RiverPalooza–American Indian Cultural Interpretation Paddle with Piscataway Conoy Tribe on Piscataway Creek


This amazing RiverPalooza 2017 trip is a partnership between Potomac Riverkeeper Network, the Piscataway Conoy Tribe, the National Park Service, 1000 Friends of Maryland and the Accokeek Foundation. We are honored to have leaders of the Piscataway Conoy tribe provide a pre-paddle cultural history presentation, then guide and provide interpretation of cultural resources along our one-way 3 mile paddle from Farmington Landing to Piscataway Park’s visitor center. Piscataway Creek was home to the leader’s town of the Piscataway at Moyaons, and it remains a special place to the tribe today. This section of the tidal Potomac contains portions of three national trail routes, including the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Following your river excursion, you can journey back in time as you explore Piscataway Park including the National Colonial Farm where costumed interpreters engage visitors in learning about the environment through a historical lens. Meet heritage breeds of cattle, sheep, hogs, and chickens. Take in the sights and sounds of the forest and wetland along the river’s edge as you trek along one of six nature trails where you can catch glimpses of Mount Vernon on the opposite shore. Pack a picnic and enjoy the peace and tranquility this gem on the Potomac has to offer. Piscataway Park is a National Park managed in cooperation with the Accokeek Foundation. The park is ADA accessible, free to the public and will remain open until sunset. The visitor center, farm and interpretive displays close at 4:00. Come help your Potomac Riverkeeper and partners celebrate Piscataway Creek and emphasize the importance of protecting its clean waters!


Outfitter: Atlantic Kayak                                         

Arrival Location: Piscataway Park, 3400 Bryan Point Rd. Accokeek, MD 20607.

Arrival Time: 9:00 AM

Paddle Level/Distance: Beginner, 3 miles.

Paddle Options and Cost: 

  • Tandem Kayaks $85
  • Single Kayaks (limited number) $65
  • BYOB $35 registration and shuttle fee.  Paddlers bringing their own boats are encouraged to drop boats at Farmington Landing Boat Ramp located on Wharf Road, before driving down to Piscataway Park. Atlantic Kayak will wait with your boat. After dropping your boat at Farmington Landing, drive down to Piscataway Park to register.


9:00am: Participants arrive/register at Piscataway Park, located at 3400 Bryan Point Rd. Accokeek, MD 20607.

**People with own boats will drop boats at Farmington Landing Boat Ramp at 8:45am and their drive car down to Piscataway Park to register (4 ½ miles). We want all vehicles to remain at parking lot on Bryant Point Road so when people take off the water everyone has access to their vehicles and can load their own boats and/or assist outfitter load boats and equipment. There are no bathroom facilities at Farmington Landing.

9:20am: First group shuttled up to Farmington Landing. Paddlers will work with outfitter to gear up and get boats ready.

10:00am: PRKN Welcome/Introduction, Accoceek Foundation, Park Information, NPS Partnership, Piscataway Canoy Native American Interpretation

10:20am: Safety Talk

10:30am: On the water

11:15am: Stop at Motley Point (Native American Historical Interpretation)

12:30pm: Take off the water at Picataway Park (Fishing Pier/Pick nick area)

12:45pm: Assist outfitters and paddlers with carrying/loading boats.

1:00pm: Optional lunch/tour Colonial Farm Trail/Hike Accoceek trail system

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EVERY PADDLE PARTICIPANT must print, fill out and bring their ACA waiver with them on the day of the event. Depending on your trip, you may also need to bring an outfitter waiver. Please see your confirmation email for details.


Free RiverPalooza T-shirt to first 10 registrants!

Participant limit is 40 people. Registration closes June 16th.

Potomac Riverkeeper Network is not responsible for the safety and enjoyment of participants who wish to attend. Trip times are subject to change or cancellation due to inclement weather, high river levels, tidal fluctuations, wind and other factors that could jeopardize safety and enjoyment of participants. Unfortunately, there can be no refunds. Potomac Riverkeeper Network is not responsible for any personal property that may be lost, damaged, or stolen during the trip. Potomac Riverkeeper Network is not responsible for limited camping, outfitter service, lengthy paddle distances, late start times and uncontrollable weather that could potentially prohibit or limit our ability to provide an enjoyable and safe paddling experience.

RiverPalooza is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series event, presented nationally by Toyota and locally by the National Park Service and MOM’s Organic Market.