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About the Sunday Paddles - (rev. 25 Oct 2019) We typically meet at Violettes Lock parking (5 miles up River Rd from Potomac, MD) at 9:00, cross the Potomac to  run down the old George Washington Canal and paddle down the Po, finishing by paddling under the C&O Canal to back Pennyfield.  This is a class I/II whitewater run for beginners and others, where we help families down moving water and may work on simple skills like water reading, eddy turns, and paddle group dynamics.   We sometimes do Anglers to Lock 10 and if moist, Goose Creek and Seneca Creek.   In 2018 we started up on Sun, 29 April.

  This trip "the Loop" is due to two CCA achievements:  Backing off the Coast Guard blocking the river for Trump's weekend golfing and prevailing upon the C&O Canal to rewater the Pennyfield to Violettes section in mid-2019.

Questions?  Ask Wayne McDaniel (, Tim Tilson (, Peter Ryan (, Pam White (, and Gary Quam (

NB:  In late summer, the C&O Canal used to become too low or clogged with river grass, meaning we needed to revert to the Pennyfield Lock meeting place with a car shuttle.  In 2019, the level remained up and the river grass didn't appear.

Any change in meeting place or time will be posted on the CCA Trip ScheduleIf you'd like to be on the Sunday Paddles mailing list (ca 90 people), pls contact Wayne.  This allows us to notify our regulars when we're canceling because of high water, foul weather,  - or going on a different trip (think Seneca Ck, Anglers to Lock 10, Goose Creek, Antietam, Virginia Catoctin, etc.)
 rev. 24 Oct 2019

[picture below is of surfing on the Ledge, the GW's most significant (and friendly) rapid.] 

See  for details of this delightful section of the Potomac River.   
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