Thursday, June 9th: After Work float at Fort Washington
in Fort Washington, MD
A dozen people joined the Potomac Riverkeeper and Atlantic Kayak for a leisurely after work interpretive paddle trip on this beautiful and historic section of the Potomac River. Some participants arrived at 3 pm a special tour of Fort Washington.
Across the river from Mount Vernon lies Piscataway Creek, an aquatic oasis just ten miles south of Washington, DC. One would be hard-pressed to find a waterway so rich in history. Native Americans fished from dugout canoes, Captain John Smith came here looking for the North West Passage, schooners carried goods from England, and steamboats transported people up and down the river. At the confluence of Pascataway Creek and the Potomac River lies Fort Washington -- for many decades the only defensive fort protecting Washington D.C. The original fort, overlooking the Potomac River, was completed in 1809, destroyed in the War of 1812, and rebuilt in 1824. Fort Washington Park is now maintained by the National Park Service. Thanks to heroic conservation efforts, you can enjoy the shoreline that looks much like it did more than 200 years ago.
Piscataway Park, which is managed by the National Park Service, is home to bald eagles, beavers, deer, foxes, ospreys, and many other species. To complement the surroundings, the park has a public fishing pier, two boardwalks over freshwater tidal wetlands, and a variety of nature trails, meadows and woodland areas. The Park is also home to National Colonial Farm and is located along three national water trails—the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.
Paddle Distance: 3 mile/2hr loop
Paddle Level: Beginner
Tour Arrival Location: National Park Service Tour Fort Washington 13551 Fort Washington Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744
Paddle Arrival Location: Atlantic Kayak Company, 13600 King Charles Terrace, Fort Washington MD 20744
Arrival Time: 6:00pm Paddle Trip (or 3:00pm for Tour of Fort Washington)
Boat Options and Costs:
- Tandem (two person) Kayak: $75 per kayak for up to two adults. ($126 value)
- Single Kayak: $50 per kayak for one person ($111 value)
- BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat): $35 per boat for the shuttle. ($96 value)
- The following "awesomeness" is included with each registration: rental kayak (except BYOB), personal flotation device for the day, trash bag, paddle insurance, Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! commemorative t-shirt, and a one-year Potomac Riverkeeper Network membership to support the Potomac Riverkeeper