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RiverPalooza: Harpers Ferry Tubing and Overnight Camp

August 27 @ 12:00 PM 4:30 PM

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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).

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 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!

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Our Good-bye Summer Blow Out white water paddle on the Shenandoah is the very next day, Sunday, August 28th. This is the perfect opportunity to do some  tubing on Saturday, camp on-site, enjoy cold beverages, food, and live music 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! So make it a weekend! Join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act!  Please consider signing up to paddle for clean water to support fifty years of clean water progress and the goals of “fishable, swimmable” waterways so future generations can continue to enjoy the Potomac River and Shenandoah River! Remember summer is almost over!

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:

Lead Riverkeeper: Dean Naujoks – (336) 809-6041 or dean@potomacriverkeeper.org

  • Arrival/Check-in Time: 12 PM
  • Approximate Launch Time: 1:30 PM
  • Anticipated Take-out Time: 4:30 PM
  • Paddle Distance: 2 miles
  • Skill Level: Beginner but should be an experienced swimmer and some basic white water experience
  • Meeting Location: Harpers Ferry Adventure Center

Boat Options and Costs:

  • Tube: $30 per person
  • (NOTE: BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat) is NOT available for this paddle.)

Included with each registration:

  • Guide (First Aid and CPR Certified)
  • Tube rental, PFD, Shuttle 
  • PRKN Clean Water Act 50th anniversary commemorative t-shirt

Participant Limit: 25 People

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:

  • 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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