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.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

December News and Notes

December will be a quiet month as of right now...

Paddles:
Lake Eufala
Date: February 16-18, 2007
Time: Daily
Place: Lake Eufala, AL
Contact: Bob Andrews at 367-4144
Length: Variable
Comments: You are invited to join us for a Sea Kayaking Weekend at Lake Eufaula
Alabama for the weekend of February 16 - 18, 2007. We have heard
that there are a lot birds that winter in this area. There is a
preserve right next to the park that we can paddle in and observe
birds and other wildlife.

We will be staying at Lakepoint State Park just north of Eufaula.
They have (depending on availability) lake front cottages, woods
cabins and lodge rooms. There is also camping available at the
park. Reservations can be made by calling 800 544 5253.

Please let Bob Andrews (251 367 4144) know if you plan to attend.
We will discuss meal possibilities late in January, after we know
about how many paddlers are coming.

Weather can be "iffy" in this area in February. Need to be prepared
for the possibility of cold weather paddling even though the current
forecast is for full sun, low 70's and light and variable winds.

Planning a paddle? Let me know by 13th, and I will post it here!

Notes:

- Bruce Zimmerman has submitted two paddle reports; A Paddle to the Big Tree and Boatyard Lake & Pine Log Creek. Check them out in the paddle reports section!

- Our next meeting is January 2nd, see you then!

Monday, December 04, 2006

-- DECEMBER MEETING --

As always, first Tuesday of the month (December 5th) at 7pm at the Fairhope Yacht Club. This meeting will be an informal potlach...please bring food and paddling stories to share!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

--FLASH PADDLE--

Richard Grove, the "Georgia Kayaker" will be paddling through the lower Mobile Bay to Dauphin Island on Friday, November 9th as part of his 843 mile trip from North Georgia. If you are interested in a paddle associated with this leg of his trip, please contact Mickey Feltus at 251-626-5462. For more information about Richards trip, see his website at http://www.georgiakayaker.com/

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

November News and Notes

First off, the 6th Anniversary Party has been postponed as our gracious hostess has an important family commitment arise at the last minute. Fear not, fellow paddlers...a party will be had (you'll hear about it here, so stay tuned!)

Paddles:
Perdido Estuary and Black River
Date: Sunday, November 12
Time: Call Bob
Place: Perdido Estuary and Black River; put in at Hurst Hammock
Contact: Bob Andrews at 367-4144
Length: 3.5-4hrs
Directions: From the Mobile area, head east on I-10 to Florida exit 5 for Hwy 90. Go West on Hwy 90 until you come to a caution light at the top of a hill. This is Hwy 99 and you want to go left here. Hwy 99 ends at Hurst Hammock. There is a launch fee. Call Bob if you plan to paddle.

Planning a paddle? Let me know, and I will post it here!

Notes:

- The Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayou's Symposium will be held in Mobile, on Nov 27th, 28th, and 29th. Check it out at their website, http://ambbs.mobilebaynep.com/default.htm

- Gary Worob has posted an interesting story from Arizona on our paddle reports page. It's a great read! http://www.paddlereport.blogspot.com/

- Some questions were asked about where to find accurate weather information for paddling the Mobile Bay area. Below is the link to NOAA Marine Weather for our area. There is a great deal of information on this page. You can get current observations from the first section. Scroll down to the section labelled marine weather and click inside the appropriate box where you expect to paddle for the weeks weather forecast (GMZ630 is for Mobile Bay). http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mob/marine.shtml

- Our next meeting is December 5th, see you then!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

--November Meeting--

November 7th @ 7pm at the Fairhope Yacht Club...bring your leftover Halloween candy!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

-- FLASH PADDLE --

Perdido Estuary and Black River
Date: Sunday, November 12
Time: Call Bob
Place: Perdido Estuary and Black River; put in at Hurst Hammock
Contact: Bob Andrews at 367-4144
Length: Call Bob
Bob's trips are not to miss, give him a call for more details

Saturday, October 28, 2006

--URGENT PARTY NOTICE--


!!!Anniversary Party Urgent Notice!!!

Notice - MBCKC 6th Anniversary Party Location Change
Aven and Gary have had a conflict arise, so the 6th Anniversary Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club party has been moved to:

Marilyn and Dick's home on Fowl River & Mobile Bay.

Same time, new place - November 11th, 2:30ish for a paddle up the river to the Osprey nests, back to eat around 5:30ish - BRING a DISH. Call Marilyn so she can coordinate food.
Home Phone: 973-0129
Cell Phone: 605-6453
Come once, come all - it will be great fun as usual at their place, BUT you won't know how to get there if you don't call Marilyn...........SO.............CALL HER!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

October News and Notes

Boiling Creek Paddle
Date: October 15th
Time: Call.
Place: Call.
Contact: Bob Andrews @ 367-4144
Launch Fee: None.
Directions: Call.
Comments: An Eglin AFB Recreation Permit is required, see notes below for details.

6th Annual MBCKC Birthday Party and Paddle
Date: November 11th
Time: 2:30
Place: Aven and Gary Warners house on Dog River
Contact: Aven and Gary @ 473-1819
Launch Fee: None.
Directions: Call.
Comments:
Party starts at 2:30ish, with a light paddle at 3. Dinner
will follow at or after sunset. Everyone is asked to bring a dish
BUT, you must coordinate this with Aven. They will supply the main
dish. You must call Aven to accept, coordinate what to bring, and get
directions to their house. She is asking that everyone coordinate
this with her BY November 5. They have launching facilities on their
property and always a wonderful time is had at their house.
Come celebrate MBCKC 6th Birthday.

Watch the website for other paddles this month, it's a great month to hit the water, enjoy the fall blooms, and enjoy the cool air. If you need to renew, or get your first, Eglin Air Force Base Recreation Permit, here is the information. You can obtain the permit by mail (recommended) or you can drive yourself to the Jackson Guard at Eglin and obtain it in person (they will make you watch a movie about unexploded ordnance). The information below may be dated, please call the the number listed below to confirm that you enclose everything they need in your request.

When ordering permits by mail, please allow three weeks for delivery. Send your requests to:

Eglin Air Force Base
Natural Resources Division, ACC/EMSN
107 Highway 85N
Niceville, FL 32578

Specify the number and type of permits desired together with the proper payment and proper identification, or a copy of anything with a date of birth on it. Payment of $7 should be made by money order, certified or cashier's check payable to AFO Eglin AFB, Florida. Personal checks are also accepted, with proper identification.

The Natural Resources Branch of Eglin is open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. only. They are closed on Sundays and all Federal Holidays. Information may be obtained by calling Jackson Guard at (850) 882-4164.


