Camp Potomac River Base
a unique opportunity to explore a peaceful float along the Potomac River.
CPRB will provide several options for trips lasting various times within two different states Maryland and West Virginia. Scout units must do safety afloat training prior to the canoe trip. Units must have vehicles with a 2-inch ball hitch capable of towing a canoe trailer. All canoe trip equipment is provided. You simply stay overnight at Camp Potomac and in the morning, hook up the canoes and be on your way. Meet with Camp Potomac Ranger Andy and take the paddles, lifejackets and trip information.
Another option that we offer is to provide a packed lunch from a nearby store. You can purchase lunch online for $6 when you make your reservation. Scout leaders can pick lunches up the night before or the morning of your trip. Don’t forget to leave a copy of your BSA Tour Permit with Ranger Andy.
Canoes are $40 a day (8 plastic canoes and 6 aluminum canoes are available to rent)
Kayaks are $20 each for singles or $40 for doubles. (20 single kayaks and 3 double kayaks available to rent)
Trailers, paddles, and life vests are included in the rental price.
Please note that River Base is self-serve, and no shuttles are offered.
3 to 7 hours
Overnight, two-day trips
Trips depend on the wants and needs of the unit and, of course, river levels and weather. Scoutmasters can contact Ranger Andy to customize the trip to their needs and time requests. Both the North branch in Maryland and the South branch in West Virginia are available trips.
Resources for your trip down the Potomac River:
- USGS Stream-flow Monitor for the Potomac River at Paw Paw
- North Branch River Access Points
- Upper Potomac River Access Points
- Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin Maps