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Nearby Potomac  "Trips within about an hour of the beltway"

We as Antietam Creek or CKAPCO lead Trips and Teach on the Potomac From Dam #4 Near Williamsport, to Masons Neck Wildlife Refuge. That's about 100 miles of River with some "sides" Antietam, Shenandoah, North Branch, Seneca Creek, Rock Creek etc.. We concentrate on Sections NORTH Antietam Creek to Brunswick,  MIDDLE Algonkian/Seneca Creek to Pennyfield/Riverbend, Anglers Inn to Little Falls, SOUTH Fletchers/DC To Masons Neck.

This Page[s] is an attempt to lay out the Potomac and some tributaries in a format  that  planners can use to find and link trips for their specific purpose. e.g.. a scout group might combine a day one 12 mile Trip on Antietam Creek with an overnight at NPS Antietam Campground, with a 10 mile day two Trip to Harpers ferry/Bakerton takeout above the "Needles" or on to Brunswick.

Any paddling trip has variables depending on who and how many are involved. But generally.

    1. A 5 boat group travels at about 2 miles per hour. A 10 boat group travels at about 1.6 miles per hour [i.e. slower]. You will travel as fast as your weakest link.

    2. A comfortable trip is about 8 to 12 miles per day.

    3. Serious planning, testing, scouting, logistics skill and expertise make for a successful trip. Absent that, check with some experts. "Good Luck", has no place in a float plan. If it's part of the epilog it's OK. 

    4. Here's a link to the ACA Trip Leaders Course. http://www.americancanoe.org/atf/cf/%7B74254DC2-74B4-446F-92BE-547992272AB7%7D/RCTLA%20Overview.pdf

POTOMAC : If you want "on the ground" detail and information, on most of these areas/trips Google "C&O Canal Bike";  or link  http://bikewashington.org/canal/ . For the on water information use local guide books like MD Delaware canoe trails, by Ed Gertler  http://www.amazon.com/Maryland-Delaware-Canoe-Trails-Paddlers/dp/0960590870





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