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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.

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.

Sunday, September 30, 2001

!!!!!!!!!!!Monthly Meeting!!!!!!!!!!!
Our regularly scheduled club meeting will be Tuesday, October 2, at 7:00 PM at the Fairhope Yacht Club. The program will be Larry McDuff's slide presentation on their Boundary Waters adventure.

Regular meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.

Friday, September 28, 2001

Flash paddle: Meet at Bruno's in Spanish Fort at 6 p.m. tonight (Friday), and I'll lead you to Byrnes Lake if you don't know the way. If you do know the way, feel free to join us at the put-in at Byrnes Lake at 6:30-ish. Short, leisurely, paddle in protected waters. Bring a flashlight (and any extra flashlights, to share, if you have them). Call me or e-mail me (Julie) if you plan to attend, and be sure to tell me whether you'll be at Bruno's or at the put-in. Land: 928-4623. Cell: 422-8138. E-mail:jrobber@worldnet.att.net.
Steve Delker writes us:
Steve and Terry Delker are looking for anyone who would like to join them Sunday afternoon to christen Terry's new Dagger Savannah kayak. Anywhere convenient to the Causeway or Eastern Shore would be fine. Home phone is 928-7342 e-mail is sjdelker@earthlink.net.

Thursday, September 27, 2001

Mike Predmore writes us:
Saturday, Sept. 29th, I will lead a fast paddle from Fairhope pier to Point Clear and return. Two weeks ago we covered this distance at an average of 3.7 nm/hr. The pace will be at least that. One break at turnaround point (short) and a chance to stretch your arms a little. Last trip we had three people including myself paddle this 6.2 nm trip. If interested, call Mike Predmore at: 626-7915 or email at: paddlefoot64@usa.net. Meet around 0730 just north of the pier, we leave at 0800.

Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Notice of Paddle: Perdido River, Sunday, September 30. Due to shuttle, paddle limited to the first 10 people. Contact Bob Andrews (W/H= (334) 344-8664, C = (334) 367-4144) for more details.

Request for Paddle Information: If anyone knows of a paddle they would like to coordinate for October, it would help Gene to send him that information ASAP, instead of waiting until the meeting next Tuesday. Click here to send Gene an e-mail.

Remember: the full moon is Tuesday.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

General Information:


1. We e-mail our monthly newsletter to anyone who requests it from Gene at boothecg@bellsouth.net. Gene also snail-mails our newsletter to those members who request it. Contact Gene if you would like to receive a newsletter in either format.

2. We are a group of people who enjoy paddling and also enjoy sharing our experiences with others. We are not a formal organization. Our intention is for safety to always be the first priority. It is up to each individual to decide for him/herself whether or not the paddling conditions for each event are within their enjoyment and skill range. Everyone must be responsible for their decision as to whether or not to participate in each event. The coordinator of the paddle should be able to assist with information on the expected paddle conditions. However, always remember that the weather and other conditions can, and quite often do, change both quickly and dramatically.

3. It is always a good idea to contact the trip coordinator for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to attend. They can contact you with important information, such as trip cancellation, etc. Also, thanks to the paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect rubbish along the way. They make it nicer for everyone.

Contact list:

If you want to get on our e-mail list, please e-mail Gene at boothecg@bellsouth.net.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this website, or want to post something on this website, please e-mail Bruce at bzboater@earthlink.net AND Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net AND Tommy at tommy@beebefarm.com. Whichever of us is in town and on-line at any given moment will take care of it ASAP.

Click here to go to the West Florida Canoe Club webpage.
Click here to go to the Paddlemobile "bulletin board" for MBCAKC members, where we post messages and photographs about club paddles, "slacker" paddles, just-plain-paddles, and whatever else we feel like posting about.

Sunday, September 23, 2001

Hi y'all. This is Bruce. I'm home infrequently, and rather randomly, these days. My employer lets me out of my box for 2-4 days at a time when operations permit it. Sometime ago, Bob Andrews put the idea in my head to look for access to Soldier Creek. Baldwin County provides information about streets with public water access. The trick is to match the Baldwin County Water Access list ( I passed out a dozen copies at one meeting) with a really good street map and go do some checking for ground truth. Julie has a really good map and a great sense of direction so we went out on reconnaisance.



