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RiverPalooza: Harpers Ferry Tubing and Overnight Camp

August 24 @ 12:30 PM 5:00 PM

Join your Potomac Riverkeeper for a fun day of tubing at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers! This is a fun float with some exciting white water on one of the most spectacular sections of the Potomac River, known for its scenic beauty. We will take out at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center (HFAC).

Map courtesy of Harpers Ferry Adventure Center

Afterward, we can enjoy beer, food, and live music at Harpers Ferry Brewing which has the most spectacular views of the river anywhere throughout the entire 14,760 square mile watershed! The brewery is located on-site at HFAC right up the hill from our take-out out where your car is conveniently located! Want more? Please consider joining us for overnight camping at HFAC Campground. Anyone who wants to join is welcome!

Our Good-bye Summer Blow Out white water paddle on the Shenandoah is the very next day, Sunday, August 27th. This is the perfect opportunity to do some tubing on Saturday, camp on-site (or stay at a nearby hotel), enjoy cold beverages, food, and live music overlooking the river then hit the river again the next day! We will be rafting (with a guide) on one of the most beautiful stretches of the “Doah” or you can up your game and paddle a white water ducky through exciting Class III rapids! Two amazing rivers in two days! Make it a weekend or join for a day and help support our goals for a “fishable, swimmable” Potomac and Shenandoah River! We want future generations to continue to have access to clean water!  Remember summer is almost over! Hope to see you on the river!

Camping or rental cabins at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center (HFAC) are limited so reserve them well in advance. Visit HFAC for reservations—Potomac Riverkeeper Network is not responsible for securing campsite reservations.

Trip Details:

  • Arrival & Check in Time: 12:30 PM
  • Shuttle Departs to Put-In: 1:30 PM
  • Estimated Take-out time: 5:00 PM
  • Paddle Level: Beginner (but requires paddling through rapids)
  • Paddle Distance: 2 miles
  • Boat Options and Costs:
    Tube: $40

Included with each registration:

  • Riverkeeper Leader
  • Rental Tube
  • Paddle Insurance
  • Personal flotation device for the day (with rental)
  • Shuttle Service (if applicable) 
  • RiverPalooza t-shirt

Note:  Rentals are only available to adults or children 12 years and older who are accompanied by an adult.

How to sign up:

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

ACA waiver

Outfitter waiver-  Participant Rental waiver

Also to do in advance:

What to Bring:

  • Packed lunch
  • Reusable water bottle (please no plastic bottles or glass)
  • 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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