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!

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Current Club Coordinator: Tracy Lannie
MBCKC would like to express our appreciation to 5 Rivers and it's staff for all they do.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

February Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 7th at 7pm in the Longleaf Room of Delta Hall/ Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.  We will again be discussing our upcoming Spring paddle/camp trip to Silver River.  We will also discuss the traveling Smithsonian "Water/ Ways" exhibit that is coming to Five Rivers this fall.  The exhibit will be there for several weeks.  We will discuss ways for MBCKC members to get involved in helping promote the event and holding paddles during the event and more.

Events

Lower Fish River Cleanup - February 11, 2017 -  

Join the Weeks Bay Foundation and Thompson Engineering for a fun day paddling and
getting the trash out of lower Fish River.  We will meet at the Fish River boat ramp (under Hwy 98 Bridge at Weeks Bay) at 10am and the Thompson Barge will shuttle folks and their boats upstream.At the end of the day, you can paddle back down or
hitch a ride back on the trash barge!   
For more information, or to sign up, call 251-990-5004 or email
yael@weeksbay.org

March 18th -Battle on the Bayou VIII -     for more info:  http://battleonthebayou.com/ 

March 18 - Bay Minette Basin Paddle (including new Bartram Canoe Trail Platforms)  for more info:  http://alabamascenicrivertrail.com/events/?eventID=98&date=03/18/2017

March 23-26 - Paddle Bayou Lafourche -  A 52 mile, 4 day adventure (or you can choose to paddle however many days you wish).  For more info:  http://paddling.btnep.org/PaddleHome.aspx 

April 8th - Apple Snail Roundup -  Langham Park 9-11am -   for more info:   http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/apple-snail-round-up/


April 22nd -The Great Drift -   Free paddling event that promotes the Dog River Scenic Blueway, for more info:  http://dogriver.org/events/great-drift-paddle/

April 22nd - Chickasha Bogue Paddle - April 22nd - For more info:  http://cityofchickasaw.org/recreation/chickasha-bogue-paddle/

April 22nd -  Pascagoula Run - Celebrating one of the last, largest free flowing river in the United States  for more info:   https://www.facebook.com/events/251393808632526/ 

April 29th - Delta Woods & Water Expo:  for more info:  http://www.deltawoodsandwatersexpo.com/

Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Annual Paddling Film Festival - Tuesday, May 2

Paddles
Silver River Paddle/Camp Florida  2- day trip - April 1& 2, 2017   MBCKC will paddle Silver River on April 1st and camp in Suwannee River State Park that night (camping is optional & limited, you may overnight where you choose).  Paddlers have 2 options on Sunday, April 2nd - Paddle Suwannee River or drive to Wakulla River in St. Marks, FL and do an approximately 4.5 mile trip there before heading home.   MUST contact Tracy if you plan to attend.  tracy@thelannies.us

Silver River is in Marion County, FL and runs to the West of  Ocala National Forrest.  The river, which is regarded as being in pristine condition and fed by Silver Springs, flows through undeveloped woodland .  The water is crystal clear and takes on a silvery hue, thus the name.   
Wildlife abounds and includes many types of turtles, alligator, anhinga, cormorant, white ibis, limpkin, wood ducks, several different types of heron and more!  Rhesus monkeys have lived in the Ocala Forrest since they were accidentally released in the  1930's and now they thrive.   There are over 100 troops and they like to come down to the water's edge to watch the paddlers!

Wakulla River 


January Meeting
Happy New Year!   The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 4th.  We will be making plans for a paddling weekend on Silver River in Ocala, FL and a second body of water (option of paddling at Suwannee River State Park or Wakulla River).

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

December Meeting
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 6th at 7pm in the Long Leaf Room of Delta Hall.   We will be our annual pot luck/end of the year/Christmas celebration.   Please bring a dish for everyone to share.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

November Meeting
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 1st at 7pm in the Longleaf Room of Delta Hall.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

October Meeting
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 4th, in Blakeley Hall at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.  Please note the venue change for this month only.

Tom Fitzgerald will present the mini-slideshow.  Come hear why Tom loves paddling!
 
