The 2017 season of Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH events will take place on waterways across the United States. The series supports local Waterkeeper organizations by engaging community members and outdoor enthusiasts in events comprised of water-based recreational activities like swimming, paddling, kayaking, fishing and much more. In addition to several SPLASH events in our region, our Waterkeepers offer other on-the-water experiences. Check them out!
Potomac Riverkeeper Network's RiverPalooza, June 3 - Sept 24
RiverPalooza runs through the summer and offers 14 paddling and on-the-water events with Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks, Shenandoah Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf and Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls in partnership with the National Park Service and the region’s best outfitters. RiverPalooza 2017 kicks off on June 3rd with Make a SPLASH for Clean Water Dayat Harpers Ferry — including paddling, rafting, tubing and a big party with BBQ and a bluegrass band. Several of the paddle trips go along the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. They will wrap it all up with a Stand Up for Clean Water Celebration on September 24th, to recognize World Rivers Day and the 45th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Proceeds of RiverPalooza benefits Potomac Riverkeeper Network.
More info => http://www.prknetwork.org/riverpalooza-2017/
James River Rundown with Lower & Upper James Riverkeepers, June 24 - 25
Join Upper James Riverkeeper Pat Calvert and and Lower James Riverkeeper Jamie Brunkow for the James River Rundown, a series of canoe, kayak, and SUP races running through the heart of Virginia on the scenic James River. The James River Association is organizing a two-day 120-mile race, 50-mile race, 25-mile race, and 5-mile fun float for this year’s event. Competitors will race through weather, natural features, and fatigue to reach the finish line at Goochland County’s Tucker Park. A post-race celebration featuring food, beverage, live music from Sturgeon City, and programming offered by L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools will be held at Tucker Park on Sunday, June 25th. Proceeds from the James River Rundown support the Upper and Lower James Riverkeepers.
More info => http://www.jamesriverrundown.org
Tred Avon Paddle-Jam with Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, June 24
On Saturday, June 24, join Miles-Wye Riverkeeper Jeff Hortsman, Choptank Riverkeeper Matt Pluta and the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals for the Tred Avon Paddle-Jam that brings paddling and poker together! Paddlers will launch kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards from Easton Point Marina to enjoy a six-mile paddle on the Tred Avon River. Along the paddle route, paddlers can pick up poker cards and the winning hands receive prizes. Paddlers will end back at Easton Point Marina, where there will be live music, food trucks, beverages, and great prizes. Proceeds benefit Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy.
More info => http://www.midshoreriverkeeper.org/event/tred-avon-paddle-jam/
Sunrise Sunset Susquehanna Paddle and Play Event with Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper, July 22
Join Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Carol Parenzan and show your love for your ‘Hanna on Saturday, July 22, at the Second Annual Sunrise Sunset Susquehanna Paddle & Play at Susquehanna State Park in Williamsport. Adventurous river rats will start their day with an 11-mile paddle on the West Branch with their Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper, launching near Lock Haven and landing at the state park, to be treated to an afternoon of riverside music, storytelling, interactive environmental education, regional foods, and family-friendly activities. End your day with a cruise aboard the Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat as we travel on the Mighty Susquehanna to engage in bird watching and river reflecting.
More info => middlesusquehannariverkeeper.org.
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