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Algonkian Park Island Paddle

On this Thursday paddle we take advantage of unseasonable "warm" temperatures. 

We will meet at 10 am for a 10:30 launch.

From here we paddle up inside Sharpshin, Tenfoot, Van Deventer, and Selden Islands. As we are paddling upstream, this part will be a bit of a workout. 

Depending on water level we may divert into the side channel at Broad Run

We will take a break at the upstream tip of Selden Island.

We will paddle downstream in the main river channel, outside the boundary islands. The current will definitely assist our return.

Total mileage for this trip will be around 10 miles, but you'll be able to coast the last 3 miles. Time on water 3 to 4 hours.  And as always we will poll paddlers on decision points.


Meet at 10 am for a 10:30 launch

park link

Fees: $4 or $5 dollar launch fee, bring exact change, use the Honor Box at the right hand side of the ramp, leave ticket stub on your dash. Your OWL Pass is honored here.

Bring: snack, water, sunblock 

Bathrooms: Porta Johns to your left as you enter the boat ramp parking lot. Also bathrooms in the park admin building.

Mileage: around 10 miles total, 3-4 hours on water

There are no rentals at this location!

***From here on in cold water gear, eg a drysuit is required for all Bucket List events.***

Please consult our post on cold weather gear, which can be found here -- 

You must WEAR a pfd, not just carry it.

Kayaking is an activity with "assumed risk." Each paddler is responsible for their own safety. We assume no liability, and are not present to guarantee safety.

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  • bob m.

    Pleasant Spring day in January, if a bit gusty. Good to have Dennis join us, welcome to the Bucket List Paddlers!

    1 · January 12

  • Dennis

    Heads up – it’s still duck hunting season in MD through Jan 28. The last time I paddled here (12/31), I did see hunters set up at both ends of Sharpshin Island. So, again, we might be sharing the river with water-loving friends that have guns. Recommend wearing bright colors, keeping an eye out for the hunters, and giving our hunting friends their space.

    January 10

    • bob m.

      Good point, Dennis, thanks for the heads up

      January 10

  • Dennis

    Bob, FYI... I'll be putting at at Riley's Lock and paddling up to rendezvous with you by 10:30. Thanks for posting this weekday paddle. (But... how'd you know, back when you first posted, that it would be so unseasonably warm!?)

    January 8

    • bob m. has a 10-day forecast; I figured either Wednesday or Thursday would be ok. Be on the lookout for another paddle around the 18th, taking advantage of an opportune high tide.

      January 8

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