Please check our main Recreation & Parks webpage for all updates. 

  • In-person camps will begin on June 29. Due to safety requirements, many camps initially set to begin this month have been cancelled.
  • This spreadsheet is a list of camps that are ready to run. This list will grow weekly, so please check back often.
  • HCRP Summer Camp COVID Safety Policies (updated June 2020)
  • Click here for a list of our online/virtual camps.
  • Click here for a list of our adult in-person programs.
  • Click here for a list of our youth in-person programs.
  • Click here for a list of our Family online programs.
  • If you are uncertain as to the status of an upcoming camp or program, please contact our registration staff at 410-313-7275 or [email protected]
  • Know before you go! Call our inclement weather line about programs, classes, events, community centers, and parks: www.howardcountymd.gov/inclementweatherlines

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About

Grab A Paddle and PFD!

First take our Flat Water Paddling Basics class, then sign up for one of the exciting river float trips! Earn a certificate and patch by taking the basics class and paddling our series of four Maryland Waterways at least once within a three-year period. Most trips leave from Long Gate Park & Ride. All programs are for 10+ years; under 16 must be accompanied by a participating and REGISTERED adult. Detailed information emailed to participants within a week of the program start date. If you cannot make the date of a paddling class, please call Matt! Group rates and custom programs also available!
Registration: 410-313-7275. Information: Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769.

Practice your skills at the Adventure Shack & Rentals at Centennial Park!  Canoes and kayaks available for rent - visit www.howardcountymd.gov/adventureshack for complete details.

 

Classes

Canoe & Kayak Paddling Basics 
10 yrs + / Dates below / $39
Whether you're a new paddler or just looking to refine your skills, this flatwater paddling basics class gives you the confidence to hit the water on your own! Learn paddling techniques, self-rescue, safety and gear selection for both canoes and kayaks. Participants under 16 are placed in a canoe or tandem kayak with an accompanying registered adult.  Wear loose-fitting layers of warm clothing. This is an American Canoe Association certified instructional program.
10 yrs+ /  Centennial Park South – Adventure Shack
RP9125.701   April 18    9:30am-Noon   Sa

RP9125.702   April 25    1-3:30pm         Sa

RP9125.703   May 22     6-8:30pm         F

RP9125.801   June 19     6-8:30pm         F

RP9125.802   July 11     8-10:30am         Sa

55 yrs+ /  Centennial Park South – Adventure ShackThis program is part of the Encore Adventures program for 55+. Visit www.howardcountymd.gov/encore for complete details!
RP9171.703   May 28    9:30-11:30am   Th   $35

Please note:  Flatwater Classes are for adults or adults with their children.  Everyone in the class must be registered and participating, including parents.  No children without an accompanying and registered adult.

Many Adventure and Outdoors summer camps feature canoeing & kayaking:

Archery & Paddling Camp

Paddling & Fishing Camp

& more...  Visit the Adventure & Outdoor Camps page for complete information!

River Trips

Float trips are a great way to take your flatwater paddling skills to the next level!  Trips range in difficulty and challenge from the scenic and tidal Float Blackwater (no river features but can be breezy) to the more technical and exciting Float Antietam with a class I-II rapid at the end.  Trips include transportation from the Long Gate Park & Ride.

Float the Antietam
10 yrs+ / April 26 / $47, canoe or tandem kayak; $68, single kayak   CANCELLED
Nature enthusiasts and families, come enjoy a day of paddling on Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, MD. Choose a canoe, double (tandem) or single kayak. Beginner to intermediate paddlers welcome - this river does feature a class 1+ rapid!  This trip is the shortest in actual distance but offers plenty of small rapids to practice your river skills.  All paddlers must complete our Canoe & Kayak Paddling Basics class before the trip. Fee is per person and includes transportation, leadership and boats; bring lunch (no nut products) and beverage.
Long Gate Park & Ride

Float the Monocacy 
10 yrs+ / May 10 / $47, canoe or tandem kayak; $68, single kayak  CANCELLED
Beginner to intermediate paddlers can discover the beauty of the scenic Monocacy River on this one-day trip. Paddle through history near the Monocacy National Battlefield. All paddlers must complete our Canoe & Kayak Paddling Basics class before the trip. Fee is per person and includes transportation, leadership and boats; bring lunch (no nut products) and beverage.
Long Gate Park & Ride

Float the Potomac River
10 yrs+ / June 21 / $47, canoe or tandem kayak; $68, single kayak  CANCELLED
Nature enthusiasts and families can discover the beauty of the scenic Potomac River (northwest of Harpers Ferry) on this one-day trip. Beginner to intermediate paddlers welcome. This trip is scenic and features several miles of paddling on a wide section of the Potomac River north of Harpers Ferry with just a few small riffles.  Can be breezy and canoeists should be prepared for a full day of paddling.  All paddlers must complete our Canoe  & Kayak Paddling Basics class before the trip. Fee is per person, and includes transportation, leadership and boats; bring lunch (no nut products) and beverage.
Long Gate Park & Ride

Check back in the Fall for this exciting trip:

Float Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Paddle the tidal marshes of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on this one-day flat water trip. Enjoy the scenery of mixed evergreen and deciduous forests, which are home to the Bald Eagle and endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel. Beginner to intermediate paddlers welcome. All paddlers must complete our Canoe & Kayak Paddling Basics before the trip. Fee is per person and includes transportation, leadership and boats; bring lunch (no nut products) and beverage.

Please Note:
  • If a program is full, place your name on the Wait List!  There is no charge, and you can sign up on the Wait List online or by phone (410-313-7275).  Wait List customers are considered first should a spot become available.
  • All participants should check the program status line within ONE HOUR of their program start time, regardless of the weather.  There are a lot of status lines for Recreation & Parks - the correct status line for canoe and kayak Flatwater Basics CLASSES is 410-313-4451: Press option 1, then option 4.  The correct status line for float TRIPS is 410-313-4451: Press option 1, then option 3.  There are many reasons a program or trip may be cancelled, not just weather, so please consult the program status line before each program or trip.