Piracies are CPA’s local mid-week evening paddling venues organized by volunteers at locations around the Chesapeake Bay area. Pirates convene after work, paddle for a few hours and socialize to break up the work week. Check out a Piracy near you.
- Pirates of ALGONKIAN
- Pirates of ARUNDELL
- Pirates of BALTIMORE
- Pirates of the EASTERN SHORE
- Pirates of GEORGETOWN
- Pirates of the NORTH
- Pirates of OCCOQUAN
- Pirates of PATUXENT
- Pirates of POTOMAC
- Pirates of SUGARLOAF
All piracies require a signed CPA waiver.
Pirates of ALGONKIAN
Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling, VA The Pirates of Algonkian are captained by James Higgins, formerly captain of the Sugarloaf piracy. Congregating Tuesdays 6:00 pm at the Algonkian Regional Park boat ramp. As a group we paddle upstream to the third Potomac island called Van Deventer. This is about 2 miles from the launch. Often we take a break or paddle either farther upstream before returning with the river current. Paddlers must be off the water at or near Sunset due to Park Regulations! The launch fee is $4 for non motorized watercraft.
In addition to paddling for fun and exercise, the piracy spends time practicing edging, sculling, rescues, radio communication, as well as nature photography.
Requirements: PFD, spray skirt, bilge pump, paddle float, drinking water, headlamp/flashlight, and appropriate protection for the elements.
Optional: snacks, camera, VHF Radio, and a big friendly smile to share with all. Prepare for the paddle by listening to the latest weather reports and monitoring the Pirates of Algonkian forum for late breaking news.
Visit: Discussion Forum, Email
When: 6:00 PM until Sunset Tuesdays
Where: Algonkian Regional Park: From the Beltway (I-495), take Route 7 west 11 miles to Cascades Parkway north, and drive 3 miles to the park entrance.
Anne Arundel County (Annapolis Area), Maryland We are the Pirates of Arundell, named for Anne Calvert, Baroness Baltimore (née Arundell), an English noblewoman, daughter of Thomas Arundell, 1st Baron Arundell of Wardour and wife of Lord Baltimore, who founded the Province of Maryland colony. She is said to have been a most beautiful and accomplished woman.
Wednesday evenings – Paddle time is 5:00-6:00 First launch aim for 4 -4:30 PM with later arrivals departing around 5 PM to return by 7 – 7:30 PM (see Discussion Forum link below). As the Parks do close at dusk – so your paddling time may be shorter in the fall season, which is one reason we try get some good paddling time earlier. Please do consider joining us – just look for Bela’s orange kayak with other folks arriving around 5 PM – launching by 5:30 PM.
Volunteer to cook or bring snacks! Post-paddling snacks, cookies and appetizer fare fit for Pirates are mightily appreciated. Occasional group suppers may pop up on our calendar depending on our launch location. The Pirates may re-convene at a nearby restaurant to eat. These are some of the places we may visit. If you find a good spot, please pass the location to our Piracy Committee. More info on this week’s launch location will be posted on the CPA Pirates of ARUNDELL Forum see link below.
- Galesville Wharf Kayak launch: 4847 Riverside Drive, Galesville, MD From Annapolis, take Route 2 (Solomon’s Island Road) south and turn left onto Route 214 (Central Ave.). Turn right onto Route 468 (Muddy Creek Road). Turn left onto Route 255 (Galesville Road). Continue on Galesville Road until it ends and turn left. The parking lot is located on the right. Parking may be limited.
- Beverly-Triton Beach Park: 1202 Triton Beach Road, Edgewater, MD 21037 From Annapolis, take Route 2 (Solomon’s Island Road) south (4.5 miles) to Route 214 (Central Ave.). Continue on Route 214 (Central Ave.) and turn left onto Shoreham Beach Road, then continue onto Triton Beach Road. 100-yard cartable carry to the water from unloading zone, then park in lot.
- Jonas Green Park: 1997 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21409 From Pasadena, take Route 2 (Governor Ritchie Highway) south to the Route 50 east exit. From that exit, bear right onto the Route 450 exit making a left at the stop sign onto Route 450. Continue on Route 450 to the traffic light at the base of the Naval Academy Bridge. Make a left onto Route 648 (Baltimore & Annapolis Boulevard) then an immediate right into Jonas Green Park. Beach is 20 yards from parking lot.
- Homeport Farm Park: 11 Homeport Drive, Edgewater, MD 21037 From Annapolis, take Route 2 (Solomon’s Island Road) south of (Aris T. Allen Boulevard) and make a U-turn after you pass Tarragon Lane and head back north on Route 2. Turn right onto Homeport Farm Drive and follow the signs to the park. 150 yard cartable carry to launch on Church Creek.
