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MBCKC would like to express our appreciation to 5 Rivers and it's staff for all they do.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

December's Notes and Paddles

January Meeting

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at the Tensaw Delta Theater with the all new "Meet, Greet, & Eat" beginning at 6:45 pm and the program beginning at 7pm. Ms. Karen Jordan, Instructor, USA Earth Sciences, will provide information on the sport of geocaching. Also, Dr. Mimi Fearn, Department Chair, USA Earth Sciences, will talk about "Dog River Activities".

December Notes and Paddles
Good food and good 'paddle tales' were shared at December's meeting. The club presented Harriet with a 'kayak photo-memory book' in recognition of her outstanding contributions to and support of our club. We also welcomed our new club president, Maggie Pyle. Maggie will begin leading our meetings in January under the guidance of Harriet.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Wednesday, December, 31st - Last Sunset Paddle
Contact/Leader: Gene Boothe Home Phone: 928-1107
Notes: Gene will put in at the Fairhope Yacht Club and paddle out to see the last sunset of 2008. Contact Gene for more information.
Sunday, December 7 - Indian Mound Paddle
Contact: Gene Boothe Home Phone: 928-1107 Cell Phone: 421-7826
Meeting Place/Time: StageCoach Cafe 7:30 am
Notes: Gene will be leading another paddle in conjunction with the Archaelogical Studies to see Indian Mounds. Please call Gene for more information

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

November Notes and Paddles

December Meeting
The next meeting will be held Tuesday, December 2nd 7pm at the Tensaw Theater / Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.
The last month of the year will be here and Christmas Season will have arrived. December's Meeting will consist of potluck and story telling. Bring your favorite dish/snack to share as you share your favorite paddle tale (or your most memorable one) from 2008. Wear your Santa hat and all! Dont' miss this last meeting of the year!

Also, T-shirts are here and will be distributed at the meeting Tues night to all who ordered. If you have not paid Harriet, please bring cash or check (made out to Harriet King-Ingraham) to the meeting.

Notes from November's Meeting
What beautiful photos were displayed at the "Coastal Images" photo contest, and some interesting ones too! It is both fascinating and amusing to see what one person views as a photographic opportunity...that someone else may not 'see'. Thanks to all of those who brought their photos to share.

November Paddles
Please check back frequently for updates. There seem to be a lot of paddles that are still in the 'planning mode'.

Sunday, November 9, 2008
Leaders: Audrey Preston and Suely
Launch: 2pm - Scott's Landing on the causeway
Notes: paddle this Sunday afternoon 11/9. We will head up the coast towards Bay Minette Basin until we get tired and want to turn around. We're both relaxed paddlers so the pace will be whatever we're in the mood for. Hoping to see some wildlife (maybe even white pelicans?) Anyone is welcome to join us but please call or email. Suely: 251-609-0880 or Audrey cell#251-752-8860, email:

Saturday, November 16
Dorine and Stape Shields are in the Mobile Bay area again. We are planning to paddle Wolf Bay and up the Wolf River on Saturday, Nov. 15 with Janick Temler , and with any one else who would like to go. Stape.

November 20th - Juli Day's Afternoon Paddle
TBA - time will be approximately 3:30 pm somewhere off the causeway

Wednesday, November 26th - Juli Day's Afternoon Paddle
11/26- wednesday
Contact: Juli Day – PLEASE CALL as she may change place 377-0054
Launch: Scotts landing on the causeway 1 p.m.
Call Juli for more details: 377.0054
Launch fee: $1

Upcoming Events

Volunteers Needed Dec 3 - 10 / A note from Aileen Trotter
Hello to all of our wonderful Grandman Volunteers!
You all have been such wonderful volunteers for us in the past, we are hoping that some of you may have some time to help us out with an upcoming event. Mobile Baykeeper, MAWSS and Five Rivers are hosting the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center. This is a hands-on exhibit developed by the Wyland Foundation to teach children about the importance of water in our world. There is a brief description on our web site (
We are in need of volunteers for December 3 through the 10th. Below, I have included a brief description of the volunteer opportunities. We would love to have you join us for this event. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me at or 251-433-4229.
We hope to see you there!
Aileen Trotter
Outreach & Education Director
Mobile Baykeeper
251-433-4229 Office
251-432-8197 Fax

Sunday, December 14, 2008 2pm - Holiday Flotilla
Decorate your canoe / kayak for Christmas! A day of fun on Sunday, Dec. 14th 2pm. Float begins at 2pm, be there by 1:30 to decorate and get boats in water. Click below for more info:
Holiday Kayak and Canoe Flotilla information.

