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July, 2022

Sunday
3
8:00 AM
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This trip needs a coordinator. If interested contact Gary Quam at gquam64@gmail.com

The 2022 release schedule for Jennings Randolph Lake and Savage River Dam has been posted on the public website:

https://www.nab-wc.usace.army.mil/nab/northBranch.html
Sunday
3
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For this week’s trip we will return to the Class II George Washington Canal. However, for the sake of variety, and also to avoid the Violette’s Lock parking lot, we will meet at Pennyfield Lock (39.057, -77.294) at 9:00 am to set shuttle and drive to Riley’s Lock to put-in. We will then cross the Potomac to run the canal and then continue downriver to Pennyfield. As always, please let the trip coordinator, Wayne McDaniel, know if you will be joining: macinmd1@gmail.com, 443 542 8779.

The weather forecast is sunny with a high in the 80s. The forecast river level is 3.2’ on the Little Falls gauge, a moderate level for this section of river.

PFDs are required for all. Helmets are required for kayakers using spray skirts and highly recommended for all others. Airbags are strongly encouraged for boats without other means of flotation. If you need safety equipment, please advise the trip coordinator in advance.




CCA Covid-19 Guidance

Fully vaccinated people can congregate in small groups, share shuttle rides and carpooling together, etc., consistent with CDC Guidelines.

For groups that include un-vaccinated people, masks should continue to be worn, consistent with CDC Guidelines.
Auto shuttles involving un-vaccinated people
• Wear a mask covering mouth and nose while in shuttle vehicles
• Open windows to allow for air circulation
• Avoid carpooling to distant sites
All participants should bring a personal mask to be worn as needed.
Do not attend if you think that you may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past two weeks, or if you have any of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including but not limited to: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. Please call your medical provider for any symptoms that are
Monday
4
Antietam Creek - TBD
8:00 AM
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Possible Antietam Creek trip this weekend. Likely Monday and early. Limited to 7 and perhaps fewer depending on skill level. No rank beginners or novices. Helmet and life jackets and appropriate boat flotation are required. No late add-ons so that shuttle can be efficient. If seriously interested, contact Beth 240-506-0417 by Saturday 7 PM.


Now (Fri. aft) running at 200 cfs [min 150 cfs] No change predicted.
Monday
4
Fletchers Cove Boathouse
5:00 PM
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Come celebrate our independence with an evening paddle, picnic, and pyrotechnic panorama. This fun event is a 3-mile flatwater paddle (6 mi RT) from Fletcher’s Cove to Theo Roosevelt Island offering unobstructed water views of fireworks and lighted monuments.

Bring your own boat, picnic, chairs, & boat lights. We’ll meet at Fletcher’s parking lot at 5pm, enjoy socializing, eating, festooning our boats with glowsticks, and a participatory reading from the Declaration of Independence Preamble. 7:00pm Put-in for leisurely float together down river with time to anchor and socialize before the first salvo at 9:00.

The paddle back is in the dark. Bring flashlights or headlamps to help negotiate your landing. Part of return paddle is lit by bridges, G-town waterfront, and GW Parkway. Only the final swing into Fletchers is in darkness. Low tide 7:25pm, High at 12:42am,so we'll paddle downstream against tide, tide-neutral on return.

To maintain safety on the water, we will divide up into ‘pods of five boats’ with one person designated as ‘pod coordinator.’ All hands are needed to pitch in and help get your paddling buddies safely ashore at night’s end.

The event hosted by CCA & Loudoun Kayaking Meetup--is quite popular. So numbers are limited and ADVANCE REGISTRATION BY 5PM JULY 2, IS REQUIRED.
UPDATE: AS OF 5PM, FRIDAY JULY 1, TRIP IS ALREADY FULL.

To register, DON'T BOTHER WITH THE REGISTRATION FEATURE, WHICH IS ACTING UP, but email Shae Metcalf (metcalf.sharon@gmail.com). Provide your name and guests names, and boat type. Please consider volunteering for one role below and note volunteer role in email.
•‘Pod Coordinator’ – keep track of a 5-paddler subgroup on river
• Registration table (check-off registrants, collect waivers, hand out glow sticks)
• Assist with boat launch at beginning and take-out at end.

CCA-Shae Metcalf, Metcalf.sharon@gmail.com; and Alf Cooley
Wednesday
6
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We'll be having our Wednesday evening paddle from Anglers down to Lock 10. Meet up at the Lock 10 parking lot at 6:00 and we'll set shuttle from there. Feel free to reach out with any questions if you're interested but not familiar with this stretch of river. This is a Class I-II/II+ section. It's a great section and beginner friendly. SYOTR ~Alan


Contact Alan Gale at alan_gale@comcast.net.
Thursday
7
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Mike Keefe will be coordinating. If interested in participating contact Mike at mikekeefe62@gmail.com
Sunday
10
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This is a beginner-level trip - usually run on the Violettes Lock - George-Washington Canal Loop.

However, since Mark Wray says he's likely to be doing this with a canoeing class
we shall be giving preference to other locations, water levels permitting.
Goose Creek, Seneca Creek, and Lower Antietam come to mind.

Please let me know in advance if you are interested. Not asking for commitment, given my inability to promise a venue, but this will allow me to inform you where the trip is going - and when.

Thanks - SYOTR, Alf
Sunday
10
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These classes, taught by Mark Wray, are open to paddlers of any levels focusing on stroke refinement. Depending on the ability of the folks that show up, and water levels, he may also head over to the GW Canal. Mark is an ACA Level Four Tandem Instructor and a Level Two Solo Instructor. The sessions will also include some river safety training similar to what is offered by the BSA through Paddle Craft Safety. Mark is also a Canoe Instructor for the BSA.
Sunday
10
Columbia Island Marina George Washington Memorial Pkwy · Arlington, VA
4:30 PM
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We will paddle to Georgetown on the Boundary Channel at high tide, return on the Potomac, view the Washington monuments, and return to the marina north of the 14th Street Bridge.

There is no rental option.

We will launch from the free kayak facility north of the big boat launch.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boundary_Channel

https://boatingindc.com/marinas/columbia-island-marina/

We will have a pint afterwards at the outdoor pub at the marina.

SUPs welcome! However, there might be wind-driven waves on the Potomac. Just saying...

As with any activity, there are risks and you assume responsibility for them and nobody will be held liable. In the event of an emergency we will provide assistance.