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 skill levels. A celebration of area waterways, the trips mix history, education and recreation.

“The best way to appreciate our rivers is by being on them, and that is what Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! is all about,” says Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks. “We’ll see areas of our rivers most people never experience.”

Accessibility is a priority for the event, and trips are available from the Upper Potomac and the Shenandoah all the way to the Lower Potomac. Coordination with nearly a dozen outfitters allows most trips to be enjoyed without the need for participants to own their own gear.

“We’ve made it as easy as possible for people to be part of this event. If you want to enjoy the river, but don’t want to drag equipment around or spend hours planning, this is the way to go. We’ve taken care of that,” says Shenandoah Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf who will kick off the event with a trip from Island Ford to Elton Landing on the Shenandoah River on June 8th.

The Potomac is the only river in the U.S. that includes portions of five national trails—the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the Start-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Trail, and the Appalachian Trail.

“We’re especially pleased that our paddle trips will be part of the National Park Service’s Centennial celebrations,” says Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls. “I will be leading our overnight camping trip at Paw Paw Bends, an area steeped in history.”

Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series event presented nationally by Toyota and locally by the National Park Service, Microsoft, and Spindrift. This event is organized by the Potomac Riverkeeper Network and our three Riverkeepers: Dean Naujoks, Potomac Riverkeeper; Brent Walls, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper; and Mark Frondorf, Shenandoah Riverkeeper. More information and registration details can be found: www.prknetwork.org/paddle-potomac-2016

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