Monday, October 13, 2008

October Notes and Paddles

November Meeting
The next meeting will be Tuesday, November 4, 2008 in Delta Hall. Delta Hall is the middle building, immediately west of the Tensaw Theater which we usually meet in.
The Second Annual MBCKC Paddling Photo Contest will take place during this meeting.
Categories : 1. Flora 2. Landscape/Waterscape 3. Boat (with or without Paddlers) 4. Birds/Wildlife
Photographs must be taken while on a paddle. Photographs may be in color or black and white and must be NO Larger than 8x12 No digitally enhanced/altered photographs please. For judging purposes please title your entry. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of the four categories listed above. Bring your mounted or framed photograph to the November 4th meeting. Entries will be judged by MBCKC members. Attach the following information to the back of your entry: Name, Subject/Category, and Title

MBCKC T-Shirts - ORDERS FOR SHIRTS NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED Place your order with Harriet King-Ingraham on or before the November 4th meeting. Shirts will be ordered after the meeting with delivery on or before the December meeting.
All checks MUST be made out to Harriet King-Ingraham – the club has no treasury and checks made out to the club cannot be cashed and will not be honored.
$12 per t-shirt. This covers the cost of the shirt. There is no up-charge. As the quantity of total club shirts ordered increases in increments of 36, the cost will go down and you will be refunded the difference.
Brand: Authentic Pigment – these run slightly large and do not shrink.
Color choices: Bay Blue, Willow Green and Goldenrod Yellow – lettering black
Our traditional club design will be large on back and our logo of crossed kayak/canoe paddles and club name will be on the front pocket area (these are NOT pocketed t-shirts)
Please provide me with a first and second color choice, in the event your first choice is not available at time of production.
!!! I need your money prior to my ordering the shirts please. !!! Don't miss this opportunity, We only order shirts every three years or so!
Harriet King-Ingraham
251.928.4568 home
251.604.3741 cell
Call for address if you want to mail a check.

October Paddles

Sunday, Oct 19th - Boiling Creek Paddle
Leaders/Contacts: Harriet and Fritz-928.4568 hm; H cell 604.3741; F cell 680.8928!!!!
Important Note: MUST HAVE CURRENT EGLIN AFB RECREATION PASS !!!!!!!! MUST CALL IF YOU ARE COMING !!!! NOT beginner friendly - moderate skill level required due to the twists and turns of the creek and the fast movement of the water. Number of paddlers limited to 12.
Meet: Meeting at Wilcox Exit (north side) on I-10 at 8:15 a.m. - will caravan to the put-in. We will be running a shuttle from put-in to take-out.
More Notes: Paddle length will be 5-8 miles depending on route. Don't miss this opportunity - blooms and beauty should be peak at this time. Bring all normal paddling gear, plus a Dry change of clothes in the event you spill. Bring drinks, lunch and snacks. Due to distance traveling, time spent shuttling, and time on the water enjoying the creek, this will be an all-day event. !!! MUST CALL IF YOU ARE COMING !!!

Bottle Creek - October 19 ***This paddle is now full
Leader: Gene Boothe
Time: 8:00 am Place: Rice Creek Landing
This trip is inconjunction with the trip being led by Dr. Greg Waselkiv, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Archaelogical Studies to see Indian Mounds. This will be a day long trip and is not for beginners.

Thurs. Oct 30 - Juli's Early Evening Paddle
Leader:Juli Day 377-0054
Launch: 5:00pm Thursday 30th Place: causeway Put in: TBA
easy paddle beginner friendly call Juli to let her know you will be coming.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

September Notes and Paddles

October Meeting:
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7pm (Tensaw Theater/Five Rivers Delta Resource Center). Anna Keene of the Alabama Coastal Foundation will give her previously scheduled presentation on their organization and some specifics of the Coastwatch program (which could give us kayakers a chance to volunteer for specific duties in different areas of the coast). She will also discuss the Osprey Trail they are currently working on.

