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Blackwater Adventures

Cambridge, MD, USA
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About Blackwater Adventures
We offer Guided Eco and History Tours and Rentals by Kayak, SUP, and Bike. Our Flagship waterfront location is right beside Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife await your next visit! OPEN MONDAY-FRIDAY BY CHANCE OR RESERVATION SATURDAY 9:00AM-5:00
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Constance C wrote a review Sep 2021
Cambridge, Maryland2 contributions1 helpful vote
I have taken kayak tours both on the Little Blackwater River and now on the Transquaking river and have had a magnificent time on every occasion. Frank is a wonderful guide pointing out wildlife and their stories with respect and love for these wonderful beings. All of the staff (including Jamie and Casey as well as Frank) have been wonderful and friendly to me taking time to explain the wilderness here and help to map out wonderful adventures. I highly recommend these tours to anyone who wants to experience this beautiful space nature has provided with wonderful guides!!!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Sarah P wrote a review Sep 2021
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We have rented boats from here a few times over the past few years and have always had a great experience! This family is so incredibly kind and a refreshing reminder that genuine good people exist. HIGHLY recommend!!!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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RubySlippers wrote a review Aug 2021
Maryland49 contributions6 helpful votes
We took the Little Blackwater River Kayak Tour with guide Frank. Glad we took the 9 am tour since it was the week of the heat wave. Frank was an excellent guide, he is from the area and shared his knowledge of birds, wildlife and local history. We are not first time kayakers but always prefer a guided tour when we are not familiar with the area. The kayaks were super comfortable, the most comfortable we’ve ever rented. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience, highly recommend!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Danielle J wrote a review Aug 2021
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Stayed at the Hyatt for a birthday trip with friends. Four of us did a kayak tour. Casey (sp?) was our tour guide and she was great! Had an awesome experience and the kayaking was way easier than we thought it would be. Two hours sounded like a lot but flew by. Would highly recommend!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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marquezmd wrote a review Aug 2021
Bethesda, Maryland2 contributions
We wanted to write to be sure that you were aware of an incident that occurred while we were staying at the Hyatt from July 14th – 18th for a family reunion. Security was notified of the incident as was BlackWaterAdventures. We had rented kayaks, paddle boards and peddle boards several times during our stay, all without incidence, until our final rental on July 17th. There was a storm coming in and we were not aware of the current in the water nor do I think the staff paid attention and we ended up in a very scary situation with my 13 year old twins, one being sucked out to the floating dock and one actually being sucked out of the safety zone, into the River. This lasted for more than ½ hour while she held on for dear life and scared that she was going to fall into the jellyfish infested waters. My husband was in a Kayak and my daughter was on a paddle board, he never left her side, desperately trying to figure out how to get her out of the current, the river and back to safety. After securing my twin, Sophie, who was stuck at the floating dock, I was finally able to flag down a boat after yelling profusely to help my other twin, Stephanie, who was in more trouble and they were able to pull her and her paddle board onto their boat and back to the safety of the shore. My daughter, Stephanie, who has type 1 diabetes was without her emergency kit, since it was only to be ½ hour and we had always been very close to shore. The kit was left on shore with the employees. It was more than an hour before we got her back to shore and thankfully we are all safe. We wanted to ensure that there are additional safety measures in place to ensure the safety of everyone who uses the BlackWater equipment. I had a lengthy conversation with Jay at BlackWater, who indicated that our experience had never occurred before (a child being sucked out of the safety area of the floating docks with no control to get back) and no jet ski, rescue boat or employee immediately seeing the situation as it unfolded. I will not go into detail as to the treatment we received from one of the employees, who did not take the situation as serious as we felt it was and who tried to blame us, as this was discussed with Jay and he assured me that it was being addressed. We recommended a jet ski and binoculars with a higher vantage point (like a lifeguard tower) for the staff! What happened was very scary for our entire family and one which we have not forgotten nor will anytime soon. In the future we will be sure to inquire about safety protocols before getting into the water, as we are not certified boaters, are very safety conscience and would never have gone out had we known their was a strong current that made it inappropriate to go out that day. Below our kids have written their experience in their own words: My parents, my sister Stephanie, and I are very safety conscious and my parents always supervise our activities. When I first got on my paddle board and in the water, I felt very comfortable. I sat down on my paddle board and paddled out. The water was fine. As I got further out, I realized the waves were quite rockier than normal. During the previous days the water had been much calmer. At that point, I thought to myself that I had gotten the hang of it. My sister, though, was much further out than I was and she was struggling to control where she was going. So I decided to go out and help her because “I got the hang of it.” Instead, I had such a hard time going the right way and I realized that the water was too choppy and I could not control my paddle board very well. My sister and I were both very close to the restricted opening and the floating dock. Eventually, I reached the floating dock. At this point, I knew that if I tried to paddle, the water would take me another way. Hence, I let