- Shady Side Park: 1355 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side, MD 20764 From Annapolis: Take Solomons Island Road (Route 2) south to Central Avenue (Route 214). Make left onto Central Avenue (Route 214), go 1.5 miles, turn right onto Muddy Creek Road (Route 468). Go about 12 miles to Shadyside. After passing the Shady Side Post Office make no turns. Turn right onto East West Shady Side Road. 200 yard cartable carry to launch on Parish Creek.
- Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: 647 Contees Wharf Road Edgewater, Maryland 21037 Directions: Take the Maryland 2 S/Solomons Island Rd ramp to Edgewater (3.3 mi), Turn left onto MD-214 E/Central Ave E (1.4 mi), Turn right onto MD-468 E(1.0 mi), Turn left onto Contees Wharf Ln and continue to end.
Weekly launch locations will change! Visit the Discussion Forum below.
When: 4:30-6:00 PM Wednesdays
Rivers around Baltimore On Tuesday evenings, the Pirates of Baltimore (PoB) use multiple launch sites to explore the rivers in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, and Harford Counties. We end our evenings by going to local restaurants near where we paddled. Early in the summer, we offer training on rescues and paddling skills. We will create a tentative schedule of paddling locations and dates and will post this list on the Pirates of Baltimore forum page Pirates of Baltimore forum. Directions to the launch sites also will be posted on our forum page. Paddlers should check the Pirates of Baltimore forum page every Tuesday before driving to the launch to make sure the paddle hasn’t been changed or canceled for bad weather.
Plan to arrive in time to unload your gear, park, and be on the water by the posted time (usually 5:30 or 6:00 p.m.). Required gear includes: sea kayak, PFD, paddle float, bilge pump, spray skirt, waterproof light attached to your PFD, and when daylight gets shorter you will need a waterproof deck light mounted on your deck. Bringing a VHF radio is highly recommended.
You must compete one CPA waiver that will cover all the Tuesday evening paddles. You must complete an additional CPA waiver each time you participate in a training session.
Kent County, Maryland This piracy will provide you with opportunities for skills practice as well as general paddling. the Captain may also set up some clinics where the focus will be on specific skills similar to the Piracy of Baltimore. Join us at one of the two location listed below as we start this new Piracy on the Eastern Shore for the 2012 Season!
- Turner Creek (Turner’s Creek Road Kennedyville, MD 21645):This location has a boat ramp launch and a small somewhat rocky beach area. From the launch, we can paddle out of Turner Creek into the Sassafras and go either up or down river. Turner Creek has limited parking at the ramp, but a large overflow parking lot close by.
From Chesapeake Bay Bridge: head east on route 50 E to 301 N. In 6 miles take route 213 N to Chestertown (19 miles). Continue through Chestertown on route 213 N for 10 miles and turn left on MD route 298. Travel approximately 2 miles and turn right on Turner’s Creek Road. Drive approximately 1.5 miles to Sassafras (on left) or 3 miles to Turner’s Creek parking lot on left immediately before the wharf.
- Buckingham (Buckingham Road, Chestertown, MD 21620): is a sand ramp on the Chester River about 4 miles upriver from Chestertown. Directions: Proceed east on MD Route 291 for about 1.2 miles beyond the Morgnec site. Turn right onto Buckingham Road and proceed to the end.
Washington, DC We paddle from the Columbia Island Marina. We meet Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm, paddle away at 6:30 pm, and will typically stay on the water for about an hour-and-a-half. We meet every week once the water warms up in the Spring until late October (see Forum for exact dates). We meet regardless of weather and make a safety-oriented decision whether to paddle based on real-time weather conditions (any exceptions will be posted on the forum). In the summer the marina sometimes has food and live music on Thursday nights, which we take advantage of after paddling. Other times we’ve gone out for a quick meal at a nearby restaurant.
Visit: Discussion Forum, Email
When: 6:00 PM Thursdays
Where: We launch from Columbia Island Marina. Columbia Island Marina is off of the George Washington Parkway Southbound, near the Pentagon. Visit the Columbia Island Marina Directions page.
Havre de Grace, MD Come visit the Pirates of the North (PON) and see where the mighty Susquehanna enters the Chesapeake Bay. We will be paddling on Thursday nights again this year launching at 6 PM from Roberts Park, below the Amtrak Bridge in Havre de Grace. We have some great paddling options to include paddling up river to Port Deposit or Susquehanna State Park, across the river through the Flats to Furnace Bay, or south along the Havre de Grace shoreline toward Swan Creek, or, last but not least, do some open water paddling out to the old Fishing Battery. We welcome paddlers of varied skills and are always glad to help new paddlers learn to paddle safely.
