Join Potomac Riverkeeper Network for a Perfect Topwater Fishing Trip

WASHINGTON, DC – June 20 – Fishing enthusiasts will want to mark Friday, June 29 on their calendar for the Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s (PRKN) South Fork Shenandoah River Fishing Trip, PRKN Shenandoah Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf announced today.  The 7.5 mile beginner-level trip shoves off at Burners Bottom, ends at the Bentonville Low-Water Bridge and is the latest in the organization’s RiverPalooza 2018 featuring snorkeling, camping and fishing paddles throughout June, July and August.

When asked about the paddle trip, Shenandoah Riverkeeper Frondorf said, “This time of year coupled with this particular stretch of water means you’ll find yourself in the eye of the storm when it comes to perfect topwater smallmouth bass conditions. Just the most enjoyable piece of water around, with stunning mountain scenery and a nice mix of gentle, contemplative pools sprinkled with just enough medium-sized (Class II max) rapids and minor riffles to make for a very fun day of fishing.”

Potomac Riverkeeper Network runs RiverPalooza 2018 in collaboration with sponsors and partners with a single goal in mind: the more people experience and enjoy our rivers, the more they will value them. This year, RiverPalooza has expanded to include events spread across three months in locations from the greater metropolitan Washington area, to the rural areas of the Shenandoah and the Upper Potomac.

The paddle starts at 8 am on June 29 and includes rental canoe or kayak , (except BYOB), personal flotation device for the day, paddle insurance, free expert fishing tips,, RiverPalooza 2018 commemorative t-shirt and a one-year PRKN membership to support your Shenandoah Riverkeeper and clean water.  Anyone over 16 years of age who will be fishing will need a VA fishing license. The trip will be held rain or shine as long as the river conditions permit safe paddling.

Other RiverPalooza paddles are scheduled for:

  • Saturday, June 30 — Trough Paddle/Overnight
  • Saturday to Sunday, July 14-15 — Paw Paw Bends Over Night Float
  • Saturday, July 21 – Women on the Water Paddle
  • Saturday, July 21— Shenandoah River Snorkeling—Bentonville, VA
  • Sunday, July 22 — RioPalooza, —Bentonville, VA
  • Friday, July 27 — Monuments Paddle
  • Saturday, August 25 – RiverPalooza Wrap-Up Paddle

Added Frondorf, “These events raise awareness for the many roles the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers play: as recreational destinations that inspire and delight, a habitat for an amazing assortment of wildlife, an economic driver for tourism and development, a window into our nation’s history, and the source of drinking water for 6 million residents.”

RiverPalooza is the area’s premier clean water event aimed at building awareness and appreciation for the entire Potomac watershed. We hope you will support our continued efforts to transform our Nation’s River into a resource that can be enjoyed by future generations for years to come.

Concluded Frondorf, “Space is limited so don’t wait – register today.  Learn more and register at”

About Potomac Riverkeeper Network

Potomac Riverkeeper Network is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization with three regional Waterkeeper branches: Potomac Riverkeeper, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper and Shenandoah Riverkeeper. Our mission is to protect the public’s right to clean water in our rivers and streams. We stop pollution to promote safe drinking water, protect healthy habitats, and enhance public use and enjoyment of our rivers.