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, October 31, 2003

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- - - Flash Fishing Paddle - - -
Date: Sunday, Nov. 2
Time: 7 a.m.
Place: Mayday Park

I am going to try to outsmart the fish again, Mayday Park at 0700, 11/2/03 . The fish are waiting, bring your own bait. We did good last time.
- Red Boat Mickelsen
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- - - Kayak for Sale - - -

For sale: QCC Kayak. Q600X. 16'8" x 21". Kevlar (weighs 46#). Rudder. Very sporty and quick yet full expedition capability. Exquisite craftsmanship. Cockpit cover and spray skirt included. Excellent condition. Go to www.QCCkayaks.com to learn more. Why paddle plastic when you can paddle this fine boat for only $1450? Call Greg Speer, 251-961-7063.

Thursday, October 30, 2003

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- - - Flash Paddle - - - Styx River - lower end
Date: Saturday, November 1, 2003
Time: 9:30 AM
Place: I-10 exit 53, north side at BP station.
Contact: Brint Adams - brintadams@yahoo.com or cellphone 583-9919

We are going to do a point-to-point paddle on the Styx River from the Hwy 87 bridge to the Perdido River (Florida state line) about 1 mile past the Hwy 90 bridge (about 10-11 mi.) The Styx is fairly swift moving and the paddling should take about 2.5-3 hrs. We will meet at 9:30 AM at the BP at I-10 exit 53 and go north 1 mi. to right on Linholm Rd (dirt) for 4 mi. to right on Hwy 87 for 2 mi. to the put-in on right before you get to the bridge. The take-out shuttle point is a 14.3 mi. drive one-way (16 minutes), 5.3 mi. down Hwy 87 to left on Hwy 90, go 7 mi. to Seminole, turn right on Hwy 91, go 0.9 mi. to left on Lost River Road, go 0.9 mi. to left on River Landing Road to the Baldwin Co. Park boat launch. There are no launch or parking fees for this trip. Bring lunch, fluids, etc. Call or email if you have any further questions.

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

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- - - Paddle Announcement - - -
Big Boy Paddle: Bayou Cumbest, The Rigolets, Crooked Bayou

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2003
Time: 10:15 AM at LaunchSite
Place: Point O. Pines Boat Ramp, Bayou Cumbest, Orange Grove, MS
Contact: Larry McDuff, 928-1582; or Carl Hlavenka, chlavenka@hotmail.com, 604-7268;

Approximately 13 mile, 5-6 hour loop Day Paddle. Paddle begins in Bayou Cumbest near AL/MS border, a pristine saltwater marsh leading to bird-popular shell mound islands (Bangs Indian Mound and Rigolets Islands) - partially exposed to Gulf (one may stay close to shore or have brief open water experience - cut across 3-5ft deep Pt.aux Chenes Bay). Loop return via Crooked Bayou, marsh creek with occasional hammocks of pine. Alternatively, meet at 9:30 am at Wal-Mart in Tillmans Corner, AL on Rangeline Rd. (AL-193 North/Higgins Rd), exit 17B off I-10. We will then continue I-10W to first MS exit 75, Franklin Creek Rd. Go left, or south to Hwy90. Next, go right, or west ~3.6 miles to Orange Grove Rd. on left past boat launch sign and gas station. Next, go ~1.7 miles on Orange Grove Rd. Finally, take a left onto Grand Bature Rd, follow to end. $2-$3 Launch Fee.

Sunday, October 26, 2003

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- - - Town and Country Kayak For Sale - - -

Dark Green, 14 ft., bought in Fairhope and have used twice. Incl. paddle, rudder installed, hatch installed, small anchor, incl. car top carriers and strap. Phone is 928-9095. Cell is 549-761-2773. Ask for Mallory.
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Red Boat Mickelsen has filed a fishing paddle report for Sat. 10-25. Check it out at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com

Saturday, October 25, 2003

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Brint has filed a paddle report on the Escatawpa River paddle. Check it out at www.paddlereport.blogspot.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 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 are required by law to bring a single, white light. (But don’t turn it on unless you need it for safety and/or the trip leader tells you to. White lights ruin night vision.) 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 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 other identification card (e.g., passport) 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 (although 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, October 23, 2003

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We have a brief report from Red Boat Mickelsen on his fishing paddle. Check it out at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com
Paddle Announcement: Escatawpa River
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2003
Time: 9:30 AM
Place: Moffett Road (U.S. Hwy 98) in Wilmer, AL
Contact: Brint Adams - brintadams@yahoo.com or 583-9919 (cell)
Comments: We are going to do a seven-mile point-to-point with put-in at Escatawpa Hollow Campground located on U.S. Hwy 98 on the left just before the bridge which is just before the Mississippi state border. If you are starting from east of I-65, take the I-65 exit 5B and head west on Moffett Road (U.S. Hwy 98). It is 22 miles to the campground, so plan your trip time accordingly. We will meet in Wilmer at 9:30 AM on the way to see how many vehicles, boats and drivers we have, so we can make shuttle plans before we get to the campground. The trip on the water will take about 3-3.5 hours plus time for lunch and any other stops. Please bring lunch, fluids, sunscreen, etc. There will be a $5 per boat launch/parking fee paid to the campground operators.

