RiverPalooza May 21-Sept 18, 2021


We missed you!!

Riverpalooza is back with a year of amazing trips – paddling, snorkeling, birdwatching, family fun, and excitement!

RiverPalooza is a series of events designed to provide families and river enthusiasts with memorable on-the-water experiences that build a deep and enduring appreciation for our rivers. RiverPalooza 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.

Covid put a halt to many of our trips last year but we are coming back better than ever for a fun-filled 2021 season! We will have your health and safety in mind– masks will be worn at registration, as well as social distancing.

No other event of its kind offers as wide a range of on-the-water and paddling events. RiverPalooza’s kayak adventures, snorkeling, birding, and floats for all skill levels make it a popular event for all ages. Opportunities include a cultural paddle with the Piscataway Conoy Tribe on Mattawoman Creek (a location noted for its exceptional biodiversity) and a paddle through historic Antietam Creek.

Riverpalooza 2021

May 21 - Sept 18

Reservations are
on sale May 1st!

RiverPalooza Event Schedule

May 21 – Shenandoah Birdwatching (Front Royal, VA)
June 5 – American Indian Piscataway Conoy Tribe Paddle (Indian Head, MD) - SOLD OUT
June 10 – Antietam Creek (Boonsboro, MD) - MOVED TO JUNE 24TH RAIN DATE
June 24 – Antietam Creek (Boonsboro, MD)
July 10 – South Branch Trough (Romney, WV)
July 16 – Snorkeling on the Shenandoah (Bentonville, VA)
Aug 7 – Ghost Fleet, Mallows Bay (Nanjemoy, MD) - SOLD OUT
Aug 28 – Harpers Ferry Tubing and Overnight Camp (Purcellville, VA)
Aug. 29 – Good-Bye Summer Blowout (Harpers Ferry, WV)
Sept 18 – RioPalooza! (Fort Valley, VA)

Join us in protecting and caring for the Potomac watershed!

Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) runs RiverPalooza in collaboration with sponsors and partners—including the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, 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.

RioPalooza is a full day of dual-language family fun on the water, designed to reach both Spanish and English speakers with a range of fun activities along with music by Grammy-award winner Mister G.

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.

The Potomac Riverkeeper Network has been working to stop pollution in the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers since 2003. Riverkeepers serve as the “watchdog” and defenders of our rivers, taking action to find and stop pollution sources, enforcing and improving laws to reduce pollution, and, partnering with communities throughout the watershed to develop and provide opportunities for river education, access, and recreation.

Tag us in your paddle trips on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or TikTok #RiverPalooza2021

Thank You to Our Sponsors



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


Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s (PRKN’s) Covid-19 safety protocols were developed in accordance with the CDC and Virginia Department of Health. and https://covidlink.maryland.gov/content/slow-the-spread/

  • All participants will be required to wear masks during arrival and registration and when in the proximity of others. Registration table will be staffed by one person wearing a mask. PRKN will provide hand sanitizer at the registration table.
  • Check-in will open 1 hour before the event start time to prevent participants from standing in line or gathering around the registration table. 
  • One staff member and participant at the registration table at a time. Participants will be asked to stand at least 6 feet apart if they are not from the same household. 
  • PRKN will encourage all participants to bring pre-signed waivers when registering online
    • If participants don’t bring waivers, PRKN has multiple pens to prevent using the same pens and will clean the pens in between uses
  • PRKN will encourage participants to spread out during all the activities of the event — on the water or on shore.
  • If participants need to travel in a bus, van, or private vehicle as a part of this event, they shall do so either with family members, people whom they know to be fully vaccinated, or in a vehicle with the windows open, with masks on and as far apart from other participants as possible.