Paddle Notes

Suggested Trip

A Refuge for Eagles and Home to Migrating and Wintering Waterfowl

Originally founded as a safe place for eagles, Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Lorton, Virginia has become home to many year-round and migratory birds and animals. More than 200 different kinds of birds, scores of reptiles and amphibians, and dozens of other animals find solace in the refuge.

October 31, 2019

Suggested Trip

Paddling the Anacostia – Washington, D.C.’s Forgotten River

Once considered one of the most polluted rivers in the United States, Washington D.C.’s “forgotten river” is making an amazing comeback. As I paddled through these scenic wetlands filled with a multitude of wildlife, it was obvious that efforts to protect and restore the watershed are heading in the right direction.

October 22, 2019

Suggested Trip

Paddling Mattawoman Creek, “Where one goes pleasantly.”

…the Algonquin name for Mattawoman has been variously translated as “where one goes pleasantly” and “a place to go quietly.” I would like to think that the peace and tranquility associated with the original name is as valid now as it was back then.

September 6, 2019

How-To

So You Want to Fish in the Chesapeake? Getting Started

The Bay and its tributaries offer a fantastic fishery, right in our backyards, and what can be better than fresh fish that’s been caught and cooked in the same day.

August 30, 2019

Suggested Trip

Birds, Marshes, and the Butterfly Effect: Paddling at Pohick Bay Regional Park

. . . I kept my eyes open to the egrets and their oval wingspans. Red-winged blackbirds surprised us by popping out of the marsh in a flash of red and black feathers, and butterflies flew around us, with yellow swallowtails on purple hibiscus flowers and monarchs on milkweeds.

August 15, 2019

How-To

Fishing for Invasives in the Chesapeake

State agencies want invasives like snakeheads and blue catfish out of the local ecosystems. With a bit of know-how and some gear, you, too, could enjoy catching some of these hard-fighting and delicious fish!

July 12, 2019

Seasonal Spotlight

Celebrate the 4th of July with these Unique Spots

Independence Day. Even the words conjure up images of family gatherings, barbecues, parades, and of course, fireworks! Learn about some places to celebrate the holiday that are a little more off the beaten path.

June 24, 2019

Suggested Trip

National Cherry Blossom Festival: The Nation's Capital in All Its Blooming Glory!

Through the years, the National Cherry Blossom Festival has taken on more and more significance – growing from its initial three-day celebration – to its current two weeks, packed with ceremonial and entertainment events.

April 11, 2019

Top Places For

Top Ten Places for Spring Migration Birding in the District of Columbia

You may be surprised to learn that you do not need to leave the confines of Washington, DC to find world-class spring migration birding opportunities. There are a number of parks and habitats throughout the city that provide important habitat for breeding or foraging on the journey northwards.

February 21, 2019

From Our Partners

Riding the Towpath: A Natural vs. Man-Made Continuum

Cycling the C&O Canal is a great way to reflect and commune with nature. Follow one man’s journey along the canal as he observes the forms of ‘natural’ and ‘man-made’ within the Park.

November 19, 2018

Suggested Trip

Caledon State Park – A Haven for Eagles and Visitors Alike

Lying along the broad tidal stretch of the Potomac River about 50 miles downstream from Washington, DC, Caledon State Park’s 2,500 acres of riverside forest are a gathering place for bald eagles from up and down the East Coast.

August 29, 2018

Suggested Trip

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum – brimming with history

Everyone who was anyone in the ever-evolving political and commercial landscape of the time would have spent hour upon hour at Gadsby’s Tavern – eating, drinking and engaging in heavy debates over the issues of the day.

August 20, 2018

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