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RiverPalooza: Full Moon Sunset Paddle

June 22 @ 4:30 PM 8:30 PM

Rain date: June 29, 2024

kayaker on river at sunset
All Photos Credit: River and Trail Outfitters

Come join the Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, Brent Walls, for our kayaking tour on the Potomac River with the launch point near beautiful and historic Harpers Ferry, WV. This unique paddle will have you experiencing the sunset on the Potomac as you’ve never seen before.

The evening is sure to be filled with fun and laughter, though there is some experience needed.  In addition to  the mellow water stretches, we will come across three sets of mild rapids, the last being a Class II+ wavy rapid fun! Prior experience maneuvering is advised on these medium-quick waters and rocks. This stretch of the Potomac runs along the Chesapeake and Ohio canal, which is a great historical, natural, and recreational treasure. The canal was created in 1828 and is one of the first large-scale civil works projects in this area. This trip has the possibility of seeing great blue herons, egrets, kingfishers, and maybe even an eagle along the river trail. As a bonus, the meet-up location is at the Brunswick Family Campground! This is a great opportunity to relax on the grounds after our paddle. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience!

TRIP Details

Lead Riverkeeper: Brent Walls – 443-480-8970 or brent@potomacriverkeeper.org

Arrival Location:

Brunswick Family Campground
40 Canal Road
Brunswick, MD 21716

Arrival & Check-in Time: 4:30pm
Shuttle to Put-In: 5pm
Return to campground: 7:30-8:00pm
Paddle Level: Intermediate: Previous experience needed with whitewater strokes (there is a steep hill at the Wayside put in where all participants will help carry boats down to the water).
Minimum age requirement: 12 years old & 90 lbs.


  • Kayak: $100
  • BYOB: $75 (Canoe or Kayak)

Included with each registration:

  • Qualified Instructors
  • Single Rental Kayak/ Canoe
  • Paddles
  • Paddle insurance
  • Personal flotation device for the day (with rental)
  • PRKN Clean Water Act 50th anniversary commemorative t-shirt
  • one -year PRKN membership to support the Shenandoah Riverkeeper and clean water

How to Register

Two waivers must be signed online (in advance) for you to be registered

ACA waiver

Outfitter waiver – Participant Rental waiver (print and bring in person)

Also to do in advance:

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
  • 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)

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