Basic Itinerary (may be adjusted based on river level):
Monday: Meet at Riley’s Lock 7:15-7:30am. Trim down excess gear and learn to pack a boat expedition-style. Spend the day learning basic paddle strokes. Camp out on island near GW Canal.
Tuesday: Teach principles and technique on how to paddle, roll, and control kayak. Camp out at Swains Lock.
Wednesday: Paddle Mather Gorge below Great Falls. Try maneuvers in current and surfing in the Chutes. Camp at Marsden Tract.
Thursday: Continue our paddle downstream, tackling Yellow Falls and Stubble Field Falls. Stop off Scott’s Run to enjoy the waterfall. Camp out right above Little Falls.
Friday: We saved the biggest and best rapid for the morning of the last day: Little Falls. Explore the tidal river from Chain Bridge to Georgetown. Return back to Riley’s Lock between 5:30-6:30pm.
Potomac River. Section between Riley’s Lock and Georgetown.
The mighty Potomac stretches over 300 miles, and is one of the most majestic spots in the nation’s backyard. Campers will spend the week paddling from Riley’s Lock and end up just under 30 miles downstream in Georgetown. Along the way we will learn and/or master our paddling skills, run rapids, look for wildlife, and observe the geology of the mighty Mather Gorge. Kayak Potomac is a perfect trip for both beginners and experienced boaters. This section of river offers a progression that allows campers to build their skills and confidence on the water. By week’s end we may be ready to challenge ourselves running Little Falls. Each night the group will camp on uninhabited islands or in small campsites on the banks of the Potomac. This is a must-do trip on every kayaker’s bucket list.
“Girls on the River” Kayak Potomac
We are offering a special girls-only kayaking high adventure by popular request! With a similar itinerary to our existing Kayak Potomac week, our unique 5 day trip will also focus on teen leadership principles, empowering young women to enjoy challenges and adventures on the river!