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Exploring Nanjemoy Creek

  • May 19, 2014 · 10:30 AM
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Nanjemoy Creek flows into the Potomac River downstream from Mattawoman Creek on the Maryland side.  It is reportedly home to the largest heron rookery on the East Coast.  The Nature Conservancy owns a substantial tract of land on the creek.  

It is a mile wide where it enters the Potomac but as you can see from the chart above there are also several longer narrow creeks that feed into the Nanjemoy.  Exploring those smaller creeks will be the focus of this paddle.

This paddle is truly an exploration unless someone signs up to attend that knows a little more about the Nanjemoy than I do.  I expect to paddle somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 to 16 miles with a stop off the water for lunch somewhere around the mid point. 

Rental boats are available for this paddle at a $45.00 rate but due to the length, potential difficulty and exploratory nature of the paddle it isn't for everyone so you need request one by emailing Chuck.



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  • Becky

    What a beautiful day!!! Thank you so much for giving me a very special birthday and a great paddle!!!!

    1 · May 20, 2014

  • Chuck

    The final distance for those who did it all was 18.3 miles. After searching without success we finally learned that the heron rookery had moved on. The resident who told the story blamed decreased food fish populations and other reasons. We did see bunches and bunches of blade eagles and even a peacock. It was a great day. Thanks for coming everyone and Happy Birthday Becky.

    1 · May 20, 2014

    • Jaclin G

      Yeah, and Blade Eagle is just so wonderful! I pictured a Cyborg Eagle with knives. Film Treatment, anyone!

      May 20, 2014

    • Chuck

      Hey I'm fearless but not infallible, especially when automatic spell correction gets ahold of my typing

      1 · May 20, 2014

  • Erik B

    Great location - birding /wildlife, little to no boat traffic, variety of terrain options: open water as well as small streams.

    May 20, 2014

  • Jane

    Great paddle! Safe launch w lots of parking and easy access; great paddling waters for days of fun (we didn't even get near the Potomac); lots of fun!

    May 19, 2014

  • Deke

    Would love it if you would do this on a weekend sometime. We have paddled this location on a number of occasions in both directions from the launch site.

    May 15, 2014

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