It is time to renew Recreation Permits for Eglin AFB (Boiling Creek Paddles)
Passes expire Sept. 30th. New passes will begin being issued on Sept. 23; you can mail your info and payments in now to avoid delays. They will begin processing permits on Sept.23. The fee is still $10. If renewing, please include a copy of your old permit if possible. Also, the following must be included: Name, Address, DOB, phone # of each person obtaining a permit. Checks can be made payable to Jackson Guard. For mailing address, click on the appropriate link to the right. For further information, call (850)882-4164.

MBCKC T-Shirts Coming Soon. Pre-Order Only no stock carried.
It's been 5 years since the club had shirts made - time to do it again. Cost is determined by the number of shirts that are ordered, but $12 each will be the high end, and possibly as low as $9 each on the bottom, based on quantity ordered.
Harriet King-Ingraham will be handling this exchange. Please stay posted for further details. But this much has already been decided:
-Authentic Pigment is the shirt brand - they tend to run loose in size and do not shrink. This is the brand that Five Rivers Outfitters has at their store - stop by to see how the sizing is if you want.
-There will be 2 or 3 colors from which to choose.
-Harriet REALLY needs the money up-front, and is asking, initially for $12 per shirt - she will refund any difference, if the cost is less.
-MBCKC has NO treasury, so there is no up-charge on these shirts - just base cost. All money exchange is with Harriet, so any checks must be made out to Harriet King-Ingraham. Do NOT make out checks to MBCKC, as there is no bank account to support this.
-Hoping to have the orders placed immediately after the November meeting ... so you can have your shirt at the December meeting !!!
-Stay tuned for updates.........

September's Meeting Notes:
Steve Delker, USCG Auxiliary, held a briefing on paddling safety. He covered many important topics such as wearing the proper pfd (life jacket), wearing appropriate clothing (for both weather and visibility), having enough food, water, supplies, and gear (including rescue/safety gear)for the unexpected, practicing rescue skills, and knowing your physical abilities/limits and paddling within them. One topic discussed was filing a float plan. Click below to see two different printable float plan forms:

Thank you Steve for sharing your time with us and reminding us to stay safe on the water!

September Paddles

***rescheduled/ canceled due to weaher Chickasabogue to Brookley Field Paddle, September 20th rescheduled - paddle will now be on Sat. Sept. 27
Contact: Paul Taylor, 648-2962
Launch: Saturday, 20 sept 7am
Notes: We will leave from Chickasabogue Creek and Hwy 43. there is a $3 launch fee. we will end up on Brookley Field next to the Coast Guard base. it is about 15 miles and will take 4 to 5 hours. call me if you are coming as we have to plan a shuttle. paul taylor 648-2962

Sunday, Sept 21 Gunnison Creek Paddle
Leader: Juli Day 377-0054
Launch: 8:30 at Steele Creek Lodge North I-65 to exit 19 Saraland East on Hwy 43. Pass through red light at Pilot Truck stop. Take next left over the RR tracks (there is a Steel Creek Lodge sign on rt on Hwy 43) Cross the RR tracks bear left go 1 to 1 1/2 miles.When you see the sign that says Steele Creek 1/2 mile look for a very sturdy yellow gate.Go through the gate on a gravel tree lined rd down to the boat launch.
Notes: 2-3 hour leisurely paddle. Bring usual paddle gear/drinks/snacks
Call Juli if you plan to go 377-0054

Wednesday, September 24 - Juli's early evening paddle
Contact: Juli Day 377-0054
More info to be announced / watch for updates

Saturday, Sept. 27 - Chickasabogue to Brookley Field Paddle
Contact: Paul Taylor 648-2962
Launch: 7am Chickasabogue Creek & Hwy 43 Launch fee: $3
Notes: we will paddle down the creek to the river, head south through downtown, around McDuffy Island and finally take out at the Coast Guard Base Launch. Please call if you plan to paddle; we must make arrangements to shuttle 648-2962

Sunday, Sept. 28 - Boiling Creek Paddle
Contact: Tracy Lannie 463-4233
Meet: 9am at the I-10 Wilcox Exit (#53)
Notes: David and I will take advantage of the last weekend on our Boiling Creek Permits by paddling Boiling Creek on Sunday, Sept 28. We may even go for a swim. If you have your pass and would like to paddle with us, please call me at 463-4233. We will meet at the Wilcox Exit to caravan to the put-in. This will be a moderate paddle due to the current and the twists of the creek. Please bring all essential gear: pfd, water,snacks. You must call if you plan on coming as our plans may change.Tracy 463-4233

