Saturday morning, my friend Bill called up and asked what I was doing that day and if I wanted to go kayaking. Heck ya! We got a bit of a late start since we didn't leave until after lunch, but it was really nice out.
Point of Rocks boat ramp with the bridge in the background
We dropped our boats off at Point of Rocks (on the Maryland side of the Potomac River where Route 15 crosses the river), went and dropped one car off at Monocacy, and went back to get in the water. It was a spectacular, gorgeous, sunny but not too hot day outside. The boat ramp at Point of Rocks was fairly busy and the parking lot pretty full, but there were some open spots.
Let the watergun battles begin!
His first time paddling solo! I love how this picture turned out.
This was my 10-year old son's first time out solo in a kayak instead of riding tandem with me, and he did a great job. Most of the day, he was way out in front of us and I was having to paddle pretty hard to keep up with him.
Point of Rocks USGS station). It's about 6 miles from Point of Rocks to Monocacy, so it would take about 3 hours if you just drifted and didn't do any paddling.
The water was never much deeper than about 5 feet using my paddle as a probe. At one spot, we stopped to stretch our legs and play in the water a little bit where the water was about 2 feet deep and clear enough we could see the bottom.
As usual on the Potomac, we saw bald eagles, great blue herons, butterflies, dragonflies, and fish, but without my waterproof camera, there's no way I'd be quick enough to pull my cell phone camera out to take a picture of any of them.
It's hard to see where the Monocacy River joins the Potomac River from upstream. In the picture above, the Monocacy River entrance is right smack in the middle of the picture. As you approach it, the tall stacks of the power plant downstream on the Maryland side of the Potomac become visible. If you see those smoke stacks, you need to be working your way over toward river left to get out.
We made it!
As you can see above, you won't be able to miss the Monocacy Aqueduct. It's very easy to see and identify from the Potomac.
Trip stats from the GPS
Stats for the paddle log:
- Date: Saturday, 5 July 2014
- Time In: 3:07 p.m.Got a late start, didn't head up there until after lunch
- Time Out: 6:23 p.m.
- Elapsed: 3 hrs 16 min (based on GPS)
- Moving Time (GPS): 2 hours 20 min
- Stopped Time (GPS): 56 min
- Mileage (GPS): 6.65 miles
- Sea State: 0
- Winds: 0 kts
- Air Temp: 81F
- Water Temp: 79.9F
- Current: 2 mph
- Tides: N/A
- Avg Moving Speed (GPS): 2.8 mph
- Max Speed by (GPS): 5.9 mph
- Rapids? None.
- Hazards? Not much.
- Kit: My youngest son on his first solo time in his brother's Perception Acadia Scout. My oldest son trying out a friend's Old Town Loon. I was in our Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL. Flop hat, NRS paddling gloves, short sleeve shirt, swim trunks, scuba booties (for the rubber sole and to keep sand / rocks out).
- Route: Put-in at the Point of Rocks boat ramp and paddled 6.5 miles downstream to Monocacy River. Took a left and paddled briefly upstream on the Monocacy River underneath the Monocacy Aqueduct to the boat ramp take-out.
- Other comments (such as wildlife spotted): Bald eagles, Great Blue Herons, butterflies, dragonflies, fish.