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, May 30, 2003

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER: Potluck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The June meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, June 3, at the Fairhope Yacht Club, at 7:00 p.m. It's time for another potluck at the gazebo outside the FYC. If this is your first meeting, you picked a good one to attend, because there will be plenty of opportunities to meet people and get information, in addition to the usual planning and review of club paddles. Don't feel like you have to bring food to be welcome -- there is usually more food than we can eat at these events -- but feel free to contribute a covered dish or some munchies if you would like. Also feel free to bring your choice of beverages.

Some of us like to paddle before these meetings. There's a choice of put-ins and a nice, short paddle up Fly Creek right by the gazebo, or you can go out into the Bay.

The gazebo is on the beach outside the FYC where we hold our regular monthly meetings on the first of Tuesday of each month (same time, same place, except we usually meet inside the FYC).

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As I post this, I see that the links to our archives have disappeared again. Blogger advises that they are doing some upgrades on the Blogger program and the Blogspot host, so this webpage may act funny for a couple of weeks. If the archive links don't spontaneously reappear soon (which they usually do after these disappearing acts), I will re-post them.
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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 was suddenly and unexpectedly destroyed by his computer. 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. What should you bring? You should bring a PFD and water on every paddle. You should also bring whatever you think you’ll need in the way of snacks or meals, if anything. If we will be on the water after dark, you must bring a single, white light. We also appreciate paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect litter along the way. They make it nicer for everyone.

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Contact list and links:

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.

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

Click here to go the website for the U.S. Geological Survey, where you can download free maps.

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 a photograph, your full name, current address (including zip code), current phone number, and date of birth. Specify the type of permit (recreational) desired. (As an alternative to a photo-i.d., you can send last year’s permit, if you have one.) 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.

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Request for Volunteers:
May 31, Saturday: Pelican Pointe Triathlon


As previously announced, the Pelican Point Triathlon is this Saturday. Last year our club provided about ten members with kayaks to help monitor the swim portion of the race. They need our help again this year, and only three paddlers have signed up so far.

The race is on Saturday, May 31st, located at the Pelican Point Grill in Fairhope, Alabama, down by the mouth of Weeks Bay. They have arranged a special area for the kayakers to park and launch. Signs will direct people to the parking area. They would like volunteers to be there between 6:15 and 6:30am.

The race starts with a swim at 7:00 am. Search and Rescue will be there to deal with any serious problems. The kayaks are there for flotation if someone needs to rest, and to keep swimmers on course. After the swim is completed (~8:15 am) the kayakers are welcome to hang around and watch the race and stay for the post race party (~11:00). They expect to have T-shirts for the volunteers.

Contact the Pollocks for details and to sign up to help at 251-621-3908 or carotop111@aol.com.

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Liz writes us:
Question for the group:
Has anyone paddled the Rice Creek - Indian Mound Day Trail this time of year? How is it? Is it hard to find your way in? How is the wild life? I want to go before it gets too hot.
Liz
lizziesgarden@mchsi.com
Click on http://www.paddlereport.blogspot.com/ to read a trip report by Bruce on a flooded timber paddle from Upper Bryants Landing.
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I have heard from several America OnLine subscribers, reporting that AOL has resumed delivery of club e-mails. Thanks AOL, and thanks for your patience, club members.

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Flash Paddle: Overnight Trip to Horn Island
Rob Nykvist writes us:

Interested in an overnight paddle to Horn Island? The present idea is to leave Saturday morning from the Pascagoula area (launch site not yet determined) and paddle to Horn Island, camp out Saturday night and then return Sunday afternoon. The paddle is in the Gulf of Mexico across 10 miles of open water. I have no idea if there are a lot of bugs on the island or not.

Current Pascagoula forecast: Saturday North winds 10 knots becoming variable 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 feet subsiding to 1 foot. A light chop becoming smooth in protected waters. Sunday Variable winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south 10 knots. Seas 1 foot building to 2 feet. Smooth becoming a light chop in protected waters. Temperatures in the 80s during the day, Mid 60s at night.

If anyone is interested in a Saturday-Saturday night-Sunday overnight paddle, contact Rob Nykvist at (251) 455-4699.

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As far as I know, America On Line is still not delivering club e-mails to AOL customers. If you are an AOL customer who is not receiving club e-mails, click here to read about the problem and how you may be able to help. If you are an AOL customer who IS currently receiving club e-mails in a timely manner, please e-mail me (Julie) at jrobber@worldnet.att.net to tell me so. I would very much like to know if and when AOL resumes delivering club e-mails to AOL customers.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Larry Mickelsen writes us:
I have spotted a 2002 Preception "Aurora" for sale by owner. It is a tandem, yellow in color, and the sign says it has only been used four times. The boat looks brand new, it has a rudder and two paddles, I think made by Northwester. This kayak is on the southwest corner of Highway 98 (Greeno Road) and Edward Avenue, between Fairhope Avenue and Gayfer Avenue.The sign says he paid $999 and is asking $760. If someone wants a nice looking double this maybe a good deal. Red Boat Mickelsen

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Click on http://paddlereport.blogspot.com/ to read a trip report by Bruce on Bob's full moon paddle in Bay Minette Bay and environs.