On the first trip we tried going down county road (CR) 99 south of Lillian, Alabama. We found Perdido Bay Recreational Beach (#38 on the county list) which is attractive for picnics and hiking over some severely eroded clay cliffs, but the portage to the water might have to be done with a pack mule. It is a long way from the parking lot to the water over rather steep difficult terrain. The rappelling phrases "Belay on!" and "On belay" came to mind. So we continued south looking for one more water access (#37) at the end of CR 99. It was Randolf Drive, but the water access sign was missing and other signs saying "Private" and "keep out" were at the gate! Things that make me go Hmmmmm.



We took a heading back north and found our way over to CR 97. This road goes south from US Highway 98 to Perdido Beach, Alabama and T-intersects with Magnolia Road. Both CR 97 and Magnolia Road have several water access lanes, courtesy of Baldwin County Parks. These give us paddlers a way to reach soft water access without tresspassing. Generally these lanes are limited in parking space to 2-5 cars, but CR 97 has four good access lanes terminating on Palmetto Creek and Magnolia Road has two good and two so-so access lanes to Perdido Beach and Perdido Bay. The Magnolia Road access lanes are an easy paddle to either Palmetto Creek or Soldier Creek entrances.



The day was getting late and we wanted to paddle so we chose Baldwin Street access off CR 97 for our put in to Palmetto Creek. The put in is natural sand, but narrow. The lane is wider than most and quite long. A No Parking sign prohibits parking too close to the water, but it is ok to offload at the water's edge then back your vehicle away to the grassy shoulder of the lane. We took a right, heading north up Palmetto Creek. This is wide navigable water. We have to share, at least initially, with motor traffic. The shoreline is somewhat developed with landscaped yards and wide spacing between homes. About halfway up the creek, the water narrows but stays deep. The development falls behind us and we are in the woods. The water stays deep, 5 feet or so, and we wind our way up until a deadfall stops us. We headed back down the opposite shore in the late aftenoon sun. We started to look at Spring Branch but postponed that exploration until another day.



The second visit to this area, we put in at Mobile Avenue access off Magnolia Avenue. This put us into Perdido Bay about midway between the entrances to Soldier and Palmetto Creek. We chose this because it has the best beach slope for launching. As a bonus this access has a pair of breakwaters 20 feet off the sand which give a nice lee. If you have the Orange Beach Quadrangle Topo (7.5 minute series), this launch is near the upper right edge of the map just above the label "Perdido Beach". We paddled east along the shoreline listening to not so distant thunder. We stayed in close to shore to let the pines be the highest target, not us. At the entrance to Soldier Creek, we passed a fine beach at the tip of a natural sandy hook of land that protects the creek from seas and swell from Perdido Bay from entering full strength into the creek. This beach is privately owned.



Inside the Creek we were in wide calm deep water. The shoreline has nice homes. It's OK, but we wanted to see more than that. This Creek is mostly on the Perdido Bay Quadrangle (7.5 minute series). Coming around the second bend, we stopped at a really nice beach on the west side with a brown county parks sign. Next door to that park, across a gated fence, was a dock and ramp and signs threatening 6 weeks in jail for tresspassing. On the topo map, we located this county park, the only public access we could find on Soldier Creek. On the Perdido Bay Quad, this is near the upper left edge of the map near a 7 foot sounding label in Soldier Creek. On the map, a dirt road is marked heading east to the water and a red section line splits this road at the shore. Later we found by driving around that this is State Street (36 O on the county list), which is off CR 97 between Riggs and Baldwin Avenues.



The best part of Soldier Creek paddle is at the north end when you go off the top edge of the Perdido Bay Quadrangle map. The creek is deep, winding through the trees and gradually clearing and cooling in temperature. Julie was leading and I heard her say, "Wait, there's more!" at every bend. We continued up through forest which had no invasive plant species: no tallow trees, no kudzu, no Japanese ferns. We did see several stretches of white Alabama Azalea and deep carpets of native ferns. Finally when the water was only 4 feet wide we hit three deadfall trees that blocked the way. We had been paddling almost 4 hours up Soldier Creek. We backed out to the last bend to turnaround and retrace our way to the car.



Our third trip exploring this area covered Spring Branch, which is west of Palmetto Creek. The branch starts very wide and the south shore is developed with no public water access. The north shore is still undeveloped and pretty. At the west end some shallow water grassses and sedges make sheltered water. If you hold to the left (south) side, that is the way up stream. This is nearly as good as Soldier Creek. The water bends through the forest and I only saw one tallow tree. The rest of the plant life looked native. This branch ends in a 40 foot wide cul de sac with high banks and a view of a green grassy hill.