Sunday, Oct 5 - Fish River Paddle
Contact: Nancy Ward
Meet: 1:30 pm Big Daddy's North Parking Lot
Notes: Easy, relaxed paddle with an option to dine at Big Daddy's afterwards. Plan on paddling up Fish River and returning late afternoon. Bring sunscreen, pfd, snacks, fluids, all the usual gear. Must call if you plan on paddling 990-5575 Call 454-6084 on the afternoon of the paddle For directions, click here:

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, Sept 20th - Coastal Cleanup
If you are interested in volunteering for the 21st Annual Coastal Cleanup, click here:

Saturday, Sept. 27, 12pm-2pm; Alligator Safety w/ kayaker Mike Bosarge:
Mike Bosarge will be speaking at The Five Rivers Delta Resource Center about alligator safety (while in a canoe or kayak) Apprehensive about paddling because you might run across some of the more toothy Delta residents? Be prepared, and know the do's and do not's of alligator safety. For more information, call: 625-0814

Sunday, September 28 - Turtle Derby on the Delta/ Volunteer Kayakers Needed!
Five Rivers Delta Resource Center -a rubber turtle race benefiting Covenant Hosptial, volunteer kayakers needed to help keep the turtles from swimming astray. You must call or email if you plan to volunteer: Shonda: 251.625.0814 or
for more info on the derby, click here:

October 16 - 19 - Bird Fest

*October 25 - Nov 2 - Third Annual Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival
which celebrates Southwest Florida's 190 mile marked paddlling trail, The Great Calusa Bluewayfor more information see:

*October - Florida Paddlers Rendezvous Oct 30 - Nov 2, 2008 - MBCAKC has been specifically invited to attend (as well as other out of state groups). This year the Rendezvous will be held at Hillsborough River State Park and is a fun-filled four days of paddling on the Tampa Bay area rivers, estuaries, and the Gulf of Mexico. Reservations are now being accepted. To ensure a spot, make your reservations early!!!!! (for more information, see:

'"COASTAL IMAGES" November 4th, 2008
Categories : 1. Flora 2. Landscape/Waterscape, 3. Boat (with or without Paddlers)
4. Birds/Wildlife
Share what you see as you paddle the delta, bays, estuaries or many rivers and bayous along the coast. Photographs must be taken while on a paddle in a kayak or canoe. Photographs may be in color or black and white and must be NO Larger than 8x12
No digitally enhanced/altered photographs please
For judging purposes please title your entry
Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of the four categories listed above.
Bring your mounted or framed photograph to the November 4th meeting. Entries will be judged by MBCKC members.
Attach the following information to the back of your entry:
note: one of the purposes of "Coastal Images" is to encourage paddlers to paddle in new and unexplored areas and share the experience with your photographs.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

August Notes and Paddle Information

September Meeting - Update:
Anna Keene's presentation has been postponed until the October 7th meeting. Steve Delker will still be giving his briefing on safety.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept 2, 2008 at 7pm at the Tensaw Theater/Five Rivers Delta Resource Center. Anna Keene of Alabama Coastal Foundation will be giving a presentation on their organization and some specifics of the Coastwatch program (which could give us kayakers a chance to volunteer for specific duties in different areas of the coast). Her presentation will also include information on the wonderful Osprey Trail they are currently working on.
Additionally, Steve Delker, US Coast Guard Reserve, and long-time club member, will be giving a brief talk on safety on the water

August Meeting Notes
What lovely photos we saw in Bob Andrew's slide show presentation of St. Vincent Island and of our very own Mobile Delta! Thank you Bob for sharing your photos and your kayak tales with us!

August Paddles

Tuesday, Aug 12, Kayaking for Kids Paddle
Contact: Tracy Lannie 463-4233 or
Put-in: 2pm Blue Gill Restaurant, boat launch east of restaurant
Launch Fee: none, but there is a $20 entry fee, this is a fund raising event (please see below under 'upcoming events' for details/entry form
Notes: Several members of MBCKC will join in on the finale of the "kayaking for kids" paddle by meeting up with the group that began their 332 mile journey ten days ago and paddling to the finish with them to join in at the festivities to be held at the Blue Gill Restaurant. Please call if you plan on paddling. Also, remember to bring all essential kayaking gear, pfd, water, bug spray, etc
You will receive a t-shirt!

