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April, 2019

Tuesday
2
Piney Branch Elementary School Pool
7:00 PM
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Pool rolling sessions are held every Tuesday night - January through March - from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
These pool sessions are for practice only. No instruction is provided. Cost is $20 per session plus $5 one time ACA fee. Boats & gear must be clean.
Thursday
4
Violettes Lock
9:00 AM
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To celebrate the winning of the CCA‘s lawsuit against 45s practice of blocking the entire Potomac when golfing at his club, we are doing a victory lap down the adjacent George Washington Canal, a Class l/2 paddle. Meet at Violettes Lock at 9 am.
Please tell Barb Brown you are coming: PotomacB@verizon.net or 301 765-9115
Thursday
4
Guide House Grill - 39.330238,-77.701533,
10:30 AM
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This Thursday Mark Brenneman will coordinate a a trip on the Staircase, which will be running at 4.1’ with afternoon temperatures in the upper 50s under cloudy skies. Meet at 10:30am at the Guide House Grill (aka Cindy Dee‘s) parking area to arrange the shuttle. Expect to pay $5.00 to launch your boat at the River & Trails Put-in. Contact Mark at mabrenneman@verizon.net if you plan to join this trip. He can also be reached on his cell at 240-343-0096.
Saturday
6
Vandor Lane Cul-de-sac next to Wyndham Garden hotel.
9:30 AM
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It is time to go out on this Springtime perennial. Rain on Friday should bring it up to 600 cfs down at Great Cacapon which meeans 330 cfs for us - over double the Steve Ettinger minimum. NOAA says the weather at Capon Bridge put-in Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 69.
Let‘s meet at Manassas at 9:30, and at the Rte 127 takeout at 11:00. This 9-mile trip should take 4 hrs - getting us home by about 6:30.
Please let me know if you‘re coming & where you intend to meet the caravan. This is a wonderful way to start up the season for those who‘ve been waiting for the weather to smile.
I‘ll be on my mobile - 703 963-5998 on Saturday
Saturday
6
Wayside T.O., Virginia
12:00 PM
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The Millville gauge is predicted to be 4.2 feet and the Potomac at about 4 1/2 feet. Temperature in the high 60s but cloudy.

Meet at the Wayside take-out just off US 340.

Vitas
Sunday
7
Pennyfield Lock
10:00 AM
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With the arrival of spring weather we will resume our weekly Sunday paddles aimed towards folks who are relatively new to whitewater. The Sunday forecast for the Little Falls gauge is 4.4‘, a moderately high level. Weather forecast is for a high around 70 with little chance of rain. However, water temp will be in the low 50s so please dress accordingly. We recommend lifejackets and helmets for all paddlers; please advise if you need safety equipment. The C&O Canal continues to be dewatered so we will meet at Pennyfield Lock at 10:00 to set shuttle. I am coordinating this week - please advise me (macinmd1@gmail.com, 443 542 8779) if you plan to join.
Tuesday
9
Piney Branch Elementary School Pool
7:00 PM
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Pool rolling sessions are held every Tuesday night - January through March - from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
These pool sessions are for practice only. No instruction is provided. Cost is $20 per session plus $5 one time ACA fee. Boats & gear must be clean.
Thursday
11
Vandor Lane Cul-de-sac next to Wyndham Garden hotel.
10:00 AM
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I am coordinating a trip to this lovely venue (Cl. II - II+) near Remington, VA Meet at Manassas at (time TBD) for a drive of another hour down to the put-in just off the bridge over the river.
Thursday
11
Devils Backbone State Park, MD
10:30 AM
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Wayne McDaniel and Tim Tilson will be leading a trip to Upper Antietam Creek. This is a 7-mile run with three Class II+ rapids and numerous smaller rapids. It‘s forecast at 3.5‘ against a canoe zero of 3.2‘. Meeting place is the parking area just upstream from Devil‘s Backbone County Park (N39.5411, W77.7124) at 10:30. Pack a lunch. As always, please advise if you‘re planning to join - macinmd1@gmail.com, 443 542 8779,
Thursday
11
Guide House Grill - across from Harpers Ferry
10:30 AM
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Larry Lempert will coordinate a trip on the Staircase, which is predicted to be running at about 3.9 feet with afternoon temperatures in the 60s under cloudy skies. Meet at 10:30am at the Guide House Grill (aka Cindy Dee‘s) parking area to arrange the shuttle. Expect to pay $5.00 to launch your boat at the River & Trails Put-in. Contact Larry at larry.7313@verizon.net if you plan to join this trip.
Thursday
11
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Gus Anderson will meet paddlers at the Angler’s Inn parking area at 1:00 to paddle the Potomac, with the details to be determined at that time.
Saturday
13
Myersville McDonald's
8:00 AM
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North Branch Potomac, Barnum to Bloomington. Class II(III) by AW. Expect water temps in low to mid 40s. You do need good cold water gear. Meet 8:00 am at Myersville MD McDonalds for carpool, or 10:30 at Bloomington sewer plant takeout. If questions, please text 301 974 1004. OK to just show up.
Saturday
13
Seneca Landing/Rileys Lock
9:00 AM
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Annual CCA & BRV club boaters help in conjunction with the Alice Ferguson Foundation‘s Watershed cleanup day at at Riley‘s Lock. Cleanup supplies provided, but bring water and lunch. River level permitting, bring your boat for island/GW canal cleanup
Sunday
14
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Tim Tilson will lead a Sunday morning paddle on the GW Canal/Violette’s Lock. Meet at 10:15 am at the Pennyfield Lock parking lot to set shuttle. Contact Tim at hmslydia@msn.com or via land line at 703-273-9436. Cell phone (only monitored Sunday am after 900am) is 703-864-0802. The level is predicted to be 4.7. If the level is 5.0 or above, the trip will be cancelled. A final email will be send NLT 0700 Sunday morning to those who have indicated an interest in paddling. The weather prediction (as of 5:00 pm Friday) is for temperatures in the mid-60s with the chances of rain ranging from 24-47%. So rain gear will be essential. This is a 3 mile trip with a mile ferry across the river, then down through the George Washington Canal. The canal is Class I, but paddlers should have boat handling skills. The trip concludes with a final mile plus of flatwater to the take out at Pennyfield Lock. Depending on the weather, we may stop for a snack/knee break.
Thursday
18
Goose Creek - Kephart Bridge Landing
10:30 AM
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Goose Creek is in Loudoun County just before Leesburg. This is a 4.5 mile Class II-III trip. As of 5:00 pm Tuesday the level is 1,100 cfs. but by Thursday it‘ll be 650-900 cfs [min 180] - So plenty of water. The Sycolin Rd Bridge put-in has limited parking so please meet at the take out to set shuttle. The put-in is a bit muddy, so be prepared. The first mile is a reservoir with a carry around the dam, then the moving water section.

