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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 across 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.

When we prevail upon the C&O Canal to rewater the Pennyfield to Violettes section, we'll be able to meet at 9:00 AM at Violette's Lock for a trip without need for a shuttle.    But not yet.

NB:  In late summer, the C&O Canal has become too low or clogged with river grass, meaning we'll need to revert to the Pennyfield Lock meeting place with a car shuttle.  

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 50 ppl), pls contact  This allows us to notify our regulars when we're canceling because of high water, foul weather, or moving the meeting point/ meet time to Pennyfield - or going on a different trip (think Seneca Ck, Anglers to Lock 10, etc. [picture below is of surfing on the Ledge, the GW's most significant (and friendly) rapid.] -  rev. 27 April 2018

Please contact the trip coordinator before heading out for a trip.  The unusual amount of rain we have had, and the resulting high water, have caused many trips to be cancelled or relocated.

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