If you have not been over, I would suggest going first up Palmetto Creek for your first paddle. Then do the Spring Branch paddle and save Soldier Creek for a nice long day when you can go all the way up to the north end. Palmetto Creek Water park at the south end of CR 97 has boat ramp access, parking and picnic facilities as well as a port-a-let. See ya on the water.

Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Paddle Report: Ingram's Bayou, Monday, September 17

Four Slackers turned out for the Ingram's Bayou paddle - Peggy Crittendon, Bob Andrews, Joe Cropenski, and Larry McDuff. With miles of undeveloped coastline, this is probably the largest pristine area on the Alabama Gulf Coast..

Paddling south in a light chop from the put-in at the foot of County Road 95, we soon rounded the point and turned back to the north in smooth waters. Passing through the marshes at the head of Ingram's Bayou, we entered a spring-fed freshwater creek previously unknown even to Bob Andrews, who explored the creek to the limits of navigation where there was a beaver dam across the creek. Standing in the cool spring water we enjoyed grapes and cheese from Peggy's cooler.

On the return trip we took a little spray from the increasing northeast wind before entering Stone Quarry Bayou. We couldn't find the stone quarry, so we paddled up to Pirates Cove where we shared our meager snacks since the restaurant was closed on Mondays for the winter. A quick tour up Roberts Bayou completed the paddle.

Wildlife sightings included ospreys, blue herons, kingfishers, dolphins, a green heron, and a bald eagle. Other watercraft sightings included two or three powerboats, several sailboats, two barges, and no jet skis.

Respectfully submitted,
Larry McDuff

Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Fritz writes us that his "surprise paddle," already scheduled for Thursday, September 20, 2001, will be in Whiskey Ditch. Meet and launch behind Tensaw Eco Tours on the Causeway at 6:00 PM. Contact: Fritz Ingraham, 334-990-5987, phritz@bellsouth.net

Saturday, September 15, 2001

We have received the following e-mail from ruplec@gulftel.com:

I live down at Byrnes Lake.

If you have been down here lately, you have noticed that the pier has been rebuilt. Our next project is to try to get the parking area expanded and paved.

What I need is to get pictures of people using the area so I can go back before the County Commissioners for funding.

Please let me know if you know of any groups (kayaking, boating, canoeing, fishing, etc) that will be launching at Byrnes Lake Park.

Friday, September 14, 2001

Mike writes us:

Anyone wanting to join me at Fairhope Pier launch area for a workout Saturday morning at 0730, is welcome to participate in a fast (workout pace) paddle to Point Clear and back (6.2 nm). Average speed will be around 4 nm/hr. A short break at the point for water, etc and then return to pier area. There won't be much sightseeing and no planned meal afterward. If you arrive around 0730 there is no charge to enter the park.(They may have stopped charging by now anyway). I, and anyone accompanying me, will be leaving shore at 0800 sharp. Anyone interested contact me at 626-7915 or by email at: www.paddlefoot64@usa.net
Mike Predmore

Thursday, September 13, 2001

Gene writes us:

Count the Thursday, September 14 meeting in the Daphne Public Library to discuss the platforms in the delta, as being postponed. I cannot get verification on the meeting.

Remember to RSVP the Saturday, September 15 Party for the Platforms. This is for a good cause and the weather should be good. There is a lot of work involved, food to order, etc., and I understand that only a couple of club members have called in reservations. This is a good activity to support (to raise money for the Mobile-Tensaw Delta Canoe Trail) and is one that would benefit us directly. Contact Aven & Gary Warner for directions to their Dog River Home at 473-1819 . $10 per person. Rain Day Sun., Sept. 16.

On the Monday, September 17 Ingram's Bayou Paddle, contact Larry McDuff about camping out Sunday (not Friday) night.

Gene

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For a complete schedule of upcoming paddles, and for answers to frequently-asked questions, please see below on this web page.

Happy paddling, and God bless America!

Saturday, September 08, 2001

SEPTEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS - Revised!!

Changes in this edition: (1) The Ingrams Bayou paddle has been moved from 9/15 to 9/17 (to avoid conflict with the Paddle for the Platforms). (2) Tom Fink has provided us with detailed directions to the Bayou Heron paddle. Everything else stays the same. Happy paddling!

