DG Kayaking on Monocacy SA

The Monocacy River is a great place to spend a day kayaking and fishing. 

There are plenty of water sports available in the Frederick Area.

Frederick County offers two rivers on which families can spend a day, whether it be tubing, water skiing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, or just plain hanging out with family and friends on a river bank.

The Monocacy River dumps into the Potomac River at the Monocacy Aqueduct. The Monocacy River is a left tributary for the Potomac.

The Potomac River, a natural border between Maryland and Virginia, runs west to east, from the Washington County line to the Montgomery line.

Kayaking is popular along these waterways. The peak of the water sport season typically is during the spring and summer months. Hundreds of boaters, tubers and kayakers can be seen taking on the challenging waters during this time.

Frederick offers the Monocacy Scenic River Water Trail, a 41.8-mile of water trail along the Monocacy River and depicts a diverse mix of opportunities for paddlers of all levels. The trail has been divided into three segments but visitors can make their trips shorter or longer according to their time and ability.

The sections break down as follows:

  • Section 1: Maryland Route 77-Rocky Ridge to Devilbiss Bridge
  • Section 2: Devilbiss Bridge to Gambrill Mill
  • Section 3: Gambrill Mill to the Monocacy Boat Ramp

The C&O Canal Towpath follows the Potomac River all the way to Washington, ending near Roosevelt Island. In addition to water sports, the towpath offers hikers and bikers the chance to follow the river. Overnight camping areas are available as well.

During the annual John F. Kennedy 50-miler in November, 26 miles of this ultra-marathon course is run on the towpath.

More information on the Monocacy Scenic River Water Trail can be found here.

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