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Flatwater Kayak Trip on the Potomac River with Barbecue on the River Bank

Update: We are now also getting a boxed lunch for the trip. The outfitter will contact all who have paid for the trip to find out what their sandwich preference is for the boxed lunch (i.e., ham, turkey, or chicken salad). There is no additional cost for this meal. I will do the barbecue in our private pavilion after the paddle. This just gets better and better!

This trip is appropriate for first-timers and teens, and guests are welcome. This will be the last kayak trip I do out of Brunswick due to the change in seasons. The summer trips have all been extremely successful so far, and this is the end of the warm water paddling season. Today is the first day of fall, so we will have an autumn adventure on the Potomac River. The water will still be warm for us.

Please arrive at the Brunswick Campground by 9 AM so that we can be on the water by 10 AM.

Guests and kids are welcome to the activity, as it is okay for first-timers and safe for all.

PLEASE FOLLOW ALL THE DIRECTIONS FOR THIS EVENT. MAKE SURE THAT KANDEE AT RIVER AND TRAIL OUTFITTERS HAS YOU ON HER LIST FOR A RESERVATION, WHETHER YOU RESERVE A RENTAL BOAT OR RESERVE A SHUTTLE FOR YOUR OWN BOAT. YOU CAN EITHER RENT A BOAT AND SHUTTLE, OR RESERVE A SHUTTLE FOR YOUR OWN BOAT AND PAY FOR IT BEFORE THE EVENT. REGARDLESS, IT HAS TO BE DONE BEFORE THE DATE OF THE EVENT.

If you bring your own boat and pay for the shuttle, please be aware that rotomolded boats are better than fiberglass boats as the shuttle trailer has metal bars that can scratch delicate boats. The outfitter is not responsible for damage to your personal boats if they are being shuttled by the outfitter.

This is a 12-mile paddle, so keep in mind that it is longer than an 11-mile paddle but shorter than a 13-mile paddle. Teens and guests are welcome.

Whether it's "Here they come" or "There they go" it's a fun time at both ends of the flotilla

Here are the two maps showing the 12-mile paddle:

Brunswick to Point of Rocks - Map 1

Point of Rocks to Monocacy River - Map 2


Come on down to the river to get healed on a peaceful 12-mile paddle......

We will meet and leave our vehicles at the Brunswick Campground in Brunswick, Maryland. Check-in can begin at 9:30 AM. Carpooling is encouraged.

There is no alcohol allowed in the Brunswick Family Campground and there is no alcohol allowed on the Potomac River.

Bring a bathing suit so that you can swim in the river.

Guests and young'uns are welcome on this adventure. This will be a serene, peaceful, and relaxing downriver trip, safe for first-timers and good for veterans. There are no rapids on this stretch of the People's River.

We will use River and Trail Outfitters, the oldest and safest family-owned kayaking outfit on the Potomac River, an operation that has been running river trips for 40 years, and it is looked at as a model for other outfitters to emulate.

Preparation is the key - here we are at our prior paddle getting ready

If you want to stay the night (or the weekend) and camp out after the Barbie-Q, note that River and Trail Outfitters is also the campground manager.

Here they are:

http://www.rivertrail.com/index.php

Brunswick Campground Web Site:

http://potomacrivercampground.com/

The Brunswick campground is very secluded, and there are bike rental as well as kayak rental establishments a short distance away (less than one mile). The entrance to the Brunswick Campground is on the C&O Towpath, at mile marker 55, which means it is 55 miles distant from Washington, D.C.

There are (yes!) modern rest room facilities with hot showers at the Brunswick campground. And there is also a Sheetz close by, that is open 24 hours a day, located at 3842 Burkittsville Road in Knoxville. The Sheetz has food, soda, ice, coffee, fuel, and items that you may need:

Here are the directions from the Brunswick campground to the Sheetz:

http://mapq.st/KPcQgu

At the Brunswick Campground, there are 200 tent sites available to us. Remember that the tent sites are not marked. We are staying in Tent Area E. Be aware that there are freight trains that travel north of the campground (the tracks run parallel to the C&O Towpath) and they may be noisy at night; if you are sensitive to noise, bring earplugs. For mapping purposes, the exact location of the campground is at Lat 39.3°N and Lon 77.59°W.

If you are camping overnight, make sure you stay in Tent Area E.

