Second Spring Paddle on Occoquan Reservoir

The water will be warmer and hopefully there will be less wind for our second paddle of the year. We will keep close to shore, and paddle toward Fountainhead Park and back. Beginners are welcome and I will give paddling instruction to anyone who requests it. The kayak rental fee for the entire meetup is only $15 (special price for Lake Ridge Park Paddlers official meetups). Those bringing their own watercraft need to pay the $3 launch fee. Kayaks, stand up paddleboards (SUPs), and canoes are all welcome.

PFD (lifejackets) MUST be worn at all times on the water by everyone. Bring an extra change of clothes in a waterproof dry bag or double bagged in plastic bags. Capsizes are unlikely, but the water will still be fairly cold.

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING SUPS - The park has rental SUPs, but we will only rent them to those with experience AND those who have a wet suit, dry suit, or at least hydroskins. The chances of falling in are much greater on a SUP. Those who want to try SUP for the first time should wait a little longer until the water is warmer.

Park in the lower parking lot, but parking is available in the upper lot if the lower is full. Meet at the boat ramp and pay for your rental or launch fee at the marina building.

Those who desire can join us at Pizza Gourmet after the meet up (next to the Giant on Hedges Run).

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  • Cheryl B.

    I just purchased a used kayak, and I have never done it. As a former windsurfer and I have my own canoe, I am hopeful that it will not be that challengin. I am eagerly awaiting for warmer wx. and hence warmer water to kick in. I can't wait to get started. I know enough to know that I am going to wait to get instruction before taking my kayak out on my own. Looking forward to meeting you guys on the 19th!

    April 13

    • Deke M.

      Peggy, coming this next Saturday? What kind of rack system do you have (round bars, square bars, aero bars)?

      April 21

    • Peggy

      I really want to...but will have a lot to do when I finally get home. It will be a "game-time" decision. I'll know on Friday. I'll send you a picture on my new crossbars to your email. I bought them at REI..my son installed them on my new Jeep while I've been gone!!!

      April 21

  • Monica

    Great paddle, but I should have worn my rain pants! Thanks, Pete.

    April 19

    • Pete H.

      Don't hesitate to call me if you want any advice on purchasing a kayak. I love spending other people's money!

      April 20

    • Cheryl B.

      Hi Monica. May I suggest Craigslist. Just go to the Boat section, if you don't want to purchase a new one right away. I am new to kayaking, and I thought it would be wise to purcahse a used boat and figure out what I would ultimately like to have once I become acquanited with the sport. Cheers...Cheryl

      April 20

  • Cheryl B.

    I have a doctoral presentation deadline that moved to next week! I need a roof rack anyway. Hope to catch all of you later in the month. Enjoy your day.

    April 19

    • Pete H.

      What is your doctoral program?

      April 20

    • Cheryl B.

      earth systems and GIS. Taking a programmng class and astro chem class this semester. How was the paddle? I really need a roof rack. As a high school chemistry teacher, don't know that I want to pay REI's pricing of $1200. The kayak I just purchased on Craigslist didn't cost that much:) Cheers!

      April 20

  • Russ

    What a beautiful day to start the paddling season..... Thanks Pete for organizing the event.

    April 20

  • Ron

    First time out with this group and everyone was friendly and looked out for each other. Fun paddle on a beautiful Spring day. Thanks Pete for getting everyone together.

    April 20

  • Bobbe

    What a beautiful way to start Spring! Being out on the water enjoying the moments with some awesome people! Thank you Pete & peeps! Happy Easter!

    2 · April 20

  • Meghan K.

    I had a great time and met some really cool people! Thank you Pete!

    1 · April 19

    • Pete H.

      It was great to see the NEW Meghan. It seems like you totally reinvented yourself!

      April 20

  • Danielle

    This truly is the best group of folks that I have met through a meet up! So acceptin, encouraging and giving!

    3 · April 19

    • Danielle

      Lol I imagine because the novice folks kept running into everyone else!

      April 19

    • Pete H.

      There is something about being on the water that causes us to be genuine and open with each other.

      1 · April 20

  • Barbara H.

    The paddle was great! Enjoyed going out for pizza afterwards, fun group of people.

    1 · April 20

    • Pete H.

      It's always great having you with us, Barb. I enjoy being your friend.

      April 20

  • Amy

    It was a great day! Thanks Pete!!

    April 20

    • Pete H.

      You helped make it a great day. Thanks for joining us.

      April 20

  • Cindy

    What a great day to paddle. Thanks Pete for getting us out for the first paddle of the season. Great seeing everyone again and meeting new people. Fun day, thank you.

    April 19

  • Wendy M.

    Unfortunately, I'm unexpectedly detained elsewhere and won't make it in time for the paddle today.....have a great adventure and I hope to catch the next meet up!!!

    April 19

  • Cindy G

    Next time; realized I need to be in Burke later in the evening, and going back and forth twice in a day is crazy for me.

    April 18

  • Mary B.

    Sorry, I have to miss this due to company coming this weekend. But I'm ready to get out on the water and hoping you'll have another paddle on April 26?

    April 16

  • Amy

    Sorry we will have to miss this one. We will be paddling on the Rappahannock - but we will catch you next time. It was gorgeous out there this past weekend. Enjoy!

    April 14

  • Peggy

    On Florida Gulf Coast..paddling with dolphins and manatees!!!!

    1 · April 13

  • Deke M.

    In myrtle beach hopefully paddling with dolphins

    April 13

  • Pam M.

    I'm doing the Color Run in Baltimore and will miss being on the water with you. See you next time! Pam

    April 13

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pete, will there be SUP's for rent for sure at this meetup?

    April 8

    • Pete H.

      Yes. We will be ready for SUP rentals. Sorry we couldn't do it last meet up. The park said the water was too cold.

      April 8

  • Pete H.

    I will be in Charleston, SC until April 15, so be patient if I don't answer emails right away. You can always call or text me at[masked] cell.

    April 6

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