Protecting and promoting public use of our rivers and streams.

Our love for the river is what fuels our cause. We are a team of river-lovers who paddle, fish, swim, or simply admire the pure beauty of our watershed. As part of our core ideology, we want to share that passion with you – reconnecting the public to their water by offering educational and recreational resources.

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Lastest Posts

Comments to 2018 Virginia Water Quality Assessment Integrated Report

We are continuing our fight to force the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to fulfill its duty to identify the North Fork, South Fork, and main stem of the Shenandoah River (collectively, “Shenandoah River”) as impaired (Category 5) due to widespread algae blooms fueled by uncontrolled or poorly-controlled pollutants including nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment, […]


RIVERPALOOZA 2018 Kick-Off Set for June 2

RiverPalooza is back with fun and breathtakingly beautiful river outings!  Help us kick-off this year’s celebration by joining us in historic Harpers Ferry, perhaps the most scenic place along the entire Potomac River, for a fun day on the river and then enjoy post-float festivities (optional camping) at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center (HFAC) to commemorate […]


RiverPalooza is Back With Fun and Breathtaking River Outings!

River paddle trips ranging from bird watching, fishing and snorkeling on the Shenandoah to overnight camping on the Potomac’s beautiful Paw Paw Bends are just some of the events scheduled for this year’s Potomac Riverkeeper RiverPalooza June 2– July 27!  The two month long event is is a great opportunity for families and river enthusiasts to […]

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Shenandoah River Report!

A lot has happened since we last spoke at the end of September. The DuPont company, the Virginia Department of Natural Resources and the US Fish and Wildlife reached a settlement on the DuPont mercury spill.  DuPont agreed to pay $42 million to help clean up the South River and the South Fork of the […]


Join us for a Potomac Watershed Clean-Up Saturday, April 14!

We’re cleaning up the Potomac Watershed Saturday, April 14!  Groups of volunteers will work from boats to pick up trash from Seneca Creek and the Potomac River. One group will work on the smooth waters of Seneca Creek using canoes provided by Calleva. Another group may work on the nearby Potomac River if weather and […]


Coast Guard Announces Interim Security Zone along the Potomac

The Coast Guard recently announced an interim rule establishing a security zone that encompasses approximately two miles along the Potomac River. The restrictions prevent boaters and recreational users from being on the water when the security zone is in effect. We urge you to send comments to the Coast Guard, asking them to develop a plan to notify paddlers […]


June 3rd RiverPalooza Kick Off is a Success! Sign up for more paddles today!!

We have plenty of RiverPalooza paddles left this summer, so we took a look at the feedback from the Kick Off weekend. Then we carefully cherry picked the ones that made us look good. Just kidding. Comments were positive, so apparently a handful of river advocates can put an event together without any major mishaps. Well, the wind […]


Potomac Riverkeeper Network Partners with the National Park Service to Celebrate Area Rivers

RiverPalooza’s Summer Paddle Events for Clean Water Kick Off June 3rd WASHINGTON, DC May 19, 2017 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network, in partnership with the National Park Service, is organizing RiverPalooza, a summer series of paddle events along the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. The trips last from a few hours to a few days and are […]


Waterkeepers Gathered to Honor Our Water at the People’s Climate March

By Robin Broder, Waterkeepers Chesapeake Board Member What an amazing weekend in DC! Thanks to the weeks of preparation by local Riverkeepers, artists and spiritual women, the Waterkeeper movement had one of the best presentations at the People’s Climate March. In the weeks before the March, Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks, Anacostia Riverkeeper Emily Franc, Patuxent Riverkeeper […]


RiverPalooza 2017 Kicks Off June 3rd with Kayaking, Rafting, Tubing & a Big Party!

RiverPalooza is a season-long annual event providing a wide range of on-the-water and paddling events with our Riverkeepers and in partnership with the region’s best outfitters. RiverPalooza 2017 kicks off on June 3rd with our Make a SPLASH for Clean Water Day at Harpers Ferry — including paddling, rafting, tubing and a big party with BBQ and a bluegrass band. […]


Sacred Water Ceremonies & People’s Climate March

People from across the nation are coming to Washington, DC on April 29 for a day of global climate action. The People’s Climate March, planned by an alliance that includes climate scientists, environmental organizations, faith-based groups, labor unions, indigenous groups, and citizen activists, is expected to attract millions to the nation’s capital as well as […]


Potomac Riverkeeper Network Partners With National Park Service to Celebrate Area Rivers

Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! Features 12 Paddle Events over 11 Days, June 8th-19th WASHINGTON, DC May 20, 2016 – Potomac RIverkeeper Network, in partnership with the National Park Service, is organizing Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah!, an unprecedented series of canoe and kayak adventures lasting from a few hours to a few days, and for all […]



Week 2 Journal Check out pictures from the trip on our Facebook Page. Day 8: I enjoyed seeing old friends at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) but really enjoyed having my wife Kathy and daughter Krista come spend the night. It had been a long week since I had last seen them. I went […]



My three week, 300 mile paddle trip down the Potomac River. Check out pictures from the trip on our Facebook Page. Day 1 The Kickoff Paddle launched in Cumberland, almost 200 miles upstream from Washington DC, on Saturday September 19th.  A small group joined me, Brent Walls our Upper Potomac Riverkeeper and his three daughters, […]

Shenandoah RiverFest

2015 Swimmable Water Weekend Photo Contest

Swimmable water weekend July 31-August 2, 2015 Photo Contest Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN), along with Waterkeeper Alliance, is celebrating Swimmable Water Weekend by hosting an interactive photo contest with our members. The challenge is simple: post your favorite water photo of the Potomac Watershed to Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and make sure to tag PRKN at @potomacriver with the hashtag  #Swimmablewaterweekend. The winner will receive a spot on the official […]


Potomac River Cleanup at Riley’s Lock

Recap from Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative’s Hannah Seligmann. The Potomac River offers fun, healthy and educational adventures. This weekend I was able to pay it forward by participating in the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s 27th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup! On April 11th, the foundation led more than 130 cleanups across the Potomac River Watershed. […]


The Last Paddle – 2014

Thanks to everyone who came out to The Last Paddle! We’re glad everyone had a blast, even those of you who were experiencing kayaking, canoeing, or SUPing for the very first time. Enjoy your vouchers if you haven’t already! We’re very proud to report there we over 90 participants, and together we raised around $1,500 […]



  • Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! 2016

    Over 300 people experienced the most beautiful scenery in the region with our Riverkeepers. They joined us on 12 diverse paddle trips from June 8th to 19th, from novice to advanced, from a few hours to a few days. We paddled areas from the South Branch of the Potomac to

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    Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! 2015

    Would you paddle over 300 river miles to promote a clean and healthy Potomac and Shenandoah River? Maybe not, but our three Riverkeepers did just that. Starting on September 19th, Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks paddled 300 miles of the Potomac River, starting in Cumberland Maryland. Joined by Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent