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.

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.

Friday, January 31, 2003

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, February 4, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Lee Yokel of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program and Leslie Hartman of the Marine Resources Division will be there to give a presentation and answer questions about the derelict crab trap removal project on March 15, 2003. Matt Darring will also be there to show us his camping gear and answer questions about what to bring, etc.
Flash Paddle : Oyster Bay
Date: Sunday Feb 2, 2003
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: Meet and put in at the bridge over Bon Secour Canal near the intersection of County Roads 4 and 6.
Directions: Take highway 59 south. You can take a turnoff at CR 6 west and drive to CR 4, or continue south on 59 and turn right before the bridge over the intracoastal waterway. Take County Road 4 (Oyster Bay Road) west to CR 6.
Contact: Frank 945-5504 or Bruce 625-2156
Comments: This trip features a visit to Oyster Bay in Baldwin County, small creeks, a side trip into the Bon Secour River, and near the put in we'll look for the remains of a Civil War era salt works. Bring lunch.

Wednesday, January 29, 2003


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

General Information:


1. Our monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Anybody and everybody is welcome to attend. There is no charge. The typical meeting lasts two hours. We start with a review of the previous month’s paddles, continue with plans for and announcements of paddles for the next month, and end with a presentation. Presentations may include slide shows of past paddling trips by club members, member reviews of paddling gear, and safety and skills presentations.

2. If you e-mail a request to jrobber@worldnet.att.net, Julie will put you on the club’s e-mail list. You will receive a monthly newsletter, which includes a calendar of events, and e-mail notices of “flash paddles” i.e., club paddles that are planned and announced on short notice. (If you used to be on Gene’s e-mail list for the club and are wondering why you suddenly stopped receiving club e-mails, it’s because Gene’s e-mail list suddenly died. You need to “re-subscribe” by e-mailing Julie, if you want to get on the new e-mail list for the club.)

3. We are a group of people who enjoy paddling and sharing our experiences with others. We are not a formal organization. There are no dues, no application forms, no membership lists. All you have to do to "join" our "club" is show up at a paddle, come to a meeting, or just decide you're a member.

4. Our intention is for safety to always be the first priority. It is up to each individual to decide for him/herself whether the paddling conditions for each event are within their enjoyment and skill range. Everyone must be responsible for their decision whether 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. (In other words, paddle at your own risk.)

5. You should always contact the trip coordinator for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to attend. If they don’t know you are coming, trip leaders cannot contact you with changes in plans or cancellations, and you may find yourself waiting alone in a parking lot while the rest of us are off having fun somewhere else.

6. 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 would like to subscribe to the club e-mail list, or if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this website, please e-mail Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

Click here to go to the website of the West Florida Canoe Club. (I have heard a rumor the WFCC has or is about to put a new website on-line. If you know the new web address, please send it to Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net.)

Click here to go to the website for the Bartram Canoe Trail.

Click here to go to the MBCAKC’s archive of “trip reports” on past paddles. This website ranges from the informative to the poetic, and sometimes includes links to maps. You are encouraged to submit trip reports of whatever genre, as well as your favorite links.

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Reminder: Permit for Boiling Creek

A current permit is required to paddle Boiling Creek in Eglin Air Force Base. The permits are good from 1 October to 30 September. They cost $5.00. You get a map along with the permit that is worth more than the fee.

Request the Recreational Permit, which is the one for paddling. You can get the permit from one of the gates or by mail. Permits may be obtained from the Jackson Guard Office (Natural Resources Branch), located at Highway 85 North, Niceville FL 32578 (850) 882-4164. The mailing address is:

Eglin Natural Resources Branch
107 Highway 85 North
Niceville, FL 32578

For each permit requested, send a photocopy of either a driver’s license or identification card which contains full name, current address (including zip code), current phone number, and date of birth. Specify the type of permit (recreational) desired. Be prepared to wait three weeks for delivery (though recent turn-arounds have been only a few days). Payments can be by personal check, money order, or cashiers check made payable to DFAS-LI Eglin AFB. Cash is not accepted.
FLASH PADDLE: Overnight on the Perdido River
Date: Saturday, February 1 through Sunday, February 2
Contact: Bob Andrews h) 344-8664 cell) 367-4144
Comments: This will be an overnight trip, so you'll need to plan your food and gear. Call Bob for details about time and place.