Friday, September 29, 2006

FLASH PADDLE - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2006

Mobile Bay Lighthouse & Sunset Trip

Date: September 30, 2006
Launch: Mullet Point Park (About 5 miles south of Point Clear, in Baldwin County, on County Road 1, a quarter mile south of the Scenic US 98 turn to the east.)
Time: Plan on arriving early enough so we can be in the water and getting underway at 2:00 P.M.
Duration: Approx 4-5 Hours. Expect to get back about sunset, so bring a flashlight just in case.
Pace: About 3 mph avg - Leisurely - not a race.
Skill Level: This is an OPEN water trip 6 miles out into Mobile Bay, not a trip for beginners.
Gear: Standard safety gear and if you have a sit-in kayak, please, make sure you bring a spray skirt & pump.
Expenses: Launch is free.
Leader: Rob Nykvist (251) 423-0015

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

(CONTINUE SCROLLING DOWN FOR UPCOMING PADDLES)

October Meeting
Date: Oct 3rd
Time: 7:00pm
Location:Fairhope Yacht Club
(note:meetings occur the first Tuesday of every month, same time and place)

Cathy Barnette, Executive Director, Alabama Coastal Foundation will be presenting at the October meeting. Cathy will talk about the Coastal Foundation and their activities and mission to protect the quality of Alabama's Coastal Resources. Come and enjoy her presentation and have your questions ready for her. To see the foundation's website go to http://www.joinacf.org/

Sunday, September 24, 2006

-- Flash Paddle --
Rice Creek to Jug Lake
Date: October 1st
Time: 9:30 am
Place: Rice Creek Landing/Stagecoach Restaurant Stockton, AL
Contact: Bob Andrews @ 367-4144
Launch Fee: none
Directions/Comments: Bob is limiting this paddle to 20 people, so call him if you plan to come!

Meet at Stagecoach Restaurant in Stockton, AL at 9:30 a.m. If you know the way to Rice Creek landing, be there by 10 a.m. Note the signpost at Rice Creek Road is down, so if you aren't sure where to go, meet at Stagecoach at 9:30 so you can follow Bob.

Paddle will be 10-12 miles in length - plan on 5-6 hours as the paddle will be leisurely and time will be spent eating. Bring snacks or lunch to eat on the Jug Lake Platform. Bring water, food, bugspray, sunscreen - all the usual. Bob is limiting this paddle to 20 people, so call him if you plan to come - in addition - this paddle will be posted on the West FL Canoe and Kayak Club site, so there may be people coming from there. The platform will only hold so many people - first to respond to Bob, first to get on the list.

No shuttle is needed. Remember, don't linger - call Bob and reserve your spot.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

--FLASH INFO--

Alabama Coastal Cleanup
Date: September 16, 2006
Time: 8:00 - 12:00 Noon
Place: Luscher (Navco) Park (Cleanup going on at multiple locations)
Contact: Rob Nykvist at 460-7573 / 510-0403

http://www.alabamacoastalcleanup.com/

Sunday, September 10, 2006

September News and Notes

Some good news for those who have sweated through meetings in the past, the boat shed now has air conditioning and ceiling insulation. Juli Day mentioned that Leatherwood is now blooming near Rice Creek. Tom advised that a needle compass and a map are a good idea when hiking in the woods during a kayak stop as GPS may not get a good signal through the trees.

Eglin Air Force Base permits are up for renewal at the end of September. EVEN IF YOU ONLY PADDLE ONCE, IT'S WORTH THE SMALL FEE. So, don't wait until a couple days before a paddle, renew early. For more information, click on FAQ
and scroll to the bottom.
Watch for the MBCAKC anniversary party in November.

Planned Paddles For September and early-October

Bay Minette Basin
Date: September 17th
Time: 3 p.m.
Place: Buzbee's
Contact: Juli Day 479-8368 or cezanneart@bellsouth.net
Launch Fee: Yes, $3.00
Directions: On Hwy 225 North from Spanish Fort, south side of the bridge over Bay Minette Creek on the right.

Little River at the North edge of Baldwin County
Date: September 23rd
Time 9 a.m.
Place: Meet at the Stagecoach Restaurant, junction of Hwy 225 and 59
Contact: Mark @ 802-8484
Launch Fee: No
Directions: Contact Mark. Mark is leading the West Florida Canoe Club and they plan to take out at the Hwy 59 bridge. Website for the West Florida Club is http://www.wfcanoekayak.com.

Rice Creek to Jug Lake
Date: October 1st
Time: Put in about 10:00 AM
Place: Rice Creek
Contact: Juli Day @ 479-8368/377-0054 or Bob Andrews @ 367-4144
Launch Fee: No
Comments: meet at Stagecoach Restaurant in Stockton, AL at 9:30 a.m. If you know the way to Rice Creek landing, be there by 10 a.m. Note the signpost at Rice Creek Road is down, so if you aren't sure where to go, meet at Stagecoach at 9:30, so you can follow Bob. Paddle will be 10-12 miles in length - plan on 5-6 hours as the paddle will be leisurely and time will be spent eating. Bring snacks or lunch to eat on the Jug Lake Platform. Bring water, food, bugspray, sunscreen - all the usual. Bob is limiting this paddle to 20 people, so call him if you plan to come - in addition - this paddle will be posted on the West FL Canoe and Kayak Club site, so there may be people coming from there. The platform will only hold so many people - first to respond to Bob, first to get on the list. No shuttle is needed. Remember, don't linger - call Bob and reserve your spot.

West Florida Canoe Club Annual Blackwater Forest Campout
Date: October 28,29
Time: TBA
Place: Bear Lake
Contact: Mark, phone 802-8484 or http://www.wfcanoekayak.com.





Friday, September 01, 2006

Sunday, September 3rd: Magnolia River II Second Time. The weather didn't co-operate last time. Let's try again. We'll head downriver from the put-in to explore the salt marshes and try to make it to Weeks Bay. Beautiful area. Easy, relaxed paddle. Meet at the Shell station on Highway 98 and cty rd 49. There's a Shell station and a Pure station on either side of south 49 at 98. We'll then drive the short distance to the Rock Street put-in. Bring sunscreen, water, snack, pfd, anything to make your paddle pleasant. You might need bug spray. It would be nice, but not essential, to call Nancy to let her know who to expect. Contact Nancy Ward @ 990-5575.

September Meeting: Tuesday, September 5th
Tom Meyer will be hosting the meeting as Harriet will be out of town on vacation. After the usual club business, Tom will also give us a presentation on his Buffalo River Trip. Tom gives great presentations, so plan to attend!
-- FLASH PADDLE--
Friday, September 1st

Quick paddle tonight (Friday, 1 Sep) to take advantage of a really great day! Meet at the old river docs off Battleship Parkway at around 6:30pm, we'll paddle for maybe an hour to an hour and a half (sun sets around 7:20 pm) up into Big Bateau Big or Conway Creek (straight north from the put in). Call Ian if you are interested; 251-605-0743.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

-- Flash Paddle--
Sunday, September 3, 2 pm. Magnolia River II Second Time. Nancy Ward
990-5575
The weather didn't co-operate last time. Let's try again. We'll head
downriver from the put-in to explore the salt marshes and try to make
it to Weeks Bay. Beautiful area. Easy, relaxed paddle. Meet at the
Shell station on Highway 98 and cty rd 49. There's a Shell station and
a Pure station on either side of south 49 at 98. We'll then drive the
short distance to the Rock Street put-in. Bring sunscreen, water,
snack, pfd, anything to make your paddle pleasant. You might need bug
spray. It would be nice, but not essential, to call Nancy to let her
know who to expect.

Friday, August 25, 2006

--Flash Paddle-- Saturday, 26 August
A trip to take a look at the site of the new Mobile Tensaw Coastal Resource Center from the water.

We will leave from the old river docks along the causeway, paddle through Pass Picada, up the Apalachee River to the Blakely River, then down the Blakely River and into Sardine Pass to see how the new xxx is developing. I also want to paddle into Justin's Bay (if it's possible) before back-paddling to the old river docks. The route, as pictured, is roughly 12 miles and will probably take around 4 hours. I plan on leaving around 8am to avoid the worst of the heat. Bring sunscreen, water, bugspray, and a snack...plus anything else you think you might want. Please give me a call tonight or tomorrow (251) 605-0743 if you plan to come.

