CLUB MEETINGS ARE HELD THE FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT THE

5 RIVERS DELTA RESOURCE CENTER (map) AT 7PM. SEE THE POSTS BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS!

To post information to this website or for further information about this website, just ask Tracy at tracy@thelannies.us
Current Club Coordinator: Tracy Lannie
MBCKC would like to express our appreciation to 5 Rivers and it's staff for all they do.

Disclaimer: This site provides general information & links on topics of paddling. Paddlesports can pose serious risks of damage to personal property & serious bodily injury including permanent disability & death. Anyone participanting in any MBCKC event or participating in any event mentioned on this website does so at their own risk and agrees to hold MBCKC harmless from any liability as a result of such participation or use of information contained herein.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

March Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd in the Longleaf Room at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.   We will discuss an exciting opportunity for MBCKC and the paddling area which could also possibly draw in new club members / new paddlers.  Come prepared to share your February Paddle Tales!

Events and Paddles

Paddles
Saturday, February 21st - Styx River President's Day Paddle -   Contact Bob Strader for more info at (269) 365-6866 or rcstrader41@gmail.com

Saturday, March 14 - Merritt's Mill Pond Paddle. Marianna, FL  (weather permitting) - organized by Tracy Lannie - details to be announced

Events
Saturday, March  28 - Battle on the Bayou      - Registration is open!
http://battleonthebayou.com/

April 11  -  BluzCruz Canoe & Kayak Race
http://bluzcruz.com/

April 9-12 - Paddle Bayou La Fourche    -registration opens Feb 9th
http://www.btnep.org/subsites/paddle/paddlehome.aspx

April 18 - Dog River's Scenic Blueway Great Drift
Come out and paddle the beautiful Dog River Scenic Blueway and support Dog River. 4 mile fun paddle from the Schwarz Park Scenic Blueway launch site. There is no cost to participate (donations welcome).
Drop your boat with the volunteers at the launch by 12:20pm, drive your car to the River Shack Restaurant and get a free ride back to the launch site. Last boat leaves at 12:40pm. Bring your own boat (nothing motorized) or, if you need a boat, call Sunshine Canoes at 251-367-4144. Reserve early. Remember your life vests!!
Launch meeting at 1pm, launch to follow. Paddlers will leave from the Halls Mill Creek Launch at Schwarz Park.The DRIFT will end at the River Shack at 3pm with live music and discounted food for registered paddlers. Questions? Email bruce@brucecoldsmith.com 

April 25th - 2nd Annual Chickasha Bogue Paddle from Brooks Park
http://cityofchickasaw.org/chickasha-bogue-paddle/

May 2nd - 4th Annual Battle of the Bay Date has changed to July 25
BLUEGILL Restaurant      BATTLE OF THE BAY is the fourth annual Canoe and Kayak Race benefiting the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program. It is a canoe, kayak and SUP paddle in beautiful Mobile Bay along with a shrimp and grits brunch at the BLUEGILL, live music, great prizes, kids activities and MORE. See www.facebook.com/BattleoftheBayCanoeandKayak for more details as they come available.       
     
Notes
*If you would like to present a "mini-slide show paddle report" during one of the monthly meetings, please contact Tracy Lannie. Members are encouraged to share their paddle trip in this style. Time allotted for these presentations are 5-7 minutes

Thursday, January 01, 2015

February Meeeting
The next meeting is Tuesday, February 3rd at 7pm in the Longleaf room at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.  There will be a short presentation on Merritt's Mill Pond (Jackson County, FL) in hopes of generating interest on a future Spring paddle. 

Events and Paddles

Paddles
February 16th - Styx River President's Day Paddle -Rescheduled to Saturday Feb 21st   Contact Bob Strader for more info at (269) 365-6866 or rcstrader41@gmail.com

Events
Saturday, March  28 - Battle on the Bayou      - Registration is open!
http://battleonthebayou.com/

April 11  -  BluzCruz Canoe & Kayak Race
http://bluzcruz.com/

April 9-12 - Paddle Bayou La Fourche    -registration opens Feb 9th
http://www.btnep.org/subsites/paddle/paddlehome.aspx

April 18 - Dog River's Scenic Blueway Great Drift
Come out and paddle the beautiful Dog River Scenic Blueway and support Dog River. 4 mile fun paddle from the Schwarz Park Scenic Blueway launch site. There is no cost to participate (donations welcome).
Drop your boat with the volunteers at the launch by 12:20pm, drive your car to the River Shack Restaurant and get a free ride back to the launch site. Last boat leaves at 12:40pm. Bring your own boat (nothing motorized) or, if you need a boat, call Sunshine Canoes at 251-367-4144. Reserve early. Remember your life vests!!
Launch meeting at 1pm, launch to follow. Paddlers will leave from the Halls Mill Creek Launch at Schwarz Park.The DRIFT will end at the River Shack at 3pm with live music and discounted food for registered paddlers. Questions? Email bruce@brucecoldsmith.com 

