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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 30, 2004

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be held on Tuesday, February 3, 2004. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.

Thursday, January 29, 2004

Flash Paddle: Rice Creek - Fisher Island

Date: Sat., Jan 31, 2004
Time: 9:30 AM
Place: Meet at Conoco Station at I-65 & Hwy 225 (exit 31). We will drive north to the Rice Creek boat launch.
Contact: Brint Adams - work: 661-7490 ext. 102, home: 626-4940, cell: 583-9919

Comments: This will be a fairly easy paddle of about 5.5 miles, crossing Tensaw River to Jessamine Bayou and circling Fisher Island. Once finished paddling, and for those interested, we will end up at Stagecoach for a late lunch. Bring along fluids, snacks, pfd, etc.

Brint Adams

Friday, January 23, 2004

Kayak for sale:
Walden Vista, brand new, used twice, 12.5 feet long, wt. 39lbs. color red, w/black rigging. Padded seat and knee braces. $450.00 OBO. Call Cindy @ 209-1062
Harriet writes us:
Wonder how you can work in a paddle, eat dinner AND watch the Super Bowl (who's playing anyway?):
Contact: Harriet and Fritz Ingraham
Date: February 1, 2004
Time: 1:00 p.m. - try to be there a little early - want to shove off as close to 1 as possible
Place: Old LuLu's on Highway 98 and Fish River - to be announced if cannot put in at that location
Paddle itinerary: either paddle up Fish River OR paddle around Weeks Bay

Come paddle with us, then follow us back to our home in Fairhope. Fritz and I will cook burgers and you bring the rest - whatever you want. You can change at our house and enjoy the evening with us, or at least as much of the evening as you wish. We will provide hamburgers, buns, cheese, condiments - we are counting on you for chips, salads, your choice of beverage. 2 TV's will be set up - the porch/den and the office, where we can all congregate and cheer for our team (who IS playing, anyway?) Game starts at 5:25 cst.

Paddle will not be long - probably around 3 hours.

BUT, we must know if you are coming, or at least if you plan to come - can't run short of hamburgers with feeding the unexpected. Call us or email us of your plans:
home phone: 928-4568
Fritz cell: 680-8928
Fritz email:
Harriet cell - as last resort, I will be away working all week 604-3741

if you want to come, you must call or email to get directions! You don't have to paddle to come to dinner, but you do have to contact us to find the way to our house.

Harriet Ingraham
- - - Flash Paddle - Hurricane Creek - - -

Date: January 24, 2004
Time: 9:30 AM
Place: Bruno's- Spanish Fort, Hwy 90 @ Hwy 225
Contact: Brint Adams - cell 583-9919, day 661-7522 ext. 102
Directions: Head north on 225 for 12.5 mi., turn left at stop sign on CR 86, go 0.8 mi. to Y, take right fork and go 2 mi.

We will meet at Bruno's at 9:30 AM and go to Hurricane Landing to put in. You may drive directly there and meet at 10:00 AM. The trip will travel up Hurricane Bayou and back for an approx. total of 6 mi. and about 3 hours. You may want to bring lunch or a snack and fluids. There may be a $3 put-in fee, although the last two times I was there, there was no one there to collect. Call if you have any questions or to confirm last minute plans re: weather, although rain should hold off until evening.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004



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, 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 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

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.

Monday, January 19, 2004

Boat for sale:
Tracy Wilhelm is selling a Perception 9.5 Sparky kayak. It is in excellent condition, since it has never been used. He only wants what his wife paid for it: $399.00. You can contact Tracy by e-mail at or by phone at 928-7586.
The Bluegrass Wildwater Association and National Paddling Film Festival invite us:
Come to the 21st National Paddling Film Festival (NPFF), February 28, in downtown Lexington, Kentucky!

Saturday February 28, 10 am to 6 pm, in the Kentucky Theater, amateur and professional films on all aspects of paddlesports will compete in the NPFF, one of the longest running river conservation fundraisers in the country. Competitive kayaker, radical paddler and cutting edge boat designer Corran Addison will be our Special Guest Host, discussing his newest video project “Legend of the Falls,” and the challenges involved in filming extreme sports.

Also at the festival will be a competition of still images, and an auction of paddling gear and accessories. Saturday night starting at 9 pm, there will be an Awards Party at the nearby Limestone Club. There will be live music, and surprise celebrity presenters.