Here is a map of the campground:

Brunswick Family Campground Map

For ideas on what to bring when car or tent camping, here are two documents; one is a general list I put together and the other is information particular to this camping trip:

Camping Checklist

Tent Camping and My Gear

The river view from the Brunswick Campground

This will be a full day's activity. We will paddle from the Brunswick Campground to the Mouth of the Monocacy River for a relaxing 12-mile journey. There are usually no ripples or rapids on this shallow and safe stretch of the river, and one can go for a swim along the way. Of course, much of the river's condition depends on the weather immediately preceding our trip. Please be aware that there is no alcohol allowed on the river or in the campground.

We will pass by the Catoctin Creek, and, if we decide to do so, we can go up the creek for 1/4 mile to check out the 200-year-old aqueduct that has just been restored to its old glory

We will pass and stop at Eagle Island, and see if any of its inhabitants are flying around.

We will pass and stop at Heater Island, where the Piscataway Indians lived in the late 1600's.

Anyone care for the salad bar?

At the end of our paddle, we will enter the mouth of Maryland's most scenic river, the Monocacy River, and travel under a historic bridge that holds another waterway. That's right: We'll paddle on one body of water and have another body of water over our heads where the C&O Canal goes over the river in a historic aqueduct.

The Monocacy Aqueduct, the largest aqueduct on the C&O Canal, is an amazing waterway on top of another waterway.

We will then get picked up (with the boats and gear) at the Mouth of the Monocacy, and get shuttled back to the Brunswick Campground. There, in a private area, we will be treated to a riverside evening cookout, consisting of hamburgers and hot dogs.

Bring s'mores and keep them in your vehicle, as I will build a bonfire on the river bank after our barbecue if it is not raining. And, yes, there are hot water showers as well as modern rest room facilities at the Brunswick Campground.

The barbecue will be when we return from the paddle, and the sunset is at 7 PM.

S'mores over a bonfire beside the river - a great way to end the evening

Here is a shot of our last bonfire along the riverbank

As noted, if anyone wants to stay overnight and tent camp at the Brunswick Campground, please contact River and Trails Outfitters, by telephone or email, as the outfitter is managing the campground for the City of Brunswick.

If anyone wants to bring one's own kayak, and just pay ahead of time an online for the shuttle and the barbecue, then it is $35.80 per person.

The cost is $51.55 per person and it includes a kayak, PFD, paddle, and a meal.


Please reserve and pay online using your credit card. Remember that this online system is for the paddle and not for the camping:

Enter Reservation # 17982

Name: Cianflone

Amount: $51.55 (for a single kayak)

For a canoe or a tandem kayak, it is $90.20 (which covers two participants)

For just a shuttle and barbecue, it is $35.80 per person.

For just the barbecue, it is $10.60 per person.

If you stay home, it costs nothing.

Pay through this link:

http://rivertrailonline.adventureres.com/Verify.aspx?locationId=1&action=Payment

Remember: The actual RSVP is the online payment.

Contact Kandee with any questions:

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To save time, bring the completed liability waiver with you:

River and Trail Outfitters Liability Waiver

If you have a teen coming who is under the age of 18, fill out this form:

River and Trail Outfitters Parent Permission Form

There are no refunds less than seven days before the event as the outfitter has to procure food and make much preparations to ensure that our trip is safe. Please be booked and paid by 3 PM the day before the event.


The locals may or may not take an interest in our passing

What to bring:

  1. A dry change of clothes that can be left in your vehicle
  2. A towel to dry or sit on
  3. Suntan lotion
  4. Eyeglass retainer or strap
  5. Plenty of water, as it is very important to be properly hydrated on our trip
  6. Food in a cooler or sack for the paddle, since it will be a long trip

What to wear:

Here is the weather report for our area updated in real time:

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Brunswick&state=MD&site=LWX&lat=39.315&lon=-77.6112

Row, row, row your boat......

The put in is where we are going to start from and end up at, and where you will park. It is also our base camp where the Barbie-Q and bonfire will take place. If you are doing your own shuttle, you will need the additional directions provided below.

Directions from the put in to the take out:

http://mapq.st/M002Az

Directions from the take out to the put in:

http://mapq.st/M3Y843

Detailed Directions To Our Base Camp:

Okay. Let's say that, despite your best efforts, you make it to Brunswick. Greater miracles have occurred, so it could happen. Do not speed in Brunswick, or else two things will take place: You will not see the signs to the campground, and you will be reducing my tax burden.

