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.