Friday, May 16, 2003

John Woodham has a Perception Wave Hopper racing kayak for sale, in very good shape. Contact John at woodhamj@iaibaldwin.com if you are interested.

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Click on http://paddlereport.blogspot.com to read a trip report by Bruce on the Ingrams Bayou paddle that Larry McDuff recently led.

Monday, May 12, 2003

Paddle Announcement: Bob's Full Moon Paddle
Date: Thursday, May 15
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: meet at Buzbee's Fish Camp, on Highway 225 just south of (and under) the bridge over Bay Minette Creek
Contact: Bob Andrews, 344-8664 cell: 367-4144
Comments: This will be the night of the full moon. In addition to the usual safety equipment, bring a single white light -- a flashlight is fine. There is a $3 charge to put in at Buzbee's.

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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. What should you bring? You should bring a PFD and water on every paddle. You should also bring whatever you think you’ll need in the way of snacks or meals, if anything. If we will be on the water after dark, you must bring a single, white light. We also appreciate paddlers who choose to carry a trash bag to collect litter along the way. They make it nicer for everyone.

Contact list and links:

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.

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

Click here to go the website for the U.S. Geological Survey, where you can download free maps.

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 a photograph, your full name, current address (including zip code), current phone number, and date of birth. Specify the type of permit (recreational) desired. (As an alternative to a photo-i.d., you can send last year’s permit, if you have one.) 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.

Sunday, May 11, 2003

Click on http://paddlereport.blogspot.com to read a trip report by Bruce regarding his recent exploration of West Fowl River.

Friday, May 09, 2003

Flash Paddle: Rice Creek to Fishers Lake
Date: Saturday, May 10
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: meet in the parking lot of Stagecoach Restaraunt in Stockton
Contact: Fritz - cell phone: 680-8928
Comments: This paddle is a club favorite. Fritz will lead us from the Stagecoach to the put-in at Rice Creek, then we will paddle through some beautiful Delta bayous to secluded Fishers Lake. Wear your swimming clothes if you want to cool off in a swimming hole where we will stop on the way back.

Thursday, May 08, 2003

Flash Paddle: EASTERN SHORE PADDLE
Date: Saturday, May 10, 2003
Depart Time: 5:00 p.m.
Return Time: Sunset.
Launch Site: Fairhope Yacht Club.
Take-Out Site: Same as Launch Site.
Restrooms: There are restrooms near the launch site.
Launch Fee: Free
Trip Distance: 5-6 miles round trip.
Trip Route: Paddle south for about an hour toward Point Clear and then turn around and paddle back.
Trip Speed: Leisurely pace (about 2 mph).
Recommended Paddler Level: Beginners and Up.
Gear: Usual safety gear.
Conditions: If waves are big, alternate inland paddle route is from Fairhope Yacht Club up Devils Hole (Fly Creek) - approximately a 2 mile round trip. Lightning cancels trip.
Highlights: Piers & houses along the beach. Fairhope Pier. Evening sunset.
Post-Trip Rendezvous: To be determined by group.
Leader: Robert Nykvist
Contact Numbers: work: (251) 666-2766 or cell: (251) 455-4699
We have received updates from Frank Laraway and Rob Nykvist, with details on two of the upcoming events that have already appeared on the club calendar:
Weeks Bay Watershed Project to clean up rivers and bays in the Weeks Bay area will occur on May l7 starting at 8 am - 12 pm at the marina under the bridge on Highway 98 at the mouth of Fish River. Bring containers, trucks, boats, etc. for your own use in picking up trash. Rewards and lunch will be furnished. For info, call Mike Shelton at 928-9792 or e-mail to mshelton@dcnr.statel.al.us.

The lecture on the natural history of the Delta scheduled at Faulkner's Fairhope Campus for May 13 at 7:30 p.m. will be given by Dr. Eric Soehren, a Faulkner professor. For further information, call Faulkner at 928-1353.

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

PADDLE ANNOUNCEMENT:
Carl Hlavenka writes us as follows:

I noticed no one posted a trip for Sunday. So, . . . I will. I'm going to put in at French's Lake and paddle downstream. Meet at the Conoco Station at 225 and I-65 at 9 am. Return by 6 pm. Contact chlavenka@hotmail.com, or 604-7268.
MAY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Safety note: There will be a bass fishing tournament in the Delta on Saturday, May 10. This would be a good day to paddle elsewhere. If you choose to paddle in the Delta during a fishing tournament, watch for power boats.

May 9, Friday: Ingrams Bayou Slacker Paddle
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Larry McDuff, 928-1582
Place: Josephine Public Access and Boat Launch
Comments: This is a reprise of a wonderful paddle Larry led a couple of years ago. To get to Josephine Park, take Highway 98 east, to County 95 south, to County 42. Follow the bend in the road around the Love Field runway. Larry will be on a sailboat named "Good Baby" in the cove. Look for a red kayak behind the sailboat.