To get to downtown Brunswick, you will likely go through at least one traffic circle.

Enter the traffic circle. We call them "roundabouts" up here. If you say "roundabout" to an old timer, you will fit in as a local. That is, unless you nervously blink your eyes while speaking, as that will be interpreted as a clear sign that you plan to rob his land. Anyway, you are now in Brunswick. Welcome.

In the traffic circle or roundabout, follow the sign to the MARC train station and to "A" Street (yes, that's the name of the street) but you will actually be on Petersville Road for a short period.

You are now on Maple Avenue. Go straight down (South) on Maple Avenue. The intersecting side street to Maple Avenue will be Potomac Street. Follow the signs to the MARC train station.

Go to downtown Brunswick, beside City Hall (City Hall is located at 1 West Potomac Street, Brunswick, MD, 21716, for mapping purposes for your GPS). City Hall is on the corner of Potomac Street and Maple Avenue. If you enter the address for City Hall on Mapquest, you will see a map for the area and you can get directions as well.


On Maple Avenue, as you pass the MARC station on your right, slowly go over two sets of railroad tracks, and continue until the road ends.

At the stop sign and where the road ends, turn left. The Potomac River will be in front of you. Don't go straight, even if your GPS tells you to, as that has happened to tourists before.

Turn Left at the C&O Towpath even though on the C&O Towpath no motorized vehicles are allowed. Trust me.

Stay on the C&O Towpath and drive 0.7 miles on the C&O Towpath.

Pass the Enhanced Nutrient Removal Facility (i.e., sewage plant) on your right. Keep going on the C&O Towpath even if no motorized vehicles are allowed on the C&O Towpath. Continue trusting me.

There will be a brown metal gate in front of you and the Brunswick Family Campground entrance on your right, so turn right. Enter the campground.

Stop at the stop sign. Wave at everyone that you see, as that is what locals do. There, you may see BOAB (i.e., Bonnie In A Booth), and she is the campground manager; just mention my name and she will tell you where to go. She has been telling me where to go for some time now, so she is good at that.

On your right there will be Airport Road, as that was once an airplane landing strip before WW II. You will parallel park on the left side, where there are two parking areas located by the play area (look at the campground map). I will be there to help you. Bonnie, the campground manager will also be there to assist.

The Barbie-Q is a welcome time for hungry paddlers

This event will take place and be cancelled only if severe weather is predicted. This paddle is in water that is mostly waist-high, and it is not as dangerous as a deep-water paddle such as the one planned at Jack's Boats in Washington, D.C. There are no large motor boats around us on this paddle; just bass boats. If there are any changes to our event, I will notify everyone by 9 PM the night before the activity.

Since lunch is now provided, just bring extra water in case you are thirsty.

Here is the weather report for our area:

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=39.3143818&lon=-77.62497339999999&site=all&smap=1&searchresult=Brunswick%2C%20MD%2021716%2C%20USA

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  • A former member
    A former member

    There were no surprises... and I liked that! "Flat Water" and it was!! Thanks Bob for being so careful as to keeping on top of the weather and river conditions!!!

    September 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome paddle with great people.

    September 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a first-rate trip. The day was pleasant, and the weather comfortable. It did not rain at all while we were on the water. It was also nice to have the added push by the current on our way to Point of Rocks, where we had our lunch break, and we made excellent time to get there. We saw several cormorants swimming under the water looking for fish. And I now see that Point of Rocks is 6 miles down rather than 9 miles down, so that it was in fact our halfway point for the 12-mile trip. I still don't know where the 9 miles came from...... It was a relaxed paddle, and the weather was fantastic - until we boarded our bus for the shuttle back to the campground for our dinner, that is. It was a fantastic workout, with a great group of people.

    September 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This trip turned out to be an excellent one. Thanks to Bob. The weather was superb! You couldn't ask for a better day with a great group of people.

    September 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gorgeous day kayaking once again Bob! Amazing how you orchestrated the rain to hold off just until we all loaded on the bus, LOL. Thanks again!

    September 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will bring charcoal, hotdogs, hamburgers, buns for both, mustard, relish, ketchup, plates, and cups. You folks bring everything else that you may desire, such as your beverages, and trimmings for the meal (i.e., lettuce, onions, and tomatoes). If you want dessert or a salad, you folks bring that.

