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Pirates of THE LAKES

Paddle Hard Susquehanna River Valley, Pennsylvania

Pirates of the Lakes will have a hiatus this season. 
Mark Rizzuto is going to pursue racing this season and is unable to commit to weeknight paddling, and due to new work responsibilities Tom Hunt will not be able to lead the weeknight social paddles.
That temporarily leaves the pirates with no captains for the weeknight gathering.

Tom plans to still offer a pirate paddle on a floating Saturdays as work commitments allow.  Check the Forum.

Visit: Discussion Forum,
When: Hiatus this season

Paddling Pirate
Tom Hunt
Pirate Captain
(717) 940-6572
Paddling Pirate

Pirate Captain
(717) 808-3162

Pirates of BALTIMORE

Paddle Hard Baltimore & Essex, Maryland

This year the Pirates of Baltimore will truly be roving.  Our plans are to rotate through multiple launch sites located within Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties.  Other than on evenings when Skills courses are offered (which will continue to meet at Rocky Point), no regular meet sites will be posted.  To obtain information about an upcoming paddle, Pirates will have to check the Pirates of Baltimore forum.  Information about the launch site and driving directions will be announced there.

Meeting time is 5:30 p.m. A PFD, paddle float, bilge pump, sprayskirt (see the Captain for exceptions), and waterproof light will be required.

Visit: Discussion Forum,
When: meet at 5:30 paddle at 6:00 PM Tuesday
Where: Launch points,

  • Some of the sites being considered are Mariners Point (providing access to the Bird and Gunpowder rivers, as well as Days Cove, an old safe harbor for bay pirates), Turner Station (Peach Orchard Cove and Bear Creek), Flying Point (Bush River), Ft. Smallwood (Chesapeake Bay), Hanover Street Bridge (Patapsco river), and of course, our home ports of Island View (access to Hart Miller and Pleasure Islands) and Dundee Creek.  Also planned are monthly weekend day-paddles.  These will be announced in advance so that paddlers from other Piracies may also join us.

Paddling Pirate
David Wilson
Pirate Captain
(443) 962-7612
Paddling Pirate
Marla Aron
Pirate Captain
(301) 395-6822

Pirates of the EASTERN SHORE

Paddle Hard 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!

Visit: Discussion Forum,
When: meet at 5:00 PM Wednesday
Where: Launch points,

  • 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.
Paddling Pirate
Paula Hubbard
Pirate Captain
(407) 619-2896


Paddle Hard Washington, DC

We usually paddle from the Columbia Island Marina but occasionally we will paddle from other locations. Follow the "Discussion Forum" link below for the latest information.

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 our final Halloween Paddle Party in October, regardless of weather. We usually go out for a quick meal afterward but sometimes will create a potluck dinner among ourselves or order pizza to eat at the marina. If we decide to try paddling from a different location, we'll consider the availability of good, cheap food near-by! If you don't have a kayak, you can rent one from one of the local boathouses. For more information on renting go to either or

Visit: Discussion Forum,
When: 6:00 PM Thursdays
Where: We are most likely to launch from Columbia Island Marina, but check the Pirates of Georgetown Discussion Forum for more schedule information. Columbia Island Marina is off of the George Washington Pky Southbound. Visit the Columbia Island Marina Directions page.

When we are trying a different location out for size and plunder potential, you will see the date and place listed on the Pirates of Georgetown Forum.

Pirate Captain

Pirate Captain

Pirate Captain

Larry Ichter Pirate Captain


Pirates of the NORTH

Paddle Hard 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.

Visit: Discussion Forum,
When: Meet at 530, launch at 6:00 PM Thursdays
Where: Roberts Park - At the junction of Otsego St, Union Ave N, and Water St. below the Amtrak bridge

Paddling Pirate
Bob Shakeshaft
Pirate Captain
(410) 939-0269

Pirates of OCCOQUAN

Paddle Hard Upper Potomac

(formerly Pirates of Algonkian) 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.

Visit: Discussion Forum,
When: 6:00 PM Wednesdays
Where: Directions to Launch Sites:

  • 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.
Paddling Pirate
Jeff Walaszek
Pirate Captain
(703) 868-1765
Paddling Pirate
Jim Zawlocki
Pirate Captain
(703) 378-7536

Pirates of PATUXENT

Paddle Hard Solomons Island, Maryland

Meet Thursday evenings. Arrive between 5 and 6 pm.

Visit: Discussion Forum,
When: Arrive 5:00 - 6:00 PM Thursday
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.

Paddling Pirate
Jenny Plummer-Welker
Pirate Captain

Pirates of ARUNDELL

Paddle Hard

Anne Arundel County (Annapolis Area), Maryland

Our lease at Pier 7 Marina has ended and we will go a roving to different public launches for the remainder of the 2014 paddling season.  We are now 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 – Plan to arrive around 4:30 pm at the designated site (see Discussion Forum link below) to meet up with informal paddling groups to go out various distances. There will be plenty of hands to help move boats. Paddle time is 5:00-6:00 pm.

After paddling the Pirates may re-convene at  a nearby restaurant to eat.   Occasional group suppers may pop up on our calendar depending on our launch location.  Volunteer to cook!


Pre-paddling snacks, cookies and appetizer fare fit for Pirates are mightily appreciated.


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. See

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.  See

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. See

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. See

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. See

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.See

Weekly launch   locations will change!  Visit the Discussion Forum below.


Visit: Discussion Forum,
When: 4:30-6:00 PM Wednesdays
Where: Our location varies weekly. PLEASE look for more info on the CPA Forum under Pirates of Arundell for where and when we will be launching each week.

Paddling Pirate
Bela Mariassy
Pirate Captain
Paddling Pirate
Sue Stevens
Pirate Captain
Paddling Pirate
Greg Welker
Pirate Captain
(301) 249-4895
Pirate Captain

Pirates of POTOMAC

Paddle Hard 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,
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.

Paddling Pirate
Dick Rock
Pirate Captain
(703) 780-6605

Pirates of ALGONKIAN

Paddle Hard 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 they paddle upstream to the third Potomac island called Van Deventer. This is about 2 miles from the launch. Often they 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,
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.

Paddling Pirate
James Higgins
Pirate Captain
(571) 659-3319

Pirates of SUGARLOAF

Paddle HardRiley'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,
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.

Paddling Pirate
Rita Scherping
Pirate Captain
(240) 731-9987
Paddling Pirate
Liz Marancik
Pirate Captain
(301) 221-0572

CPA Paddling Peer Groups

Sometimes a well knit group of paddlers come together in order to create a regular event which is so special that we just have to let other paddlers know about it. These Peer Groups meet at regular or sometimes irregular times and are coordinated entirely as a group of peers by the group leader designated by his fellows.

Loons of the Adirondack

Paddle Hard The Adirondack Park, NY

The Loons of the Adirondack is a Sesonal Group lead originally by David Moore. This group plans each year to travel North to the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake, New York.
Like all good members of the CPA the members of this group paddle to eat, and dine well courtesy of their master chef at one of the Inns where they stay.

Visit: Discussion Forum, Website
When: All Day & Night September 1-6
Where: Blue Mountain Lake, New York

Paddling Pirate
David Moore
Peer Group Leader
(301) 704-3262
Paddling Pirate
Sue Bauer
Peer Group Leader

Paddling Pirate
Rich Stevens
Peer Group Leader
(703) 527-4882
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