Potomac RiverKeeper to host paddle tour

Boaters enjoy the Potomac River near Georgetown and Foggy Bottom. (Brian Kapur/The Current/July 2016)

The Potomac RiverKeeper Network — an environmental nonprofit that recently established an office in Georgetown — will lead a guided 2-mile paddle tour around Roosevelt Island next Wednesday.

The tour, designed for boating beginners, will provide information about the history of the Potomac River and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, as well as President Theodore Roosevelt’s work as a champion for clean water and conservation.

Participants are required to bring their own boats for the tour, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. following a 7 p.m. safety discussion. The event will kick off with a barbecue at the Washington Canoe Club, 3700 Water St. NW, beginning at 5 p.m. Attendees should bring an entree to grill; sides will be provided. The boats will be back on land around 9 p.m.

Paddlers must drive to the end of Water Street to drop off their boats at the canoe club. RiverKeeper volunteers will be available to stay with boats while paddlers park their cars and to assist them with transporting their watercraft from the street to the club building 100 yards away. For more information, visit potomacriverkeepernetwork.org/events.

The June 21 event is part of a months-long RiverPalooza campaign from the RiverKeeper Network, which is dedicated to enforcing clean water laws for the river and its tributaries. RiverPalooza will wrap up on Sept. 24 with a celebration of World River Day, likely in D.C..