I have posted a map, with route, for the paddle at http://out2sea03.blogspot.com/

Thursday, August 10, 2006

12 AUGUST: INDIAN MOUND PADDLE

Sorry for any confusion! Paddle is on Saturday, not Friday! As mentioned below, meet at the Stagecoach Inn on Saturday at 9am, we should be at the put-in around 9:30 or so. If you plan to paddle, please call me at 251-605-0743. I'll try to post here first thing Saturday morning if anything is changed!

Friday, August 04, 2006

August News and Notes

Paddling with young ones:
Steve Delker is doing some paddling with his grandson and would be intereested in getting together with other folks who want to paddle with their young children/grandchildren. Tentatively planning for Wednesday evenings after 5:30, starting on the 9th. Call him at 928-7342 if you are interested.

Full Moon Paddle August 9th: The ever-popular full moon paddle is set for Wednesday, August 9th. Meet at Buzby's at 6pm. Contact Fritz at 928-4568.

Indian Mound Paddle August 11th: This is a repeat of the first paddle I did with the club about a year ago. We will meet in Stockton at the Stagecoach Inn around 9, paddle from the Rice Creek Landing to the sandbar near the Indian Mounds, thrash around in the woods a bit until we find the mound (or not, as happened last time) then paddle back. Round trip paddle is just shy of 10 miles. Contact Ian at out2sea03@hotmail.com or 605-0743 for more details.


Sunday, July 30, 2006

Reminder: August meeting is Tuesday night with a presentation from Hank Burch of Alabama Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources...you won't want to miss this, scroll down for all the details!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Mike Bosarge announces the creation of the Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing Association.

"We have recently formed The Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing
Association. This is a non-profit corporation to
promote the healthy, safe and fun sport of kayak
fishing. Our first meeting is an organizational
meeting scheduled for Aug. 12th at 1pm. We're going
to try to get a meeting room at Wintzell's Oyster
House.

I'd like to invite any member of the Mobile Canoe and
Kayak Club to the meeting and fishing trips. Some of
our members will be participating in the Alabama
Coastal Cleanup to help out the bay.

At this time we have a yahoo group at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mobilebaykayakfishing/
I've posted a link on our links page to your club for
any of our members. We're anglers, yet some of our
members also like to go for a paddling tour. So I
refer them to your club.

We hope to have the first Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing
Tournament in Mobile next year. That depends on the
sponsors we can get of course."

Thanks,
Michael Bosarge
Director
Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing Association

End of Daylight Savings Time Kayak Trip in Northwest Florida
October 25th-29th, 2006

You MUST contact Sonia Mahler for a registration form. See details below.


End of Daylight Savings Time Kayak Trip

Wednesday, October 25th: Drive to Wakulla Springs, Florida
Thursday, October 26th: Paddle on Wakulla River
& Jungle Cruise at Wakulla Springs
Friday, October 27th: Paddle & Snorkel on Merrit’s Mill Pond
Saturday, October 28th: Paddle on Spring Run & Ocheesee Pond
Sunday, October 29th: Paddle on Seven Runs Creek
& Drive home

This trip is a great opportunity for experienced paddlers, or beginning paddlers who are willing to “cowboy up”! The adventure will take us to five unique waterways that show off the best of northwest Florida. We will look for wildlife. We will take some pictures. We will work on our paddling skills. We will discuss issues like water quality, invasive species, public access, user conflicts, and hurricane recovery.

The registration fee of $50.00 covers guide service, insurance, water, snacks, and first aid supplies. Participants will receive a paddling resource packet and maps for each day. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging and meals. If you need to rent a kayak from us for the week, the cost is an additional $50.00. If you bring your own kayak, remember to include a paddle and life vest. We will meet at Wakulla Springs State Park at 8:00am and go on the Jungle Cruise at 9:40am on Thursday, October 26th. We’ll eat dinner together Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, around 7:30pm. We will stay in Wakulla, Florida Wednesday and Thursday nights and in Chipley, Florida Friday and Saturday nights. Register early so you can make your motel reservations before they fill. We will mail you a registration confirmation with motel reservation info and a list of things to bring.

$50.00/person
An additional $50.00 if you need to rent a kayak
Mail check (made payable to Sonya Wood Mahler),
completed registration form, and health form by October 11th to:

End of Daylight Savings Time Kayak Trip
144 N. Tanyard Road
Cadiz KY 42211
For more information, contact Sonya Wood Mahler,

cell phone: 270-584-4742.


Wednesday, July 19, 2006

August Club Meeting Presentation
Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 7:00 PM

Presenter: Hank Burch - Natural Resource Planner
AL Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources, State Lands Division - Coastal Section

The State Lands Division of the Alabama Dept of Conservation & Natural Resources Division is in the process of developing a Mobile Tensaw Delta Coastal Resource Center on the Causeway across from Meaher Park. This will include a canoe and kayak launch area and will be extending the Bartram trail network down through the southern delta, so this facility becomes a terminus for the larger trail system. Mr. Burch will be speaking on this fantastic facility, giving us a 'virtual tour', due to open in Sept/Oct, and will be talking about a Pass the Paddle promotion they are putting together with the statewide Clean Water Partnership. He will be interested in MBCKC's feedback on particular areas of interest to paddle in the Lower Delta. They are requesting and will be hoping to coordinate the opening of the Resource Center with MBCKC members involved at the grand opening. This will be a wonderful presentation and afford us, as a club, a new avenue of 'put-in' and education. Plan to attend this informative meeting on August 1, 2006.

Harriet
Magnolia River Paddle (II), and potluck at Nancy's after (I)

Date: Sunday, July 30, 2006
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Magnolia River, Magnolia Springs, AL 36555
Contact: Nancy Ward - leader - (251) 990-5575.
Comments: This time we will head directly downriver to explore the salt marshes and try to make it to Weeks Bay. Beautiful area. Meet at the Shell station on Highway 98 and cty rd 49. There is a Shell station and a Pure station on either side of south 49 at 98. We will then drive the short distance to the Rock Street put-in. Bring sunscreen, water, snack, pfd, anything to make your paddle pleasant. You might need bug spray. People are invited to Nancy's house off Highway 32 between business 98 and 27/181 afterwards for a pot luck. Nancy will supply hot dogs and buns. Others bring something to share. If you don't paddle you can still come to the pot luck. Call Nancy for directions and to let her know you are coming; especially if you are coming to the pot luck.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Big Bateau Bay
Tuesday, July 18, 2006

When: Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Meet at old Riverdocs parking lot on the Causeway, Spanish Fort, AL
Contact: Tony Dockery (cell) 404.323.4377; (work) 436.8990
Directions: Located on the north side of the Causeway about 100 meters west of Ed's Seafood Shed
Comments: nice evening paddle into Big Bateau Bay and possibly Savages Ditch. Bring light, water, pfd, snack, bug spray. Call Tony to let him know you will join him. Always something new and interesting on the Delta.
Fowl River Paddle
Friday, July 7, 2006

Date: Friday July 7th
Time: 5:30 PM
Place: Memories Fishing Camp on Fowl River Rd
Contact: Juli Day 479-8368 377-0054 cezanneart@bellsouth.net
Beginner - Easy Paddle
Launch fee: $3.00
Directions: Take I-10 West. Take the Dauphin Island exit 17 off of I-10. This is the first exit heading west, past the I-65 and I-10 intersection. Go south past industrial complexes. Come to a dead end. Turn left to light. Turn right you will pass Julie's Bar (no kayak connections) on your left. You will come to a series of businesses on your left. Turn right on Fowl River Road, just as you see Greer's food store on your left. Memories will be on your left a couple of miles west. Memories is located on the east end of a concrete bridge.

