Nature Center

Maryland and Washington, DC


Escape your hectic world and enjoy serenity and the sounds of nature.

It's a beautiful day to be out on the water. Get a group together — your colleagues, summer associates, family and friends, schools — get on the water, and leave your worries behind! Have fun, get some fresh air, mild exercise and a healthy dose of nature’s healing.  Rentals and guided tours - whichever you prefer.  We are now based on MATTAWOMAN CREEK at 108-A Mattingly Avenue in the town of Indian Head, Maryland.


About Atlantic Kayak

Atlantic Kayak Company has been offering fun, high quality outdoor experiences the Chesapeake Bay Area and beyond since 1995. We specialize in fun group adventures where guests can learn to kayak, explore scenic waterways, and engage in team building activities.

We’re located onMattawoman Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River just 30 miles south of Washington, DC. This is a gem of a tributary where you can hear a bald eagle’s surprisingly playful cry, see native stands of wild rice, and enjoy some real peace and quiet.  The area where we kayak is in a tidal, freshwater ecosystem with little to no current — perfect for a beginners to have a relaxing experience.


About our Founder

Judy Lathrop started Atlantic Kayak Company in 1995. She grew up in rural New York and Connecticut canoeing and swimming in lakes and creeks, spending most of her free time outside. She earned her B.S in Political Economy of Natural Resources from UC Berkeley and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco. After practicing environmental and energy law for about twelve years, she had enough of the office and decided to pursue her lifelong passion for the outdoors. She has enjoyed sharing that passion and her knowledge of local natural and cultural history ever since.  Coincidentally, many years after Atlantic Kayak Company settled on Piscataway Creek Judy learned that her ancestors lived in Piscataway in the early 1700s — reinforcing her connection with this beautiful, historic area. Judy is an ACA certified kayak instructor and a naturalist/environmental educator.

Our Staff and Volunteers

For years we have relied on part-time seasonal help, often college students who move on to full-time positions when they graduate. We are expanding our staff for the upcoming season as some of our staff will be graduating from college this spring and leaving the area.

We are hiring now!  Please contact us if you would like to join our team.


How do you humans manage all that stress? Come chill with us on the Creek. And no, I'm not a rat.

— Betty the Beaver

Judy Lathrop, Founder and Owner of Atlantic Kayak

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Atlantic Kayak Company


Washington, DC Metro Area