Tickets for the Film Festival are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The Awards Party is $10. Tickets to both the show and the party are $15 in advance and $20 at the festival. Advance tickets available through our website,, click on “attend.” For more information, contact Dave Margavage, or 502-867-0468.

Motion entries for the NPFF will be accepted until January 23, and still photo entries can be submitted until February 13. See our website for all the details, and become part of the competition!

Friday, January 09, 2004

- - - Bob's Surprise Paddle!! - - -

Date: Sunday, Jan 11th, 2004
Time: Call Bob
Place: Call Bob
Contact: Call Bob!

Bob will be leading a paddle to Sand Island. Call him for any additional information. The paddle will leave mid-morning and return late-afternoon. Contact Bob at (cell) 367-4144 or (hm) 344-8664.


Rowing Machine for Sale:
Want to get in incredible shape for boating? Gently used ERG - Concept 2 Rower for sale. $450.00 OBO. call Liz or BJ at 447-0003.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

AOL problems AGAIN
I have received word from one of our members who is an AOL customer that America On Line is, once again, blocking club e-mails. We've been through this before, folks. There is absolutely nothing we can do about it from this end. If you are an AOL customer and are receiving club e-mails, please let me know. If you are an AOL customer, please contact AOL customer service, tell them that is not a spammer, and request that they deliver my e-mails to you.
January Big Boy Paddle - St. Andrews Bay-Little Point Clear
by Brint Adams

Date: Saturday, January 10, 2004
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: Lambert's Restaurant - Foley, on Hwy. 59
Contact: Brint Adams - cell 583-9919, day 661-7522 ext. 102,
Comments: Please call or email me in advance, so I can get an approx. count.

We will meet at Lambert's and travel down Hwy. 59 to Gulf Shores, turn right on Hwy. 180 and go out to mile marker 4, before Ft. Morgan. On the right (north - bay side) is parking and put-in for St. Andrews Bay.

We will put in approx. 10:30 and head NE to Little Point Clear along the shore. Either on the way out or back we will explore some of the several long sloughs, stopping to eat lunch.

I anticipate an approx. distance of 8-10 miles at a moderate speed. Please bring food, hydration and prepare for weather/temp variations. We plan to take-out at approx. 4:00 PM.

- - - January Calendar - - -
Compliments of Bruce Zimmerman

January Big Boy Paddle
St. Andrews Bay - Little Point Clear
When: Sat., Jan. 10, 2004
Time: 10:00 am
Place: Meet at Lambert's Restaurant in Foley
Contact: Brint Adams 583-9919
What: Contact Brint


Bob's Surprise
When: Sun, Jan. 11, 2004
Time: TBA
Place: TBA
Contact: Bob Andrews 344-8664


Lower Perdido River
When: Sat. Jan. 24, 2004
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Place: Ruby's Fish Camp off US 90
Contact: Mark 458-7574


Heads Up for :

The Derelict Crab Trap Removal Day, March 13, 2004

Triathlon at Fairhope Municipal Pier, June 19, 2004
This is the event that was held at Pelican Point last year.
We provided boats on the swim course for safety.

Thursday, January 01, 2004

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MEETING REMINDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe & Kayak Club will be on January 6, 2004, at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place.

Get Ready to Order Your Club T-Shirts
We will "unveil" the design for our new club t-shirts at the next club meeting. At the meeting, we will each have the opportunity to choose our own preference from a wide range of colors and sizes. You can order as many as you want at $11.00 each. (If we get enough orders, we may be able to drive the price down a little and reimburse anybody who overpaid. So order LOTS!)

The following colors will be available and can be viewed at Oceana, Sand, Serene Green, and white. Only light colors are offered because the logo will be black.

Please bring your cash or check to the meeting to pay for as many shirts as you want to order. We will provide order forms at the meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting, please get in touch with Harriet at or 928-4568 to order your shirts ASAP. We expect to place the final order in mid-January, so be sure to place your order by then. We expect to order additional shirts for future sale, but this left-over inventory will include only a limited number of sizes and colors, so order ASAP to get your preference.

Thanks to Peggy Crittendon, Matt Darring, and Juli Day for finalizing the design, getting the bids, and handling the initial financing issues.