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.
Contact: Juli Day 479-8368 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Place: Bear Lake
Contact: Mark, phone 802-8484 or http://www.wfcanoekayak.com.