It’s time to start making plans to grab a paddle and head to some of the Bay’s greatest tributaries.

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has set the dates for its four annual river sojourns, which get people out on the water, and give them a chance to take part in special programs along the way.

Sojourners usually cover about 10 miles of river in a day, stopping en route to meet with representatives from local communities. Each evening, they take part in group meals and environmental programs that are designed to educate paddlers and their guests about the river’s importance, both locally and to the Bay.

This year’s trips include:

  • The Fourth Annual Patuxent River Sojourn: June 11-13 (dates are still tentative).
  • The 14th Annual Susquehanna River Sojourn: June 23-30.
  • The Third Annual James River Sojourn: June 23-27.
  • The Third Annual Potomac River Sojourn: July 9-17.

To learn more about about the sojourns, or to sign up, please visit the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s web site at, or contact Brook Lenker in the Alliance’s Harrisburg office, 717-737-8622.