Would you paddle over 300 river miles to promote a clean and healthy Potomac and Shenandoah River? Maybe not, but our three Riverkeepers plan to do just that and you can join us for part of the fun!
Potomac Riverkeeper Network is dedicated to preserving your right to fishable, swimmable, drinkable water by enforcing clean water laws and promoting “on the water” recreational opportunities and ecotourism throughout the river basin. The Potomac is the only river in the U.S. that includes portions of four national trails—the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and the Appalachian Trail. Connected by dozens of state and national parks, these trails trace hundreds of miles throughout the Potomac River Basin to provide an array of diverse experiences.
Starting on September 19th, Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks intends to paddle 300 miles of the Potomac River, starting in Cumberland Maryland. Joined by Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls and Shenandoah Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf, together they will paddle more than 20 segments of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. This incredible journey down the Potomac watershed will take place over the course of three weeks, ending October 10th at Point Lookout, Maryland, where the Potomac River enters the Chesapeake Bay.
Interested in spending a few hours or days on the river with our Riverkeepers? You’re in luck! We have special paddle days to include our members and the public on select sections of both the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Due to the length and difficulty of many of the segments and limited outfitter services along those sections, we only have a handful of paddling segments for participants to come out and join us for a day of paddling and optional camping adventures. Each leg of the journey is accompanied by rich cultural and educational opportunities to explore the river and its heritage, which we intend to expand upon next year.
We are teaming up with local outfitters to provide quality boats, equipment and shuttle service, which will be available at select locations, including two World Rivers Day Celebration Paddle Trips Sunday, September 27th — one on the Potomac and one on Shenandoah River! Other paddle sections require participants to provide their own boats, shuttle and paddle equipment. Please see trip details below.
If you can’t join us this year, you can stay “afloat” with us by following our adventures on Twitter and Instagram @potomacriver and on Potomac Riverkeeper Network Facebook Page. Read weekly paddle trip blog posts at our website. Hope to see you on the river!
TRIP DETAILS - The public is welcome to join sections of the paddle trip as indicated by OPEN TO PUBLIC below. We hope you can make it out!
September 19: Kick Off Paddle, Cumberland to Spring Gap (OPEN TO PUBLIC - DETAILS HERE)
September 20-21: Spring Gap to Paw Paw to Great Cacapon
September 22: Great Cacapon to Hancock (OPEN TO PUBLIC - DETAILS HERE)
September 23: Hancock to McCoys Ferry (OPEN TO PUBLIC - DETAILS HERE)
September 24-26: McCoys Ferry to Dam 4
September 27: World Rivers Day Paddle (OPEN TO PUBLIC - DETAILS HERE)
September 28: Shenandoah/Potomac Merge Paddle: Millville down to Highway 340 bridge. (OPEN TO PUBLIC - DETAILS HERE)
September 29-October 3: Highway 340 to Belle Haven Marina 10
October 4: Belle Haven down to Piscataway/Fort Washington (OPEN TO PUBLIC - DETAILS HERE)
October 5-9: Fort Washington Marina to St. Georges Island
October 10: St Georges Island to Point Lookout State Park (OPEN TO PUBLIC - DETAILS HERE)