes well and this can become a yearly staple event.

    May 12, 2014

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