This has been changed to a picnic only IF its not raining tomorrow evening. We will not be providing any food since we are refunding all the money. Please bring your own meat to grill and something to share. Post on the page if u can come!
The historic Washington Canoe Club is the oldest existing Canoe Club in the United States. The boathouse was built in its present location by Club members in 1904. Throughout its 108-year history, WCC has established itself as one of the preeminent Canoe and Kayak racing clubs in America. WCC has sent numerous members to the Olympics over the years, and has brought back several medals, including two gold medals.
But WCC is more than just a racing club. The club is equally represented by recreational paddlers, and more recently, the club has added stand-up paddleboards (SUP's) to the mix. Equally important, WCC is a social club with organized club events scheduled year around (oyster roasts, crab feasts, and the Frank Havens chili cookoff are favorites). Club members also bring family and friends down to enjoy the river and to socialize around the barbeque and on the docks. Bill Woodruff, a member of Over 40 and The Club, is pleased to host this meetup, and to share the river and a sunset with friends.
UPDATE: NO MORE BOATS ARE AVAILABLE TO BE BORROWED. IF YOU SIGN UP YOU MUST HAVE YOUR OWN BOAT
Those who bring their own boats can unload at the front gate, from which there is a very short carry down to the dock, where we will be launching. The floating dock has room for several dozen kayaks.
THE PLAN: Please arrive no later than 3:00 pm, with a plan to be on the water between 3:30-4:00. We will head upstream for about 2 1/2 miles to Fletcher's boat house. Along the way, with a bit of luck we may see eagles, osprey, and herons. Also, we are likely to see some of our resident ducks teaching their new ducklings to stay together as they grow and learn to hunt along the river banks.
We will get back to the docks around 5:30 - 6:00, and it will be time to put boats away, and fire up the grill. Sunset is just after 8pm, so anyone who really needs to get home can have a bite to eat, and still drive home in daylight. The rest of us will be able to finish off the burgers, dogs, kielbasa, etc, and then relax as the sun sets over the water to our right, with Key Bridge catching all of the color to our left. We can finish the evening with a glass of wine as we watch the lights of Arlington frame the Virginia shore.
MEAL: Your contribution will cover the picnic supplies (paper, utensils, etc), hamburgers, hot dogs, kielbasa. PLEASE BRING A DISH TO SHARE -- EITHER APPETIZER, SALAD, SIDE DISH, OR DESSERT, and beverages (your water, soda, and post-paddle adult beverage). We are collecting in advance so we can make a Costco run a couple days in advance.
We look forward to seeing you on the water!
DIRECTIONS: The address is 3700 Water Street, NW, Washington, DC. GPS usually gets it right until the final half mile; because Water Street is underneath the Whitehurst Freeway, GPS receivers often go crazy once you are on the Georgetown Waterfront.
From Virginia via Key Bridge: Cross the river via Key Bridge, and take a right on M Street on the DC side. Take M Street to Wisconsin Avenue, where you will make a right turn. Wisconsin will take you about two blocks to the waterfront. When Wisconsin ends at a "T" intersection, turn right; you are now on Water Street. From there, you just go straight until Water Street ends, and turns into a bike path. At that point, you will see a chain link fence just ahead and to your left. That is the Canoe Club.
From Maryland (North): take your preferred route to McArthur Blvd, and take McArthur South to M Street. Take M Street South to Wisconsin Ave. When Wisconsin ends at a "T" intersection, turn right; you are now on Water Street. From there, you just go straight until Water Street ends, and turns into a bike path. At that point, you will see a chain link fence just ahead and to your left. That is the Canoe Club.