This will be our first meetup NOT in Lake Ridge Park. Belmont Bay is bordered by Occoquan National Wildlife Refuge and Mason Neck State Park. It is a great place for watching eagles and ospreys. We will paddle from Occoquan Regional Park at 1:00 PM and loop around Conrad Island, which is in Belmont Bay. For those interested, I will also talk about the plant life in Belmont Bay, especially submerged aquatic vegetation. The total paddle will be about 5 miles.
Kayaks can be rented this weekend from Occoquan Regional Park, bit I have no discount here, so the fee is $9/hour. The launch fee is $4 for jurisdiction and $5 for non-jurisdiction.
Please be ready to launch at 1:00 PM. Now that the water is getting cooler, I do not recommend trying to catch up to us on your own if you are late. We will need to stay together as a group from this point onward. Bring a set of dry clothes in a waterproof bag in case you get wet. This meetup is suitable for beginners in recreational kayaks, although experienced paddlers in longer kayaks are needed to help with the group. Stand Up Paddleboards are welcome, but you must paddle with others for safety. We will return by 4 PM.