Paddle: Bayou Heron to Bayou La Batre
When: Sunday, September 9, 2001, 7:30 a.m.
Where: Put-in Bayou Heron Wildlife Reserve. We will meet at the landing at the end of Bayou Heron Road at 7:30 AM on Sunday Sept. 9, 2001. Take I10 West and get off at the Franklin Creek Road Exit (just over the border in Mississippi). Make a left on Franklin Creek Road (South) and take it to Route 90 (stay in center lane of FCR), go over Rt. 90 and then you are on Bayou Heron Road (a small sign at the beg. of the road will point to Grand Bay Wildlife Refuge). Proceed on Bayou Heron Road and make the first left you come to and go over the Railroad tracks (watch for trains!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and bear right. Now just proceed on Bayou Heron Road (about 3-4 miles off the top of my head) to the landing. It will be the landing straight ahead, not the one nearby on the right. After we unpack boats we will shuttle cars to Bayou le Batre.
Comments: The kayak mileage is about 9.6-10 statute miles. Lots of Islands to get out on. Still good to bring a skirt. The trip will be all day, esp. considering there is a long shuttle.
Contact: Tom Fink, 457-0325, tomjfink@home.com

Paddle: Boiling Creek
When: Wednesday, September 12, 2001
Contact: Bob Andrews, W/H= (334) 344-8664, C = (334) 367-4144

Paddle: Roll Class
When: Thursday, September 13, 2001, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Fairhope Yacht Club
Contact: Tom Swearengen: H = 937-3960 farm, W = 334-937 FARM, C= 334-610-7410, Fax = 334-937-3276 (Notify First); & Bob Andrews: H/W = (334) 344-8664, C= (334) 367-4144

Paddle: Party for the Platforms
When: Saturday, September 15, 2001 (Rain Day: Sunday, September 16)
Where: Aven & Gary Warner's Dog River Home - contact for directions
Comments: Join us for a cookout on Dog River to raise money for the Mobile-Tensaw
Delta Canoe Trail. Cost = $10.00 per person
Contact: Aven & Gary Warner, 473-1819 RSVP & directions

Paddle: Little Bateau
When: Sunday, September 16, 2001, 8:00 a.m.
Where: Meet at the public launch next to Texaco on the causeway (just east of Pier 4 restaurant).
Comments: A 12 mile paddle to Little Bateau in the heart of the lower delta. Moderate paced trip. Bring food, water, sunscreen, hat, and standard safety gear.
Contact: Matt Darring, 343-1196 (H), 341-1712 (W), iama@backpacker.com

Paddle: Ingram's Bayou
When: Saturday, September 17, 9:00 a.m.
Where: Put-in is at the south end of Baldwin County Highway 95 just below Pirate's Cove in Josephine.
Comments: This paddle tours some of the unspoiled land that will be developed if Orange Beach builds the bridge. We will paddle southwest along the shoreline and then northwest into Ingram's Bayou. At the upper end the bayou we will bear east and explore a cool, clear, spring-fed stream. After we return there are optional explorations of Stone Quarry Bayou and Robert's Bayou. Bring something to eat, but not too much that you won't enjoy a late lunch at Bob's favorite restaurant. I will probably be camping overnight if anyone wants to join me. Please call if you are planning to come so I will know who to call if we cancel because of hurricane season.
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582

Paddle: Fritz's Surprise
When: Thursday, September 20, 2001
Contact: Fritz Ingraham, 334-990-5987, phritz@bellsouth.net

Paddle: Upper Little River
When: Saturday, September 22, 2001, time to be announced
Where: Rendezvous: at Stagecoach Inn in Stockton (225 & 59), Put-in: Co. Rd.1 on Little River, Take-Out: Hwy 59
Level of paddle ability expected needed for trip: Beginning canoe or kayak
Expected Expenses: no launch fee
Comments: This is a scenic down river trip through shallow gravel and sandbars, lasting around 5 to 6 hours on the river. Bring lunch, drinks, and snacks.
Contact: Mark Vance 251 458-7574, vmarkandsunshine@aol.com

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

General Information:


1. We e-mail our monthly newsletter to anyone who requests it from Gene at boothecg@bellsouth.net. Gene also snail-mails our newsletter to those members who request it. Contact Gene if you would like to receive a newsletter in either format.

2. We are a group of people who enjoy paddling and also enjoy sharing our experiences with others. We are not a formal organization. Our intention is for safety to always be the first priority. It is up to each individual to decide for him/herself whether or not the paddling conditions for each event are within their enjoyment and skill range. Everyone must be responsible for their decision as to whether or not to participate in each event. The coordinator of the paddle should be able to assist with information on the expected paddle conditions. However, always remember that the weather and other conditions can, and quite often do, change both quickly and dramatically.

3. It is always a good idea to contact the trip coordinator for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to attend. They can contact you with important information, such as trip cancellation, etc. Also, thanks to the paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect rubbish along the way. They make it nicer for everyone.

