American Indian Paddle with the Piscataway Kanoi Tribe

The Piscataway paddle involves a trip up the Boundary Channel of the Potomac.

WHEN: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Title: American Indian Cultural Interpretation Paddle with the Piscataway Kanoi Tribe on Mattawoman Creek
River: Mattawoman Creek of the Potomac River
Trip Description: This amazing NEW RiverPalooza 2018 trip is a partnership between Potomac Riverkeeper Network, the Piscataway Kanoi Tribe, and Atlantic Kayak Company. We are honored to have leaders of the Piscataway Kanoi Tribe provide a pre-paddle cultural history presentation, then guide and provide interpretation of cultural resources along our one-way 3-mile circular paddle starting at the Mattawoman Creek Education Center. Atlantic Kayak owner and naturalist Judy Lathrop, who has a passion for culture and history, will also provide interpretive and ecological education throughout the entire program.

The Mattawoman Creek was home to the Mattawoman people, also known as Mataughquamend, who are one of several tribal entities that form the Piscataway Kanoi Confederacy along the “Potomak” who paid homage to the Tayac at Piscataway. They maintained their community, village, and home site on the Mataughquamend and at the mouth on both banks of the Potomak, and thus was considered a metropolis. This section of the Potomac is connected to national trail routes, including the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. State and federal agencies have consistently characterized the Mattawoman watershed as exceptional in terms of its biodiversity and biological productivity. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has noted the creek’s abundant underwater grasses. It is also home to more than 50 species of fish, as well as mussels, The Piscataway paddle begins with an educational lecture by people of the Piscataway Kanoi Tribe.wood ducks, and bald eagles. Its extensive wetlands and forest help support one of the healthiest food webs in the Chesapeake Bay.

Following your river excursion, you can spend time at the Mattawoman Creek Education Center, which has numerous aquariums so you can observe fish and other critters from Mattawoman Creek, close-up and personal! They also have exhibits on fossils, birds, skulls, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates. Come help your Potomac Riverkeeper and partners celebrate Mattawoman Creek and emphasize the importance of protecting its clean waters!

  • Lead Riverkeeper: Dean Naujoks – 336-809-6041 or dean@potomacriverkeeper.org
  • Arrival Location:
    108-A Mattingly Avenue
    Indian Head, MD 20640
  • Arrival Time:
    10:00 AM – registration
    10:30 AM – cultural and interpretive presentation
    11:00 AM – on water
    1:30 PM – off water (approximate)
  • Paddle Level: Beginner
  • Paddle Distance: ~3 miles/~2 1/2 hours
  • Outfitter: Atlantic Kayak
  • Boat Options and Costs:
    Tandem Kayaks: $85
    Single Kayaks (limited number): $65
    BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat): $35 registration and launch fee
  • The following “awesomeness” is included with each registration:
    rental kayak (except BYOB)
    personal flotation device for the day
    interpretive guides
    paddle insurance
    RiverPalooza 2018 commemorative t-shirt
    one-year PRKN membership to support your Potomac Riverkeeper and clean water

Participant Limit: 40 People (very limited singles—mostly tandem kayaks or BYOB)


The Piscataway paddle involves mostly tandem kayaks.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
  • Healthful 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)
  • If you plan to fish, bring valid fishing license for the waters you would be fishing
  • Trip waiver (bring a signed copy with you) – Adult waiver | Minor waiver
  • Atlantic Kayak Waiver (bring a signed copy with you)
  • Read Paddle Rules
  • Download Water Reporter app to record your paddle experience. #RiverPalooza2018


NOTE: Potomac Riverkeeper Network is not responsible 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 or limit our ability to provide an enjoyable and safe paddling experience.