There are two rapids of note:

Golf Course Rapids is a Class II-III (Grove) or Class II(+) (Ettinger) (The Golf Course is now being replaced by condos!!?!?)

No Name Rapids is a Class II series of waves.

We will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the take out: Kephart Bridge Landing, 43956 Riverpoint Drive, Lansdowne VA 20176, in a subdivision off Riverside Pkwy. Enter between two low stone pillars and drive down to the parking lot near the creek.

The weather is predicted to be in the mid 70s, overcast but no chance of rain.

Bring a lunch as we will probably stop at Gold Course rapids to eat and surf.

Please let Tim know if you are coming - hmslydia@msn.com or home at 703-273-9436. His cell phone (monitored only after 09:30 am Thursday) is 703-864-0802.
Thursday
18
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It is Spring Break, so if you sit at home and think "what would be a great way to have fun with my offspring?" we have something for you.

Please bring your kids, grandkids, your pets and yourself for a fun float down Seneca Creek from Berryville Road to Rileys Lock.

We will meet at 1:30 (yes, we are aiming for the warmest time of the day) at Riley Lock to set a shuttle.

Seneca creek is a class I-II stream. The forecast is sunny with high of 80 degrees.

Potomac Pizza around the corner for dinner.

Let Miki Komlosh know if you plan to attend (komloshm@yahoo.com)

P.S. If you do not have bored kids around, we will be happy to have you, regardless.
Friday
19
Good Friday
Saturday
20
Passover (1st Day)
Saturday
20
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8:00 AM
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With over an inch of rain predicted n Friday, I intend to take us on something small and bouncy like Passage, Little Patuxent, Catoctin, Sideling Hill, or Thornton/Hughes.
Please tell me which brook you‘d like the rain god to favor, and we‘ll try to get there.
Watch this space for where (and I‘ll call back everyone who says they‘re interested.)
- Alf
Saturday
20
On a section of the Monocacy or a tributary—depending on water levels-fast moving water/class 1
8:00 AM
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Please contact Dean Geis 443 250-0864.
Sunday
21
Easter Sunday
Sunday
21
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next Sunday
Thursday
25
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Targeting Moorefield Canyon or other Potomac headwaters.
Thursday
25
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PN/I - Thurs through Sat. Please Contact Dean Geis 443-250-0864
Saturday
27
Meet at the takeout. We can set up other meeting places if people want to carpool.
11:30 AM
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Saturday and Sunday runs.
Monday
29
Clara Barton Community Center
7:30 PM
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"The Canoe" by Canadian film director Goh Iromoto