I am making this meetup available for those fortunate enough to have Columbus Day off. This is the LAST day of the season to rent kayaks. The marina building closes after October 14, but not the boat ramp or the trails. I paddle out of Lake Ridge year-round, but I have the gear to do it safely (wet suit and dry suit).
We will LAUNCH from Lake Ridge Park and Marina at 10:30 AM and paddle toward Fountainhead Regional Park. We'll plan on having lunch at Fountainhead. They have restrooms and a snack bar there.
You also have the option of making the turnaround earlier and not going all the way to Fountainhead. Most paddlers can make this 5-mile round-trip, especially since when we take a lunch break in the middle. This meetup is appropriate for beginners.
If you need to rent a kayak, please come at 10:00 and I will help you get what you need and get you started. Stand up paddleboards (SUPs) cannot be rented from the park. The SUP rental season ended September 29. If you own your own SUP, you are welcome to paddle it with the group.
If you arrive after 10:30 AM and find the group has already launched, paddle out the Lake Ridge inlet and turn left into the reservoir and make your way toward Fountainhead Park. Either you will catch up to the group or meet the group on their return to Fountainhead. The reservoir is a safe and simple place to paddle alone and it is very unlikely you would get lost.
Fees: $3 launch fee (NVRPA pass not honored here because it is a Prince William County park). Only those bringing their own kayaks or SUPs pay this fee, not renters.
Kayak rentals: Lake Ridge has agreed to only charge $15 for our meetups.
Please be mindful of the crew and scull boats and try to keep out of their way. Almost all of the rowers on the reservoir are wonderful people, but a few have tried to tell our paddlers where they can and can't paddle. Please tell them politely that Sandy Run rowing policy does not apply to paddlers on the reservoir. Paddlers and fishermen are free to paddle or motor wherever they want on the reservoir.
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