Sunday, January 26, 2003

VOLUNTEER WATER MONITORS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed by the Weeks Bay Reserve to take water samples every two weeks on the various streams in Baldwin County at designated locations throughout the county. New volunteers are trained, certified and provided with a test kit for sampling five different test parameters of the water. No special training or experience is required for each new prospective monitor will be trained and certified at the reserve for this work.

If you think that you might be interested in getting involved in improving our water environment by monitoring the streams of lower Baldwin County, contact: Mile Shelton at 928-9792 or at Frank Laraway 945-5504.

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program
Saturday, March 15, 2003


Crab traps have been used extensively in local waters since the 1950s. Each year an estimated 20 –50% of these traps become lost due to storms, broken lines and neglect. These traps can continue to fish causing crabs and fish to be trapped and die needlessly. The traps are unsightly, can damage boats, and may cause personal injury.

A two-phased pilot program was implemented in Alabama in June 2002 to address the derelict trap problem. For the first 7 days of the 2002 shrimping season, the shrimping fleet was permitted to remove derelict traps from deep water and disposed of them in dumpsters provided by the Alabama Marine Resources Division (AMRD). On June15, 2002, shallow water and marsh edges were patrolled by volunteer organizations. A total of 477 derelict traps were removed during the summer clean-up and five diamondback terrapins, 51 blue crabs, 1 striped mullet and 17 mud crabs were released alive.

The AMRD and Mobile Bay National Estuary Program are joined again to clean Alabama coastal waters. On Saturday, March 15, 2003 all crab traps within 500 yards of the shoreline will be considered marine litter and can be removed and disposed of by volunteers in dumpsters provided by Mobile Bay NEP. Taking of a crab trap at any other time or location can be considered theft of property unless authorized by the Alabama Marine Resources Division.

Many of the traps are in water too shallow for powerboats to reach. However, canoes and kayaks would be able to reach these traps in shallow water. The most efficient crew would be a team of one boat and several canoes or kayaks to pick up these traps in a designated area.

For further information, see http://www.mobilebaynep.com

If you would like to help, please contact:
Leslie Hartman AMRD 861-2882
Lee Yokel Mobile Bay NEP 431-6409

Monday, January 20, 2003

Gene writes us:

I get mail from the Community Earth Network and Sierra Club. They both had this Monroe Park/Choctaw Point note. It might be interesting to attend and others in the club might want to also. I may go Saturday, February 8. Here's the info:

Monroe Park/Choctaw Point
Monroe Park used to the end of the trolley line and the beginning of an entertainment area like none other. Set on the coast of Mobile Bay, it would make the perfect area for recreation, but the State Docks wants to turn it into a container facility. The local Sierra Club has made keeping Monroe Park one of their main issues over the last several months. Now the State Docks is offering a tour of this area, as well as Choctaw Point, and it's a great opportunity to not only view this endangered piece of greenlands property, but to also have a chance at talking to those involved in the fight over it.

The visitation dates are Thursday, January 30, 2003 and Saturday, February 8, 2003. The tours will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The tour will assemble at 8:45 a.m. in the lobby of the International Trade Center, located at 250 N Water Street; parking is available in the Trade Center's parking lot. Reservations are required; contact Mary
Mullins at Mary@bellwether-group.com or 433-3993 (ext 201) to reserve your space. Mary has also said that if spots fill up too quickly, they will make more tours so everyone can go.

The Sierra Club has chosen to visit on the 30th; the Community Earthians are planning a tour on the 8th.

Monday, January 13, 2003

Click here to read a report by Aven on the dedication of the Bartram Canoe Trail.

Sunday, January 12, 2003

Click here to read a trip report by Bruce on yesterday's paddle on Palmetto Creek.