Week of May 12: Bob's Full Moon Paddle
Contact: Bob Andrews, 344-8664 cell: 367-4144
Comments: On Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, Bob will lead a moonlight paddle, possibly to Gravine Island. Further details will be posted and e-mailed as they become available, or just call Bob on Monday, May 12, to find out where he is going and when.

May 13, Tuesday: Public Lecture on the History of the Delta
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Faulkner Jr. College Campus, Fairhope
Comments: For further information, call Faulkner at 928-1353.

May 17, Saturday: Weeks Bay Clean-Up
Place: Lulu's, under the Fish River Bridge on Highway 98
Comments: This is an annual project of the Weeks Bay Reserve Foundation, in which our club regularly participates. Contact the Reserve for further information at 990-5004 or admin@weeksbay.org

May 17, Saturday: Hazardous Waste Collection
Kevin Marek of the Sierra club has invited us to participate:
It doesn't directly relate to paddling, but it does relate to clean water. Can you ask club members if any are available to help with Household Hazardous Waste collection on Saturday, May 17, between 9am and 1pm? In particular, Keith Hadden is looking for volunteers in Daphne to itemize the material that is brougt in. Also, you might want to make everyone aware so they can bring in their own unneeded waste to Daphne, Gulf Shores, Bay Minette, or the Magnolia Landfill. To volunteer, Keith can be reached at 709-8851 c, 626-2116 hm 694-3800 wk or gkhadden@juno.com

May 18, Sunday: Escatawpa River Clean-Up
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Place: meet at Sunshine Canoes' landing just past the bridge on Airport Boulevard, 13 miles west of the entrance light at the Mobile Airport
Contact: Bob Andrews, 344-8664 cell: 367-4144
Comments: This is an annual event in which our club participates. We will pick up debris along a six-mile stretch of the river, and eat lunch on a sandbar along the way. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, water shoes, a bag lunch, and a long-handled crab net or grabber if you have one. Bob and the County Extension Service will provide canoes, trash bags, and drinking water. Awards will be given for the "Most Debris Collected" and the "Most Unusual Debris Found."

May 31, Saturday: Pelican Pointe Triathlon
Jeff Pollock writes us:
I am the race director for the Pelican Point Triathlon. Last year your club provided about ten members with kayaks to help monitor the swim portion of our race. We would love your help again this year! The race is on Saturday, May 31st, located at the Pelican Point Grill in Fairhope, Alabama, down by the mouth of Weeks Bay. The race starts with a swim at 7:00 am. We would need 5-10 kayaks to help set the swim buoys and monitor the swimmers. We will have the Search and Rescue there as well, in case of any serious problems. The kayaks are there for flotation if someone needs to rest, and to be there to keep people on course. The kayaks would need to be there no later than 6:30. Parking is extremely limited, so if you want to park close to the shore, I would get there at 6:00. After the swim is completed (~8:15 am) the kayakers are welcome to hang around and watch the race and stay for the post race party (~11:00). We should have T-shirts for the volunteers. Thanks for the support. You have been great the last two years. If members want to contact us regarding details they can call us at 251-621-3908 or email us at carotop111@aol.com.

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Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 3, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club.

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Okay, there's no excuse for my including this link except to make you laugh: click on Local Man Wears New T-Shirt, Earns Respect From Teenage Son. The folks at this website sell kayak-related t-shirts. "Where Are You Paddling Today?" is my personal favorite.

Monday, May 05, 2003

Kevin Marek writes us:
It doesn't directly relate to paddling, but it does relate to clean water. Can you ask club members if any are available to help with Household Hazardous Waste collection on Saturday, May 17, between 9am and 1pm? In particular, Keith Hadden is looking for volunteers in Daphne to itemize the material that is brougt in. Also, you might want to make everyone aware so they can bring in their own unneeded waste to Daphne, Gulf Shores, Bay Minette, or the Magnolia Landfill.

To volunteer, Keith can be reached at 709-8851 c, 626-2116 hm 694-3800 wk or gkhadden@juno.com

Thanks
Kevin Marek
Sierra Club
Phil Dyson writes us:
Mark your calendar for this Thursday, May 8, Centennial Hall, Faulkner State campus in Fairhope. Jill Gardner of the Huntsville Land Trust will discuss the organization and administration of local land trusts. Of special interest to kayakers and other eco-freaks is the benefit to local air and water quality. Hope to see lots of racks on vehicles in the parking lot or, more better yet, lots of bikes on the grass. We need more preservation of wetlands in this area. We need local organizations' support.

Sunday, May 04, 2003

Flash Paddle on Fowl River

Tuesday May 6 paddle. Contact George 957-4511 or Bruce 625-2156 or Frank 945-5504 for details.

Saturday, May 03, 2003

!!!!!!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, May 6, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place. Everybody is welcome.

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Click on www.paddlereport.blogspot.com to read a trip report by Bruce Zimmerman on our recent paddle up McVays Lake.