RiverPalooza 2019: Women on the Water Paddle Day

RiverPalooza's Women on the Water honors the special role women have with clean water.

June 14, 2019​ | 02:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Join Potomac Riverkeeper Network for this special RiverPalooza 2019 Women on the Water (WOW) Paddle Day to help us stand up for clean water!

RiverPalooza Women on the WaterEnjoy an easy paddle with your Potomac Riverkeeper Network President Nancy Stoner and staff member Emily Franc on this wide and lazy stretch of river which is part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. This part of the Potomac River is 8 miles of placid, gently flowing currents from Edwards Ferry all the way down to Seneca Creek Park at Riley’s Lock, making it the perfect introduction for beginner paddlers. Paddlers will also enjoy a beautiful sunset from the river, one of the best times to see wildlife. Edwards Ferry has a large boat ramp that is a popular spot for smallmouth bass fishing, so feel free to bring a fishing pole (but be sure to have your Maryland Fishing license!).

Lead Riverkeeper: Dean Naujoks – (336) 809-6041 or dean@potomacriverkeeper.org
Paddle Distance: 8 miles/4 hrs
Paddle Level: Beginner [minimum age 18 unless accompanied by adult]

Arrival Location:
If renting your boat:
13015 Riley’s Lock Road
Poolesville, MD 20837

If bringing your own boat (drop off boat at Edwards Ferry at 1:30pm first, park at Calleva):

Edwards Ferry
14800 Edward’s Ferry Road
Poolesville, MD.

Arrival Time:

Registration at 2:30 PM
Shuttle leaves promptly at 3:30 PM
On the water by 4:30 PM; off water by 8:30 PM

Boat Options and Costs:

Canoe rental: $65 per tandem canoe (limit 8 available)
Single Kayak: $50 (limit 14 available)
BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat): $35 per person for the shuttle (limit 20)


Women can choose to canoe or kayak for the WOW event.

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)
  • Paddlers are encouraged to bring glow sticks, whistles, and a flashlight
  • Trip waiver (bring signed copy with you) – Adult waiver | Minor waiver
  • Read Paddle Rules
  • Download Water Reporter app to record your paddle experience. #RiverPalooza2019

NOTE: 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. 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/limit our ability to provide an enjoyable and safe paddling experience.