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Since 1956 the Canoe Cruisers Association, with members from across the Greater Washington, DC area, has brought together kayakers and canoeists interested in paddling the Potomac River Basin and adjacent watersheds. We value diversity and welcome people at all levels of ability. We coordinate paddling trips, teach classes, promote river safety, host the annual CCA downriver race, and organize river access and water conservation efforts. Please join us—we look forward to paddling with you!  

Proposed Footbridge Over Difficult Run

 CCA and the Coronavirus

On Sept 14 the CCA modified its COVID-19 guidelines to contemplate running trips with limited auto shuttles. Please see details in our Trip Guidelines.  The Washington metro area is still requiring masks and social distancing.

See our Trip Guidelines for information on  staying safe while paddling during COVID-19.

Newsletter:  Cruiser_2020_12_Dec.pdf
Nominations for 2021 Election of Officers

Trip Email Notification

Sign up at to be added to our trip lists. Beginner trips are held each Sunday morning, weather permitting. Our Thursday Paddles and Pickup Trips are for experienced paddlers. Our Family Paddles are kid friendly. When you sign up for a list you will be notified by email of the upcoming trip.


 From tranquil flatwater to raging whitewater, we paddle it all.  
Weather Forecast   River Level Forecast   USGS Little Falls   Paddle Prattle   AW River Database   
Trip and Event Schedule for the Next 30 Days

Upcoming Events

River Access Committee's
C&O Canal Presentation

C&O Canal Presentation 2020

Want to know if the Potomac will be closed?

Call the USCG at 410-576-2525.
Want to know how many times the Potomac
has been closed?
Check  Trump Golf Count.