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GW Canal of the Potomac River, Violette’s Lock Loop

The Canoe Cruisers Association has offered a practiced novice paddling trip on the GW Canal of the Potomac River every Sunday in August and into September.  I contacted a couple of families to see if they wanted to do it … Continue reading

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Monocacy River, Buckeystown Park to Mouth of Monocacy

We paddled a section of the Monocacy River, starting at Buckeystown Community Park in Adamstown, MD and going to the Monocacy Boat Ramp at the Mouth of the Monocacy River in Dickerson, MD on Saturday July 16, 2016.   Put-in … Continue reading

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Potomac River, south of Harper’s Ferry, WV

Potomac River, Potoma Wayside (VA) to Brunswick, MD I specifically wrote this post about Canoe Safety in Moving Water because of this trip, so please take a look at it if you are unfamiliar with safety in moving water. This … Continue reading

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Mallows Bay, Potomac River, Nanjemoy, MD

We paddled Mallows Bay where there are lots of “Ghost Ships”.  You can read about the Ghost Fleet here and here.  Essentially there are more than 150 vintage World War I wooden ships which were abandoned in Mallows Bay.  Almost 100 … Continue reading

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Canoe Camping – Isle Royale, MI

Isle Royale National Park (Michigan) This was my first canoe camping adventure.  I did this with one friend and there were no kids along.  I think Isle Royale would be a great paddle for when a child is 12 or … Continue reading

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Mataponi Creek, Upper Marlboro, MD

The Mataponi Creek is a tributary to the Patuxent River.  You can read about it in Hiking, Cycling and Canoeing in Maryland: A Family Guide, by Bryan MacKay. The closest place to put in is at Selby’s Landing on Croom … Continue reading

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Greenbrier State Park, Boonsboro, MD

Greenbrier State Park, located outside of Boonsboro, Maryland has a small lake and beach.  The lake is smaller than the lake at Cunningham Falls and there are no rental canoes and kayaks at Greenbrier State Park, but they do rent … Continue reading

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Mattawoman Creek, Indian Head, MD

We paddled Mattawoman Creek starting at Up The Creek Rentals at a place called “Slavin’s Launch“.  I couldn’t tell from their website whether the put-in was private land or public land, but Google told me that the place is Mattingly … Continue reading

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Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont, MD

OK this is another non-trip report. I went to Cunningham Falls State Park to use the beach at the William Houck Area. There is a wonderful state park which has much to offer. The beach area is at the William … Continue reading

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Fort Smallwood Park, Pasedena, MD

I am writing about an adventure from last year. I only just remembered the name of the park. Last year is when I decided it was time to get the canoe out a little more and discover new places. So … Continue reading

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