Leisurely Sunday Afternoon Paddle

Kayaks, SUPs and canoes are welcome. We will launch from Lake Ridge Park at 2 PM, so those needing rentals should get there at 1:30 PM.  I decided to use a reservation system for the SUP's.  Ask to reserve a SUP but don't assume you have it until you get a confirmation from me.   There is no need to reserve a kayak.  The park has 14 of them, plus tandems.

We will head toward the dam. There is a nice rest area and easy place to land and launch near our turnaround point. I will demonstrate some stokes, maneuvers, and rescues for kayaks and SUPs at the rest area. Our total distance will be about 4 miles, but those who want more distance can head up Hooes Run Creek near the dam and make it a 6 mile day. This meetup is appropriate for beginners and recreational kayaks and SUP's.  SUP rental is $20 and Kayak is $15.

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  • Denise D

    If was great.. Beautiful day.

    August 26, 2013

    • Pete H.

      It is always great having you with the group. I am so impressed with how you have reinvented yourself this year. You are a quality lady!

      August 26, 2013

  • Bobbe

    The Perfect way to end this beautiful weekend! Sunny & 75 weather, relaxing cove to chillax in and fun people! Thank you Pete for the impromtu SUP lesson, testing of my balance skills.....big FAIL....and the self rescue lesson that followed! LOL!

    August 26, 2013

    • Pete H.

      Congrats on mastering the scramble reentry self-resue. Many can't do it, even very experienced paddlers. Other than backing your SUP into someone else and falling, you did great on the SUP. You are very fit!

      August 26, 2013

  • Sidney S.

    Weekday paddles would be great! I know you love Occoquan Reservoir, what about the river?

    August 26, 2013

    • Denise D

      I have been on the river many times. Let me know if you all do a weekday thing after 500.

      August 26, 2013

    • Pete H.

      I paddle the tidal Occoquan and also Occoquan Creek and Bull Run Creek often. I enjoy all.

      August 26, 2013

  • Becky

    Pete Thank you for organizing this paddle... It was a beautiful day... I could not ask for a better way to spend my Sunday. Great weather and wonderful people! See you on the water!

    August 26, 2013

    • Pete H.

      You always make the trip more fun for everyone!

      August 26, 2013

  • Cindy

    Pete, thanks for a beautiful day on the water. It was great talking and paddling with everyone.

    August 25, 2013

    • Pete H.

      It's always such a pleasure having you in the group!

      August 26, 2013

  • Sidney S.

    Pete--did you take any pics that I might have been in? Friends won't believe I'm actually doing this unless I have proof! Sid

    August 25, 2013

    • Pete H.

      I haven't had time to post my pics. I'll do it later today. It was great having you in the group. We need to do some weekday paddles.

      August 26, 2013

  • Sunny J.

    Need to rent/borrow a SUP please. :D

    August 21, 2013

    • Sunny J.

      Pete, a family emergency came up last night and unfortunately I will have to miss today's paddling. I will gladly pay the $20 for the rental due to such short notice.

      August 25, 2013

    • Pete H.

      I hope all is OK with your family. We missed you! No problem with the SUP. We actually had an extra one anyway, so no one was on the waiting list.

      August 25, 2013

  • Sidney S.

    Great location and group of people. My first paddle of this length in a new boat and I was happy how we both did.

    August 25, 2013

    • Pete H.

      Thanks for coming. I hope you can join us again soon, maybe for some weekday paddles.

      August 25, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Beautiful day and gracious host! Thanks, Pete!!!

    August 25, 2013

    • Pete H.

      Have a wonderful time in Costa Rica! It was great having you in the group today.

      August 25, 2013

  • Colin

    Thanks, Pete!

    August 25, 2013

    • Pete H.

      Thanks for taking the pictures. It's always great having you in the group.

      1 · August 25, 2013

  • Jay G.

    Thanks, Pete! It was a lot of fun!

    August 25, 2013

    • Pete H.

      It was great having you in the group. Thanks for making that long drive. Hopefully you didn't hit too much traffic on the way home.

      August 25, 2013

  • Sunny J.

    SUP Mom here! I'd love to go on Sunday. Any other recommendations for local SUP rentals?

    1 · August 21, 2013

    • Deke M.

      I'm bringing 2 SUPs for "rent" (the rent for these 2 boards helps pay for the cost of the National Capital SUP group). I will bring extra paddles and PFDs. It might be best to take all of the rented SUPs (the Marina's, Pete's, and mine) and see which board and which paddle is best for each of the different renters.

      August 21, 2013

    • Pete H.

      Deke wants me to coordinate rentals, including his SUPs. I think I have one board left that can be reserved as of Thur. morning.

      August 22, 2013

  • Sidney S.

    I'll be a first timer with my new kayak!

    August 21, 2013

    • Pete H.

      Great! We'll help you to get off to a good start with it.

      August 21, 2013

  • tammy

    hey pete, how are you looking on people who need kayaks versus kayaks?

    August 21, 2013

  • Pete H.

    SUP Rentals: I made an announcement on August 13 stating that I would take reservations for SUPS. Since then about 5 people have reserved SUPs for August 25. The earlier policy of first come first serve does not apply to SUP rentals anymore. There is no need to reserve kayaks since the park has a large supply of them. Do not assume you have a SUP reservation unless you receive a response from me saying that one is available for you. I am sorry we don't have more SUPs. Hopefully the park will purchase more for the 2014 paddling season.

    August 19, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Hi Pete, I would like to rent one on Sunday, the 25tg if there is one. If not, ill catch you all on the next one!

      August 19, 2013

    • Pete H.

      I think Veronica is buying a SUP, and that would free up one for you. Plan on being there for now.

      1 · August 20, 2013

  • Rita

    I will need to rent or borrow a kayak - anyone have an extra?

    August 19, 2013

    • Denise D

      I have an extra kayak you can borrow.

      August 20, 2013

  • Denise D

    Is anyone kayaking? I have an extra kayak I can loan for free.

    August 19, 2013

    • Pete H.

      Several are kayaking. Thanks for making this available!

      August 19, 2013

  • Jennifer

    May I rent a SUP as well?

    August 19, 2013

  • Lisa

    Sounds fun-I will be there

    August 16, 2013

    • Pete H.

      So glad you can join us!

      August 16, 2013

  • Peggy

    Will need to rent.

    August 9, 2013

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