Women on the Water Paddle Day

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

WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 2018

Title: Women on the Water
River: Potomac River
Trip Description: Join Potomac Riverkeeper Network for this special RiverPalooza 2018 Women on the Water (WOW) Paddle Day to help us stand up for clean water! Women have always played a critical role as stewards of our water resources: the Waitaha people of New Zealand—a matriarchal culture dating back over 4,000 years—were known as the original “Water Bearers,” which has become an international movement of women dedicated to improving access to clean water for millions of people.

Clean water is critical to our survival and an interest we all share. When we learn to respect and fall in love with water, we stop taking it for granted. When we begin to recognize how important water is to our families, our community, and to our entire planet—we change our relationship to it and to each other. So come make a stand for clean water!

Enjoy an easy paddle with your Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s new President, Nancy Stoner, and staff member Emily Franc (former Anacostia Riverkeeper) 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 This easy strip of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is great for even the most novice paddlers.miles of placid, gently flowing currents from Edward’s Ferry all the way down to Seneca Creek Park at Riley’s Lock, making it the perfect stretch for even 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 (and be sure to have your fishing license!).

  • Lead Riverkeeper: Dean Naujoks – 336-809-6041 or dean@potomacriverkeeper.org
  • Outfitter: Calleva
  • 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:
    Edwards Ferry
    14800 Edward’s Ferry Road
    Poolesville, MD
    If you bring your own boat, drop off your boat and gear at 2:00 PM (someone will be there to watch your gear). Drive to Calleva to park your car and register no later than 2:30 PM.
  • Arrival Time:
    2:30 PM – Registration
    3:30 PM (promptly) – Shuttle leaves
    4:30 PM – On the water
    8:30 PM – Off the water
  • Boat Options and Costs:
    Canoe rental: $65 per tandem canoe (limit 8 available)
    Single Kayak: $50 (limit 18 available)
    BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat): $35 per boat for the shuttle (limit 26)
  • The following “awesomeness” is included with each rental:
    shuttle service
    canoe or kayak (except BYOB)
    personal flotation device for the day
    paddle insurance
    RiverPalooza 2018 commemorative t-shirt
    one-year PRKN membership to support your Potomac Riverkeeper and clean water

Participant Limit: 60 women!

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. #RiverPalooza2018

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.