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We Now Have 2 More Kayaks For Sundays Trip to Morris Creek!

From: Kellie C.
Sent on: Friday, September 30, 2011 7:23 PM
  We just had 2 more kayaks become available for this trip and many people had said they would love to go but we ran out of boats to rent. Please contact me at [address removed] if you would like to rent a boat and join us for this adventure on Sunday! Here is the event link

Paddle Trip! Let's Explore Where Captain John Smith Was Captured! Morris Creek! Appropriate for Both Novice and Experienced Paddlers Flat Water Paddle!

Paddle through the swamp where famous explorer Captain John Smith was captured!!

" Over 400 years ago, famous adventurer Captain John Smith was scouting near Morris Creek when he was ambushed and captured by soldiers in Chief Powhatan's army. Powhatan ordered Smith executed, but before the deed could be done, the chief's daughter, Pocahontas, intervened on Smith's behalf, saving his life. Or at least that is the story according to John Smith, who unfortunately was known to tell a whopper or two in his lifetime!

 Historians may doubt Smith's account, but there can be no doubt that Morris Creek is a place of serene beauty. Morris Creek is a backwater tidal creed of the Chickahominy River, lined with majestic bald cypress trees and fields of marsh grass. It makes a perfect place to flat water kayak!" 50 Amazing This You Must See and Do in The Greater D.C. Area  

Morris Creek has been called “one of the most beautiful places on earth“ by the book Sea Kayaking in Virginia. It was featured in parts of the movie ”The New World". We will paddle a flat and easy 6-8 miles. The trip highlights include (usually) bald eagles and wading birds, tall cypress. We will paddle on the upper reaches of the creek.

The River and its high banks are historic and actually legendary, providing sites for burial grounds for pre-Columbian native Americans, the Jamestown settlers, Revolutionary War dead, and Civil War dead. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign of 1862 (Union attempt to recapture Richmond, the Confederate Capital) failed when he realized upon reaching the Chickahominy, the river was at flood stage, and instead of a 300 foot water crossing, he would be faced with a 6 mile water crossing.

We Have 3 Sit On Tops (SOT) Kayaks to Rent on a first come first serve basis for a flat fee of 20.00 dollars, including portage, paddle, PFD, and a large dry bag. The leader will be brining them with him so this will save you having to pick up your own rental, buy a rack, as well as portage. That is if you do not own your own boat, yet... We will only bring them with us if they are rented so it you would like one call Mike (Guide for the trip) at[masked] if interested and he will put it on the rack, or claim it in your RSVP and they are fist come first serve.

Paddle Trip Information

Activity Type: Kayaking
Nearby City: Rustic, VA

Length: About 8 Miles of very easy flat water newbie friendly paddling.

Total Paddling Time: About 3-4 Hours on Flat Water
Difficulty: This is a newbie friendly flat water on a lake.

Required Gear for the Paddle

Kayak or canoe, paddle, personal flotation device. Plenty of water and sunscreen! Pack a lunch to enjoy on the paddle and we will be stopping somewhere on our return trip home for dinner for those interested!


Park Fee

None, yay!

Boat Launch Fee
None, yay!

Carpool Information

There are 2 carpools for this paddle but be certain they have racks for the boats!

Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members. Be SURE that whomever you carpool with has room for your boat.

DC Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, meetup at the Centerville Park and Ride. Click here for information and directions to the Centerville location. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members. Be SURE that whomever you carpool with has room for your boat.

If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations such as the DC area, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!

Directions to Where We Meet for The Paddle

Click Here to where we meet for this paddle!

Paddle is at 10:00 a.m.

Carpool meetup time from Savage Station is 7:00 a.m.

Carpool meetup time at Centerville Park and Ride is 7:30 a.m.

Our Paddling Disclaimer Blurb

By attending this or any other paddling/hiking event with The Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group, you are agreeing that you are responsible for your own safety at all times. No member of the group except yourself can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while paddling with us. Paddling is an inherently dangerous sport like any other outdoor activiy. Information is provided with the understanding that the providers are not engaged in rendering advice on technical matters, equipment performance, safety, or any other aspect of the sport in absolute terms or advocating any of the techniques or experiences described.

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