April 25th - 2nd Annual Chickasha Bogue Paddle from Brooks Park


Notes
*If you would like to present a "mini-slide show paddle report" during one of the monthly meetings, please contact Tracy Lannie. Members are encouraged to share their paddle trip in this style. Time allotted for these presentations are 5-7 minutes



January Meeting
Happy New Year!  Our next meeting which is Tuesday, January 6th at 7pm.  We will have our annual pot luck dinner (bring a dish to share) as we make plans for paddles and meetings for 2015.  We will have a sign-up sheet available for those that want to sign up to host/present a meeting this year, to make suggestions for guest speakers and/or topics, and for paddle ideas.  We will also have the swap/sale that was canceled in December.  If you have items that you would like to sell, bring them with you.

Events and Paddles

Paddles
January 24th -Paul Taylor's "4th Saturday Paddle" 10am from Brooks Park

Events
Saturday, March  28 - Battle on the Bayou      - Registration is open!
http://battleonthebayou.com/

April 11  -  BluzCruz Canoe & Kayak Race
http://bluzcruz.com/

April 9-12 - Paddle Bayou La Fourche    -registration opens Feb 9th
http://www.btnep.org/subsites/paddle/paddlehome.aspx

April 25th - 2nd Annual Chickasha Bogue Paddle from Brooks Park


Notes
*If you would like to present a "mini-slide show paddle report" during one of the monthly meetings, please contact Tracy Lannie. Members are encouraged to share their paddle trip in this style. Time allotted for these presentations are 5-7 minutes

Monday, December 01, 2014

December Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 2nd at 7pm.   MBCKC has had a change of plans for tomorrow's meeting due to the terrific opportunity that we now have to see River Dreams. We will reschedule the plans for tomorrow's meeting to January 6th's meeting. We have been invited by the Sierra Club to the
Exclusive screening of "River Dreams", a beautiful new feature length canoe adventure documenting a 44-day solo canoe trip from Birmingham, Alabama to the barrier island...s in the Gulf of Mexico by Hunter Nichols.
When: Tuesday evening, December 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
Please don't miss this inspiring new documentary by Alabama filmmaker!
Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Trailer for River Dreams can be viewed here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxc2GtnMoes

Sunday, June 22, 2014

November Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 4th at 7pm in the Longleaf Room at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.

October Meeting 
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 7th at 7pm in the Longleaf Room at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.  Tracy Lannie will present a slideshow educating on the upcoming Canoe/Kayak/SUP event, Paddle Bayou La Batre, which will be held on October 18th.  There will be registration forms available for those that wish to register.  The fee is $25 per paddler and includes event participation, a seafood dinner, and a t-shirt.  There will be nice door prizes as well.  Canoe and Kayak rentals available for an additional fee through a third party vendor (Sunshine Canoes).

Paddles and Events:
Paddles:
Saturday, Sept 20th - Night paddle to Wasp Nest Loop from Brooks Park.  Launch at 6:45pm.  Call Paul Taylor for more info:  648-2962

Saturday, Sept 27th - Chickasaw Paddle  Meet time 8 AM Start time 8:30 AM
Jennifer White will be leading the paddle.
For more info, call Paddlin South 251-648-2962. 


Monday October 13 - Indian Mound Paddle-  CANCELED due to forecasted rains.  For more info, call Paul Taylor 648-2962 

Events:
Paddling Bayou La Batre - October 18th
for more info:  http://paddlebayoulabatre.org/ 

Delta Classic Sunday - Sunday, October 26
for more info:   http://alabamascenicrivertrail.com/events/?eventID=75&date=10/25/2014
 


September Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 2 at 7pm in the Longleaf Room.  Hank Burch will be our guest speaker.  He will explain a grant they have received to extend the Bartram Canoe Trail.  He would like to get input from paddlers on possible routes, distances, campsites, etc.

Paddles and Paddling Events:

Paddles
Saturday, Aug 16 - Fish River Paddle:  An easy paddle in the morning to avoid afternoon storms.  Meet at Big Daddy's at 9 am on Saturday, August 16.  We'll go up Fish River (and avoid power boats) for a couple hours and turn around when we feel like it.  Bring pfd, water, sunscreen, and, (if you want) a snack.  Optional (late?) lunch at Big Daddy's after the paddle.  Non-paddlers can join us for lunch.  If you'd like to know any change of plans call me at 990-5575 or e-mail me that you hope to come.  Give me your phone number.  Otherwise you may not know of changes.  NEAR TIME OF THE PADDLE ONLY, I'LL HAVE MY DUMB CELL PHONE ON.  251-454-6084.  Nancy Ward

Sunday, Aug 31 - Shell Bayou Night Paddle  Led by Paul Taylor.  Launch 7pm from Brooks Park, Hwy 43 in Chickasaw. Must bring a light (headlamp suggested). Call Paul for more info and to let him know you are coming.  648-2962

Events
Weeks Bay Pelican Paddle/Race - August, 2nd Saturday call 990-5004 for more info.

Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic Fishing Rodeo - August 16th
http://www.bayoulabatrekayakclassic.org/

Kayak BBQ and Blues Festival - Sept 6, 2014
for more info:  http://www.visitperdido.com/kayak-barbeque-blues

Paddling Bayou La Batre - October 18th
for more info:  http://paddlebayoulabatre.org/ 

Delta Classic Sunday - Sunday, October 26
for more info:   http://alabamascenicrivertrail.com/events/?eventID=75&date=10/25/2014

August Meeting
Thanks to Paul Taylor for leading the August meeting.  We have four first timers!  Awesome!  We love having/meeting new members!

July Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 1st at 7pm in the Longleaf Room at Five Rivers Delta Resource center.  We will share paddle stories and briefly expand on Nancy's topic of presentation last month, "Emergency Preparedness".

Thanks to Nancy Milford for an excellent presentation during the June meeting of Emergency Preparedness and the importance of being prepared whether on an outdoors trip or for natural disasters. 



Notes:
*If you would like to present a "mini-slide show paddle report" during one of the monthly meetings, please contact Tracy Lannie. Members are encouraged to share their paddle trip in this style. Time allotted for these presentations are 5-7 minutes

 
 
Upcoming Paddles and Events
The calendar has been temporarily shutdown.  Details are listed below for paddles or referenced to other means of obtaining more info.

Paddles
July 4th/Fireworks Paddle - Led by Paul Taylor (Paddlin South) at 6pm, Brooks Park, Chickasaw
http://www.paddlinsouth.com/about-us/

Full Moon Paddle - Friday, July 11 launching from Buzbee's on Hwy 225 by 6:15pm (weather permitting).  Must bring light, PFD, Whistle.  $3 launch fee.  Call Tracy if you plan to paddle 463-4233 or email tracy@thelannies.us

Events
Weeks Bay Pelican Paddle/Race - August, 2nd Saturday call 990-5004 for more info.

Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic Fishing Rodeo - August 16th
http://www.bayoulabatrekayakclassic.org/

Kayak BBQ and Blues Festival - Sept 6, 2014
for more info:  http://www.visitperdido.com/kayak-barbeque-blues

Paddling Bayou La Batre - October 18th
for more info:  http://paddlebayoulabatre.org/ 

Delta Classic Sunday - Saturday, October 25
for more info:   http://alabamascenicrivertrail.com/events/?eventID=75&date=10/25/2014

Monday, June 02, 2014

June Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 3rd at 7pm in the Longleaf Room at Five Rivers Delta Resource center.  Nancy Milford, MBCKC member, will present on Emergency Preparedness.   Maggie Pyle will present a mini-slideshow on the 2nd Annual Hatchett Festival that took place this past Saturday.


Thanks to Paul Taylor for hosting May's meeting.  Paul also presented on the First Annual Chickasha Bogue Paddle. 

Notes:
*If you would like to present a "mini-slide show paddle report" during one of the monthly meetings, please contact Tracy Lannie. Members are encouraged to share their paddle trip in this style. Time allotted for these presentations are 5-7 minutes
 

Upcoming Paddles and Events
The following paddles have been posted on the MBCKC Calendar.  Click on the Calendar link to the right for more info on these paddles.


Paddles
Full Moon Paddle - Cancelled

Events
Paddlepalooza 2014 - Friday, June 13 / 4-11pm
for more info:  http://cityofpascagoula.com/special-events-3/paddlepalooza-2014
 
Weeks Bay Pelican Paddle/Race - tentative date August, 3rd Saturday 

Kayak BBQ and Blues Festival - Sept 6, 2014
for more info:  http://www.visitperdido.com/kayak-barbeque-blues

Paddling Bayou La Batre - October 18th
for more info:  http://paddlebayoulabatre.org/ 

Delta Classic Sunday - Saturday, October 25
for more info:   http://alabamascenicrivertrail.com/events/?eventID=75&date=10/25/2014

  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


April Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 1st in the Longleaf Room at Five Rivers Delta Resource center.  Phillip West and Caroline Harris of the City of Orange Beach Wind and Water Learning Center, will be our guest speakers. They will educate us on things such as---how the Center started, their future plans, and the current classes offered. They will also talk about the Orange Beach Canoe Trail, and how they hope to merge it into a Coastal Blueway partnering with surrounding/nearby cities.

Exciting news! The mini-slide show is back and will be presented by participants of Battle on the Bayou which was this past weekend. As always, it was an awesomely fun event and MBCKC did quite well!



