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Old 07-03-2014   #1
Norfolk, Virginia
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Looking for VA/MD/east coast paddling

Help! Native Coloradan new to the Virginia area and am dying to get out on the water. Looking for paddling buddies/fun runs/camping areas/outdoorsy activities. Am down for literally anything. Not to sound desperate or anything, but I'm really struggling with all this flat water...

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Old 07-03-2014   #2
Boulder, CO
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East coast has the goods

Great falls is rad. UY is also a good weekend destination.

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Old 07-03-2014   #3
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Youghiogheny River!!!!!!

Or take the drive to the west and hit the new and Gauley in West Virginia. Dozens of other runs in VA after rain.
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Old 07-07-2014   #4
Durango, Colorado
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The lower yak is pretty good class 3. You'll want a local to do the upper

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Old 07-08-2014   #5
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The Shenandoah and Potomac have some great sections and the Rappahannock can be fun when the level is up a bit. The New River Gorge in WV is one of my favorite and the Gauley is just awesome. Lots of guys on the James River as well. A local Club that has ALOT of great folks and lots of great trips is the Coastals.
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Old 07-08-2014   #6
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Keep away from those DC boaters they are a strange bunch.

The lower yough is pretty low right now, so the falls are legal. Drive up to Ohiopyle and huck your balls off, then go for a loop lap (a large horseshoe bend in the river allows you a short hike back to the put-in).

Great falls is quite dangerous, if your competent then great, if not stay away. More times then not, a swim prompts the public spectators to call 911 for a rescue. Its in a national park so boating is tenable at best.
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Old 07-09-2014   #7
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Boater talk is the forum to use for this area. Also northeast paddlers message board

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