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.

Monday, August 25, 2003

Click here to read a paddle report by Bruce Zimmerman on Saturday's paddle to Soldier Creek.

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Want ad:
Vern at William.V.Gwin@sam.usace.army.mil would like to buy a used tandem kayak. Please send Vern an e-mail if you know of one for sale.

Saturday, August 23, 2003

Flash Paddle: Sunday Evening Near Causeway
Date: Sunday, August 24
Time: 6:15 p.m.
Place: ask Lisa
Contact: Lisa Haywood, ersmoore@bellsouth.net
Comments: We'll cruise around enjoying nature, good company and (we hope) a beautiful evening. Pace: moderate. Duration: approximately 2-3 hours. Bring a single white light, PFD, and water. Also bring a snack if you want one. Please send Lisa an e-mail with your phone number by 1:00 p.m. Sunday, and she will e-mail the launch location to you by 3:00.

Friday, August 22, 2003

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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 regularly post “want ads” for individuals seeking and selling used boats. E-mail a description of the boat desired or for sale (type, make, model, length, weight, age, condition, accessories included, etc.) to Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net and she will post your “want ad” to this website and e-mail it to the club membership in the next regular club e-mailing.

4. 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.

5. 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.)

6. 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.

7. What should you bring? You should bring a PFD and drinking 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.

Thursday, August 21, 2003

David McNeese writes us:
I will finally get to go on a paddle this Saturday on Soldiers Creek. I live close to there and it is a great paddle very pretty.

I would like to let the members know that I will have the 2 kevlar QCC XL5OO kayaks that are for sale at this paddle. They are welcomed to paddle them if they are interested. If they are not familiar with QCC they can go to the web site at www.qcckayaks.com and get all the info. My kayaks are in excellent condition, garage kept. The price is well below market value, just $1,500.00 each.

If anyone would be interested I would be glad to let them "try" one out.

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By way of reminder, the Soldier Creek paddle is scheduled as follows:
August 23, Saturday: Soldier Creek
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: Meet at the giant strawberry in front of the farmers market east of Elberta, AL on U.S. Highway 98
Contact: Bruce (251) 625-2156 or bzboater@earthlink.net
Comment: Soldier Creek flows south through undeveloped forest land. We will put in at a Baldwin County water access called State Street East access in the town of Perdido Beach, Alabama and paddle north until we are stopped by deadfall trees.

Monday, August 18, 2003

The Sierra Club invites us on a Delta Trip on Saturday, September 6-7
The Sierra Club will be conducting its first overnight trip on the recently opened Bartram Canoe Trail in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. We will depart from one of the Landings north of Stockton at 9am and paddle on the scenic waterways to a sand bar, where we will spend the night. The next morning, we will paddle back by a different route, enjoying the variety of vegetation and wildlife along the way. This trip is rated STRENUOUS due to the distance involved, but will be supported by a motorized boat in case of emergency. Bring or rent your own canoe/kayak, camping gear, food and water. Fee. For more information, contact Kevin at wildforest@hotmail.com or 251-928-6231.

Friday, August 15, 2003

Carl Hlavenka invites us to a Flash Paddle:
Ingrams Bayou. Intermediate paddle. 2 pm. Meet at southern end of Baldwin County 95. 6-8 mile paddle, or about 3-4 hours. Depending on wind directions, be prepared for an exposed paddle around into the Bayou. In case of long thunderstorms bring raingear and synthetic or wool clothing which is warm when wet. This is a nice paddle into an undeveloped cove along the intracoastal waterway north of Orange Beach. (251) 604-7268.

Monday, August 11, 2003

Go to our separate website for trip reports, http://www.paddlereport.blogspot.com, to read a report by Larry McDuff on this weekend's Big Boy paddle to the Sand Island Lighthouse.

Friday, August 08, 2003

Full Moon Paddle
Date: Saturday, August 9
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Bob Andrews home 344-8664 cell 367-4144
Place: put in at Buzbee's, on Highway 225 north of Spanish Fort, at the south end of the bridge over Bay Minette Creek/Bay
Comments: $3 launch fee. You are required by law to carry a single white light in each boat, but please do not turn on your lights unless instructed to do so by the trip leader or it is necessary for safety. (Lights ruin night vision.) There is nothing like a full moon paddle! No need to call in advance to say you are coming, but please do call Bob if you have questions or if the weather turns bad enough to warrant a possible cancellation.

Thursday, August 07, 2003

Tony Kramer writes us:
FYI - On Aug 30,31 and Sept 1 I will be holding a surf rescue class at Gulf Shores with a day paddle to Sand Island Lighthouse on Sept 1. Anyone interested can check out the info on my web site: www.theseakayaker.com. Helmets are needed for the course. Anyone who needs a helmet can use one of mine. The course includeds Eskimo rescues, rolls, wet exits, self- and assisted-rescues, all in surf conditions. Students will need to be proficient with advanced strokes; skulling draw, high and low brace turns, reverse turns and strokes, 180-degree turns and have a good roll in calm water. ( B.C.U. 2 or 3 star rating or it's equivalent needed.)

This is a good class for those students who wish to be safe with any ocean kayaking. Assisted and Eskimo rescues are needed for ANY group padddling and should be done within a few minutes of capsize.

If sea conditions are calm we will move to the Pass where there is always a standing wave outside the entrance. We can still work on rescues and rolls in calm conditions, then move on to the Flora-Bama!

Hope to see you on the water!

