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.

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Monday, March 06, 2017

May Meeting - special announcement


MBCKC May 2nd Meeting. - A Night of Paddling Films - Tensaw Theater -Five Rivers

The Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club and the Mobile Bay Sierra Club are proud to present the second annual  A Night of Paddling Films.    The purpose of  "A Night of Paddling Films" is to share our love of paddling and the outdoors, to inspire people to get out and explore waterways both local and afar, and to encourage others to appreciate the wild places and the heritage and culture associated with those places.  We are excited to announce that our two feature films are:
Dale Sanders - From Source to Sea:
At age 80, Dale Sanders, a Mississippi River Angel, sets out to be the oldest man to ever paddle the entire 2,400 miles of the Mississippi River.   Follow Sanders along his journey from the headwaters at Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the salt waters beyond the Louisiana coast as he not only strives to set a record of being the oldest person to complete the feat, but also raises money for childhood diabetes while doing so.
10 minute intermission (more refreshments)
Paddle for the North - six mates-six rivers-three canoes-two months:
Deep in the Canadian North, six young men embarked on an epic 933-mile adventure. It was certain to be a mighty test of endurance, determination and friendship.  What they didn’t expect was the impact of the stories from the First Nations families. This chance encounter showed the team that the Peel Watershed debate is not just about protecting the environment, but also a way of life.

Special Meeting time: Show begins 6:30pm sharp.   Arrive 6:15 pm for refreshments - each film is approximately 55 minutes .
NOTE:  FIVE RIVERS DELTA RESOURCE CENTER AND THEIR STAFF WORK HARD TO ACCOMMODATE GROUPS SUCH AS OURS FOR MONTHLY MEETINGS, EVENTS AND MORE.  THERE IS NO ENTRANCE FEE TO THE PARK,  AND OUTDOOR OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND (free canoe & kayak launch, beautiful wooded trails, wildlife viewing, picnic areas, exhibits and more).   WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE THIS BEAUTIFUL FACILITY TO UTILIZE, AND WE WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS OUR APPRECIATION.   THERE WILL BE A DONATION BOX AT THE FRONT ENTRANCE OF THE THEATER AND WE REQUEST THAT EACH FAMILY MAKE A DONATION OF $5 OR MORE.  WE WILL PRESENT THIS GIFT OFFERING TO FIVE RIVERS AS A WAY OF SAYING "THANK YOU!".  



Events




May 13th - Creekfest   for more info:  http://www.creekfest.org/

May 27th - Mobile Yacht Club SUPCUP - Join the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Saturday May 27th at the beautiful Mobile Yacht Club for our first annual SUPCUP. The SUPCUP is open to stand up paddle boards, kayaks and open canoes. Registration will begin at 9 and the race will start promptly at 11.

The entry fee is $25 which includes participation in the race, a limited edition SUPCUP 2017 T-shirt and a sandwich and beverage post-race. All proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Friends and family are welcome to come cheer on participants while enjoying the amazing views from the yacht club. Food and beverages can also be purchased from the dining room in the club.

For sponsorship opportunities or questions about registration please contact:
Stacey Brandau
stacey.brandau@lls.org
251.406.8471

June  - Grandman Triathlon - June 3rd   - Need volunteers!!!  Kayakers needed for water support for the swim portion of the race.  If you are interested, contact Harriet at hvk1457@aol.com

August 5th - 5th Annual Weeks Bay Pelican Paddle - For more info:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-weeks-bay-foundation-pelican-paddle-canoe-and-kayak-race-tickets-33896727023

Water/Ways - Smithsonian Exhibit - November 18,2017 - January 6, 2018 - The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition dives into water--an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically.



Paddles

Full Moon Paddle - Possible Full Moon Paddle Tuesday, May 9th  - watch website for future postings



April Meeting
The next meeting is Tuesday, April 4th at 7pm in the Longleaf Room of Delta Hall.  MBCKC members will present on the Silver River Paddle trip that they just did three days prior to the meeting.   We will also discuss the MBCKC Annual Paddling Film Festival which will be held on May 2nd.

Paddles
April 1 - 2 - Silver River/Ocala FL   for details call 463-4233 (Tracy) 

April 9Yancy Bay paddle.  Harriet is paddling to Yancy Bay tomorrow (Sunday) and everyone is invited.   Launch at Buzbee's Fish Camp (Hwy 225) at 10am.  We will paddle to Yancy Bay to check out the new camping platform.  Must bring all paddling safety gear.  Bring snacks and fluids.  

Events
April 7th - BluzCruz   for more info:  http://www.bluzcruz.com/

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

May 13th - Kayak Race and Fly Creek Fun Paddle -  A 2 mile race off the beach of the Fairhope Yacht Club with a fun paddle through Fly Creek in Fairhope immediately following! Perfect for all ages! Bring your kayak, or let us know if you need one. All registered paddlers will recieve an event tshirt, goodie bag, breakfast and race winners will receive a special award hand painted by Children's Hospital patients!      http://give.childrensal.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=101762

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