We are a group of fun-minded intermediate-level kayakers with a sense of adventure. We explore new places as well as frequenting favorite waterways throughout the Mid Atlantic region. We have enjoyed the familiar outings, such as nearby Occoquan and Potomac River routes, but we often wonder what other locations we might have missed. Our "Bucket List" consists of every river, stream, dribble, and drip that we have yet to dip our paddles into. Recent meetups brought our kayaks to the Potomac in Shepherdstown, WV; Accokeek Creek in Stafford, VA; Kenilworth Water Gardens on the Anacostia in Washington, DC; the Choptank River in Denton, MD, and the Patuxent River in Upper Marlboro, MD. Some locations may require a short portage from parking to reach the waterline. But the payoff is definitely worth it: being one of the first to visit a waterway, and having the whole place to yourself. There isn’t a new location every week; there are repeats, and some favorites. But when we learn of a new location, we have to try it out. We schedule a mix of evening, midday, mid/week and weekend paddles. We have noticed that most rivers flow on weekdays, too, and we hate to miss out on an opportunity to get on the water. So "every day ending in Y", and every daylight hour, is in play. If your schedule permits one of our weekday paddles, you will find parking is easier and we often have the river to ourselves! These are not endurance paddles; we take the time to enjoy nature as we pass along the shoreline. At the same time, these are not beginner paddles either. You should be able to sustain a 3 to 4 mile per hour pace over 8 to 12 miles. We often are on the river for two to four hours. If you're not sure, please reach out to the organizers.
The fine print:
This group is for sea kayak paddlers in the Washington D.C. area with a couple years of experience. This is primarily a kayaking group, but experienced touring SUP paddlers who can keep pace with the group are welcome.
Your kayak should have either bulkheads or flotation. It should at least 12 feet long. We encourage safety on the water. You should know how to wet exit, and own a spray skirt (unless using an extended range Sit On Top or using a Surf Ski). You should be able to sit in your boat for longer than an hour at a time. You should own basic safety gear and know how to use it.
We insist you wear your PFD, not just bring it, and we will recommend other safety gear as conditions warrant.
The idea is to have fun paddling out on the water, and enjoy the many natural features this area has to offer. We encourage members to suggest new locations, and share their own experiences and personal bucket lists. Kayaking can be a magical experience and we are here to facilitate that magic!