    September 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If any of you do NOT want to take part in the post-paddle barbecue that I am doing at about 4 PM when we get back to the pavilion, please tell me today before 5 PM. The outfitter is providing lunch (boxed cold cut or vegetarian sandwiches) and I am providing dinner (hotdogs and buns with mustard and hamburgers and buns with ketchup). If you want condiments or salad or anything beyond the hotdogs and hamburgers, please bring them and keep them in a cooler in your vehicle. We are going to be parked right beside our private pavilion, and that is the base camp for our posse.

    September 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - I just came back from the river where our kayaking trip will be - this is the finest I have seen the Potomac River all summer. The river will crest tomorrow morning at 8 AM at 3.7 feet and flow at 9.62 kcfs, and that is the sweetest it has been all summer. We are finally seeing the People's River the way it should be! At 9 AM it will be 66 degrees and at 3 PM it will be 82 degrees. The water temperature will hover at the 70 degree range.

    September 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Done

    September 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Did anyone get a call concerning your sandwich choice for 2moro? Guess I'll call them if I don't hear from them by noon.

    September 21, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Call now. I think Kandee is overwhelmed by two trips at the same time, ours with kayaks on the Potomac and another one with rafts on the Shenandoah.

      September 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    As it now stands, we are good to go.

    Here is the currently predicted chance of rain for our area for Saturday:

    8 AM: 0%
    9 AM: 0%
    10 AM: 0%
    11 AM: 0%
    12 Noon: 0%
    1 PM: 10%
    2 PM: 10%
    3 PM: 20 %
    4 PM: 40%
    5 PM: 50%
    6 PM: 50%

    Since we will end the paddle by 3 PM and the barbecue is under our private covered pavilion, we are okay. Given this weather prediction, the bonfire in the evening is the sole activity that will not take place. Rain is okay, lightning is not okay. If there are changes, I will notify all by 9 PM tonight.

    September 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    So, as has been true on every day that we kayaked this year, there is a perennial chance of rain on Saturday. If conditions warrant it, while we are on the water, I can call the cavalry and have them pick us up at Point of Rocks rather than at the Mouth of the Monocacy. And our private pavilion would be okay for the after-paddle barbecue, regardless of the weather. We will see what the ever-changing prediction calls for tomorrow......

    September 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - Since your box lunch is now provided, you don't need the collapsible container with your meal and your beverage. However, I think bringing extra water is always good. The rope, a water bailer, and tape are standard items and I will bring a set with me. This way, you will have to bring less gear.

    September 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bob,
    WHAT HAPPEN TO THE OTHER ITEMS TO BRING? (lol)
    Tape and such)

    September 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      That was the collapsible container, duck tape, poly rope, and a water bailer; you may bring them, but with the smaller group we can handle it with what I will have there. They are providing the box lunch.

      September 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone coming my way??? I live in upper marlboro.

    September 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    it looks like a great outing. i am working the weeknd:((.have fun

    September 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Raaj There is one more trip on the next weekend...... Take a look at it. - Bob

      September 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - As always, your safety is the prime objective. The river is fine, and is predicted to be at regular levels by Saturday morning. We are also getting a boxed lunch. The outfitter will be calling everyone who has paid about the additional lunch to see if you want ham, turkey, or chicken salad. And the barbecue will be done by me rather than the outfitter. So now you are getting two meals! There is no change in cost.

    September 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow didn't read the info correctly
    So glad we have you

    September 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why Bob?

    September 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Six inches of rain.

      September 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If all 12 have signed up with Kandee for the boats, then we should be okay. If not, then there may be changes to our activity. I am checking the river now......

    September 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - We have to monitor the water level and current following today's storm. I am going to make river readers out of you yet! Here is the prediction for the next few days: http://files.meetup.com/1415650/Potomac%20River%20Gage%20at%20Point%20of%20Rocks.png

    September 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm all in and excited!!'nm

    September 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - Please reserve your kayak online now, as that is the only way to ensure you will have a boat on the date of our trip.

    September 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Bob. I didn't see this one I think I'm going to come. Think I can find it?? Haahaa

    September 16, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Compared to Georgetown in DC, finding a boat ramp in Brunswick...... Yes, I know you can find it!

      September 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - This will be the last twelve mile river trip for the year.

    August 15, 2012

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