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Fall Colors from Fountainhead

It wasn't quite peak colors last Saturday, so we'll try again this Saturday. There is something about Occoquan Reservoir that makes the fall colors more vivid, and we want to take full advantage of this. We will head up the reservoir, in the opposite direction as Lake Ridge Park and the dam. About 3 and a half miles from Fountainhead is a nice landing where we can take a break, stretch our legs, and use the "primitive facilities" if needed.  Bring a snack for the break.

KAYAKS CANNOT BE RENTED because Fountainhead Park has a Fall Colors Kayak Tour at 2:00 PM, and they need every kayak. 

The launch fee is $4 for jurisdiction and $5 for non-jurisdiction if you launch your own kayak. 

Now that the water is getting cooler, I do not recommend trying to catch up to us on your own if you are late. Please be ready to launch at 1:00 PM. We will need to stay together as a group, but we will have a faster and a slower group. Bring a set of dry clothes in a waterproof bag in case you get wet. This meetup is suitable for beginners in recreational kayaks, although experienced paddlers in longer kayaks are needed to help with the group. We will return by 4 PM. The total trip will be about 7 miles, although the slower group may make the turnaround earlier and paddle less miles. Dress in layers.  PFD's (life jackets) must be worn on the water at all times.

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  • Monika

    Thank you for a beautiful afternoon. Great pictures Sarah and Adam.

    November 3, 2013

  • Julian K.

    I think that a- hole at the boat launch at the end of our paddle forgot to take his meds or was high on something else. We had your back Hector and it would not have been a fair fight.

    November 2, 2013

    • Pete H.

      Yes. It reminded me of the shooter at LAX. There are a lot of dangerous, out of control people out there who are driven by anger and rage. We all handled it well, however.

      November 3, 2013

  • Christine R

    Fun, relaxing paddle with great folks. The leaves and the weather were beautiful. Great pictures everyone! Thanks for sharing.

    November 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great job Pete and Hector. Always a good time.

    November 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for having me Pete! It was a great time!

    November 2, 2013

  • Sara H.

    Excited! On my way!

    November 2, 2013

  • John C

    Would like to go but need a kayak.

    November 2, 2013

  • Pete H.

    If you have an extra kayak that you would like to rent to another paddler, post it here. We'll set the fee at $20, which is close to the park rental price. Make sure to indicate whether you are also providing a PFD and paddle for the renter.

    October 28, 2013

    • Natasha

      Hi Pete,

      November 1, 2013

    • Natasha

      if anyone has a spare and a PFD I would be interested in renting it. Failing that I would be interested in paddling at 9 if others are interested. I would really like to do this paddle.

      November 1, 2013

  • Martha S.

    I'll be coming from a friend's yarn destashing sale - and I don't really need any more! Looking forward to paddling.

    November 1, 2013

    • Pete H.

      Glad you can go, Martha. You add a lot of fun and experience to the group.

      November 1, 2013

  • Pete H.

    I just paddled to Fountainhead and back from Lake Ridge. The colors are at their peak and a few spots had very vivid colors.

    November 1, 2013

  • Pete H.

    No kayak rentals are available this Saturday due to a Fountainhead Park kayak tour.

    November 1, 2013

  • Joanna K.

    Sorry. Change of plans. Hope you all have fun and have some nice colorful leaves.

    November 1, 2013

  • Joanna K.

    I may have to change my plans. I'm supposed to meet my mom that day but don't know her exact timing. As she usually calls an hour before she comes so may not be able to give much advance notice.

    October 28, 2013

    • Pete H.

      No advance notice necessary since there will be no waiting list. Thanks for the heads up.

      October 28, 2013

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