RiverPalooza–Women on the Water Day Paddle on the Potomac Heritage Trail


Join Potomac Riverkeeper Network for this special RiverPalooza 2017 Women on the Water (WOW) Paddle Day to help us stand up for clean water and celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act! Women have always played a critical role as stewards of our water resources. The Waitaha people of New Zealand, a Matriarchal culture dating back over 4000 years, were known as the original “Water Bearers” (http://thewaterbearers.org/) which has become an international movement of women dedicated to improving access to clean water for millions of people. Clean water is critical to our survival and is an interest we all share. When we learn to respect and fall in love with water, we stop taking it for granted. When we begin to recognize how important water is to our families, our community and to our entire planet – we change our relationship to it and to each other. Come make a stand for clean water!

Enjoy a paddle with your Potomac Riverkeeper, and special guest Anacostia Riverkeeper Emily Franc, on this wide and lazy stretch of river which is part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. This part of the Potomac River is 8 miles of placid, gently flowing currents from Edward’s Ferry all the way down to Seneca Creek Park at Riley’s Lock, making it the perfect stretch for even beginner paddlers. Paddlers will also enjoy a beautiful sunset from the river, one of the best times to see wildlife. Edwards Ferry has a large boat ramp that is a popular spot for smallmouth bass fishing, so feel free to bring a fishing pole (but be sure to have your license!).

NOTE: If you are renting a boat from Calleva, you need to be over 12 years of age. All children over 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  If you are bringing your own boat, every minor must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Outfitter: Calleva

Arrival Location: 

  • If renting your boat: Calleva. 13015 Riley’s Lock Road Poolesville, MD 20837. 301-216-1248.
  • If bringing your own boat: Edwards Ferry. 14800 Edward’s Ferry Road. Poolesville, MD. Drop off your boat and then drive to Calleva to park your car and register no later than 2:00.

Arrival Time: Registration at 1:30 PM. Shuttle leaves promptly at 2:30. On the water by 3:30 pm. Off water by 7:30.

Paddle Level/Distance: Beginner, 8 miles.

Paddle Options and Cost: 

  • Canoe rental: $65 per tandem canoe (Limit 8 available)
  • Single Kayak: $50 (Limit 18 available)
  • BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat): $35 per boat for the shuttle (Limit 26)

Trip waivers: Bring a signed copy with you.


60 person limit. Registration deadline is September 6th.

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Potomac Riverkeeper Network is not responsible for securing camping reservations or 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/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.