Monday, June 27th:  rescheduled mallows bay "ghost fleet" paddle

in Nanjemoy, MD


Paddle Distance: 3 miles/2.5 hr loop paddle

Paddle Level: Intermediate

Click here to register! Deadline is Sunday at midnight.

Arrival Location:                                           1440 Wilson Landing Road              Nanjemoy, MD 20662

Arrival Time: 5:30 pm

Boat Options and Costs:  

  • Tandem (two person) Kayak: $40 per kayak for up to two adults.  ($126 value)
  • BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat): $25 per boat for the shuttle. ($96 value)
  • The following "awesomeness" is included with each registration: rental kayak (or BYOB), personal flotation device for the day, paddle insurance, Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! commemorative t-shirt, and a one-year Potomac Riverkeeper Network membership to support the Potomac Riverkeeper.

Trip Description:

In a small bay in Southern Maryland, about 30 miles south of Washington, DC, lie hundreds of shipwrecks dating back to the Revolutionary War. Most of them are from World War I, built in a hurry when the United States entered the war in 1917. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently declared its intent to designate Mallows Bay on the Potomac River, as a new National Marine Sanctuary. Mallows Bay, one of the largest assemblages of historic shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere, is known as the “Ghost Fleet” of the Potomac. Surrounding the bay are sandy bluffs topped with trees, which provide magnificent roosts for bald eagles. Marshy tributaries rich in wildlife provide a quiet counterpart to the historic wreckage. The historic Bay is located along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, and the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. Join the Potomac Riverkeeper and Atlantic Kayak for an interpretive paddle over the eerie hulls of sunken ships and learn about the history of the Ghost Fleet.

Additional Activity: Interpretive talk by Atlantic Kayak

Click here to register

Outfitter: Atlantic Kayak Company

Participant Limit: 25 people

Can People Bring Their Own Boats: Yes.  $35 registration & shuttle fee.

What to Bring:

  • Wear proper footwear. NO FLIP-FLOPS. Old gym shoes, sandals with a strap, and water shoes work great.
  • Sunscreen, hat and rain gear
  • Healthy snacks and drinking water.  No glass bottles.
  • Change of clothes
  • Dry Bag or Waterproof Container – If you bring a phone or a non-waterproof camera, you need a way to protect it.
  • Binoculars, scopes, field manuals
  • If you plan to fish, bring valid fishing license for the waters you would be fishing.
  • Trip waiver -- Bring signed copy with you. Adult waiverMinor waiver.
  • Atlantic Kayak Waiver- bring a signed copy with you.
  • Read Paddle rules
  • Download Water Reporter app to record your paddle experience. #PaddlePotomac #PaddleShenandoah

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. 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.