Saturday, January 11, 2003

Bob Andrews announced at the last meeting that Tony Chavers of Fairhope Boat (and a club member) has opened another boat shop, this one in Pensacola. It's called Pensacola Kayak, and it's on Bayou Chico. (Bayou Chico is a pretty cool paddle, too -- Bruce and I did it this fall.)

We've also heard from another club member who's in the paddling biz:
Tony Kramer writes us:

I just wanted to get the word out to the MBCAKC that anyone wanting to come up to Atlanta and do some paddling on Lake Jocassee or Lake Fontana this winter I will offer special deals to club members. I am also offering some cold weather classes to get those hardcore paddlers on the water year round. Anyone wanting more info about the trips and classes can check out my web site at: www.theseakayaker.com

Some pages are still under construction but the tours page, with details about the Jocassee and Fontana trips, is up and running.

Thanks.

The Sea Kayaker
Sea Kayak Adventures
Guided Tours & Instruction
Tony Kramer
770-403-8346
www.theseakayaker.com
Tony@theseakayaker.com

Wednesday, January 08, 2003

JANUARY 2003 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

January 10, Friday: Formal dedication of Bartram Canoe Trail
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: French's Lake Coastal Acess Kiosk
Comments: We are grateful to Keith Gaulden of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for coming to our meeting last night, presenting a program on the Bartram Canoe Trail, and inviting us to the formal dedication of the trail this Friday. To get to French's Lake Public-Use Kiosk, travel north from I-65 on Highway 59 appproximately 12 miles north of Stockton, following the signs to Upper Delta Wildlife Management Area. An Upper Delta Management Area sign will direct you to turn left off Highway 59 and on to St. Luke Church Road. Remain on St. Luke Church Road until directed to turn left onto a gravel road by the French's Lake Kiosk sign. Remain on this main gravel road, passing through the main silver gate of the Upper Delta Wildlife Management Area, taking the second gravel road on the right delineated by a French's Lake Kiosk sign. Follow this gravel road to the end and you will be at the French's Lake Coastal Access Kiosk.

January 11, Saturday: Palmetto Creek
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Meet at the giant strawberry in front of the vegetable stand on Highway 98, between Elberta and Lillian
Contact: Bruce Zimmerman, bzboater@earthlink.net, 625-2156
Comments: This is an easy paddle, maybe two or three hours long, depending on whether we decide to go up Spring Branch. After paddling through a bit of developed area, we will enjoy winding, undeveloped creeks in South Baldwin County.

January 19-20, Sunday-Monday: Overnight in the Delta
Time: ask Matt
Place: Meet at the Stagecoach Inn at Stockton. We will put in at Rice Creek.
Contact: Matt Darring, iama@backpacker.com, h) 343-1196, w) 341-1712
Comments: Matt led an exploratory paddle to check out this campsite in the Delta in October, and it's a good one, but space is limited, so you need to sign up with Matt if you plan to go. Even if you can't stay overnight, you are welcome to join in on the day's paddle on Sunday. Note that this is a three-day weekend. Go to www.paddlereport.blogspot.com/ to read Bruce's paddle report on the October trip to this campsite.

January 19, Sunday: Point Clear Paddle
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Put in and take out at the beach area just north of the Fairhope Pier boat ramp, which is just north of the Fairhope Municipal Pier.
Contact: Rob Nykvist, robert@rowesurveying.com, w) 666-2766, cell) 455-4699
Comments: This will be a 3 or 4 hour paddle from the boat ram at the Fairhope Pier to the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, about 7-8 miles round trip. Sunset is at 5:18 p.m., so bring at least one white light just in case. Also bring whatever food and beverages you would like, for a picnic by the Grand Hotel. We will be paddling into the sun for a good part of the trip, so bring sunglasses. The required skill level depends on weather conditions -- this paddle will be easy if there is no wind, but you should have some self-rescue skills if you're planning to paddle in open water in more challenging weather. Rob plans a leisurely pace of about 2 mph. CONTACT ROB if you plan to attend. He may cancel for weather or take an alternate route from Fairhope Yacht Club up Fly Creek, and you won't know about it unless you're in communication with Rob.

