FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Anne Atkins
Registration Opens June 15 for Dragon Run Paddle Trips
Registration for summer Dragon Run paddle trips opens June 15, 2022, at 9 a.m. (DragonRun.org). The paddle trips are conducted by Friends of Dragon Run (FODR) in the spring, summer, and fall, weather permitting.
This year’s summer paddle season on Dragon Run will begin on July 21 and end August 2. Trips will be conducted every day. Each trip will accommodate eight guests.
Paddle trips will begin at Big Island, a FODR property located in King and Queen County. The trips will leave from and return to the same location where guests parked their cars. This is a round trip paddle, and the upstream paddling may be strenuous at times. Individuals must be vaccinated to participate in one of the paddle trips.
Jeff Wright, FODR President, noted, “Summer is a wonderful time to paddle the Dragon. Summer shows another face of the Dragon when the foliage is lush, pickerel weed and roses are in bloom, butterflies and birds abound, and turtles can be seen hanging out on logs.”
Dragon Run is a unique ecosystem that stretches 40 miles from Powcan, Virginia to the Piankatank River. Most access points to Dragon Run are on private property which has helped protect this pristine swamp and contributed to the unique habitat and abundance of wildlife.
Friends of Dragon Run is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving and protecting the entire Dragon Run wilderness area. One way to achieve this goal is to offer the public an opportunity to experience this unique habitat. Paddle trips are also a primary fund raiser for FODR, and the organization requests a $50 donation at the time of registration. Paddle guests are provided with a kayak, paddle, and personal flotation device. A crew of volunteers assist guests through beaver dams and along the course of the journey. A nature guide accompanies the guests to point out the natural beauty and answer questions.
Be sure to sign up soon; reservations fill quickly. Visit DragonRun.org for more information and to sign up.
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