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Monday, May 14, 2001

MBCAKC Paddle Reminders and New Paddles

We have an invitation to join a paddle with the West Florida Canoe Club, and a reminder of the paddles for this coming week.

Tuesday, May15: Roll Class, Homestead Village pool; arrive 6:30; in-water 7:00 - 8:40 p.m.; cost to be determined by attendance; RSVP, Tommy Swearingen, 937-FARM
(937-3276). It is important to inform Tommy if you want to participate. There is a set charge for the use of the pool and we have to know if enough people want to participate to
make the cost sharing per person economically feasible. I am not sure whether we will once again share a few kayaks or use our own. However, it is also important that the kayaks
be clean so as to not dirty the pool and require extra cleaning.

Wednesday, May 16: 6 p.m. Bay Minette Basin; Buzbee's Fish Camp ($3 per person boat launch); snacks/dinner under oaks or raft-up; Leader: Paul Morgan, 471-2104.

Saturday, May 19: There are three paddles to choose from, including the one from the WFCC.

1. Rice Creek to Mound Island 7:30 a.m. $5.00; Leader: Tommy, Swearingen for info. & rentals 937-3960. Notice that this is an a.m., not a p.m., put-in time, as was accidentally given in the initial club May calendar.

2. Magnolia & Fish Rivers Cleanup. Register at Lulu's on US 98 and Fish River.

3. Below is a copy of the notice from Susan Mink, of the WFCC:

Please send the following information to your members. We hope to see you on the water.

May 19 & 20

Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve/ Tuxachanie Creek, Mississippi

Peter Hoar, the Reserve Manger, will be leading the first part of this trip through sections of the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve at Moss Point, Mississippi. We plan to do two sections of the reserve. The first is more open water out to several Indian shell mounds and through typical marsh ecosystems of the area. The second part will take us up through an ever narrowing tidal drainage and into the pinewoods. Kayaks and faster canoes are preferred for the reserve paddle since it is open water. A launch fee (under $2.00) may be charged at one of the put-in’s. This trip will be a wonderful opportunity to see some great marsh scenery as well as increase your knowledge of estuarine ecosystems.

Sunday’s run will put us on the Tuxachanie Creek, a tributary of the Tchoutacabouffa River north of Biloxi, Mississippi. This will be a shorter run on a creek of about the size of Pond Creek, but much less technical.

We will be camping Friday and/or Saturday night at the Davis Bayou Campground at the Gulf Islands National Seashore headquarters in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. There are no reserved sites; however, the ranger advised that there should be no problem finding a site on that weekend. They allow two tents per site so doubling up is a possibility. The cost of electrical hookup - $16.00 per night; non-electrical - $14.00 per night; 50% discount for Golden Age Pass. The campground features hot showers and the sites are set among shady oaks and other hardwoods.

For those so inclined, a 15.5 mile bike trail leaves the pavilion and passes along beaches and into historic downtown Ocean Springs, passing by old train depots, museums, forts, etc. A brochure is available at park headquarters.

Getting there: From Pensacola to the park – Take I-10 to Fountainbleau exit in Mississippi (Hwy 57). Go south on 57 to 90; west on 90 to the out skirts of Ocean Springs – follow signs to Gulf Islands. We will leave the campground at 8:45 a.m. sharp to convoy to the Reserve Headquarters on Saturday. We will leave the campground at 10:00 a.m. sharp for the Tuxachanie on Sunday.

To Reserve Headquarters – Take the first exit past the Mississippi State line (immediately past the weigh station) turn south to Hwy 90, cross Hwy 90 and proceed about a mile to a paved road on you left which immediately crosses a railroad track. After crossing the track bear right and proceed to the reserve headquarters – a double –wide surrounded by a chain link fence. This is about a two-hour ride from Pensacola. We will meet at the Headquarters at 9:30 sharp for introduction and briefing by Peter Hoar.

Please call Charlie Mink if you plan to join us or if you have to cancel. Work 850-433-1619, home 850-453-3298.


June 16,17, 30 – July 1 also from the WFCC

Please send the following information to your members.

Thank you

Charlie Mink

American Canoe Association and the West Florida Canoe Club

invite you to attend this year’s flatwater and moving water canoe classes.

Four full days of instruction are provided by ACA Certified Instructors. The curriculum includes sections on:

Safety and rescue
Car topping and carries
Knots and bends
Shuttle and on the water logistics
Concepts of paddling
Flatwater strokes and maneuvers
River reading
River running
Principles of river rescue
Moving water strokes and maneuvers
Individual evaluations

The cost for this course is $50 per person plus $5.00 ACA event membership (waived for ACA members).

Dates are June 16,17, 30 – July1

For further information and to obtain a registration form call:

Charlie Mink - Work: 850-433-1619 Home: 850-453-3298