Bring your PFD, light, water, bug spray, snack. We will eat at the Fowl River Marina after the paddle.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Magnolia River Paddle

Sunday, July 16, 2006 ; 2:00 PM
Beginner Friendly, easy paddle, 2-3 hours
Contact: Nancy Ward 251-990-5575

Paddle the beautiful Magnolia River from public put-in on Rock Street. Bring sunscreen, water, snack, pfd, anything to make your paddle pleasant - oh, don't forget bug spray, just in case.

Meet at the Exxon Station at Hwy 98 and cty rd 49 in Magnolia Springs at 2:00 PM, then drive over to the Rock Street put-in. Call Nancy if you plan to join her on this beautiful paddle.
Oak Bayou to Chuckfee Bay

When: Saturday, July 8, 2006
Where: Meet at Bruno's in Spanish Fort (Hwy 31 & 225) by 7:30 AM or Cloverleaf Landing by 8:00 AM
Contact: Danny Hart - E-mail me at dhart7274@bellsouth.net if anyone is interested.
Comments: We will take Raft River to Oak Bayou, north to Sand Bayou and into Chuckfee Bay, exploring some of the northern tributaries via Mallard Fork as time permits.

This will be a long day paddle (approximately 20-25 miles round trip) probably not suitable for beginners. Bring all of the essentials: PFD, skirts, and self-rescue equipment will be needed as Raft River can be rough at times. Bring sun screen, bug spray, a ready-to-eat lunch, snacks, and alternate energy sources (gels, bars, drinks, etc.). It'll be hot so bring plenty of drinking water to avoid getting dehydrated.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

FULL MOON PADDLE AND DINNER with the SUNSET and the MOON RISE
Monday, July 10, 2006 at 5:30 PM

Byrnes Lake to Gravine Island
Harriet and Fritz Ingraham: 251-928-4568 home; 251-604-3741 H cell; 251-680-8928 F cell
Meet at Bruno's in Spanish Fort at 5:30 PM. If you know how to get to Byrnes Lake landing, be there no later than 6:00 PM.

We are re-instating the paddles of the early days of the club -paddle and eat. This should be a great paddle. BRING FOOD/DISH to eat and share with others - don't everyone/anyone bring dessert, bring real food.

We will paddle from Byrnes Lake, across the Tensaw and to the northwest corner of Gravine, set up dinner on the sand hill and eat to the sunset in the west and the moon rise in the east. We will paddle back as the moon continues to rise over Byrnes Lake. This is a not-to-miss paddle. There is magic on this paddle. Bring/wear PFD and BRING A LIGHT (we prefer all paddlers wear PFD's when paddling after dark). Bugspray may be an option on the island. Round trip is approx 6 miles, and rated an easy to moderate paddle but for the Tensaw crossing, which is not predictable. If windy or fast current, Tensaw crossing is with effort. We leave no one behind, so come on.

We MUST be notified if you plan to come. With the website inactive for the month of July, any change in plans need to be communicated to you and we need to have a phone number to contact you. Call us and come have a wonderful summer evening.

Harriet
West Florida Canoe and Kayak Club Paddle and Dinner
Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 5:00 PM

The mellow paddlers division of West Florida Canoe and Kayak Club will meet at 5:00 PM, at the Oar House across from Pensacola Kayak and Sail, for feasting and fellowship.

Call Bob Andrews for directions fromMobile (ph: 251-367-4144 or ph: 850-456-5856). After dining, we will launch our boats and paddle Bayou Chico, following our fearless leader, Tina Murphy.

Everyone is invited to the feast, including those who don't plan to paddle. Bring a flashlight in case we paddle after dark and a PFD.

Harriet
August Club Meeting Presentation
Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 7:00 PM

Presenter: Hank BurchNatural - Resource Planner
AL Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources, State Lands Division -Coastal Section

The State Lands Division of the Alabama Dept of Conservation &Natural Resources Division is in the process of developing a Mobile Tensaw Delta Coastal Resource Center on the Causeway across from Meaher Park. This will include a canoe and kayak launch area and will be extending the Bartram trail network down through the southern delta, so this facility becomes a terminus for the larger trail system. Mr. Burch will be speaking on this fantastic facility, giving us a 'virtual tour', due to open in Sept/Oct, and will be talking about a Pass the Paddle promotion they are putting together with the statewide Clean Water Partnership. He will be interested in MBCKC's feedback on particular areas of interest to paddle in the Lower Delta. They are requesting and will be hoping to coordinate the opening of the Resource Center with MBCKC members involved at the grand opening. This will be a wonderful presentation and afford us, as a club, a new avenue of 'put-in' and education. Plan to attend this informative meeting on August 1.

Harriet
4th of July Paddle, Picnic and Fireworks
Tuesday, July 4, 2006

4th of July Fireworks Paddle and Gathering. Gene Boothe will lead his annual paddle and picnic from the Fairhope Yacht Club Gazebo. Plan to gather at the Gazebo around 6-6:30'ish. Bring a dish to eat and to share. Plan to leave the Gazebo at approx 7:30, to paddle to the Fairhope Pier, to enjoy the fireworks from the water by the marina at the pier. This is one of the most enjoyable views of Fairhope's wonderful Fireworks, come and enjoy the trip. Round trip is approximately 2 miles.

Contact Gene or Caroline Boothe for questions or details: 251-928-1107

IMPORTANT: We paddle together on this short trip, staying close to shore. There are hundreds of motor boats in the bay, but we have never had a problem with crowding, as we are closer to shore than they travel. Marine law requires a light on your boat after dark (a flashlight will be fine in this situation).

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Gary Worob has submitted a trip report from the beautiful SW...check it out on the paddle reports page!

http://www.paddlereport.blogspot.com/

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Book review: American Canoe Association, Essentials of Kayak Touring, Menasha Ridge Press, http://www.menasharidge.com/aca_flatwater.htm

This book is designed for use in a beginner class. Each chapter ends with a quiz for the student to answer, in workbook format. Each chapter begins with the exploits of some poor beginner named "Rick" who makes every mistake a paddler can make, from buying the wrong gear to capsizing in a shipping lane. Without an instructor, a beginner probably couldn't figure out everywhere poor Rick went wrong.

I'm sure this book is dandy for use in a classroom setting. But if you want to study your kayaking skills on your own, there are plenty of videos and books that are more suitable. My favorite book on the subject is Derek Hutchison's Expedition Kayaking on Sea & Open Water. Amazon.com sells several of Hutchinson's books.

Friday, June 09, 2006

--This Weekend--

Saturday
June 10th - The Fifth Annual Dog Paddle Races will be held at Luscher Park on the Dog River. You can register for any of several races for all levels of paddler (and their dogs) on race day. Click here for more information.


Sunday June 11th- Bob's Famous Full Moon Paddle
Location: Buzby's Fish Camp on Hwy 225
Time: 6:30pm
Comments: Don't forget to bring cash for the launch fee...$4 or $5 if I remember correctly. We will paddle out with the sunset, and back with the full moon. As always, dinner to follow somwhere along the causeway for those who are interested. For directions or more information, contact Bob Andrews at (251) 367-4144.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

June Club Calendar

We still need people to lead paddles...so, if you are interested, just shoot me an e-mail with date, time, and location!

