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River: Mattawoman Creek of the Potomac River
Trip Description: This amazing NEW RiverPalooza 2018 trip is a partnership between Potomac Riverkeeper Network, the Piscataway Kanoi Tribe, and Atlantic Kayak Company. We are honored to have leaders of the Piscataway Kanoi Tribe provide a pre-paddle cultural history presentation, then guide and provide interpretation of cultural resources along our one-way 3-mile circular paddle starting at the Mattawoman Creek Education Center. Atlantic Kayak owner, Kimberly DeMarr, who has a passion for culture and history, will also provide interpretive and ecological education throughout the entire program.

The Mattawoman Creek was home to the Mattawoman people, also known as Mataughquamend, who are one of several tribal entities that form the Piscataway Kanoi Confederacy along the “Potomak” who paid homage to the Tayac at Piscataway. They maintained their community, village, and home site on the Mataughquamend and at the mouth on both banks of the Potomak, and thus was considered a metropolis. This section of the Potomac is connected to national trail routes, including the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. State and federal agencies have consistently characterized the Mattawoman watershed as exceptional in terms of its biodiversity and biological productivity. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has noted the creek’s abundant underwater grasses. It is also home to more than 50 species of fish, as well as mussels, wood ducks, and bald eagles. Its extensive wetlands and forest help support one of the healthiest food webs in the Chesapeake Bay.

Following your river excursion, you can spend time at the Mattawoman Creek Education Center, which has numerous aquariums so you can observe fish and other critters from Mattawoman Creek, close-up and personal! They also have exhibits on fossils, birds, skulls, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates. Come help your Potomac Riverkeeper and partners celebrate Mattawoman Creek and emphasize the importance of protecting its clean waters!

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:
108-A Mattingly Avenue
Indian Head, MD 20640
Arrival Time:
10:00 AM – registration
10:30 AM – cultural and interpretive presentation
11:00 AM – on water
1:30 PM – off water (approximate)
Paddle Level: Beginner
Paddle Distance: ~3 miles/~2 1/2 hours
Outfitter: Atlantic Kayak
Boat Options and Costs:
Tandem Kayaks: $85
Single Kayaks (limited number): $65
BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat): $35 registration and launch fee

The following “awesomeness” is included with each registration:
rental kayak (except BYOB)
personal flotation device for the day
interpretive guides
paddle insurance
RiverPalooza 2018 commemorative t-shirt
one-year PRKN membership to support your Potomac Riverkeeper and clean water

Participant Limit: 40 People (very limited singles—mostly tandem kayaks or BYOB)