Calleva

Darnestown

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Adventurers embark on a paddleboard, canoe, or kayak river tour with wilderness views after experienced river guides give basic instruction

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Choose Between Two Options

  • $15 for a one-hour river tour for two people ($30 value)
  • $25 for a two-hour river tour for two people ($50 value)

Tours run Saturdays and Sundays with the first tour departing at 10 a.m. and the last tour departing at 6 p.m. On August 15th, 2015, last tour will leave at 11 a.m.

Participants explore the Potomac River in a standup paddleboard, canoe, or kayak during the tour. Guides give basic instruction and answer questions, and then allow paddlers to set out on the water on their own, where they may see a variety of wildlife, including turtles, egrets, and blue herons, as well as an occasional bald eagle. Boats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Guests should bring lightweight clothes that can get wet (including closed toe shoes that will stay on feet, no flip-flops or similar shoes), a filled water bottle, sunscreen, and bug spray. Bathing suits and binoculars are optional, and guests should not bring or wear any items that cannot get wet.

Calleva

Established: 1994

Reservations/Appointments: Not required

Staff Size: 2–4 people

Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours

Pro Tip: Come ready for adventure and fun. Make sure you bring clothes that you don't mind getting wet.

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: River Tours

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Calleva

With a name that means "where the paths cross," it's no surprise that Calleva is dedicated to bringing people of all ages and from all walks of life together to appreciate the outdoors. The certified MAEOE environmental center helps its guests dive into the heart of the wilderness right outside D.C. and raise awareness about its delicate ecosystems. In doing so, it encourages others to cooperate and take risks while stepping out of their comfort zones, like baby birds leaving the nest to start their own nest-building business.

To facilitate these efforts, a team of ACA-certified guides helms seasonal outdoor-adventure and educational programs. In warm weather, activities might include kayaking and canoeing down winding stretches of the Potomac River or paddling to a private island filled with ropes-challenge courses and other obstacles. Fishing and ecological-study programs present even more varied ways to explore the water. Other adventures include the year-round, such as backpacking; the cold weather, such as caving; and the whimsical, such as the annual haunted forest where ghosts and ghouls mingle under a zip-line course.

Customer Reviews

It was so awesome! my husband and I had a great time.
Flor P. · June 16, 2016
The staff were friendly and helpful and the river late in the season is very quiet and beautiful. It wasn't immediately obvious where to check in but this seemed to go along with the nice laid back atmosphere of the place. It's probably helpful to bring a watch as we had no way of knowing how long we were out for.
Sarah I. · September 27, 2015
I had a great time!
Wendy B. · September 27, 2015
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    Darnestown

    13015 Riley's Lock Rd.

    Poolesville, MD 20837

    +13012161248

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