Full Moon Paddle
Date: June 11th
Time: shortly before sunset
Place: To be determined, but probably out of Buzby's
Comments: The weather looks great, so details should follow in a day or two. Check back!

Fourth of July Paddle
Date: yes, it will be the 4th of July.
Time: TBA
Place: Fairhope Yacht Club
Comments: 4th of July also happens to fall on the day of the July meeting, so the meeting will probably be held during the paddle. This paddle will take us out from the FYC and onto the bay where we will raft up and enjoy fireworks and good company!

Some follow-on information from the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary presentation:
- after some searching, I found the AL Birds message board where I believe you can ask about the conditions favorable for a "fallout," where thousands of migratory birds will collapse on Dauphin Island to build up their energy reserves for the final push north to their nesting grounds. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/albirds/
- You can find a lot of the information presented last night, as well as links and information about birding at http://www.coastalbirding.org




Wednesday, May 24, 2006

MAY MONTHLY MEETING AT FAIRHOPE YACHT CLUB - BOATHOUSE BUILDING

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, June 6th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place. When you drive down the hill to the bay, take the last turn left into the parking lot, to the boathouse building.

Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries - Dr. John Porter - June 6 meeting

John Porter, the executive director of DIBS, will be presenting to
MBCKC on the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries. Below is some basic
info on DIBS. You can find a host of information on the DIBS website-
http://coastalbirding.org/

Dauphin Island, Alabama is one of the top birding spots in the
Southeast. An incredible three hundred and forty five species have
been reported on the island. Spring migration is the first landfall
for many Neotropical birds that make the five hundred mile flight
across the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula. Under adverse
weather conditions, large flocks of exhausted birds of many species
may seek shelter on the Island in a truly spectacular "fall-out".

Fall migration, which begins as early as July, can also be a very
rewarding time on the Island for birders. During this time, shore
birds begin to gather on the Island to store up energy for their
long, Neotropical flight. The Island is also ideal for birding in
winter, even in the absence of the fall migrants. Many permanent
species reside on the Island, and a variety of waterfowl, seabirds,
and shore birds fly in during the winter season.

The entire Island is a Bird Sanctuary in which rewarding observations
can be made in any of its public areas including parks, beaches,
dunes, wetlands and quiet streets. The Alabama Ornithological Society
meets yearly on Dauphin Island in both April and October to enjoy the
birding, fine fellowship, and great seafood. Visitors are always
welcome to participate in field trips and other such activities.
Anytime is good birding time on Dauphin Island.

Plan to attend - this should be wonderful

Friday, May 12, 2006

FULL MOON PADDLE CANCELLED

Unfortunately, Saturday's full moon paddle has been cancelled. If anyone else is planning to lead a trip, please let me know and I will post!

Friday, May 05, 2006

-WEEKEND UPDATE-

May 6: Club May Picnic and Paddle (see May meeting notes below)

May 7: Wooden Boat Show Paddle (wooden boat not required, paddle not associated with show)
Time: 2:00pm
Contact: delkers@bellsouth.net
Place: Pirates's Cove
Directions: Take Hwy 98S through Daphne/Fairhope, make a south turn onto CR 95, and go on to the end...

More from Steve Delkers:
Just some comments: Last time I attended their wooden boat show it was rather crowded. Therefore, I suggest we all go to the little Park/beach at the very end of 95. It is just past Pirates Cove [P.C.]. I plan to get there very early and maybe eat lunch at P.C. I think everybody requested 2:00 pm for a start time. That's cool with me.

FROM HWY 98: Just some Hwy notes: Hwy 98 makes a 90 degree left turn from heading South to heading East about five miles below Fairhope. Then it continues to run dead East to the State Line. The turn South onto Hwy 95 is 9.0 miles East of the Hwy 98/Hwy 59 intersection.

The Adventure Route: For the adventuous who like to avoid towns, they can take my route: using Co Road 32 to head East From either 98 just south of Fairhope [see sign for their airport at last traffic light]. Hint-- stop for chicken at Annie's inside the Yellow gas station at Marlow just a bit after crossing Fish River ["No diving from the bridge"] although that was the "Big-Boy Paddle Option" a few years ago.

From I-10: Hwy 32 can also be picked up from Hwy 59 about 5.75 miles south of Robertsdale for anyone coming via I-10. I'm pretty sure there is a caution light or maybe even a stop light at that intersection--but not much else other than the ubiquous gas station [Petrol for those who speak the Queen's English.] If 32 turns into a dirt road you have just missed the turn to Hwy 95. If you soon see an interesting private airfield, you're on the right path [95].


Wednesday, May 03, 2006

May Club Calendar and other notes...(there is a lot here)

We still need paddlers to assist at the Grandman Triathlon, free t-shirt involved...contact Harriet Ingraham at
hvk1457@aol.com

BLUZ CRUZ KAYAK RACE RESULTS:
  • Julie - 1st Place in 16ft and under with a time of 2h 59m 2s
  • Roland - 1st Place in 17ft and under plastic boats...also first Australian across the line
  • Brint - 3rd Overall with a time of 2h 17m
  • Dick and Marylin - 1st place in mixed/tandem
The consenus was that this was a great race; a lot of fun, and a great beginners race too. If I missed anyone's race results last night, please let me know and I will post!

The wooden boat built by the Organic School will be on display and available by auction at this Friday's Art Walk...make sure you stop by to check it out!

Looking for water hyacinth, goldfish, duck weed, sunfish, frogs, turtles, papyrus, or anything else to put in a pond/pool, etc? Shoot an e-mail to ersmoore@bellsouth.net ...everything living/swimming in a 20x30ft pond must go before moving day on May 21st.

still with me? ok...

May Club Calendar

Club May Picnic and Paddle
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006
Time: 3:00 PM into the evening
Place: Gary & Aven Warner's place on Dog River
Directions: Call Aven and Gary for directions to their house 251.473.1819
Comments: PLEASE RSVP TO AVEN (251)473-1819 to get a headcount and to let her know what you will bring for the potluck dinner, which will start at 6/6:30 PM. Bring your own beverages of choice.

The paddle will start at 3:00 PM and go into a nearby bayou, lasting for 1-2 hours or so, with other options for those who want to paddle a little longer. The paddle will be leisurely and most suitable for beginners with any kind of kayak or canoe.
This will be a great outing to meet your fellow club members and will be well attended, so make plans to come and call Aven and Gary, or you won't know how to get there!!!!

Wooden Boat Show Paddle (make sure to hit the show beforehand)
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2006
Time: 2:00 PM
Contact: delkers@bellsouth.net
Place: Pirates's Cove
Directions: check back soon...

Full Moon Paddle
Date: Saturday, May 13th
Time: TBA
Contact: Bob Andrews (251) 367-4144
Place: TBA


Evening Paddles on a Weeknight
Date: various, TBA


River Cleanup with the West Florida Canoe Club
Date: late-May
Check their website for details as they become available:
http://members.cox.net/wflccweb/index.html




Wednesday, April 26, 2006

****UPDATED INFORMATION****
MAY MONTHLY MEETING AT FAIRHOPE YACHT CLUB - BOATHOUSE BUILDING AND A MAY PICNIC & PADDLE...

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place. When you drive down the hill to the bay, take the last turn left into the parking lot, to the boathouse building.

Bob is putting together a slideshow presentation for this meeting...should be a good one!

HATS ARE IN....COME TO THE MEETING TO GET YOURS!

