Patuxent River - Mixed Paddle - DAY CHANGE

MOVED TO SUNDAY. Because we can take advantage of Daylight Savings (and based on a request from my wife), I am moving this to Sunday and a little less than 2 hours later.

Darrick has introduced us all to a great place to paddle and has been a favorite all winter because of its relative safety. The tide on that part of the Patuxent will reach peak about 3:45pm so the plan to launch at 1:45pm, paddle for a little under 2 hours, take a break, and then return paddling a little under 2 hours. So we will go with the tide both ways and the river should be at its deepest for the whole paddle. To that end, I am also inviting SUPs (truth is I have done this paddle several times this winter in a kayak and am jonesin' to try it on my SUP).

Website for the launch site: http://www.aacounty.org/RecParks/launch/patuxent_wetlands.cfm

As with most of my moderate paddles, I have no problem breaking into 2 groups if desired. I will lead the slower group if someone else is willing to captain the faster group (same direction, different speeds). If we do break into 2 groups, we will co-ordinate our stops to be at the same time (presumably in 2 different locations) and start our returns at the same time so we all arrive back at the starting point at the same time. If everyone would prefer to stay as one group, that works fine as well.

So now the fine print. While the temps will be in 50's, the water will be about 40 degrees. To that end, all of the usual winter rules apply. You must wear a 1) dry suit, 2) dry top + dry bottom, 3) 3-mil or heavier full wetsuit, or 4) 3-mil or heavier Farmer Jane/John with either a dry top or a neoprene jacket. I would also recommend you bring a Paddle/Splash jacket to either wear or carry with your boat not to mention wearing appropriate cold water boots, hats, and gloves. Don't forget to also bring a full change of fleece clothing in a dry bag to either carry with you. I will send out the official Cold Water Guidelines to those signing up to verify you can meet them (mostly its stuff like PFD, whistle, pump, paddle float, sponge, water, snack, etc). I will bring everything designated as "must have's" for the leader. If you are able to also carry some of the leader stuff (like a tow line or strobe light), let me know. As always I will have a VHF/Weather radio (that also does FRS/GMRS) as well as 2 FRS/GMRS radios (in case no one else brings a VHF radio): all are waterproof and submersible.

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  • Chuck

    Beautiful sunny day and a fun group of people to paddle with. Thanks Deke.

    March 11, 2013

  • Marc

    Great day to be out with a great group!

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great day! Nice to see everyone!

    March 10, 2013

  • Ben

    Great Paddle!

    March 10, 2013

  • DJ-2011

    70:30 chance I'll be there. Btw: GoogleMap shows a felled tree obstruction across the Patuxent ~5.4 miles north of Rt 4. It's a summer photo (year unknown), so hopefully Sandy had washed it away. :)

    March 10, 2013

    • Deke M.

      We have done this stretch all winter. No obstruction.

      March 10, 2013

  • Dennis

    Dubside will be guest.

    March 10, 2013

  • Chuck

    It's should be too beautiful out today to not be kayaking

    March 10, 2013

  • Andy

    After Saturday, I don't think I can pass this up. I look forward to seeing Darrick paddle two new NDK kayaks at once -- not to mention Deke wearing two or three new drysuits at the same time.

    March 10, 2013

  • Madeline

    Sorry,can't make it- family plans. Looks like a great day!

    March 8, 2013

  • Dennis

    Should be a good day for a paddle.

    March 8, 2013

  • Brian S.

    is Darrick bringing the new NDK that he'll be buying on Saturday?

    March 7, 2013

    • Deke M.

      How will he be able to choose between all of the NDK's he will be buying Saturday. So many kayaks, so many choices :o)

      March 7, 2013

  • Bryan W.

    I'm a maybe depending on the insanity of the rest of the week. Have full winter gear and leader stuff too.

    March 6, 2013

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