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Sunday Paddle - Riley's Lock-GW/Potowmack Canal-Pennyfield

The Sunday paddle will be the Riley's Lock/George Washington (GW)/Potowmack Canal/Pennyfield run. Meet at the Pennyfield Lock parking lot at 9:30 a.m. to set shuttle since the canal is still de-watered. We will then convoy up to Riley's Lock.

The Little Falls gauge is projected to be at 2.6 ft on Sunday, which is low but enough. The weather is looking a bit dodgy, however, with possible showers and even a possible thunderstorm. I will be keeping an eye on the forecasts/radar and will send out an email to all who have expressed interest by 7AM Sunday if I decide to cancel the trip.

For those unfamiliar with this run, we will depart Riley’s Lock and cross the Potomac on a mile of flatwater then turn into the remains of the GW/Potowmack canal. We will paddle down this mile-long Class II stretch until we rejoin the main channel of the Potomac and head down the final mile of mostly flatwater to Pennyfield. Total trip time 3.5-4 hours.

This is a Class II trip. Boat control in moving water is essential. Life jackets are required. Helmets are strongly encouraged (mandatory for kayakers). Kayakers should have a skirt. Boats should have flotation. Please reach out to the Trip Coordinator with any questions.

If interested, contact Alan Gale at
Sunday, September 10, 2023, 9:30 AM until 1:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Alan S Gale
2-Trips-PN-Class I/II
Registration is not Required
Payment In Full In Advance Only