Today I was at Lake Kittamaqundi taking photos when I saw something I didn’t think I had ever seen on the lake. I saw paddle boats! Maybe I had just missed them before? No, that wasn’t possible. Or perhaps they only come out on the first day of summer? That didn’t seem probable. A few moments later I realized I went to the lake just as the paddle boats were being delivered. How cool!
Washingtonian Paddle Boats and Columbia Paddle Boats, Cathy Frager, was helping unload the boats so I had a chance to talk to her a bit. She told me that she had heard about Lake Kittamaqundi and the lakefront from a friend who thought it might be a great place for her paddle boat business. After taking a look, she agreed and made contact with the Columbia Association to inquire about renting space at the docks for the boats and the booth. And here they are, deal done. The boats are on the water!
Prices for paddle boat rentals will be $15 for a half hour and will include life preservers for all paddlers on the boat. Tickets can be purchased at the docks with either cash or check. They will operate seven days a week, seasonally, and will be open Monday through Friday starting at 4 p.m. with the last boat rental at dusk. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon until the last boat rental at dusk.
My 7-year-old son is going to be so excited when he sees these boats! He loves going on boat rides, but we don’t own a boat, so his opportunities to get on the water are limited. Now he can get on a boat whenever we go to a lakefront event or, I suppose, whenever he can persuade us at other times.
Using paddle boats also fits in with one of my goals for my kids, which is to get more movement in their lives. Renting a paddle boat will not only be fun, but it’s another way to fit in movement with every day living; exercising without fully realizing it.
Melissa Sinclair works in the Communications & Engagement Division at Columbia Association (CA). Melissa recently moved to Columbia with her three-generation family. She has lived in more than a dozen cities and is looking forward to making Columbia, Md., her permanent home! Over the past year she has worked on losing weight, getting fit and doing volunteer work; she is now looking forward to working for CA after staying home with her family for the last several years. Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in educational administration. Click here to read more of Melissa’s Getting to Know CA series.