Thursday, Aug. 14, Juli's Late Afernoon Paddle
Contact: Juli Day 377-0054
Put-in: 4:30 Bay Front Park, Daphne
Notes: Juli plans to lead these late afternoon/early evening paddles approximately every other Thursday. This is a leisurely, beginner friendly paddle. Plan is to put-in at 4:30 and paddle for about 1 1/2 hours. Bring usual gear: pfd, water, snack Please call Juli if you plan to paddle in case plans change 377-0054

Full Moon Paddle
Harriet and Fritz regret that they will not be able available to lead a full moon paddle this month. There may be several others stepping up to do so. Please watch this site for posting(s) for August's full moon paddle(s).

Sunset/Full Moon Float - Saturday Aug. 16, Cancelled due to weather
Where: Little Lagoon, Gulf Shores
Put in: 5pm 1248 West Lagoon Ave, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Leader: Audrey Preston
Contact: Suely (251-609-0880)
Bring water, snacks, pfd, light, bug repellant and all normal paddling gear. Leisurely paddle, stop to stretch your legs on a sand bar or swim, enjoy the sunset and the moon rising. There is a bathroom for use. Weather permitting, of course. PLEASE CALL IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO JOIN US!!!
Directions:From Hwy 59, head south and turn right onto West Beach Blvd. Be in the right lane when the road splits off (immediately after Pier 33 Convenience Store on the right) and the road is now West Lagoon Avenue. Continue past 10th and 11th and the duplex is between 11th and 12th on the right side of the road(immediately after 2 huge salmon/pumpkin colored buildings). # 1248 is painted seafoam green with white trim and faded burgundy doors. The mailbox is across the street from the driveway. Please call 251-609-0880 if you get lost.

Sunday, Aug 17, Fish River Paddle
Leader: Nancy Ward 990-5575 or
Launch: 1:30 pm at Big Daddy's - 16542 Ferry Rd. Fairhope /click below for directions
Notes: Meet at 1:30 Sunday in Big Daddy's North parking lot - plan is to paddle up Fish River keeping close to shore, turn around and return late afternoon. Option to dine afterwards at Big Daddy's with live music by John Reno. Bring all essential gear; PFD, water, snacks, sun screen, bug spray. Please call Nancy if you plan on paddling in case plans change. 990-5575 or on the noon of the paddle dial 454-6084

Thursday, Aug. 28, Juli's Late Afternoon Paddle
Leader: Juli Day 377-0054
Launch: Meaher State Park, 4:30 pm
Notes: We will explore the area south of the causeway. Easy Paddle approx 1 1/2 hours/Beginner friendly. Bring all usual paddling gear

***Canceled***Sunday, Aug. 31, Fish River Paddle ***Canceled
Contact: Nancy Ward 990-5575
Launch: Big Daddy's North Parking Lot 1:30 pm (refer to above Aug 17 Fish River Paddle for directions)
Notes: Easy, Relaxing Paddle. Plan is to return late afternoon with option to dine at Big Daddy's. Bring usual paddle essentials: pfd, water, snacks, sunscreen
E-mail me ( or phone me (990-5575) if you're considering coming so I can notify you if plans change. GIVE ME YOUR PHONE NUMBER. On 8/31, near the time of the paddle, I'll have my cell phone on (454-6084). I'll go to the meeting spot at 1:30 no matter what to make a final decision if the weather is questionable. Nancy Ward

Monday, July 07, 2008

July Notes and Paddle Information

August Meeting
The next meeting will be held Tuesday, August 5th, 7pm at the Tensaw Theater / 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center. Bob Andrews will present a slideshow on paddling St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge, a kayaking hot-spot on the Gulf Coast. This undeveloped barrier island offers paddlers unique habitats of both tidal marshes and freshwater lakes and streams. Don't miss the opportunity to learn about another great place to paddle!

July Meeting Notes:
Wow! What a turn-out at the last meeting! 120 persons attended the Premier of The Mobile-Tensaw Delta presented by Discovering Alabama’s Roger Reid.
What great videography; the images of the delta were so vivid that it was the next best thing to actually being there! Thank you Roger for sharing your time and the beautiful film with us!


