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RiverPalooza: Shenandoah Birdwatching PADDLE

May 31 @ 9:00 AM 3:00 PM

riverkeeper boat by sharon fisher
Riverkeeper Boat Photo Credit: Sharon Fisher

Join us for a peaceful and picturesque journey down the South Fork of the Shenandoah River, starting at Andy Guest Shenandoah River State Park and ending at Karo Landing (5+ miles). As we float downstream, we’ll be joined by expert birders Heather McSharry and Mark Abdy, Washington County Coordinators for the Maryland Ornithological Society’s Breeding Bird Atlas 3 Project.

Heather and Mark will help us identify the various songbirds, waterfowl, and other feathered creatures we encounter on our journey. We’ve been lucky enough to spot numerous different bird species, including Wood Ducks with ducklings, Great Blue and Green Herons, and even Bald Eagles. We’ll also have the opportunity to glide past a large Great Blue Heron rookery. Last year, we ran the trip much later in the year due to drought conditions, so we expect to find a few more migratory song birds in the mix this year.

Bald Eagle

Space on this trip is limited, so don’t wait until the last minute to reserve your spot – bring along your binoculars, and we’ll provide walkie-talkies to help everyone stay in touch and share sightings. And if you have your own walkie-talkie, be sure to bring it along as well.

Don’t miss this chance to enjoy a relaxing and informative float down the Shenandoah River with your Shenandoah Riverkeeper and expert birders Heather and Mark. We can’t wait to see you there!


  • Arrival Location:
    Front Royal Outdoors
    8567 Stonewall Jackson Hwy
    Front Royal, VA 22630
  • Begin Arrival & Check in: 9:00AM
  • Shuttle Departs to Put-In: 10:00AM
  • Estimated Take-out time: 3:00PM
  • Paddle Level: Beginner
  • Paddle Distance: 5 Miles
  • Boat Options and Costs:
    Canoe: $150 (Includes registration for 2)
    Kayak: $60
    TandemKayak: $150
    BYOB: $35

Included with each registration:

  • Riverkeeper Leader
  • rental canoe or kayak
  • Paddle insurance
  • Personal flotation device for the day (with rental)
  • Shuttle Service (if applicable)
  • RiverPalooza Tee

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

How to sign up

waivers must be signed online (in advance) for you to be registered for this trip.

1. ACA waiver:

2. 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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