Susquehanna River Paddle from Cold Cabin Park
RSVP's for this paddle open Thursday, April 24th at 9:15 pm
Renters and this who have paid the voluntary dues receive priority on the wait list in that order. Everyone has the chance at the first 24 slots.
This paddle is perhaps one of the most scenic and beautiful paddles we will do this year. At least one paddling guide book author puts it in her list of top 10 paddles on the east coast. The picture to the left which serves as the background wall paper for our Meetup group was taken on our paddle here in 2011. It is probably the most popular paddle we do. If you can't make it this time, don't worry, we'll be going again before the season is over.
We will launch promptly at 10:30 AM from the Cold Cabin Road boat ramp in Delta, PA. Please arrive with plenty of time to have your boat and gear ready to be on the water by 10:30. It sounds a long way away but it's only a 45 minute drive from downtown Baltimore.
This section of the Susuquehanna has Holtwood Dam upstream and Conowingo Dam dowstream forming what some people refer to as Conowingo Pond. Hardly a pond it is a massive body of water dotted with several large rocky islands and many more smaller ones. We will paddle upstream from the put it to Muddy Creek which is a popular whitewater kayak destination. We will paddle up the Muddy to the last of the whitewater rapids and then back out into the main body of the Susquehanna where we will paddle among the islands with a lunch stop at a beautiful sandy beach before returning downstream to the take out.
The area around Conowingo Dam is known for it's bald eagle population. It's a popular stop on their migration path with reports several hundred eagles stopping here in a single day on their way south in the fall. I think I can guarantee several eagle sightings although probably not hundreds at this time of year. This trip would not be complete without a stop at Staark Moon Kayaks, a world famous, eccentric and unique kayak shop located on Cold Cabin Road.
There are rental boats available for this paddle at the weekend price of $55.00. To reserve a boat for the paddle simply answer the rental question when you RSVP.
Kayaking involves known and unanticipated risks including physical injury and death that cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential quality of the sport. Group organizers and leaders and other members cannot pay continuous attention to all participants. Participants must be responsible for their own safety. Don’t overestimate your skills and abilities. Take instructional courses to learn about paddling technique, safety, self rescue and hypothermia. Be aware of the tides, currents and weather conditions that will affect your safety on the days you paddle. Cooperate with group organizers, leaders and other members to insure your own safety as well as the safety of others and make it the fun, enjoyable day on the water it should be.
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