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Friday, December 13, 2002

Flash Paddle: Bruce's Cookie Paddle
Byrnes Lake to Gravine Island (then around the island)

Date: Sunday, December 15, 2002
Place: Meet in the parking lot of Bruno's in Spanish Fort. Bruce will leave Bruno's at 10 a.m. to go to the put-in at Byrnes Lake Park on C.R. 225. To get to Byrnes Lake from Spanish Fort, go north on county road 225 past Blakeley State Park. A large green metal sign on a brick wall on the left hand side (west side) of the road marks the turnoff. Turn left and follow the main dirt road to the park.
Contact: Bruce (251) 625-2156
Comments: Byrnes Lake Park is a Baldwin County park with free access to the water. No sanitary facilities. Dock, cement boat ramp, and soft bank on Byrnes Lake. Gravine Island is in the Tensaw River west of Byrnes Lake. The north side has a white sand hill which will be our picnic place. Bring lunch. Bruce will bring cookies to share. (Bruce makes great cookies.) (Really great cookies :-)

A light wind is forecast but the temperature is forecast to be in the 50's to low 60's. A rising tide is forecast, which may reduce the river current.

This is an easy paddle for beginners; it just takes time. It takes about 45 minutes to get to the island on a fair day, then Bruce plans to paddle south around the west and south sides of Gravine Island after the picnic.