Contact list:

If you want to get on our e-mail list, please e-mail Gene at boothecg@bellsouth.net.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this website, or want to post something on this website, please e-mail Bruce at bzboater@earthlink.net AND Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net AND Tommy at tommy@beebefarm.com. Whichever of us is in town and on-line at any given moment will take care of it ASAP.

Click here to go to the West Florida Canoe Club webpage.
Click here to go to the Paddlemobile "bulletin board" for MBCAKC members, where we post messages and photographs about club paddles, "slacker" paddles, just-plain-paddles, and whatever else we feel like posting about.

Thursday, September 06, 2001

SEPTEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Paddle: Weeks Bay to Magnolia River
When: Thursday September 6, 6 pm.
Where: Meet at Pelican Point. All are invited, travel along the east side of Weeks Bay, up the Magnolia River and back for dinner at Pelican Point.
Directions: About 10 miles south of Fairhope on the end of county road 1. Take hwy 98 through Fairhope. Take the turn to the east as 98 dead ends and takes a turn. Look for Hwy 27 south - the first major road after the turn east onto 98, about 3 - 5 miles past the turn. Follow 27 to dead end - take a left (county road 1) and travel to end of road (about 1/2 mile). Nice beach to launch from. An easy paddle, with the exception of strong winds at times. Great view of the sunset.
Contact: Harriet King, 251-928-4568, hvk1457@aol.com

Paddle: Bayou Heron to Bayou La Batre
When: Sunday, September 9, 2001, 7:30 a.m.
Where: Put-in Bayou Heron Wildlife Reserve.
Contact: Tom Fink, 457-0325, tomjfink@home.com

Paddle: Boiling Creek
When: Wednesday, September 12, 2001
Contact: Bob Andrews, W/H= (334) 344-8664, C = (334) 367-4144

Paddle: Roll Class
When: Thursday, September 13, 2001, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Fairhope Yacht Club
Contact: Tom Swearengen: H = 937-3960 farm, W = 334-937 FARM, C= 334-610-7410, Fax = 334-937-3276 (Notify First); & Bob Andrews: H/W = (334) 344-8664, C= (334) 367-4144

Paddle: Ingram's Bayou
When: Saturday, September 15, 9:00 a.m.
Where: Put-in is at the south end of Baldwin County Highway 95 just below Pirate's Cove in Josephine.
Comments: This paddle tours some of the unspoiled land that will be developed if Orange Beach builds the bridge. We will paddle southwest along the shoreline and then northwest into Ingram's Bayou. At the upper end the bayou we will bear east and explore a cool, clear, spring-fed stream. After we return there are optional explorations of Stone Quarry Bayou and Robert's Bayou. Bring something to eat, but not too much that you won't enjoy a late lunch at Bob's favorite restaurant. I will probably be camping on the beach below the put-in Friday night if anyone wants to join me. Please call if you are planning to come so I will know who to call if we cancel because of hurricane season.
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582

Paddle: Party for the Platforms
When: Saturday, September 15, 2001 (Rain Day: Sunday, September 16)
Where: Aven & Gary Warner's Dog River Home - contact for directions
Comments: Join us for a cookout on Dog River to raise money for the Mobile-Tensaw
Delta Canoe Trail. Cost = $10.00 per person
Contact: Aven & Gary Warner, 473-1819 RSVP & directions

Paddle: Little Bateau

When: Sunday, September 16, 2001, 8:00 a.m.
Where: Meet at the public launch next to Texaco on the causeway (just east of Pier 4 restaurant).
Comments: A 12 mile paddle to Little Bateau in the heart of the lower delta. Moderate paced trip. Bring food, water, sunscreen, hat, and standard safety gear.
Contact: Matt Darring, 343-1196 (H), 341-1712 (W), iama@backpacker.com

Paddle: Fritz's Surprise
When: Thursday, September 20, 2001
Contact: Fritz Ingraham, 334-990-5987, phritz@bellsouth.net

Paddle: Upper Little River
When: Saturday, September 22, 2001, time to be announced
Where: Rendezvous: at Stagecoach Inn in Stockton (225 & 59), Put-in: Co. Rd.1 on Little River, Take-Out: Hwy 59
Level of paddle ability expected needed for trip: Beginning canoe or kayak
Expected Expenses: no launch fee
Comments: This is a scenic down river trip through shallow gravel and sandbars, lasting around 5 to 6 hours on the river. Bring lunch, drinks, and snacks.
Contact: Mark Vance 251 458-7574, vmarkandsunshine@aol.com