the water carry me to the floating dock and I just stayed there, holding onto the dock. I felt many many tiny wave bumps as I just stayed there. I was not very scared because I could easily climb onto the dock and just stay there. At the time I did not know that the dock continued further out and back connected to the shore, I thought it was a floating dock in the river, so I did not just get onto it and walk to the beach. While I stayed there, I had been watching and saw that my sister had drifted far out and was starting to leave the opening! Our dad was in a single kayak right beside her, but he couldn’t pull her into the kayak for obvious reasons and he was scared to tip over her paddle board because, where they were, it was much choppier and had tons of jellyfish. He called out to a boat for help. I was more scared for Stephanie than for myself. So I called out to my mom and cousin, who were in a double kayak further out together but had seen we were in trouble and were on their way to come and get me. I also waved my arms up and down trying to signal help for myself and for my sister. Basically, I was hanging onto the dock sitting on my paddle board while my mom kayaked over to get me, and by this time my sister was outside of the opening while our dad was beside her trying to prevent her from going out further. We were all very scared at having no control and my sister being pulled so far out. Eventually, my mom and cousin reached me, saved me, and were able to get one of the boats passing into the Marina to go help my sister and my Dad. I got onto the floating dock and then climbed into my mom’s kayak, slowly, which was only meant for two people. We tried various times to tie the paddle board onto the dock so it would stay put or to hold the paddle board as we kayaked back, but we just couldn’t do it. I brought the paddle with me but we abandoned the paddle board at the floating dock. We kayaked back safely to the beach. I could see my sister waving from the boat that had rescued her. Special thanks to those very kind, cool, helpful, friendly, and amazing people who rescued my sister. My sister spoke very highly of those people. In the end nobody got hurt, and we will have a crazy/funny story to tell, but If not for our parents (and cousin), and the boaters, I am not sure how this would have played out. For example, they have 3 or 4 lifeguards on duty at a pool I visit, but they have 2 people and no boats (none visible) on the river, where jet skis and jellyfish prevail. There are still further safety precautions that need to be taken to prevent further incidents from happening and the reason I wanted to tell my story. I still enjoyed staying at the Hyatt very much, and I still had a lot of fun using the water equipment besides this one scary adventure!! I will, however, look forward to going back. * Sophie Unfortunately when I went out paddle boarding, I got caught in the current. At first I thought I was doing something wrong, or maybe it was because I was paddling the wrong way, so I started to get frustrated. When my dad tried to help me, I got mad because I didn’t want his help (I didn’t want to admit I possibly was doing something wrong or maybe I didn’t hear something correctly, that was said, when the lady was giving us our instructions). It turns out I was doing pretty much the right thing, but the more I tried to paddle backward and turn around I could not. I got caught in the current and was eventually pulled toward the exit of the docks and into rougher waters where boats and jet skis pass through. I started to panic, and started screaming, and crying. I started yelling to my dad to help me (this was only the beginning, I hadn’t had exited yet), and he began kayaking closer towards me. He tried to push me backward, which worked for a few seconds, but I was eventually pulled back, and this time out of the exit and into the “open” waters. I started to panic even more, this time with louder cries and screams. I then yelled at my dad to help me. He yelled to two guys at the dock to try and help me, in which they told me to go forward (or backward, I forgot what they exactly told me). Unfortunately I was in such a panic that I was unable to move far enough to start paddling back toward the beach (or the dock), and instead I was moved farther out into the river by the current. After that my Mom (who was not near me because she was trying to help my twin sister, but was yelling to other boats to try and help me) and dad tried to get boats/jet skis to come and help me. My dad was nearby me trying to calm me while trying to flag other boats/jet skiers down. Before I was rescued, another boat passed by, causing a decent “wave” on the river, coming right toward me. I started to panic, but held onto my paddle board to make sure I didn’t fall off. Luckily I was rescued right around the time the wave started to pass by because all I kept thinking was I was going to fall into the jelly fish infested waters! In addition, I have type 1 diabetes and being out in the water (which was only supposed to last 1/2 hour) I didn’t know my numbers and my Dad had my emergency kit, but there would be no way for him to really help me or check my sugar levels, as I was being pulled further out and away from him. The boaters that rescued me were very nice and calm with me. They asked my name, where I was from, etc, which I thought was very nice. They made me much more comfortable than I could have been if I had been out on the water for a second longer. This could have been easily prevented if you guys had watched the weather conditions and had better, more experienced people working with you and that were watching the customers in the water. If you had someone who was prepared to go out and rescue someone, I most likely would have been rescued and out of this situation earlier (I’m still grateful for the experience and learned a valuable lesson). Even a pool has lifeguards who watch and immediately jump into action at the slightest situation. A river with currents should have more precautions and watchful eyes. And finally, The only reason I would LOVE to go out paddle boarding/peddle boarding again is because of my wonderful family, and the boaters who rescued me. I hope to find them again to tell them how grateful I still feel that they were there and came back to rescue me. Sincerely, Stephanie M. ————————💙 We thank you for your time and attention to this matter. Sincerely,
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Date of experience: July 2021
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