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There will be a roll, self-rescue, and skills class in February, but Bob has to coordinate with Homestead Village (our hosts with the heated pool) and Jeff (his fellow teacher) before he can tell us when it will be. Stay tuned to this website for further details as they become available.

Bob will also lead a "surprise paddle," this month, and Bruce is planning to lead some flash paddles while he's off work. We will post and e-mail announcements as these plans develop.

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The next regular club meeting will be on Tuesday, February 4, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.

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Go to www.paddlereport.blogspot.com/ to read a trip report by Bruce on our recent paddle on the Chasshowitzka River in Florida.

Monday, January 06, 2003

The Baldwin Register for January 6, 2003 has on the front page an article outlining a dispute over public access to the waterfront in Perdido Beach, Alabama along Bay Avenue. The Baldwin County Commission is to vote Tuesday on whether to send a legal representative to the Baldwin Circuit Judge to seek his help.

How does this affect us? Bay Avenue parallels the beach at Perdido Bay. It has four lanes perpendicular to it that have water access marked by the county. These accesses are threatened by encroachment by the property owners on either side of the access lanes. Three fine bodies of water, Soldiers Creek, Perdido Bay, and Palmetto Creek are all accessible from here as well as the sand beach. Where private property owners block the lanes with permanent structures, we the public lose the access to the water.

We have already lost one of the few accesses to the Perdido Bay south of Lillian. These access lanes are the next ones down the coast.

I'll bring a copy of the article to the kayak club meeting tomorrow night. The Baldwin Register is a section of the Mobile Press that is included in the papers sold in Baldwin County.
Carl Hlavenka writes us:

I am looking for a handheld waterproof weather radio and/or VHF Radio. If anyone has these and are willing to part with them, I can give them a good home. Thanks, Carl
chlavenka@hotmail.com

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

General Information:


1. Our monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Anybody and everybody is welcome to attend. There is no charge. The typical meeting lasts two hours. We start with a review of the previous month’s paddles, continue with plans for and announcements of paddles for the next month, and end with a presentation. Presentations may include slide shows of past paddling trips by club members, member reviews of paddling gear, and safety and skills presentations.

2. If you e-mail a request to jrobber@worldnet.att.net, Julie will put you on the club’s e-mail list. You will receive a monthly newsletter, which includes a calendar of events, and e-mail notices of “flash paddles” i.e., club paddles that are planned and announced on short notice. (If you used to be on Gene’s e-mail list for the club and are wondering why you suddenly stopped receiving club e-mails, it’s because Gene’s e-mail list suddenly died. You need to “re-subscribe” by e-mailing Julie, if you want to get on the new e-mail list for the club.)

3. We are a group of people who enjoy paddling and sharing our experiences with others. We are not a formal organization. There are no dues, no application forms, no membership lists. All you have to do to "join" our "club" is show up at a paddle, come to a meeting, or just decide you're a member.

4. Our intention is for safety to always be the first priority. It is up to each individual to decide for him/herself whether the paddling conditions for each event are within their enjoyment and skill range. Everyone must be responsible for their decision whether 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. (In other words, paddle at your own risk.)

5. You should always contact the trip coordinator for any paddling trip to let them know if you plan to attend. If they don’t know you are coming, trip leaders cannot contact you with changes in plans or cancellations, and you may find yourself waiting alone in a parking lot while the rest of us are off having fun somewhere else.

6. 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 would like to subscribe to the club e-mail list, or if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this website, please e-mail Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net.

Click here to go to the website of the West Florida Canoe Club. (I have heard a rumor the WFCC has or is about to put a new website on-line. If you know the new web address, please send it to Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net.)

Click here to go to the website for the Bartram Canoe Trail.

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Sunday, January 05, 2003

!!!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!!!!!!

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, January 7, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club.

After the usual planning and reviews of paddling trips, this month's program will be presented by Keith Gauldin of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Some of you may remember that Keith stopped by one of our recent meetings to tell us about progress on the Bartram Canoe Trail, on which he has personally been working. He is returning to this month's meeting to tell us about the official "grand opening" of the trail, and to show us some slides.

A lot of you have written me to ask about the Bartram Canoe Trail. If you want the latest information, you need to come to this meeting.