Rhode and West River Paddle from Galesville Wharf

  • August 31, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Paddle the West and Rhode Rivers from Galesville Wharf

 

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.

 

Parking is a bit tricky on the paddle.  The parking lot only has a few slots.  Once people arrive, you will unload your boat and we will direct you to the best parking areas.

Galesville is this quaint little old village on the West River that has a lovely public wharf with a sandy beach next to it that will be our launch site.  We'll be on the water from the wharf in Galesville promptly at 10:00 AM.  Please plan to arrive with plenty of time to have your boat and gear ready to launch by then. Our lunch stop on this paddle is a sandy beach on a little island that has a view of the SERC property.  We will be swimming there and relaxing for a nice long lunch break before heading back.  After the paddle we will be heading to one of the local restaurants to grab a snack and/or drink if anybody is interested.

The West and Rhode Rivers look more like bays off of the Bay than rivers on the map.  They are big wide open water rivers.  They are also very shallow.  That means when the wind comes up or a few motor boats pass by they quickly get pretty choppy.  We may hit it on a calm day but if you're not a fan of at least a little inescapable chop and a longer paddle, this one is probably not for you.

The shoreline along our route varies from the marinas and businesses of the village of Galesville to larger tracts of undeveloped land and on to more densely packed newer developments with some pretty good sized homes.  This paddle has a little bit for everyone.  Our lunch stop will be on the sandy beach of a very small island which is perfect for swimming if there aren't too many jellies out.

There are rental boats available for this paddle at the weekend price of $50.00 for the day including a paddle and PFD delivered to the put in. Please answer the rental question when you RSVP to request one. To reserve a rental boat for this trip just answer the rental question(s) when you RSVP.

 

Kimmie

 

Kayaking involves known and unanticipated risks including physical injury and death that cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential quality of the sport. Group organizers and leaders and other members cannot pay continuous attention to all participants. Participants must be responsible for their own safety. Don’t overestimate your skills and abilities. Take instructional courses to learn about paddling technique, safety, self rescue and hypothermia. Be aware of the tides, currents and weather conditions that will affect your safety on the days you paddle. Cooperate with group organizers, leaders and other members to insure your own safety as well as the safety of others and make it the fun, enjoyable day on the water it should be.

 

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  • Terri L.

    Great, thanks so much to our great leaders.

    September 2

  • Cheryl

    I only posted so many pictures bc I was testing out my camera. Believe me? I'll be better tomorrow :-)

    1 · August 31

    • Cindy G

      No apologies, Cheryl! Appreciate all the photos you took! Captured the day :).

      1 · September 1

    • Andrew M.

      Don't stop taking pictures since you have now tested the camera. Good fun seeing all your images.

      1 · September 1

  • Andrew M.

    Another excellent day on and in the the water. Paddle hard and swim easy! Thanks to all involved.

    1 · September 1

  • Cindy G

    Great day to be on and in the water! Awesome leadership, overtaking two beaches & the chop, fabulous time with fun kayakers! Thanks for a wonderful paddle!

    1 · September 1

  • Janeen

    Loved the chop, island takeover and pirate's cove. Thanks Chuck and Kimmie!

    1 · August 31

  • Janeen

    Loved the chop, island takeover and pirate's cove. Thanks Chuck and Kimmie!

    August 31

  • Cheryl

    Beautiful weather. We strong women and masculine men paddled the chop, took over Flat Island, frolicked in the river and had a wonderful day.

    August 31

  • Cindy D.

    Sorry Chuck, have to bail for work. Enjoy

    August 30

  • Kevin M.

    Sorry Chuck but my plus 0ne backed out so I don't need the rental

    August 30

  • Mike H

    how many miles ???

    August 29

  • Cindy D.

    Does this paddle require a boat longer than 10 feet or with a skirt?

    August 30

    • Chuck

      No it doesn't Cindy

      August 30

  • Cindy D.

    Hi Chuck,

    August 30

  • Gail

    Family commitment came up.

    August 29

  • Mary

    Hi Chuck. Yes I want a rental boat. Thanks

    August 29

    • Chuck

      Gotcha covered Mary

      August 29

  • Howard H.

    Hello Chuck I hope I am with the other paddle I would not be comfortable with this one Thanks Howard

    August 26

    • Chuck

      Hey Howard - you are with the one I think is appropriate for you.

      August 26

  • Mary

    Hi Chuck. Is there a rental boat available? If not I'm ok with mine.

    August 26

    • Chuck

      Most definitely Mary! Just let me know if you want it

      August 26

  • M

    SInce I can only paddle 1 day during the weekend, I'm changing to the longer option.

    August 26

  • Deke M.

    Karen is going to drop me off at the earlier, longer paddle and then paddle with ya'll. No Tandem this weekend!

    August 26

  • Chuck

    Hey Everyone - The Extended Miles version of this paddle starting from Shady Side Park is now posted. For the extended miles option a boat with two sealed bulkheads is required play the ability to maintain a 3 to 4 MPH pace for the expected distance.

    Please make sure you're signed up for only one of the paddles though. Thanks

    August 26

  • Jane

    sorry to miss this - going out of town for our 1st anniversary!

    August 26

  • Chuck

    Just a heads up that we will be putting together an extended miles version of this paddle which will launch from Shady Side Park in Shady Side, Maryland and hook up with this paddle for about 5 miles and lunch before going out separate ways. Boats with two sealed dry hatches will be required for the longer faster paced paddle. It should be posted sometime tomorrow

    August 25

    • Terri L.

      Hopefully the longer paddle will get people waiting off the waiting list

      August 25

    • Jaclin G

      Argh... I can feel it... I won't be able to resist and I will end up doing back to back 20 milers again :) Chuck, let me know if I can help.

      August 25

  • Jaclin G

    What do we expect the mileage to be? (assuming I get off the waitlist)

    August 25

    • Chuck

      Jaclin - You are on the attending list for this paddle. I expect mileage for this one to be in the 10 to 12 mile range give or take a little. There was a lot of discussion about doing an extended version of this paddle with great distance for those of you that just can't get enough miles. As there was already an extended option for the Magothy paddle on Saturday there was some question if we would get enough participants to do an extended version both days. If there is enough interest we could still do an extended version both days. To get the extra miles on this one I would suggest launching from Shady Side an hour early and doing pretty much the same paddle which would make the total 16 to 18 miles. If you can find someone else to help you lead such an event let me know.

      August 25

    • Jaclin G

      Thanks, Chuck. I was actually hoping that this paddle would be just in the 12 or 14 mile range- on 20 mile a weekend is good enough for me right now! Thanks, this is one of my favorite paddles.

      August 25

  • Mike M.

    Jaclin, i'm in for the longer paddle!

    August 25

  • Cheryl

    I just realized it's Labor Day Weekend... I'll be sailing. Enjoy the paddle everyone.

    August 24

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