wednesday, June 15th:  Confluence Paddle - Millville to Harpers Ferry Adventure Center

in Purcellville, VA

Trip Description:

Over a dozen hard-core adrenaline junkies joined all 3 Riverkeepers to run the confluence stretch of the Shenandoah and Potomac, putting in at Millville and running some fun white water down to the Harpers Ferry Adventure Center (just below the Rt. 340 bridge). This beautiful scenic paddle took us past Harpers Ferry National Historical Park down through Bull Falls, the Staircase, Mad Dog and White Horse Rapids--some of the biggest whitewater on the Shenandoah and Potomac River. It was a blast!!

After we dried off and caught our breath, we went over to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park for our very own talk by one of the Park Rangers as they explain the critical role that the town and the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers played in the development and advancement of our country. 

Some of the paddlers who planned on running the Needles stretch the next day, camped out at the Harpers Ferry Adventure Center.

Paddle Distance: 7 miles

Paddle level: Intermediate - Advanced

Arrival Location:
Harpers Ferry Adventure Center
37410 Adventure Center Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132 (540) 668-9007

Arrival Time: 10:00am
Anticipated Take-out: Time: 4:00pm
Harpers Ferry National Park Service Presentation: 5:00pm=

Boat Options and Costs:  

  • Duckie: $50 per Duckie (kayak) for one person ($111 value)
  • BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat): $35 per boat for the shuttle. WHITE WATER KAYAKS ONLY ($96 value)
  • The following "awesomeness" is included with each registration: rental Duckie (or BYOB), personal flotation device for the day, trash bag, paddle insurance, interpretive guides, Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! commemorative t-shirt, and a one-year Potomac Riverkeeper Network membership to support the Potomac Riverkeeper.