Update! Shenandoah Birdwatching Postponed!

See a variety of birds during the Shenandoah bird float.

Update:  Due to dangerously high river conditions this event has been postponed.  Stay tuned for details of the new date!!

WHEN: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Title: Shenandoah Birdwatching
River: Shenandoah River
Trip Description: Join your Shenandoah Riverkeeper for a gentle and beautiful float down the Shenandoah River. We will put in at the Andy Guest Shenandoah River State Park and float down to the Karo Landing. Accompanying us on this trip will be two avid birders from the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, Elliot and Nancy Kirschbaum, and they will help us identify the birds and waterfowl we see along the way. As a bonus, we get to glide past a large Great Blue Heron rookery. Plenty of bird habitat along the river bank means plenty of opportunities to see local water birds.Easy riffles and deeper pools that are perfect for anyone wanting to wet a line in pursuit of smallmouth bass characterize this stretch. Come be a part of Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s RiverPalooza 2018 as we celebrate the Shenandoah and see why your Riverkeeper works so hard to protect its clean waters.

Anyone fishing over 16 years of age will need a VA license. Event will be held rain or shine as long as the river conditions permit safe paddling.

  • Lead Riverkeeper: Mark Frondorf – 571-969-0746 or mark@shenandoahriverkeeper.org
  • Outfitter and Arrival Location:
    Front Royal Outdoors
    8567 Stonewall Jackson Hwy
    Front Royal, VA 22630
    540-635-5440
  • Arrival Time: 10:00 AM; anticipated take-out time 2-3:00 PM
  • Paddle Level: Beginner
  • Paddle Distance: 5 miles
  • Boat Options and Costs:
    Canoe rental: $75 per canoe for up to two adults (one child, minimum age 6, can sit in the middle of canoe)
    Single Kayak: $50 per kayak for one person
    BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat): $35 per boat for the shuttle.
  • The following “awesomeness” is included with each registration:
    Rental canoe or kayak (except BYOB)
    Personal flotation device for the day
    Paddle insurance
    Interpretive guide
    RiverPalooza 2018 commemorative t-shirt
    One-year PRKN membership to support the Shenandoah Riverkeeper and clean water

Participant Limit: 30 people

New registration deadline: TBD


The Shenandoah bird float will help you get to know your avian neighbors.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
  • Binoculars, scopes, field manuals (larger gear can be stored safely in SRK raft)
  • If you plan to fish, bring valid fishing license for the waters you would be fishing
  • Front Royal Outdoors waiver (bring signed copy with you)
  • Trip waiver (bring signed copy with you) – Adult waiver | Minor waiver
  • Read Paddle Rules
  • Download Water Reporter app to record your paddle experience. #RiverPalooza2018

Optional Activity:

350 Daughter of Stars Drive
Bentonville, VA 22610
(540) 622-6840



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.