Club May Picnic and Paddle
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006
Time: 3:00 PM into the evening
Place: Gary & Aven Warner's place on Dog River
Directions: Call Aven and Gary for directions to their house 251.473.1819
Comments: PLEASE RSVP TO AVEN (251)473-1819 to get a headcount and to let her know what you will bring for the potluck dinner, which will start at 6/6:30 PM. Bring your own beverages of choice.

The paddle will start at 3:00 PM and go into a nearby bayou, lasting for 1-2 hours or so, with other options for those who want to paddle a little longer. The paddle will be leisurely and most suitable for beginners with any kind of kayak or canoe.
This will be a great outing to meet your fellow club members and will be well attended, so make plans to come and call Aven and Gary, or you won't know how to get there!!!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

***UPDATE*** Boiling Creek Addicts...

Date: Saturday, April 22nd

Contact: Tony Dockery (anthonydockery@yahoo.com) or Harriet/Fritz Ingraham - hvk1457@aol.com - 928.4568 home - 604.3741 cell
Meet at 9 am at Wilcox Exit on I-10 OR if coming from another direction meet at Yellow River Take Out at 9:30 am(Directions: Take I-10 to exit 31 in Florida, which is Hwy 87 south, the last Milton exit going east, and travel south for several miles until you cross the Yellow River bridge (can't miss it) immediately on left is parking lot) - we may be a couple minutes late depending on traffic, just wait for us there. Shuttle required, all need to be at this Yellow River location to arrange shuttle.
Come and have fun on beautiful Boiling Creek on the Eglin AFB. Make sure you bring your Eglin recreation permit and other ID. We will stop for lunch along the way, so bring the usual food, fluids, sunscreen, jacket, etc. for a few hours of fun in paradise. Plans are to paddle up a couple miles from the put-in, then paddle back down with the current. Should be a wonderful day with full spring bloom in process.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

***FLASH*** Help Required for Mulletman Triathlon

Mulletman Triathlon needs help on Sat, April 22. Helpers will get a tee shirt, 2 beers, and red beans and rice. Barbara Barnes is the Race Director for the Mulletman Triathlon at the FloraBama. She needs folks in kayaks to travel with the swimmers. Call 251-269-1477 or e-mail pearl1@gulftel.com. Race time is 7am to 8:30am.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

***FLASH*** EASTER SUNRISE PADDLE

Easter Sunday Sunrise Paddle - 6AM
Meet at very north end of the Fairhope Pier Public Beach at the duck pond. We will paddle out into the Bay for the Easter Sunrise Service at the Pier which begins at 6:30AM.

Contace Gene Boothe at 421-7826

(Weather from the webmaster: low temperature tonight is supposed to be 65F. Winds will build from the SW at about 10-15kts, but should be relatively gentle that early in the morning)

Thursday, April 13, 2006

There is a trip report posted for last weeks McVoy Lake paddle (same as McVeigh Lake), and a new canoe for sale...hurry, I bet it goes quick. Please let me know if you have plans to lead a paddle this weekend, and stay tuned for info about next week's paddles!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

April Club Calendar and other notes...

For those of you who were unable to make last nights meeting, Brint is passing on the website torch to me as he gets ready to move on to a new job in Orlando this summer. If you have any questions about the website, please e-mail me at out2sea03@hotmail.com...as soon as I figure out how to change the e-mail over on the right side of the page, I will do so. Harriet will be placing the order for club hats sometime today and they should be here well ahead of next months club meeting! And finally, please start looking ahead to late-April and May and consider leading a paddle...especially if you have found somewhere new to paddle!
-Ian Brosnan

Up Boiling Creek (with a paddle)

Date: Saturday, April 8th
Time: TBA (mid-morning sometime)
Place: TBA
Contact: Bob Andrews 251-367-4144
Comments: The plan is to paddle upstream in Boiling Creek, with a possible side trip up Little Boiling Creek before returning to the put-in site. Bring lunch and drinks, and don't forget your Eglin AFB Recreation Permit!

McVeigh Lake

Date: Sunday, April 9th
Time: 1pm
Place: Meet at Bruno's in Spanish Fort
Contact: Harriet Ingraham
phone: 251-928-4568
email: hvk1457@aol.com
Comments: This should be a relaxed paddle...if you haven't been to McVeigh Lake, you should definitely make this paddle!

Boiling Creek

Date: Saturday, April 22nd or Sunday, April 23rd
Time: TBA
Place: TBA
Comments: Tony will be leading this trip, more details to follow... and don't forget your Eglin AFB Recreation Permit!

BluzCruz Kayak Race

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2006
Contact: BluzCruz
Comments: This looks like a great race, with a good cause attached, and a number of members are planning on competing so you won't be alone out there...WEAR YOUR CLUB HATS!

Excerpt from their website:

The BluzCruz Marathon is a 22-mile charity race for competitive and recreational canoeists, and kayakers along the Mississippi River. No running shoes required!
The event will start at Madison Parish Port just north of Tallulah, Louisiana, and finish at Vicksburg Front, Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Marathon will have multiple canoe and kayak classes for competitive and recreational paddlers and is aimed at families and friends wanting to enjoy a safe paddling experience, as well as camaraderie with others who enjoy the great sport of paddling.

Our
Charity Partner is the Service Over Self Organization (SOS), a youth based Christian group that helps less privileged families in our community with needed home repairs. The BluzCruz Committee is a volunteer, non-profit group. This event provides a way for these volunteers to give back to the community, and support a worthy cause, while promoting health and excellence through the sport of paddling.

The Race will be held in conjunction with Vicksburg Riverfest. Vicksburg Riverfest festivities include a Friday night street party, Saturday Arts and Craft Show, and then back in the street Saturday night for music and fun for the entire family. Other sites to see: the Vicksburg National Military Park, Old Court House Museum, Riverfront Murals, historic homes, casinos and much more.


Grandman Triathlon, Fairhope Municipal Pier
June 3, 2006 7:00 AM - arrive by 6:30 AM

MBCAKC has been the team of kayak lifeguards since the triathlon began several years ago. Harriet Ingraham - 928.4568; hvk1457@aol.com is the kayak coordinator for this event. 10-15 kayakers are needed to line the swim race course, keeping swimmers on path and aiding tired swimmers who need a rest. Kayakers need to be in the water at the Fairhope Pier between 6:30 AM and 6:45 AM - after connecting with Harriet about positioning for the race. Please contact Harriet if you would like to volunteer. We, and Mobile Bay Watch received numerous positive comments about the MBCAKC presence last year and how secure all the swimmers felt by having us participate.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Fifth Annual Dog Paddle Race scheduled for June 10, 2006

The Fifth Annual Dog Paddle Race is set for June 10, 2006 from 8 AM until 1 PM, at Luscher / Navco Park. Located off Navco Road on Dog River in Mobile, Alabama. The event will include kayak, canoe, and rowboat races. The races will allow all racers experienced or otherwise a chance at stretching their arms. This year, the racing events will include:

Men's 1-mile at 8:30 AM
Women's 1-mile at 9:15 AM
Junior's (under 14) ½-mile at 10 AM
Parent-child's ½-mile at 10:30 AM
Novice ½-mile 11 AM
Open Division 2-miles at 11:30 AM

The $20 entry fee for adults and the $10 entry fee for students (with student identification) will include entry to any and all eligible races the entrant wishes to enter and one t-shirt. Spectators who wish to just observe, will have the experience of watching the race, enjoying good company, and lots of fun at Mobile's only public access to Dog River. A limited number of kayaks will be available for entrants who do not have the proper watercraft to use during races, or to just try out. The kayaks will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis. All proceeds from the Dog Paddle will go to Dog River Clearwater Revival. Profits will be used to support activities that promote the improvement of water quality in Dog River. Registration forms are available at Sunshine Canoe Rental, Michelle's, McCoy Outdoor, Blankenship's Universal Hardware, Boat US, Wigmans and local sporting and boating outlets. In the event of rain, the event will be held on the following day, June 11th, 2006. For more information call 510-0430 or follow the hyperlink at the following Web site:http://dogriver.southalabama.edu/

Sunday, April 02, 2006

APRIL MONTHLY MEETING AT FAIRHOPE YACHT CLUB - BOATHOUSE BUILDING

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place. When you drive down the hill to the bay, take the last turn left into the parking lot, to the boathouse building.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

***FLASH*** Hurst Hammock on Perdido River

Please note 8:30 AM time correction for the start or meeting time for the Perdido River paddle set for tomorrow, March 31, 2006. Other than some early morning fog, the weather looks good for excellent paddling tomorrow.

