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Free Paddle Nights on the Anacostia

Discover the beautiful Anacostia by joining the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) for a free Paddle Night on the Anacostia this summer.  AWS is hosting 25 free Paddle Nights this summer to celebrate its 25th anniversary as an organization. The Anacostia Watershed Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental organization with the mission to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores and honoring the heritage. Their ultimate goal is to make the Anacostia River swimmable and fishable in keeping with the Clean Water Act.

For the free Paddle Nights, AWS provides the canoes, life jackets, paddles and safety lesson. The events are first-come first-served, so come early for the best chance of getting out on the water and register prior to the event. Registration does not guarantee that there will be a boat available, but it does allow AWS to inform you of any changes or cancellations due to weather. Even if you have never paddled before, their instructors will help you learn the basics to paddle and maneuver as well as basic boating safety.

For a listing of the dates and five locations for these paddling events, visit and click on Our Events, then Paddle Nights. The events run from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.  For more information, call 301-699-6204 ext. 112 or email [email protected]

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