Columbus Day Paddle

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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  • Deanne

    Hi Pete.. sorry we can't make it... Ken and I have come down with the flu. We'll see you next time.

    October 14, 2013

    • Pete H.

      So sorry you're sick! Let me know when you want to paddle, even if it's not a regular meet up. I'm so glad you have your own SUPs now!

      October 14, 2013

  • Gari

    So sorry I missed you all. Was in a cleaning frenzy and lost all track of time. :-( Hope you all had fun!

    October 14, 2013

    • Pete H.

      We missed you too! I hope to paddle again with you soon.

      October 14, 2013

  • Sidney S.

    Grey group of people and some great weather.

    October 14, 2013

  • Valerie A.

    Hi Pete... Man, I'm so bummed...Something came up and I can't come tomorrow. Have fun - looking forward to the next time tho- Valerie

    October 13, 2013

    • Pete H.

      Sorry you can't make it. Maybe someone can lend you a kayak or stand up paddleboard for a future event. Keep in touch.

      October 14, 2013

  • Brian B

    Allow me to be more clear...If anyone is considering a new kayak, I would be happy for them to use one of my Epic kayaks for this paddle as a test drive. Just let me know at [masked]

    October 11, 2013

  • Brian B

    I am an Epic Expert (rep for Epic kayaks). If anyone is interesting in trying out an Epic kayak on this paddle, let me know. Brian AT BayKayaking DOT com.
    www.baykayaking.com

    October 9, 2013

  • Valerie A.

    Hi Pete, I'm super stoked for this event... it will be my first event through meetup - so I'm new to all this... I'll be there at 10 to rent. Anything i need to know or do?

    October 8, 2013

    • Pete H.

      Just come with an adventurous attitude. It is unlikely you will get wet, but it's always good to bring a set of dry clothes. It's too far out to know what the weather will be, but dress for it. Some type of water shoes are good, or at least something you don't mind getting wet.

      October 8, 2013

    • Valerie A.

      Fabulous! I will be there early and I couldn't be more excited. Thanks for welcoming me!

      October 9, 2013

  • Jeffrey B

    I'm fairly new to this. Whats the skill level required?

    September 27, 2013

    • Pete H.

      All of Lake Ridge Park Paddlers meetups are appropriate for beginners, even first time beginners, during the rental season. When the rental season is over and the water is colder, more experience and gear will be required. The recreational kayaks at Lake Ridge are very stable and easy for first times to paddle.

      September 27, 2013

  • Deanne

    Hi Pete. Is this at 10:30 or 2:00? The calendar says 2:00 but the description says 10:30.

    September 23, 2013

    • Pete H.

      Thanks for catching this Deanne. I copied the details from a previous meetup and didn't catch the wrong time. It is at 10:30 AM.

      September 23, 2013

    • Deanne

      In that case... Even better. We'll be there.

      September 23, 2013

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