Friday, March 24, 2006

*****FLASH PADDLE*****

We are going to paddle on Boiling Creek Saturday, March 25 after all. There just will not be all of the other activities such as camping and mountain bike riding over the whole weekend that was originally planned. The full weekend affair will be rescheduled for mid-April.

So, here we go again...

Date: Saturday, March 25, 2006
Time: 9:30 AM
Place: Yellow River bridge parking lot
Directions: Take I-10 to exit 31 in Florida, which is Hwy 87 south, the last Milton exit going east, and travel south for several miles until you cross the Yellow River bridge (can't miss it) immediately on left is parking lot.
Contact: Brint Adams - 251-583-9919
Comments: Come and have fun on beautiful Boiling Creek on the Eglin AFB. Make sure you bring your Eglin recreation permit and other ID. We will stop for lunch along the way, so bring the usual food, fluids, sunscreen, jacket, etc. for a few hours of fun in paradise.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

*****NOTICE*****

Check out the updates to the remainder of the March Club Calendar below. The camping trip this weekend (March 25 & 26) to Grassy Point has been postponed to mid-April. There will be a paddle on Boiling Creek on March 25, meet at the Yellow River bridge parking lot by no later than 9:30 AM. Please watch for new details once they are confirmed.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

BACK BY SPECIAL REQUEST - MBCKC CLUB HATS:

Special order only (People MUST contact me with their order). Cost for the hats will be $7.25 each. I prefer to have the money before I order. Checks MUST be made out to me, Harriet Ingraham, NOT MBCKC (as we have no treasury or banking account). I can be reached at email address or home phone. I will be placing the order immediately after the April 4th club meeting, delivery will be back to me sometime in mid-April, with distribution to follow. You must contact me by phone or email to place your order, at which time I will give you my address.

NOTE: COLOR SELECTION: click here to see all colors
I must place orders in multiples of 12 per color. Colors to choose from are Tangerine, Mustard (2 more visable and popular club hat colors due to high visability when on the water), Forest (new color) and Marine Blue, also a popular color. You must be prepared to give me your color preference In Order Of Preference (1 being first choice - 4 being last choice). Be prepared to accept a substitute from the color you have chosen to another color based on popular demand and my need to meet the minimum of 12 per color.
Please note that our logo is BLACK lettering on embroidery and BROWN lettering on the crossed paddles. If anyone would like me to email a logo copy to them, I can.

Remember, make ordering arrangements with me by April 4th. I will place the order on April 5th, with delivery notification upon my receipt of hats, expected mid to late April.

if contacting me by email, please Subject your email: CLUB HATS

Harriet Ingraham
phone: 251-928-4568
email: hvk1457@aol.com

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

March Club Calendar

Derelict Crab Trap Recovery Program

Date: Saturday, March 11, 2006
Time: 8:00 AM - Noon
Places: Fowl River, Dog River, Chacaloochee Bay Causeway boat launch, Meaher State Park boat launch, Fairhope Yacht Club, Weeks Bay CR 1 boat launch, Wolf Bay
Contacts: Leslie Hartman - Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources - lhartman@gulftel.com 251-861-2882 and Lee Yokel - Mobile Bay National Estuary Program - lyokel@mobilebaynep.com 251-431-6409
Comments: For more information, click on Program, Volunteers, Locations. Bring gloves, boots and clothes that can get dirty. In general, we are asked to not bring kayaks and canoes, but depending on the location, captains in charge and other available motor boats, you might come prepared, if needed.

Full Moon Over Whiskey Ditch

DATE: Saturday, March 11, 2006
TIME: 5:00 PM
PLACE: Old Riverdocs on the Causeway, Spanish Fort, AL
DIRECTIONS: From Mobile, take the Causeway (or I-10 to the mid-bay exit 30 and turn left) and go to the parking lot on the left about 100 meters before reaching Ed's Seafood Shed. From the Eastern Shore, take the Causeway past Ed's about 100 meters and turn into the lot on the right.
CONTACT: Brint Adams - 251-583-9919
COMMENTS: This will be a beginner-friendly easy, slow paddle to legendary and remote Whiskey Ditch in the lower delta. The water level will be up making it easy to get all the way back to the end. Paddle distance will be 4 miles. Bring a light for the after dark return, as well as your favorite beverage to enjoy back in the middle of the delta. For those interested, we will meet at a nearby restaurant for dinner afterwards.

DEMO DAY - KAYAKS & CANOES FOR TEST PADDLES
Presented by: Pensacola Kayak & Sail in association with Fairhope Boat Co.

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2006
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PMPlace: Pensacola Kayak & Sail on Bayou Chico in Pensacola, FL
Contact: Tony Chavers 251-928-3417 or Bob Andrews 251-367-4144
The popular kayak demo day is back again this spring! Come out to test paddle new models of kayaks, canoes, paddles, pfd's and other equipment. Manufacturer representatives from Wilderness Systems, Hurricane AquaSports, Ocean Kayak, Old Towne, Necky, Hobie and others will be present to demonstrate their new models and answer your questions about the hottest 2006 equipment on the market.

Boatyard Lake-Pine Log Creek-Alabama River-Little Bear Creek

Date: Sunday, March 19, 2006
Time: 9:00 AM at Stagecoach Cafe in Stockton, AL
Place: Put in at Boatyard Landing
Contact: Brint Adams 251-583-9919
Comments: From Stockton, we will caravan to Boatyard Landing (approx 12 mi & $4 launch charge) to put in. This will be an intermediate level day-long paddle of approximately 15 miles exploring Boatyard Lake, Pine Log Creek to the Alabama River around the Ft. Mims Bend to Little Bear Creek, connecting back to the Alabama to the cutoff to Boatyard Lake. Most of the paddle will be a loop with the only out/back on Boatyard and Pine Log. Bring the usual preparations, including lunch, plenty of fluids, sunscreen and bug juice for a full day of fun in the upper delta.


Johnson's Beach Paddle and Overnight Camping

Date: Tuesday-Thursday, March 21-23, 2006
Time: TBA
Contact: Carolyn Boothe 251-928-1107
Directions: Take Hwy 98 east out of Fairhope, cross the state line into Florida, turn right on Co. Rd. 293 (Bauer Rd) and go for 3.9 miles, turn right on CR 292 and go for 3.4 miles, turn left on Johnson's Beach Rd. We will meet in Johnson's Beach parking lot.
Comments: Call Carolyn, so she will know who is coming and may contact you if conditions change. This is an overnight camping trip, intermediate level paddle due to open water, on a barrier island in the National Seashore system. Bring camping needs, food and plenty of water for dinner and breakfast.