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The Parks and Land Management Committee for Baldwin County is meeting with the public to discuss future plans at county parks. The meetings will be held as follows:

- Bay Minette, Monday, November 17, at 6:30 p.m., at the County Administration Building

- Foley, Tuesday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m., at the City of Foley Chambers

- Fairhope, Thursday, November 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Satellite Courthouse

The county employee who is the point of contact is Stan Arbaczauskas, phone 580-1655 x7251.

Editor's note: Bruce and I (Julie) have been checking as many designated county water accesses as we can. We have been unable to find several, because, obviously, the adjacent landowners have encroached on them. I want to hear and have input into what the county proposes to do about this. I also want to learn more about how we can make some of these county accesses more kayak-friendly. I hope we'll talk about this county committee process at the next club meeting and that anyone who is as interested in this issue as we are will let us know.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Flash Paddle: Burr Marigolds in Whiskey Ditch
Date: Thursday, October 23
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: put in at Riverdocks on the Causeway, paddle to Whiskey Ditch and back
Contact: Bob Andrews, 367-4144
Comments: The burr marigolds have been peaking for about a week in Whiskey Ditch, and the clear weather and water provide an unusually good viewing opportunity. Call Bob with any questions.
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How To Be a ChilliHead
You guys know that I (Julie) don't do much "advertising" for anybody in the club's website and e-mails, except for news and want ads from individual paddlers and club members. But you need to know about ChilliHeads, a company in Chattanooga that makes fleece outdoor clothing, which you can buy at www.chilliheads.com.

In the past year, I have been on two multi-day paddling excursions with the woman who founded and owns ChilliHeads. I thus have the honor of regarding Susan and her husband as members of my personal paddling tribe, and they are also old friends of other longtime members of the MBCAKC. This weekend, I wore and carried a ChilliHead pullover for two days of hard paddling and hiking (which included a tumble into very cold mountain stream while I was crossing it on foot over slippery rocks), and it made me a devoted ChilliHead. Susan and Darryl are terrific people and athletes. Susan's clothes are sharp-looking, comfortable, imaginative, moderately priced, well made, snuggly, and FUNCTIONAL. And they are ALL made in the U.S.A. by Susan and subcontractors under her supervision. Much of the fleece comes from recycled plastic.

Winter's coming on. I'm going to stockpile some ChilliHead leggings and hats. Check it out: www.chilliheads.com.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

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- - - Flash Paddle - - -
Date: Thurs, Oct. 23, 2003
Time: 0700 a.k.a 7 a.m.
Place: May Day Park in Daphne

I am going to try to out smart the fish again. I will be getting underway at 0700 on 10/23/03 from May Day Park in Daphne. Bring your own bait.
- Red Boat Mickelsen.

Sunday, October 19, 2003

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We have a report from Brint Adams on the Byrne's Lake paddle of Sat., Oct 18. Check it out at http://www.paddlereport.blogspot.com

Thursday, October 16, 2003

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We have a brief report from Red Boat Mickelsen on his fishing paddle today. Check it out at http://www.paddlereport.blogspot.com
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- - - Flash Paddle - - -
Date: Saturday October 18, 2003
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: Byrne's Lake County Park Boat Launch

I will be at Bruno's in Spanish Fort (Hwy 31 & 225) and leave at 9:30 AM or you can go directly up Hwy 225 about 9 miles to just past a large water tower on right and turn left at the green sign to Byrne's Lake Boat Launch. We will paddle for about two hours out to and back from the main channel, viewing the impressive Cypress and other of the local flora and fauna. Those who want to, can meet for lunch afterwards. There is no fee to launch or park. Anyone needing further information may call me at 583-9919 (cell) or email me at brintadams@yahoo.com.
- Brint Adams

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

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- - - FYI - - -

The Middle Bay Outfitters is having a sale right now. I picked up a paddle float at half price. You may want to look into it.
- Red Boat Mickelsen
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- - - Flash Paddle - - -
Date: Oct 16 (Thurs)
Time: 7 a.m.
Place: May Day Park

I am going to try to outsmart the fish, 10/16/03. Launch time is 0700. Bring your own bait. If you are running late I will be just north of the May Day Park ramp, you should see me out there by the pilings.
- Red Boat Mickelsen

Monday, October 13, 2003

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- - - Kayak for Sale - - -

For Sale: Used Old Town Loon 16' Tandem. With rudder. Good condition. $450.

