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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.

Thursday, February 28, 2002

Soldier's Creek Paddle Picture on WKRG-5
Leana Hanson of WKRG-5 paddled with us on Soldier's Creek Sunday, February 17th. Her station will air a picture of the paddle this Friday morning from 6-7 AM. Something worth waking up for! Thanks, Leana!

Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Mr. P. Dreger writes us:

My family and I are planning on a trip to LA during the 2nd week in April. We have some experience but are not in any way experienced paddlers. Can you recommend any good trips in and around Mobile Bay and any guides willing to take trips out in the middle of the week? Any help greatly appreciated. E-mail:



General Information:

1. We e-mail our monthly newsletter to anyone who requests it from Gene at 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. There are no dues, no application forms, no membership lists (other than Gene's e-mail list). All you have to do to "join" our "club" is send Gene your e-mail address, show up at a paddle, come to a meeting, or just decide you're a member.

3. 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.

4. 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

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this website, or want to post something on this website, please e-mail Julie at

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.

Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Melanie Beiser has sold her Twin Otter thanks to our club kayak broker. Thanks again, Harriet!

Monday, February 25, 2002

Sandra Oliver writes us:

I would like to buy one or two "recreational" or "light touring" kayaks. Single or double. Appropriate for young teenager or adult. E-mail

Thursday, February 14, 2002

Fritz's Sunday Surprise Paddle

Date: Sunday, February 17
Time: 9:30 A.M.
Meeting Place: The Giant Strawberry at the farmer's market west of the Foley Beach Express on Highway 98.
Coordinator: Fritz Ingraham. Please RSVP at 990-5987 (leave a message) or my cell phone 680-8928.
Comments:Have saw, will paddle. We will meet at the Strawberry and caravan to the launch. This will be an easy two to three hour paddle. Bring snacks, fluid of choice, and possibly lunch. We may do another paddle after lunch if anyone is interested.
Please Call if You Plan to Come!

Friday, February 08, 2002

My home phone number is 990-5987, not 990-6987. Sorry.

Thursday, February 07, 2002

Flash paddle: Upper Bay Minette Creek

Date: Friday, February 8
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Meeting place: Bruno's in Spanish Fort
Trip leaders: Bruce and Frank, but the easiest person to get in touch with will be me, Julie, on my cell phone, 422-8138, so please RSVP with me.
Comments: Meet us at Bruno's and we'll lead you to the put-in at Bromley. Protected waters, very easy paddling, mostly undeveloped. Plan on spending 2-3 hours. Bring lunch and/or snacks.

Tuesday, February 05, 2002

Many thanks to Roger Clay of the Alabama Wildlife and Fisheries Department for his presentation at tonight's meeting about birds nesting on Gaillard Island.


A friendly reminder: If you plan to come on a paddling trip, please call the "contact" for the trip and tell him or her you plan to come. Otherwise, we can't tell you about last-minute changes due to weather or illness (or whim :-) If you do not tell the trip coordinator that you are planning to come, then don't be surprised if you are "stood up" and left waiting at a dock or in a parking lot when the trip is rescheduled or moved.

Also, if you tell a trip coordinator you are going to participate in a paddling trip, and then you realize at the last minute that you can't come after all, please call the trip coordinator to cancel. Even if you just leave a message on voice mail, you could be saving the coordinator a lot of trouble and your fellow paddlers a lot of delay with this simple courtesy.


Rib Night (with a strong possibility of paddling)
Date: Thursday, February 7
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Meeting place: The Oasis Truck Stop off I-10 halfway between Fairhope and Pensacola, at the highway 64 exit
Contact: Lisa home: 471-2050, cell: 689-3934
Comments: Call Lisa to find out whether there will be an afternoon paddle before dinner. Then meet at 6:00 at the Oasis to go to dinner at Corky's Memphis Barbecue in Pensacola.

Paddle: Sepulga River
Date: Sunday, February 10
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: the Hardee's in Evergreen, Alabama
Contact: Mark, 458-7574
Comments: This is a good whitewater paddle for beginners, appropriate for short kayaks and downriver canoes. It is not recommended for touring kayaks. If there is flooding on the Sepulga, this paddle may relocate, so it is important for you to contact the trip coordinator, Mark, if you want to come.

Fritz' Surprise Paddle
Date: Sunday, February 17
Contact: Fritz, 990-5987,
Comments: That's all you need to know. It's soon, it will be fun, everybody will be there, call Fritz.

Bob's Surprise Paddle
Date: Wednesday, February 20
Contact: Bob Andrews h/w: 344-8664; cell: 367-4144
Comments: As usual, Bob's monthly "surprise paddle" will probably last all day. The only way you can find out the time and meeting-place is by calling Bob. (Hint: Bob knows the area waters better than anyone reading this, and you will always have a good time on his paddles.)

Roll Class
Date: Thursday, February 21
Time: 7 - 9 p.m. SHARP.
Contact: Bob Andrews h/w: 344-8664; cell: 367-4144
Place: Homestead Village Pool
Comments: This is a heated, indoor pool. You will learn rolls and other safety skills from experts. Even if you don't plan to roll yourself, you will still learn a lot from simply watching the class. We need about ten people to make this cost-effective, and non-participants who attend just to watch should expect to pay the course fee, so please notify Bob if you plan to come. (Ten participants can expect to pay about $10 a head, which is, like, FREE, compared to a typical class on kayaking skills.) Clean your boat before you come (including a dry wipe-down) and wear the clothes you plan to roll in.


We also have an unusual number of paddles scheduled in advance for March and April -- including overnight paddles in the Sipsey Wilderness in Alabama the last week of March and on the Okatoma River near Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Easter Weekend -- but I'm too tired to write all the details right now. Stay tuned to this website for further details.

Monday, February 04, 2002

Keep your eye on the web page for the First Annual Dog Paddle for news about this event on Saturday, May 18, 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

!!!!!!!!!!!!MONTHLY MEETING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 5, 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. We meet the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place. I post the monthly calendar of events on this webpage shortly after each meeting.

Friday, February 01, 2002

Flash Paddle: Brynes Lake to Gravine Island

Date: Sunday, February 03
Time: 9:30 AM
Meeting Place: Bruno's in Spanish Fort
Paddle from Byrnes Lake to Gravine Island for lunch. There should be two new kayaks to check out on this paddle. Come satisfy your curiousity!
Please leave a message on my machine if plan to come!
Phone--- 990-5987