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Full Moon Paddle at Belle Haven Marina

  • May 14, 2014 · 5:30 PM
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(Cross-posting with NoVaKC)

The full moon rises at 8:15 pm today. I propose we put in at Belle Haven, do some site seeing and then view the moon rise over the Potomac before pulling off the water between 8:30 and 9 pm.  We will enjoy a 3 hour paddle around Belle Haven, Dyke's Marsh, and if paddlers are willing cross the river to National Harbor.

Please arrive at 5:30 and we will launch at 6 pm, or before if everyone is ready. 

The water is warmer now. Personally I will probably still be wearing light wet suit layers. Consider a spray deck, there can be chop at this location,  and its added benefit is it keeps the bugs off your lower body. 

Bring bug spray, water and a snack. Alcohol is prohibited at this location, just an fyi. Bring and attach your deck light. We will assist each other when it is time to turn them on. 

This event is appropriate for day touring boats, like Pungos and Tsunamis, and any longer craft. This location can sometimes be windy when nothing else stirs and it can have sudden swells and chop. With the tide coming in I can almost promise chop. So please check your abilities before you come. 

You MUST wear your PFD (life vest) zipped on your body. 


A deck light is required for this event.

$5 launch fee, pay at trailer.

Parking is tight, be prepared to drop your boat and park elsewhere.

Bathrooms on site, always dirty, eek.

High tide: ~9:10 pm

Low Tide: ~3:30 pm

Moon Rise: ~8:15 pm

Boat Rentals are available but must be returned by 8 pm, making them impractical for this event.

Please carry a sound making device such as a whistle, and actually WEAR you life vest. We ask that you carry a light making device if on the river near dusk, such as a deck light.


As always, each paddler's safety is his or her own responsibility. We assume no liability.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great group, great paddle. The moon, however, was missing, but no one cared. Thanks!

    2 · May 14, 2014

    • Randi K.

      When we left them to die! Dork!

      May 15, 2014

    • Andy

      Randi seems to have misspelled your name in her last comment, Deke. ;) There was no emergency, but Darrick and I were trying to call Randi to find out where your group was; Randi was also radioing us, but we never heard each other, even though we were only a quarter-mile apart. That's worrisome.

      1 · May 15, 2014

  • Sonja

    Although there was no hint of a moon, it was a great paddle and the rain held off.

    May 15, 2014

  • Celeste H.

    So last nights paddle added at least 30% to my life time kayak mileage. Couldn't ask for a better group to spend an evening with, Wow am I slow and lethargic, I think I may be a founding member of the Bathtub Brigade

    1 · May 15, 2014

    • Randi K.


      May 15, 2014

    • Pete H.

      You did a great job paddling a kayak, Celeste. We always love having you in the group. Now we need to find you a kayak worthy of your abilities.

      May 15, 2014

  • Deke

    Google maps agreed with Eddie's phone at 2.25 miles for that first segment where we stopped. It put the total around 9.5 miles(without variations in and out of coves).

    1 · May 15, 2014

  • Avi

    I am unable toake it today, enjoy...

    May 14, 2014

  • Cathy N

    I am not going to be able to make it to VA in time:(

    May 12, 2014

  • dianne

    Will anyone else be renting and turning back early? Or does anyone have a kayak they would like to rent to me?

    May 12, 2014

  • dianne

    I would love to go but have to rent

    May 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new, can everything be rented?

    April 27, 2014

    • Randi K.

      If you chose to rent you will not be able to paddle with us as we will not return to the launch before 8 pm. Rentals must be returned before 8 pm.

      1 · April 27, 2014

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