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Sunday Paddles

2018 - Starting up on Sun, 29 April - we meet at Pennyfield Lock parking at 9:00 to set shuttle to put in at Violettes Lock.  Then we paddled across the Potomac to  run down the old George Washington Canal , finishing by paddling under the C&O Canal aquaduct at Pennyfield.  This is a class I/II whitewater run for beginners and others. We  like to help families and beginners down moving water and work on simple skills like water reading, eddy turns, ferrying, and paddle group dynamics.

2019 - By May 1 we convinced the C&O Canal Park authorities to rewater the Pennyfield to Violettes section, so now we can meet at 9:00 AM at Violette's Lock for a trip without need for a shuttle.     Tim Tilson & Wayne McDaniel, Gary & Ginny Quam, Pam White, and Peter Ryan are running this series.

Any change in meeting place or time will be posted on the CCA Trip Schedule.  If you'd like to be on the mailing list (ca 90 people), please email:  This allows us to notify our regulars when we're canceling because of high water, foul weather, or moving the meeting point/ meeting time to Pennyfield - or going on a different trip (think Seneca Creek, Anglers to Lock 10, Goose Creek, Antietam, etc. [The picture below is of surfing on the Ledge, the GW Canal's most significant (and friendly) rapid.] -  rev. 26 Oct 2019

Please contact the trip coordinator before heading out for a trip. 

See the American Whitewater River Database for details of this delightful section of the Potomac River.