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Paddle the Rhode River at SERC & Oktoberfest at Old Stein Inn's Biergarten

In past years, our SHR group had a lot of fun celebrating Oktoberfest with a biking event, followed by authentic German music, food, and beer at Doner Bistro in Leesburg. This year, we'll celebrate Oktoberfest with a scenic autumn paddle on the Rhode River near Annapolis. Afterward, it's just a short drive to the Old Stein Inn for real Bavarian food, beer, and socializing in it's outdoor biergarten. Anyone is welcome to join us there around 3:30 pm.

Kayaking the Rhode River at SERC

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) has a beautiful facility located about 10 miles south of Annapolis. Their extensive grounds along the Rhode River are a mix of pretty woodlands, open fields, an old estate, and modern buildings dedicated to environmental research and education. SERC is open to the public for nature hiking and kayaking from its excellent dock and boat ramp.

Our kayaking route will explore the SERC's water trail of historic and environmental features on Muddy Creek, as well as the broader Rhode River. The paddle distance will be approximately 6-8 miles. This will be a fairly easy and relaxing paddling adventure in a place many of us have not experienced.

The fee to launch a kayak is $5.00. Check-in at the Visitor Center and pay the launch fee when you arrive. Then unload your gear at the SERC boat ramp, and move your car back to the Visitor Center lot.

THERE ARE NO RENTAL KAYAKS AVAILABLE AT SERC, so you'll need to bring your own boat and gear. Here are some local Annapolis rental options:

http://www.meetup.com/Second-Half-Rally-Active-Recreation-for-Fun-People/about/

Full details and directions are available on the SERC website:

http://www.serc.si.edu/index.aspx

This event is suitable for anyone with basic kayak skills who feels comfortable paddling near open water. The Rhode River area is generally calm, but winds and larger boat traffic can create swells and wave turbulence. You should be prepared to deal with some choppy water.  

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR A PFD AND BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL SAFETY

Our group of recreational kayakers look out for each other, but we're not certified experts at rescuing novices. SHR paddle events have been very successful so far because we stick together in case anyone needs assistance. 

We'll need good kayaking weather for this event. I'll post a notice and send out an email by 9:00 am if we need to change plans or cancel. A little rain is okay and can add to the adventure, but we won't paddle in storms, lightning, high winds, excessive heat or other dangerous conditions.

Oktoberfest at Old Stein Inn's Biergarten

After our paddle, we'll drive five miles to the Old Stein Inn at 1143 Central Avenue (Rt. 214). The Old Stein is an amazing bit of authentic Bavarian charm in rural Maryland featuring a variety of tasty German dishes and a wide selection of beers. Its outdoor biergarten is shaded and covered to protect from the elements. Live music is typically offered on weekend afternoons, especially during Oktoberfest. Our SHR group has had some good times there!

Anyone who doesn't paddle is welcome to come join us at the Old Stein Inn around 3:30 pm. Fall weather should be perfect in late September, and we can go indoors if it's too hot or cold. The Old Stein interior is also very authenticly Bavarian and comfortable.

Full details, directions, and reviews for the Old Stein Inn below:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-old-stein-inn-edgewater

I hope to see you there! Call Jake at[masked] with any questions.

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  • Gloria

    I have a masters in disasters so was able to roll an ankle just minutes before leaving for the SERC. Don't try this at home kids. Thanks to Peggy (crutches delivery with a smile) I was able to hobble over to the Old Stein and have a great time. Thanks Jake for this (according to the photos) gorgeous new paddle which I hope to try sometime. Thank you Bill for your Southern (South Dakotan) hospitality dontchyaknow!

    September 28, 2014

    • Bill

      And thank you Gloria for the wonderful "Watermelon Pie" you brought over - it was enjoyed by all (and still is by me)!

      1 · September 29, 2014

  • Bill

    Great as all other SHR events

    September 28, 2014

    • Bill

      So glad many of you could make it to my place - you all will have to come back again!

      1 · September 28, 2014

  • Bobbe

    A Perfect kickoff to the Fall Season.....a paddle under beautiful blue skies.....sun shining and a change of color in the trees. Followed by a Octoberfest celebration with amazing short ribs, Octoberfest ale, and oompah music! So wonderful to enjoy this celebration with everyone! Happy Fall! (non pun intended Gloria!) Thank you Jake!

    September 28, 2014

  • Paul

    Missed the paddle but it was a nice time with good food and drinks at Old Stein and then a great wrap up at Bill's home with such beautiful views! Thanks to Jake for organizing and to Bill for opening his home!

    September 28, 2014

  • Cheryl

    Great time at the Old Stein Inn, then at Bill's. Wish I could have paddled with ya'all.

    September 28, 2014

  • Tammy

    Thanks Jake!! A great time at the Old Stein Inn- delicious food, great company and authentic music. And thanks to Bill for sharing a beautiful setting to watch the sunset. A wonderful evening!

    September 28, 2014

  • Ron

    SERC offers an easy put in location and Muddy Creek is a scenic paddle. Beautiful tree lined creek with a hint of the changing seasons as fall foliage appeared on a handful of hardwood trees. Fall was welcomed in afterwards with fellowship at the Old Stein Inn. Great day, thanks for putting this together Jake.

    September 28, 2014

  • Peggy

    The Old Stein Inn was fabulous : great food and and service. SHR always has a FUN time there !

    September 28, 2014

  • Kyle

    It was a beautiful day. Thanks for ordering that up for us Jake!

    September 28, 2014

  • Linda D.

    I had a wonderful time! Paddle was great and the food was delicious :-) Thank you Jake!

    September 28, 2014

  • Jake

    It was a perfect fall day with sunny weather, warm temps, and no wind for kayaking. The SERC and Muddy Creek were just beautiful and calm. Lots of herons and we saw an eagle too. Very relaxing. Afterward at the Old Stein was good food and beer outside in their biergarten. And then watching sunset at Bill's house. Just a terrific day. Thanks to all who attended.

    September 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thi swa my first event with SHR, and a good time it was.

    September 27, 2014

  • Cheryl

    If I get off work early, and I think I will, I'll meet everyone at the Old Stein Inn.

    1 · September 26, 2014

  • Bob

    Might show for the food and bier...

    September 26, 2014

  • Tammy L.

    might show up after - working Sat til 3pm

    September 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first event! I will kayak but skip the beer party. Weather looks good.

    September 25, 2014

  • Tammy

    I don't have a kayak so I will join you at the Old Stein Inn. Last year Oktoberfest at the Old Stein Inn was my 1st meet up with SHF.

    1 · September 4, 2014

    • Peggy

      See you there Tammy. I dont have a kayak either !

      September 16, 2014

    • Tammy

      It is always good to see you!

      1 · September 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    No kayak either, so I will also meet you at Old Stein.

    September 8, 2014

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