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May 21, 2023

Float the Monocacy

Long Gate Park & Ride • Meadowbrook Ln Ellicott CityMD  21043 Organized by Howard County Government
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Beginner to intermediate paddlers, discover the beauty of the scenic Monocacy River on this one-day trip. Paddle through history near the Monocacy National Battlefield with an ACA-certified instructor. Paddle about 7 miles with a slow current and beginner river features including rocks and small rapids. All paddlers must complete our paddling basics class before the trip. Earn a certificate and patch by taking our Paddling Basics class and paddling our series of four Maryland waterways at least once within a three year period. This section for paddlers requesting a TANDEM KAYAK only - must have two people registered. Interested in paddling a canoe on this trip? Register under this section and email Matt Medicus, mmedicus@howardcountymd.gov to discuss.

This trip includes river features such as rocks, riffles and standing waves. Detailed info emailed to the participant – Check your registration to be sure you get it! Fee is per person, which includes transportation, leadership and boats; bring a lunch (no nut products) and beverage. All equipment provided for use during the program; paddlers may bring their own life jacket pending approval by instructor. You must have completed our Paddling Basics class, Friends & Family Adventure in kayaking or HCRP equivalent prior to this trip. You may register for a paddling trip at the same time you register for a Paddling Basics class, but you must physically complete the Basics class or HCRP equivalent BEFORE the trip.

Under 16 must be accompanied by a participating and registered parent or guardian. This is NOT a drop off program. For more information contact Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769 or mmedicus@howardcountymd.gov.

Consult only this program status line within one hour of the program start time: 410-313-4451, press option 1 THEN option 3.

Friends & Family Adventures and custom programs available for families, Scout groups, and more! Contact Matt Medicus for details or visit www.tinyurl.com/adventurepackages.

Visit www.tinyurl.com/HCRPAdventure for more Adventure & Outdoor opportunities including Nite Bite Fishing!

The HCRP Maryland Paddling series consists of the paddling basics class and our series of four river trips – complete the class and all four trips within a three year period to earn a certificate and patch! Trips listed below in order of difficulty - not all trips offered each season:

Float Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge: a scenic flatwater paddle on the tidal waters near Cambridge, MD. No rocks or rapids but can be breezy with small waves. Distance on the water depends on the group and conditions for the day but averages 5-8 miles of paddling.

Float the Potomac: a scenic mostly flatwater paddle on the Potomac above Harpers Ferry that does include a good introduction to minor river features. Distance about 6 miles and does require paddling for most of the trip.

Float the Monocacy: Narrower and more current than the Potomac, this trip is about 7 miles of paddling with more river features including rocks and small rapids.

Float the Antietam: The most technical and shortest distance of the four rivers, Antietam Creek features rocks, small rapids and a noticeable current for most of the trip.



May 21, 2023

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM


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Ages 10-255 · Co-Ed


Long Gate Park & Ride

Meadowbrook Ln Ellicott CityMD  21043

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