Jayson Ambrose:  On Wednesday at 9am, he will be live on Studio 10!  Be sure to watch it or record it to view later.

October 1st:
Jayson will launch at 10am Saturday, October 1st from Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.   Jayson invites everyone to come out and paddle a few miles with him, or simply cheer him on and give him a grand send-off as he begins his paddling adventure on The Great Loop.  Jayson is the first Canadian in recorded history to paddle the Great Loop via kayak and, we believe, the only paddler to begin and end right here in Mobile Bay.
Come out Saturday morning to meet Jayson, paddle with him, cheer him on, wave, take photos with Jayson, sign his kayak, etc.  Let's give Jayson a good ol' Southern welcoming and send off!  Follow the signs at Five Rivers to Jayson's launch site.   Five Rivers even has a brand new dock to launch from!     Plan to be there at least 20 minutes prior to launch if you would like to meet him and sign his boat prior to launching.
See you there!
Tracy Lannie

Paddles
There was talk of a full moon paddle during October's meeting.  However, Juli is not available to lead the paddle this weekend (Oct 14/15)

Events

Sunday, Oct 10 - Delta Classic Sunday Paddle--Bartram Trail Mound Island

Location:  Stagecoach Restaurant in Stockton
Contact Person:  Bob Andrews
Phone:  (251) 367-4144
Price:  $25.00
Description:
Delta Classic Sunday Paddle--Bartram Trail Mound Island Segment 
Sunday October 16, 2016
This is a one-day paddle designed to appeal to Mobile area residents who want to pop in, paddle, and go home without camping out in their backyards. For anyone wanting to travel to the event and camp, of course arrangements will be made for that.
The trip will be a Sunday outing from Rice Creek Landing to the Indian mounds on Mound Island and back by way of Bayou Jessamine and Jug Lake. You will see what are among the largest mounds in the state as well as the legendary bayous.
If you've heard about the famous Bartram Canoe Trail, now is your chance to learn the route in a fun group.
Gathering place will be at the Stagecoach Restaurant in Stockton at the intersection of Highway 225 and Highway 59 at 9:00. The group will proceed to the landing from there.
Local outfitter Bob Andrews (Sunshine Canoe Rentals) is hosting the event which, at this point, is being offered at $25 to cover his guide fees. Bob will provide anyone with a boat of their choice, delivered with gear to the event, for his normal rental fees. Please contact Bob for time and place of departure and to inform him of any equipment needs at (251) 367-4144.
Please call Bob and pay in advance and pay in advance.









September Meeting
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 6th at 7pm in the Longleaf Room of Delta Hall - Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.  This meeting will be jam-packed with final plans for Jayson Ambrose's The Great Loop paddle launch on October 1st.   We will also discuss Paddle Bayou La Batre and Bob Andrew's Delta Paddle.   You will be able to register for Paddle Bayou La Batre during the meeting.  

Notes:  A club member is selling several boats.  If you are interested, you may want to go to our Yahoo groups site and check out the postings.   3 kayaks for sale and a kayak trailer!

Paddles
Saturday, Sept 3 - Rabbit Creek Paddle led by Juli Day
When:  9am
LOCATION:  3810 Schwartz Lane on Rabbit Creek (a tributary to Dog River)   Must bring all required safety gear (PFD, Whistle) should bring plenty of fluids.  Snacks, sunscreen, etc for your comfort

LAUNCH FEE:  $5.00

Wednesday, September 14 - Full Moon Paddle
Launching from Buzbees on Hwy 225 at 5:30pm.   
Led by Juli Day 377-0054

   

Events 
August 20th - The Big Float
http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/upcoming-events/2016/8/20/the-big-float-with-sweetwater-brewing-company

October 1st - Jayson Ambrose launches from 5 Rivers on his Great Loop Adventure

October 15th - Paddle Bayou La Batre  - Canceled
for more info:   http://www.paddlebayoulabatre.org/  

October 16th - Bob Andrew's Fall Delta Paddle 

Friday, July 22, 2016

August Meeting
The next meeting will be held on August 2nd at 7pm in the Longleaf Room at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.  Nancy Ward, MBCKC member, will be conducting the meeting.  Nancy has invited
Jack Granade of Alabama Lighthouse Association to be our guest speaker.  The Alabama Lighthouse Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of lighthouses in the U.S. state of Alabama.  

