- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 1, 2005

The Anacostia River may be shallow and silted these days, but it remains a crucial habitat for wildlife and a surprisingly hospitable host to human boaters and kayakers. Here’s a brief guide to getting out on the river:

m The Anacostia Watershed Society: 4302 Baltimore Ave., Bladensburg. Call 301/699-6204 or see www.anacostiaws.org. This local environmental organization, which works to restore and protect the river, is planning a six-day, 120-mile trip in sea kayaks along the length of the Anacostia and down the Potomac River to Point Lookout, where the Potomac meets the Chesapeake Bay. This year’s trip will begin June 20. Information about the trip and about membership and volunteer opportunities is available on the Web site or by phone.

m Bladensburg Waterfront Park: 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg. Call 301/779-0371 or see www.pgparks.com. A recreational mecca that has canoes, kayaks and rowboats for rent and offers several other ways to discover the river:

• Guided canoe trips: 6 to 8 p.m. June 22, July 20, and other selected Wednesday evenings.

• Naturalist-led pontoon boat tours: Noon Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays. Free.

• Kayak lessons: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 4 and 25.

• Family Discovery Walk: 10 a.m. June 4.

• Birdwatching walk: 8 a.m. Aug. 20.

• Concerts on the waterfront: 7 p.m. Saturday evenings from June 12 to July 24. Free.

m The Capital Rowing Club: Anacostia Community Boathouse, 1105 O St. SE. See www.capitalrowing.org. Founded in 1988, this non-profit organization designed to popularize rowing in Washington runs competitive programs and novice sweep rowing programs from its boathouse headquarters under the 11th Street Bridge next to the Washington Navy Yard.

• National Learn to Row Day clinic: A half-day clinic that teaches the basics of sweep rowing. 1 to 4 p.m. June 12. Free.

• Learn to Row novice class III: 9 a.m. to noon or 12:30 p.m. July 23 and five consecutive weekends thereafter. Registration still open.

m DC Sail: Matthew Henson Center, 2000 Half St. SW. 202/329-2986 or see www.dcsail.org. This “community sailing program” offers sailing lessons and boat rentals on the Anacostia River and races on Tuesday evenings.

m The Pathfinder Group: 1114 East Capitol St. NE. Call 202/546-0269 or see www.washpathfind.com. Charles Agle’s organization offers full- or half-day kayak tours on the Anacostia, the Potomac, the Patuxent and other nearby rivers. The next scheduled trip on the Anacostia is June 19. Mr. Agle will also customize individual and group tours.

—Anne H. Oman

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