RiverPalooza–Antietam Creek Float–A Tour Through History


Join your Upper Potomac Riverkeeper to experience the Antietam like you have never experienced before. History shrouds the Antietam Creek with the National Battlefield along its banks and the many stone arched bridges that cross the river. The day will begin at the visitor’s center with a movie and National Park Service (NPS) guided tour of the Antietam National Battlefield. Then, our NPS guide will join us as we meet up with the outfitters near the Burnside Bridge Rd access and float to the confluence of the Potomac. Our lively guide will educate and entertain you with history and stories of the Antietam but the guided trip is only the teaser compared to this beautiful beginner white water river where each turn will bring you excitement and wonder. Help us celebrate the Antietam Creek and the importance of keeping its waters clean as part of Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s RiverPalooza 2017!

Outfitter: River and Trail Outfitters

Arrival Location:
Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center
5831 Dunker Church Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Arrival Time: 9:30 AM at the visitor center, we will be on the creek by noon.  Paddlers should plan to be off the water by 4:00 PM

Paddle Level: Beginner/intermediate

Paddle Distance: 6 miles/3 hrs

Boat Options and Costs:

  • Canoe rental: $40 per canoe, $25 registration fee for the renter and/or passenger. (This is a $126 value)
  • Single Kayak: $55 per kayak for one person ($111 value)
  • BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat): $50 per boat for the shuttle. ($96 value)

Free RiverPalooza T-shirt to first 10 registrants!

Optional Activity:
Camping before and after at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center (HFAC) [Contact center for reservations. Located at 37410 Adventure Center Lane, Purcellville, VA 20130 Phone: (540) 668-9007]

Participant Limit: 30 People

EVERY PADDLE PARTICIPANT must print, fill out and bring their ACA waiver with them on the day of the event. Depending on your trip, you may also need to bring an outfitter waiver. Please see your confirmation email for details.

 ACATripWaiver_adult    ACATripWaiver_minor    River and Trails waiver

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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.


RiverPalooza is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series event, presented nationally by Toyota and locally by the National Park Service and MOM’s Organic Market.