Best Kayaking in District of Columbia

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British Columbia, Sunshine Coast Regional District County

39 :01 hrs
45.9 mi
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Maryland, Prince George's County

04 :07 hrs
9.7 mi
2.0535393 ft

On this route, the riverside for the first mile is mostly undeveloped and surrounded by forest and parkland and after passing Route 50 the river passes through lovely swamp and marsh and host an abundance of waterfowl. This area includes the beautiful Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens which is worth the side trip. From this point on stone or concrete seawalls gird the banks. The river is calm and lazy with no rapids or riffles. The take-out is around Hains Point and up the Potomac to the launching ramp on the north side of National Airport at Roaches Run. This area is popular during summer for motor boats.


Maryland, Washington

02 :19 hrs
5.8 mi
2.798094 ft

You will have the best views of the monuments in Washington DC. A constant current is present here. The island has wonderful trails for hiking. Across the water from Roosevelt, on the east shore, you will find a 10-foot high and long concrete floodwall. If you go early, you will most likely run into at least one rowing team. They travel in straight lines, very quickly and without the ability to maneuver their boats. Stay out of the way. And keep on the lookout for the Georgetown Waterfront National Harbor Ferry.

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