Hurst Hammock Landing on Perdido River - UPDATED

Date: Friday, March 31, 2006
Time: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Place: Hurst Hammock, FL
Contact: Tina Murphy @ tcmurph@mchsi.com or 850-994-0290 or Bob Andrews 251-367-4144
Comments: Take Alternate Hwy. 90 to Hwy. 99 (Beulah Road then name changes to Hurst Hammock Road). Turn south on Hwy. 99 and follow it to the end (approx. 5-6 miles) Launch fee $4-$5. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen and canoe or kayak. There is the option of renting a boat from Bob Andrews by calling ph. 251-367-4144.
For those of you who like a little daring with your paddle, there is the possibility of shooting through a culvert if the water level is right. For those of you who like to be entertained by the folly of others, there is the possibility of hanging out at the end of said culvert and taking bets on who makes it and who gets wet. As always, there will be a good time for all.
RSVP or for details and tidbits call Tina or Bob.

Grassy Point and Boiling Creek - UPDATED - NOW POSTPONED TO MID-APRIL DUE TO WEATHER

Date: Saturday & Sunday, March 25-26, 2006 - POSTPONED TO APRIL
Saturday Paddle Time: 9:15 AM at the Yellow River bridge parking lot.
Contact: Gary Worob (850) 259-9337 gworob@yahoo.com
Directions: take route I-10 east to the Milton exit/rt.87, as if you were going to Boiling Creek. Go 5 mi. past the Yellow River bridge to the first paved road on the right (west side). There will be a sign saying OLF CHOCTAW AIR FORCE BASE: turn right there, and go until you can see the gate, turn right at dirt road just before the gate. Go 5 miles on the well-graded dirt road and stay to right until you get to campsite.
Comments: this is a great paddling and/or camping weekend. Grassy Point is located below Milton, FL and near Boiling Creek. It is another pristine area run by Northwest Florida water management district (they own Econfina Creek). No permit is needed and camping is primitive with clean portapotti's. We will paddle Little Boiling Creek and Boiling Creek Saturday morning...then return for some trail biking and group potluck dinner at camp, so bring a dish to share. Bring plenty of food and water for the other meals. This is a pure white sandy beach lagoon with huge live oaks to camp under...pristine. You will need a permit to paddle Boiling Creek!
Gary is going in on Friday and will be camping both Friday and Saturday nights. If you are coming in Saturday morning, go to the Yellow River bridge parking lot to set up the shuttle. After the paddle on Saturday, there will be a trail bike ride for those interested, so bring your mountain bikes along as well as canoes/kayaks.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

*****FLASH PADDLE*****BEAR CREEK AND OVERNIGHT AT CANAL ISLAND PLATFORM

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2006 to Sunday, March 5, 2006
Time: 9:30 AM at StageCoach Cafe in Stockton, AL
Place: Hubbard's Landing - there is a launch fee ($3-$5)
Contact: Brint Adams - 251-583-9919
Comments: Space on the floating platform is limited, so call Brint to reserve a space if you plan to camp overnight. Anyone is welcome to day paddle on Saturday and return to Hubbard's Landing that afternoon. We will head north up Tensaw Lake and explore up to the end of Farris Creek. Then we will paddle up Big Beaver Creek and Bear Creek, before returning to Canal Island for the night. We will paddle roughly 12-15 miles on Saturday. On Sunday, we will return to Hubbard's Landing.
For overnighters, plan on Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast.
DEMO DAY - KAYAKS & CANOES FOR TEST PADDLES
Presented by: Pensacola Kayak & Sail in association with Fairhope Boat Co.

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2006
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: Pensacola Kayak & Sail on Bayou Chico in Pensacola, FL
Contact: Tony Chavers 251-928-3417 or Bob Andrews 251-367-4144

The popular kayak demo day is back again this spring! Come out to test paddle new models of kayaks, canoes, paddles, pfd's and other equipment. Manufacturer representatives from Wilderness Systems, Hurricane AquaSports, Ocean Kayak, Old Towne, Necky, Hobie and others will be present to demonstrate their new models and answer your questions about the hottest 2006 equipment on the market.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

MARCH MONTHLY MEETING AT FAIRHOPE YACHT CLUB - BOATHOUSE BUILDING

The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place. When you drive down the hill to the bay, take the last turn left into the parking lot, to the boathouse building.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

****FLASH****SUNDAY PADDLE CANCELLED TO RED MAPLE SLOUGH

Harriet has cancelled the paddle for Sunday afternoon, February 26, 2006 due to anticipated north winds, which will likely result in low water levels, making it difficult to get there.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

****FLASH PADDLE****RED MAPLE SLOUGH

Date: Sunday, February 26, 2006
Time: 2:30 PM
Place: Old Riverdocs on the Causeway
Directions: See below in description for same trip last week
Contact: Harriet and Fritz Ingraham - 680-8928 (Fritz Cell), 928-4568 home
Comments: Starting late in the day because of tides - total paddle about 8 miles -approx 3 hours, give or take a few minutes. Bring a light for your kayak as we may return after dark.

Maple Slough has been badly damaged from recent hurricanes, however on a trip up this past weekend, what remains was not a full bloom - expecting some color on this paddle.

Bring water and a light snack.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Derelict Crab Trap Recovery Program

Date: Saturday, March 11, 2006
Time: 8:00 AM - Noon
Places: Fowl River, Dog River, Chacaloochee Bay Causeway boat launch, Meaher State Park boat launch, Fairhope Yacht Club, Weeks Bay CR 1 boat launch, Wolf Bay
Contacts: Leslie Hartman - Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources - lhartman@gulftel.com 251-861-2882 and Lee Yokel - Mobile Bay National Estuary Program - lyokel@mobilebaynep.com 251-431-6409
Comments: For more information, click on Program, Volunteers, Locations. Bring gloves, boots and clothes that can get dirty. In general, we are asked to not bring kayaks and canoes, but depending on the location, captains in charge and other available motor boats, you might come prepared, if needed.

Harriet adds the following comments:

Between now and March 10, if anyone comes across any derelict crab traps in the bay or lower delta, please make a note of generally where you see them and notify me by email, and please flag them with some ORANGE tape - easily found at a hardware store. You could carry a role with you on your paddles. Please tie the tape very securely and make sure enough is attached to be seen (we don't want the tape breaking away and further littering our bay). If you don't have any tape, please let me know where you saw them.

The bay is full of debris, and I noticed at least a half dozen crab traps in Big Bateau Bay this past weekend - they are a hazard to boaters of all kinds, and ugly in our beautiful area. So, with that in mind, I assume there are many more in Justins Bay, Chacaloochee Bay, the entire area. I am comprising a general list of where we see them and forwarding on to Mobile Bay NEP, so they can send boats to retrieve them.

And remember, March 11 is the Derelict Crab Trap Removal program - as kayakers and canoers, our help is requested especially before the date, performing the above mentioned tasks. Mobile Bay NEP discourages kayaks and canoes during the actual event, as we cannot retrieve the traps. However, they request our help during the day - many volunteer jobs will be available - just check the website:
http://www.mobilebaynep.com/Crab%20Stuff/Crab_Trap/Crab%20Trap%20Program.htm

Harriet Ingraham
hvk1457@aol.com