RiverPalooza 2018

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It’s Time To Get Out On the Water!

RiverPalooza is a season-long annual event designed to provide families and river enthusiasts with memorable on-the-water experiences that build a deep and enduring appreciation for our rivers. The event raises awareness for the many roles the Potomac & Shenandoah rivers play: as recreational destinations that inspire and delight, as habitats for an amazing assortment of wildlife, and as windows into our nation’s history. The rivers are also economic drivers for tourism and development, and the source of drinking water for 6 million residents.

No other event of its kind offers as wide a range of on-the-water and paddling events. RiverPalooza’s canoe outings, fishing excursions, camping trips, kayak adventures, snorkeling, and floats for all skill levels make it a popular event for all ages. From rare opportunities to explore the historic water trails that Captain John Smith first voyaged in the early 1600s, to the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail that follows the paths explored by George Washington, the event offers a series of unique events that inspire a sense of stewardship and reverence for the Potomac watershed.

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RiverPalooza Event Schedule

Join us in protecting and caring for the Potomac watershed!

Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) runs RiverPalooza in collaboration with sponsors and partners—including the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and river outfitters—with a single goal in mind: the more people experience and enjoy our rivers, the more they will value them. This year, we are expanding RiverPalooza to include events spread across the summer months in locations from the greater metropolitan Washington area to the rural areas of the Shenandoah and Upper Potomac. Our kickoff event on Saturday, June 2, gives you the opportunity to tube, kayak, or raft the Harpers Ferry area of the beautiful Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, and we host another 11 events through the next several weeks, concluding on July 27. Plus, we’ve added a new feature this year—RioPalooza! It’s a day on the water, presentations in both Spanish and English, designed to reach our friends in the Latino community and encourage them to expand their use of nearby rivers.

RiverPalooza is the area’s premier clean water event aimed at building awareness and appreciation for the entire Potomac watershed. We hope you will support our continued efforts to transform our Nation’s River into a valued resource that can be enjoyed by future generations for years to come.

NOAA has declared its intent to make Mallows Bay a National Marine Sanctuary.

PRKN envisions a day when the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, and all their tributaries, are restored to healthy and safe resources for the people, plants, and animals that depend on them.

Our mission is to protect the public’s right to clean water in our rivers and streams. We stop pollution to promote safe drinking water, protect healthy river habitats, and enhance public use and enjoyment. We are the only organization in the region working to effectively stop pollution in the Potomac Watershed through a combination of science, advocacy, enforcement, and community engagement. PRKN leverages over $2.5M in pro-bono legal support that we use to achieve progress toward a cleaner river. PRKN is a fast-growing 16-year-old nonprofit which serves as the “watchdog” and defender of our Nation’s River.

Thank You to Our Sponsors




Interested in becoming an event sponsor? Contact Emily Franc at emily@prknetwork.org.