Our first paddle will be Thursday 8 May. Hope some folks will be ready to go to Coakleys Pub afterwards.
Upper Potomac A Group of dedicated paddlers from Northern Virginia who meet weekly to paddle various Northern Virginia Regional Parks during the evenings. The Pirates will launch every other Wednesday evening at Fountainhead Regional Park. On alternate weeks subgroups of the Pirates will set up peer paddles at other locations in Fairfax County along the Occoquan Water Trail. Other locations will include Bull Run Marina, Pohick Bay Regional Park, and Mason Neck State Park.
Check out the Pirates of the Occoquan Discussion Forum for weekly paddling plans. Decisions on locations will be made Sunday night and posted in the Forum and via the Pirates of the Occoquan mailing list.
- Fountainhead Regional Park: To reach Fountainhead, take I-95 south of the Beltway, exit at Occoquan and travel north on Rt. 123 approximately 5 miles. Turn left onto Hampton Road and drive 3 miles to the entrance on the left.
- Bull Run Marina: To reach Bull Run Marina, take I-66 west, exit at Fairfax, continue south on Route 123 to Clifton Road, turn right on Clifton Road, then left on Henderson Road to a right turn on Old Yates Ford Road.
- Mason Neck State Park: Access to the park is via U.S. 1, then five miles east on Route 242 (Gunston Road) to the park entrance.
- Pohick Bay Regional Park: To reach Pohick Bay, take I-95 south of the Beltway, exit at Lorton. Turn left on Lorton Rd., right on Armistead Rd., right on Rt. 1 and left on Gunston Rd. Continue 1 mile to golf course on left; 3 miles to main park.
Solomons Island, Maryland We welcome paddlers of all skill levels and tailor our evening paddles to match. Our trips are generally six to 10 miles in length and range from open water jaunts to exploring tidal marshes, or sometimes both on the same outing. Although most of our outings are on the beautiful Patuxent River, we sometimes hold “roving nights” on other weekday nights at different locations, so please check the “Pirates of the Patuxent” forum or CPA MeetUp for the latest news of upcoming adventures. In June we hold a skills session covering self and group rescues. Many of our crew built their own boats, so we hold a fair bit of skin-on-frame, plywood, and cedar strip experience if you want to combine boat building conversation with a leisurely paddle.
Visit: Pirates of the Patuxent Forum, Email
Calendar: CPA Meetup Calendar
When: Thursdays, arrive between 5 and 6 PM for a 6 PM launch
Where: Take Rt 2 south to Solomons. There’s a sandy beach and free parking on the right, just north of the boardwalk across from Our Lady Star of the Sea Church.
Belle Haven Marina, Alexandria, Virginia Wednesday evenings at 5 pm. $3 launching fee; seasonal passes $45. If inclement weather, can call Belle Haven Marina after 3:30 pm (703-758-0018) to verify if launch cancelled.
Visit: Discussion Forum, Email
When: 5:00 PM Wednesdays
Where: From Alexandria, VA, take the George Washington Memorial Parkway 1.3 miles south of the Beltway, then left and straight into Belle Haven Marina.
Pirates of SUGARLOAF
Riley’s Lock, Potomac, MD The Pirates of Sugarloaf have two Queens, Rita Scherping and Liz Marancik. We most often will be meeting on Tuesdays 6:00 pm at Riley’s Lock (off River Road in Seneca/Darnestown, MD). We paddle up the Potomac River first, around 1 to 3 islands depending on the current and group skills. Then we rapidly return (drift?) downstream. We usually like to stay out long enough to enjoy the spectacular sunsets over the Potomac. So bring lights for you and for your kayak! There is no put in fee, but we do need to be courteous towards other boaters also using the ramp. Any change of location will be posted in the forums. We may occasionally meet at Black Hill Regional Park in Boyds Maryland, where there is a $5 fee.
Visit: Discussion Forum, Email
When: 6:00 PM until Sunset Tuesdays
Where: Primary launch is Riley’s Lock (unless otherwise posted)
- Riley’s Lock: Take exit 39 for MD-190 West/River Rd toward Potomac, MD. Continue on River Rd until you reach a fork, about 12 miles. Turn left to continue on River Rd. Go about a half mile and take the 1st left onto Riley’s Lock Rd. Continue for about a half-mile, until you see a paved boat ramp. Find parking and then find us, near the ramp.
- Black Hill Regional Park: I-270, exit onto Route 27 East (Father Hurley Boulevard), left onto Route 355 North (Frederick Road), Left on West Old Baltimore Road. Follow signs approx. 4 miles to left into Park then first boat ramp on the right.