Paddles
July 30th - Magnolia River paddle. 
Notes:  Saturday, July 30 at 9 am. Meet in the city of Magnolia Springs at the Shell station at the corner of Highway 98 and county/city road 49 ( careful, 49 comes out in two
places---go to the Shell station). We'll drive together the short distance to the Rock Street put
in. We'll help each other carry our boats 50 yards or so to the river's edge. Let's paddle
downstream this time and admire the homes, boathouses and boats. We'll go beyond the wake/
no wake designation, but folks on the Magnolia tend to be polite. There's a marsh we'll go by
and possibly into. Bring pfd, sunscreen, water, and perhaps bug spry or a snack. Email or call
Nancy (990-5575) and give her your contact info if you want to be notified of changes in plans.
It doesn't commit you to come. Near the time of the paddle only, I'll have my dumb cell phone
on (251-454-6084). Nancy Ward


October 1, 2016 - Paddle with Jayson Ambrose at 10am 

Events

July 23rd - 4th Annual Week's Bay Pelican Paddle Canoe & Kayak Race 
The fourth annual Pelican Paddle Canoe and Kayak Race will be held on Saturday, July 23rd at 7:30 am at the Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center. It is sure to be a great day on the water. Participants receive lunch, water/soft drinks, and a ticket to enter our drawing for the chance to win a kayak and other door prizes. Advance registrants are guaranteed to receive a 2016 Pelican Paddle t-shirt. Day-of registrants will receive shirts as available.
for more info:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-pelican-paddle-canoe-and-kayak-race-tickets-25747092246

July 30th - 5th Annual Biloxi Yacht Club's Pink Paddle Kayak Race
for more info:   https://sites.google.com/site/bycpinkpaddle/

August 6th - 3rd Annual Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic Fishing Tournament
for more info:   http://bayoulabatrekayakclassic.org/ 


August 20th - The Big Float
 http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/upcoming-events/2016/8/20/the-big-float-with-sweetwater-brewing-company

October 1st - Jayson Ambrose launches from 5 Rivers on his Great Loop Adventure

October 15th - Paddle Bayou La Batre
for more info:   http://www.paddlebayoulabatre.org/

October 16th - Bob Andrew's Fall Delta Paddle 





 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

July Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 5th at 7pm in the Longleaf Room at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.  One of the things we will be discussing/planning is Jayson Ambrose's October 1st launch,  when he will embark on taking on The Great Loop and starting "One Canadian's Journey" right here in our back yard! 

Upcoming Paddles & Events

Paddles
Saturday, July 16th Magnolia Springs Paddle - The plan is to meet at 9am on 07/16 in the City of Magnolia Springs at the Shell Station on the corner of Hwy 98 and County Rd 49.  For more info:  Contact Nancy Ward at wardn@earthlink.net or call 251 990-5575. 

July 17 - Full Moon Paddle   -   rained out

Events 
July 9th - Defend Rivers Paddle on the Alabama River / Montgomery
for more info / registration:  http://alabamarivers.org/?event=defendrivers-paddle-on-the-alabama-river&event_date=2016-07-09

July 23rd - 4th Annual Week's Bay Pelican Paddle Canoe & Kayak Race 
The fourth annual Pelican Paddle Canoe and Kayak Race will be held on Saturday, July 23rd at 7:30 am at the Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center. It is sure to be a great day on the water. Participants receive lunch, water/soft drinks, and a ticket to enter our drawing for the chance to win a kayak and other door prizes. Advance registrants are guaranteed to receive a 2016 Pelican Paddle t-shirt. Day-of registrants will receive shirts as available.
for more info:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-pelican-paddle-canoe-and-kayak-race-tickets-25747092246

July 30th - 5th Annual Biloxi Yacht Club's Pink Paddle Kayak Race
for more info:   https://sites.google.com/site/bycpinkpaddle/

August 6th - 3rd Annual Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic Fishing Tournament
for more info:   http://bayoulabatrekayakclassic.org/


 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Important:
The June club meeting has been canceled.  The next meeting will be on July 5th.