Contact Greg Speer: rocket@gulftel.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 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 are required by law to bring a single, white light. (But don’t turn it on unless you need it for safety and/or the trip leader tells you to. White lights ruin night vision.) 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 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 other identification card (e.g., passport) 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 (although 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.


Friday, October 10, 2003

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- - - Boat Inquiry - - -

Just wondering if anyone around here has a Necky Tesla NM kayak?
if so e-mail me at kingsnkviper@aol.com

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- - - Flash Paddle reschedule - maybe - - -

The flash paddle went belly up due to weather . . . it will stop raining by Monday, said the weatherman, so keep posted. Anyone want to pick a day and time???
--Red Boat Mickelsen.

Thursday, October 09, 2003

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- - - Flash Paddle - - -
Date: Oct 10
Time: 7 am
Place: May Day Park

I am going to try to outsmart the fish Friday 10/10/03. Launch at May Day
Park. Get underway at 0700. Bring your own bait. Red Boat Mickelsen

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

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- - - New Launch Site - - -
- - - Harvest Moon Paddle - - -
from Bob Andrews

Date: Fri., Oct 10
Time: 6 PM
Place: Buzbee's Fish Camp

Bob announces that he will be leading this paddle from Buzbee's (up Hwy 225 from Spanish Fort) rather than River Docks. For additional info contact Bob at 251-344-8664 (work) or 251-367-4144 (cell). The launch fee is $3. He also suggests that paddlers bring a flashlight, a pfd, and bug repellent!
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- - - October Calender - - -
provided by Bruce Zimmerman

Wednesday, October 8 : Moonlight Paddle
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: River Docks put in on the Causeway
Contact: Bob Andrews cell phone 367-4144
Comments: You do not need to call Bob, just show up promptly. He intends to go to Whiskey Ditch via Pass Picada. The attraction is that on the way into Whiskey ditch we see the sunset, and on the way out, we see the nearly full moon.


Friday, October 10 : Harvest Moon Paddle
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: A local Delta paddle, location depends on weather.
Contact: Bob Andrews cell phone 367-4144
Comments: Phone Bob for location on this one.

At the club meeting, Matt Darring entertained us with a high tech slide show of his Summer 2000 kayak and camping trip to Prince William Sound , Alaska; he formatted the slides for display on a big screen TV. Thanks for the show and narration, Matt. Enjoy that GPS unit.

Monday, October 06, 2003

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Kayak For Sale - - -

I have a used Composite (fiberglass) Perception Corona for sale. It is in very good shape. Asking $1400.00. Yellow deck, white hull. I may be contacted @ 404.522.9305, or via email.

Thank you,
Brad Taylor
sbradtaylor@earthlink.net

Sunday, October 05, 2003

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Larry McDuff has provided us with a report of the October Big-Boy paddle across Mobile Bay. Check it out at www.paddlereport.blogspot.com.
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Program Announcement!! .........Program Announcement!!

Bob Andrews advises that the program for this Tuesday's meeting will be provided by Matt Darring. Matt will present a slide show and talk about his sea kayaking trip to Alaska. We hope to see you at the Fairhope Yacht Club this Tuesday evening (Oct 7) at 7 p.m.

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Friday, October 03, 2003

!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, October 7, at 7 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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To all paddle leaders:
Please send your paddle announcements to both me at jrobber@worldnet.att.net and Dave at his e-mail address (which is always included in club e-mails). Please ALWAYS include your own contact information, even if you are not requesting paddlers to RSVP. If you don't include your e-mail address and/or phone number, then Dave, Bruce, and I are inundated with questions about the paddle that WE CAN'T ANSWER.
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PADDLE REMINDER:
Saturday October 4 : Big Boy Paddle Across Mobile Bay

Time: 8:00 a.m.
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582
Comments: We will do a car swap at the yacht club. Eastern Shore people will drive cars belonging to Mobile people to the Beachcomber on Dog River and paddle back to the yacht club. Mobile people will paddle from the Fairhope Yacht Club to their cars at the Beachcomber. You must be able to re-enter your kayak in deep water with assistance. Call Larry to register for this paddle. He needs to know in advance the number of people participating.

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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 are required by law to bring a single, white light. (But don’t turn it on unless you need it for safety and/or the trip leader tells you to. White lights ruin night vision.) 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.

--------------------

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 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 other identification card (e.g., passport) 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 (although 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, October 01, 2003

Map of Appalachicola Canoe Trails
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commision prints a map showing eleven paddling trails in the Apalachicola River area. The map is printed on waterproof material. A map may be ordered by e-mail or phone.

If you would like a copy, please call (850) 488-5520. If no one answers, you can leave their name and mailing address and one will be sent to you.

You may order by e-mail by sending your mailing address to:
Rebecca.Cowart@fwc.state.fl.us