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River Palooza - MALLOWS BAY “GHOST FLEET” PADDLE - Potomac Riverkeeper
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08.24.2018 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Trip Description: Join your Potomac Riverkeeper and REI for a guided and interpretive paddle to learn about the history of the Ghost Fleet. Dr. Susan Langley, Maryland State Underwater Archaeologist, will provide an overview of the history of Mallows Bay and explain its unique features and ecological importance. Within the small bay in Southern Maryland, about 30 miles south of Washington, DC, lie hundreds of shipwrecks dating back to the Revolutionary War. Most of them are from World War I. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently declared its intent to designate Mallows Bay on the Potomac River as a new National Marine Sanctuary.

Mallows Bay, one of the largest assemblages of historic shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere, is known as the “Ghost Fleet” of the Potomac. Surrounding the bay are sandy bluffs topped with trees, which provide magnificent roosts for bald eagles. Marshy tributaries rich in wildlife provide a quiet counterpart to the historic wreckage. The historic Bay is located along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

Lead Riverkeeper: Dean Naujoks – 336-809-6041 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arrival Location (park in the upper parking lot and meet us in the pavilion):
1440 Wilson Landing Rd
Nanjemoy, MD 20662
(301) 870-2778
Arrival Time: 10:00 AM; on water by 11:00 AM; off water approximately 3:00 PM
Paddle Distance: 3 miles/2.5 hr loop paddle
Paddle Level: Novice/Beginners welcome
Outfitter: REI
Boat Options and Costs:
$100 per person for all equipment and 4 instructors; lunch will be provided by REI (this package is normally $145 per person)
The following “awesomeness” is included with each registration:
rental kayak
personal flotation device for the day
paddle insurance
RiverPalooza 2018 commemorative t-shirt
one-year PRKN membership to support your Potomac Riverkeeper and clean water
Participant Limit: 24 people