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Paddle Riverbend Park

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  • For those of us in-town for the weekend let's have a fun paddle in a rocky park we love to explore. The water will be a bit warmer but may still require Hydroskin, etc. Water temp to follow closer to date.

    Please join us for a paddle at Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA, on the morning of Saturday[masked] at 10:45 am. We will put in at 11 am. We will paddle about 3 hours and then head over to the Old Brogue in Great Falls VA for lunch and beverages on their terrace or in the dining room.

    Paddle description:

    This park is a gem, it is rocky and shady and green with much hidden beauty, something new to discover with each turn. While there is no "white water" here the water may move slowly or with more force depending on where one approaches. There are many chutes and narrow passages. This paddle is appropriate for rec boats. Be prepared to "paddle hard," newer paddlers will find this park a workout.

    The rocks will scrape our boats so we recommend plastic boats, shorter boats are fine. We use our 12 foot Tsunamis (day touring boats). I suggest plastic/aluminum paddles too.

     

    Details:

    Fees: 5 bucks per boat to drop in the "honor box," next to the boat ramp. Exact change!

    This paddle will be 2 to 3 hours but will probably only total 6 to 8 miles.

    Rentals are available through the park system however one has to be a card-carrying certified paddler, having gone through their certification process. We've never had any luck with the rentals, so my advice is: don't plan to rent unless you've confirmed with someone at the park service that they will accommodate you.

    Link to the park:

    http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/riverben..

    We need the river to be running at 2.50 feet at least. Here is a link to the river gauge.

    http://www.erh.noaa.gov/marfc/potomac.shtml

    The bathrooms are large enough to change in at the visitors center where we will put in and take out.

    Water Level:

    Check Little Falls, the closest location on the gauge to the park. The paddle will be canceled if the gauge does not fall between 2.50 and 4.5 feet. Below 2.50 there isn't enough water, and at 4.60 the park closes the ramp and the river gets dangerous. There is a dam one mile south of the put in.

     

    Our standard safety warnings:

    Marine Law on the Potomac requires that you wear a PFD. You must also have a sound making device, such as a whistle. The law also requires a light source such as a flash light if on the river near dusk or at dark.

    As on all group paddling trips, EACH INDIVIDUAL PADDLER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS OR HER OWN SAFETY and we assume no liability.


     

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  • Annemarie L.

    I wondered what happened! I got to Riverbend and there was no other kayakers there! Maybe next time!

    May 25, 2013

  • Gary R.

    Sorry to miss my first meetup. Hopefully next trip will see warmer temps.

    May 25, 2013

  • sarah

    Better safe than sorry. I just ran out to the bank and a bunch of people in the parking lot saw my kayak and felt the wind and asked me "you're not going out today are you". Looking forward to the reschedule!

    May 25, 2013

  • Ted M.

    Changed mind - going on walk

    May 25, 2013

  • Randi K.

    Oh SH*T, Sorry folks! The "boat ramp is currently closed for boating." The gauge at Little Falls was over 4.5 sometime in the last 24 hours so no paddling today.

    May 25, 2013

  • Randi K.

    Add a wind breaker, splash top, etc, to your gear today. Just an thought, not a sermon!

    May 25, 2013

  • Jon D.

    Randi - Recalculating the new start time, length of the paddle and drive time, I need to bail on today. Have a family event late afternoon. Sorry to miss it.

    May 25, 2013

    • Randi K.

      That's ok, I knew pushing the start back might knock some paddlers off. Not that I wanted to, just a fact of time.

      May 25, 2013

  • David Z.

    I found the a whistle at Walmart. Thanks
    Dave

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • David Z.

    Anyone know where to pick up a whistle?

    May 24, 2013

    • Ted M.

      REI, EMS, probably Dicks.
      Closest sure hit is EMS at Dullas (in near the Wegmans)

      May 25, 2013

    • Deke M.

      I got mine at West Marine. I have a spare (never been used) you can have for $3 (comes in a 2 pack for $6). It has the string to attach to your PFD. Let me know.

      May 25, 2013

  • Randi K.

    Weather report predicts sunny and a high of 72 degrees. NOAA's water temp station measured the Potomac at WashDC at 72 degrees this morning. Little Falls is measured at 3.86, nice! A good amount of water for this paddle. All looks good to go!

    May 23, 2013

    • Annemarie L.

      Ok so I'm still fairly new to kayaking- I have a 10.5 stable rec boat- will I be ok out there cuz of the wind? Also, I don't have a wet suit but I have quick dry pants and shirt for cooler weather. Does that sound ok for tomorrow?

      May 24, 2013

    • Randi K.

      I think your clothing will be fine. You and I will be in similar boats. If it's too much we go to lunch early!

      May 25, 2013

  • Annemarie L.

    Never paddled at this park before! Looking forward to it!

    1 · May 24, 2013

  • Gloria M

    Hi, could you please let me know if this trip requires some experience with white water kayaking? I have no experience with this type of kayaking

    May 23, 2013

    • Randi K.

      The short answer is "no white water experience needed." The water is not technically "white," as there is nothing beyond ripples at this locale. I myself am a sea kayaker, but find this an interesting diversion from the normal "flat" water I paddle.

      May 23, 2013

  • Ted M.

    Now have own flatwater boat (WS Zephyr) - 20+ year WW kayaker crossing over to the other side and looking for opportunities

    May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    don't want to keep someone who can attend from going...another commitment came up.

    May 20, 2013

  • Peggy

    Sorry! I've made other plans.

    May 10, 2013

  • Jane

    is there a waiting list? thanks!

    April 8, 2013

  • sarah

    Always love this paddle!

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • LA

    Would love to join someone who has a tandem as I have an inflatable hobie pls email me tnx, LA

    April 3, 2013

  • Alan F.

    This will be our first paddle with the kayak club. Looking forward to meeting other paddlers.
    Alan

    1 · April 3, 2013

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