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5 RIVERS DELTA RESOURCE CENTER (map) AT 7PM. SEE THE POSTS BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS!

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Current Club Coordinator: Tracy Lannie
MBCKC would like to express our appreciation to 5 Rivers and it's staff for all they do.

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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).