Notes:
*If you would like to present a "mini-slide show paddle report" during one of the monthly meetings, please contact Tracy Lannie. Members are encouraged to share their paddle trip in this style. Time allotted for these presentations are 5-7 minutes
 


Upcoming Paddles and Events
The following paddles have been posted on the MBCKC Calendar.  Click on the Calendar link to the right for more info on these paddles.

Paddles
Sunday, March 23rd from 2pm-4:30pm in the Long Leaf Hall at 5 Rivers - Celebrating 15 years of Paddling!  Anniversary Party - plenty of paddling, food, and fun!
 
Saturday, March 29th - Paul Taylor's last Saturday Brooks Park Paddle 8am in Chickasaw

 

Events
Saturday, March 29thBattle on the Bayou kayak/canoe race  
for more info:  http://battleonthebayou.com/ 

April 3 - 6Paddle Bayou LaFourche  - Paddle one day or paddle/camp all
for more info: http://btnep.org/subsites/Paddle/PaddleHome.asp

April 12:  Bluz Cruz:  a 22 mile paddle adventure down the Mighty Mississippi
for more info:  http://www.bluzcruz.com/

April 19:  4th Annual Great Drift:  Dog River Blueway Paddle - No details yet, will post when we get them

April 26:  1st Chickasha Bouge Paddle/Brooks Park - Details to come 
Info on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chickasha-Bogue-Paddle/261275497375000

April 26:  Third Annual Battle of the Bay Canoe and Kayak Race 

Register: http://www.savlp.org/Websites/vlp/images/Entry_Form_2014.pdf

May 3:  Kayak for a Cure    
for more info:   http://kayakforacure.org/events/pensacola/
 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

We're getting ready to Party!  We are Celebrating 15 Years of Paddling on March 23rd! 

March Meeting - Please note change of day for March meeting only
The next  meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 7pm in the Tensaw Theater at Five Rivers.   This will be the last chance to order club shirts which will be distributed at our 15 year Celebration on Sunday, March 23rd.  Shirts are $12 (add $3 for sizes 2X-4X). We will also be discussing final arrangements for the party which will be held at Meaher State Park.  Also, we are asking everyone that knows they will make the party to bring their $5 to pay for the rental of facility, paper products, and some meats.  Please spread the word about our celebration, we want everyone to join in the fun!

Notes:
*If you would like to present a "mini-slide show paddle report" during one of the monthly meetings, please contact Tracy Lannie. Members are encouraged to share their paddle trip in this style. Time allotted for these presentations are 5-7 minutes
 


Upcoming Paddles and Events
The following paddles have been posted on the MBCKC Calendar.  Click on the Calendar link to the right for more info on these paddles.

Paddles 

Saturday, Feb 22nd - Paul Taylor's 4th Saturday Brooks Park Paddle 8am in Chickasaw

Saturday, March 22nd - Paul Taylor's 4th Saturday Brooks Park Paddle

Sunday, March 23rd - Celebrating 15 years of Paddling!  Anniversary Party - plenty of paddling, food, and fun!

Events 
Saturday, February 22 -Work day for new canoe and kayak launch at Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge in Gulf Shores. JOIN us from 8 am to 12:00 pm for a volunteer work day in the wild and beautiful setting of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. We will be working on a new Kayak Launch that will benefit residents and visitors alike. We will meet at the Jeff Friend Trail Head on February 22, 2014. We will be posting signs, removing trash, and setting up the launch. Please dress appropriately and bring work gloves if you have them. Call Denise McInturff at 251-540-7720 for additional information or with any questions.

Friday, March 14: 
The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a ribbon cutting on Friday, March 14 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the newly completed "Kayak & Canoe Launch" at the Jeff Friend Trail.  All paddlers are invited to participate and launch their kayaks and canoes at the ribbon cutting event.  The kayak and canoe launch is approximately 6.5 miles west of state route 59 on Ft. Morgan Road (state route 180) in Gulf Shores.


Saturday, March 29thBattle on the Bayou kayak/canoe race  
for more info:  http://battleonthebayou.com/ 

April 3 - 6Paddle Bayou LaFourche  - Paddle one day or paddle/camp all
for more info: http://btnep.org/subsites/Paddle/PaddleHome.asp

April 12:  Bluz Cruz:  a 22 mile paddle adventure down the Mighty Mississippi
for more info:  http://www.bluzcruz.com/

April 19:  4th Annual Great Drift:  Dog River Blueway Paddle - No details yet, will post when we get them

April 26:  1st Chickasha Bouge Paddle/Brooks Park - Details to come 
Info on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chickasha-Bogue-Paddle/261275497375000

April 26:  Third Annual Battle of the Bay Canoe and Kayak Race   
For more info:  http://www.savlp.org/