Master Naturalist 10th Anniversary Float Trip on the Opequon and Potluck

  • Saturday, July 16, 2016
  • 9:00 AM
  • The Opequon Creek, bridge over the Opequon at the Rt 45 public access & CaptainLou's


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What: Master Naturalist 10th Anniversary Float Trip and Potluck

Where: The Opequon Creek and Lou and Jake Scavnicky's house

  • Put In Location: bridge over the Opequon at the Rt 45 public access
  • Take Out Location: CaptainLou's Home, just down from the old Myers Bridge
When: Saturday, July 16

Time: 9:00 AM Boat Drop-Off

Cost: free

Registration: required

Contact: CaptainLou at

Sponsored by the Opequon Creek Project Team for Master Naturalists and their families.

Let’s all get psyched up for the First Master Naturalist float trip on the Opequon. This event will consist of a 2 hour +/- float trip with a chance to see some local wildlife along the way. It’s not uncommon to see turtles, snakes, blue and green herons, pileated woodpeckers, king fishers, beavers, muskrat, deer, cattle and turkey to name a few. 

This stretch of the creek consists of primarily slow moving, flat water with a few sites where you will navigate between and over exposed rocks. For the most part the water depth is up to 3 feet deep with a visible bottom and an occasional 4 to 6 foot deep pool.

The float trip will be held on Saturday, 16 July 2016

Look forward to a low pressure, low impact float perfect for beginners and first timers.

Time on the water should be about 2 hours give or take.

Participants will gain an appreciation for the solitude and beauty of the Opequon, a treasure in our backyards, as it meanders through rural farm land with an occasional glimpse of houses and manmade structures. 

At the take out site, enjoy a pot luck and conversation and fishing if you’re licensed.

Here is the way this event will work;

  • You arrive at the put in site (Rt 45 bridge over the Opequon) at 0900

  • Drop off your boat and items you want to carry with you on the float

  • Drive to the take out location (CaptainLou’s), park your vehicle and leave the keys (we have had paddlers lose their keys in the Opequon)

  • Catch the shuttled back to the put in site for a 1000 push off

We are asking that you register so we can identify the number of volunteer vehicles will be needed to shuttle paddlers from the take out back to the put in.

If you are bringing a pot luck it should be dropped off at the take out location along with your vehicle. An oven, coolers and a refrigerator will be available on site at CaptainLou’s.

I hope not to limit the number of participants but would like to limit it to Master Naturalists and their immediate families.

Participants are expected to supply their own canoe or kayak and paddles as well as a PFD. I suspect we may be able to supply a few boats, first come first served, for those that cannot borrow one, rent one or otherwise do not have access to a boat.

Canoes and kayaks can be rented at any one of the outfitters in Harpers Ferry and at the Shepherdstown Pedal & Paddle (304-876-3000). I suggest contacting an outfitter sooner rather than later as rentals go quickly in the summer.

Bring a bottle of water, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellant. Please do not wear open toe shoes. At some point beginning at the put in through to the takeout, you will in all likelihood stand in water up to your knees so a dry pair of shoes and a towel in your car at the take out is recommended. A dry change of clothes could be a consideration as well.

A pool is available on site if you choose to swim and refresh after your float trip.

Put In Location: bridge over the Opequon at the Rt 45 public access

  • Arrive NLT 0900 for vehicle & paddler shuttle to and from the take out

  • paddles in the water @ 1000 for a leisurely 2 hour ride along the Opequon

  • pot luck & cookout at the take out location

Take Out Location: CaptainLou’s

With your vehicle already parked at the take out site, you will be able to load your boat and depart on your own schedule.

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