The Sea Kayaker
Sea Kayak Adventures
Guided Tours & Instruction
Tony Kramer
770-403-8346
www.theseakayaker.com
Tony@theseakayaker.com
Larry Mickelsen writes us:
I am going paddling and fishing from Mayday Park in Daphne at 0700 on Friday, 8/8/03. Bring your own bait. You might want to bring an anchor also. Red Boat Mickelsen

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

CALENDAR OF EVENTS - AUGUST 2003

August 8, Friday: Sand Island
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Isle Dauphine Country Club, Dauphin Island
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582
Comments: Camp Friday night on Sand Island. This is a beginner-level paddle, about 1/2 mile.

August 9, Saturday: August Big Boy Paddle
Time: 7:00 a.m.
Place: Isle Dauphine Country Club, Dauphin Island
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582
Comments: Big Boy Option: Paddle from Sand Island about 2 miles to the Sand Island Lighthouse, which is no longer on Sand Island, and attempt an amphibious landing on the rock pile that supports the lighthouse by swimming from the kayaks to the rock pile. KAYAK RE-ENTRY SKILLS ARE REQUIRED. We will try to time our landing on Sand Island lighthouse to arrive before high tide at 8:36 a.m. One or two volunteers will be needed to hold the empty kayaks during the amphibious landing phase. Anyone wishing to only paddle to and explore Sand Island (beginner level) may arrive late and meet us on the way back.

Saturday, August 9: Upper Delta Paddle
Time: meet at 8 a.m.
Place: Conoco at I-65 and 225. Launch ~ $3 from Upper Bryants Landing.
Contact: Carl Hlavenka chlavenka@hotmail.com. (251) 604-7268.
Comments: 17-19 miles. Possible destinations inlcude Bayou Tallapoosa, Stiggins Lake, and Tensaw Loop Lake. Sections of Tallapoosa may require paddling thru downed trees or portages. Entrance to Stiggins Lake may involve swift currents and strainers. Bring extra dry clothes/raingear in case of long thunderstorms. This is a super-pretty paddle on big rivers, narrow creeks, and calm lakes in the remote upper delta.

August 8 or Saturday August 9: Bob's Full Moon Paddle Friday
Time: Call Bob
Place: Call Bob
Contact: Bob Andrews home 344-8664 cell 367-4144

August 16, Saturday: Dog Paddle 2003
Time: 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Place: Beachcomber at the mouth of the Dog River
Contact: Dr. Mimi Fearn
Associate Professor of Geography
University of South Alabama
Phone: 251 460-7573 Fax: 251 461-1487
Email: mfearn@usouthal.edu
Webpage: www.usouthal.edu/geography/fearn
Dog River Webpage: http://dogriver.southalabama.edu
Comments: Mimi Fearn writes us: Once again Dog River Clearwater Revival will hold a canoe and kayak race on Dog River and we hope that your members will join the event. This year it will be on Saturday, August 16 at the Beachcomber at the mouth of Dog River. We feel pretty confident that we will not be accosted by a cold front and we will hope that no hurricanes decide to head our way. We will have registration information , flyers, and posters out soon.

August 18: set your VCRs for County Road 5
Comment: The County Road 5 segment showing the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club at Buzbees Landing will replay on Channel 5 News.

August 23, Saturday: Soldier Creek
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: Meet at the giant strawberry in front of the farmers market east of Elberta, AL on U.S. Highway 98
Contact: Bruce (251) 625-2156 or bzboater@earthlink.net
Comment: Soldier Creek flows south through undeveloped forest land. We will put in at a Baldwin County water access called State Street East access in the town of Perdido Beach, Alabama and paddle north until we are stopped by deadfall trees.

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The next meeting will be on September 2. As well as the usual business, we will vote on a T-shirt logo. Everybody is welcome to submit a logo design. If you can get to a copy shop between now and the meeting, please have your logo copied to transparency so we can display them on an overhead projector for the vote.

Thanks to Bob for his beautiful slide presentation at last night's meeting.

Sunday, August 03, 2003

Click here to go to our separate site for paddle reports, to read trip reports by Bruce on Chickasabogue Creek and the Perdido River.

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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 regularly post “want ads” for individuals seeking and selling used boats. E-mail a description of the boat desired or for sale (type, make, model, length, weight, age, condition, accessories included, etc.) to Julie at jrobber@worldnet.att.net and she will post your “want ad” to this website and e-mail it to the club membership in the next regular club e-mailing.

4. 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.

5. 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.)

6. 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.

7. What should you bring? You should bring a PFD and drinking 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.
Kayak for sale:
Larry Mickelsen has a sit-on-top kayak for sale. It is a"KWANAT" made by Pacfic Northwest Designs of Washington State. It is 10 feet long and a blue/green color. He is asking $200.00. Contact Larry at baywaterboy@aol.com

Saturday, August 02, 2003

!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!!!!!
The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, August 5, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.
Flash Paddle:
Rice Creek (near Stockton) Sunday evening. If you are interested, please e-mail Lisa Haywood prior to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday for exact plans: ersmoore@bellsouth.net. We may eat at the Stagecoach in Stockton before launching. Bob Andrews will lead the paddle.
Flash paddle:
Bob will be leading a paddle from Buzbee's at 6 p.m. today, Saturday. His cell phone # is 367-4144. Buzbee's is on Highway 225 north of Spanish Fort, on the south side of the bridge over Bay Minette Creek/Bay.

(Sorry I'm so late getting out the word -- I was out paddling. :-)