AUg. 2 - 12, 2008 'Kayaking for Kids' Alabama's Log A Load for Kids, a statewide program sponsored by the Alabama Loggers Council and the Alabama Forestry Association, has announced that three forest industry professionals, Mark Byal, Brent Williams and Allen Knight, will embark upon a 333-mile kayak trip down the Alabama River from Montgomery to Mobile Aug. 2-12. This 11-day "Kayaking for Kids" event is part of the organization's ongoing efforts to raise funds and awareness for the state's two Children's Miracle Network hospitals: USA Children's & Women's Hospital in Mobile and Children's Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham.
The kayakers will kick off the event with a pre-launch celebration at Montgomery Marina on the evening of Aug. 1 prior to embarking on their journey the next day. Eleven days and 333 miles later, they hope to paddle into Battleship Park in Mobile, arriving at approximately 5 p.m. on Aug. 12. You can join in on one day or several days of this paddle. For more information call: 331-5348 You can find an entry form/itinerary, a sponsorship form and the press release announcing all the particulars surrounding this great and innovative event.

*September 20, 2008- "Yak-A-Du" Duathalon (2 Mile Paddle, 2 Mile Race) Gulfport MS (more info to come)

*October 25 - Nov 2 - Third Annual Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival which celebrates Southwest Florida's 190 mile marked paddlling trail, The Great Calusa Blueway
for more information see:

*October - Florida Paddlers Rendezvous Oct 30 - Nov 2, 2008 - MBCAKC has been specifically invited to attend (as well as other out of state groups). This year the Rendezvous will be held at Hillsborough River State Park and is a fun-filled four days of paddling on the Tampa Bay area rivers, estuaries, and the Gulf of Mexico. Reservations are now being accepted. To ensure a spot, make your reservations early!!!!! (for more information, see:

*November - 2nd Annual MBCKC Photo Contest (final details and contest rules to be published soon)

***Click on the Paddle Reports Link to the right to see recent trip reports

July Paddles
July 9th, WED - Mid Week Paddle
Contact: Tracy Lannie 463-4233 or
Put-In Place/Time: 6pm, River Docs on the causeway (just west of Ed's Shed on the opposite side of the road)
Notes: A short paddle to Whiskey Ditch - plan on being back at launch around sunset. Bring usual gear, PFD, light, water, snacks, bugspray. Please call if you plan on attending and leave a number where you can be reached in the event my plans change.

July 13th, Sunday Morning Fowl River Paddle
Leader: Juli Day Cell# 377-0054
Put-in Place / Time: Memories Fish Camp, Fowl River 9:30 am
Launch Fee: $3
Notes: An early morning paddle while it is still cool. Child Friendly. Bring usual gear: PFD, water, snacks. Call Juli if more information is needed

July 13th, Sunday Late Afternoon Pelican Point Paddle
Leader: Nancy Ward
Put-in/ Meeting Place: Meet at Pelican Point (at the end of Highway 1).
Notes: I again plan to keep near the shore and paddle up the west side of Weeks Bay. There's houses, then a little marsh, then Camp Beckwith. It's easy to go beyond the Camp. How far we go will depend on the group, the waves, etc. I plan to return before dark. Definitely bring pfd and water. Bring sunscrean, bug spray, and a snack if you want. Call me if you're even considering coming so I can contact you if plans change. I'll show up at the launch site and make a decision there if the weather is questionable. Last week it rained lots of places but was fine at Pelican Point. My land line is 990-5575 and my e-mail is That's where you should let me know if you're coming. At about time to go to the launch site I'll turn on my cell phone, 454-6084. That way I can tell people if the weather is good enough to launch. Nancy Ward

July 17th, Full Moon Paddle
Fritz Ingraham Home: 928-4568 Cell: 680-8928
Put-In Place / Time: 6:30 pm, Buzbee’s Landing
Launch Fee: $3 put in per kayak
Notes: slow paced paddle, Bay Minettte Creek/Basin/Yancy's Bay
BRING BUG SPRAY, Life Jacket, Snack, water LIGHT IS MANDATORY anything else regularly needed
Please call Fritz if you plan to paddle

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

June Notes and Paddle Information

July Meeting
The next meeting will be held Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at the Tensaw Theater / 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center. This will be a meeting not to miss!....a premiere of the show The Mobile-Tensaw-Delta Revisited presented by the Alabama Public Television show Discovering Alabama. One of the very first Discovering Alabama episodes was “The Mobile-Tensaw Delta.” This new show is not so much an update as it is a new look at the Delta after the Forever Wild and other purchases that have preserved more than 107,000 acres. Doug Phillips and/or Roger Reid will be present to premiere this show for us - and be available for questions and answers and basic discussion. We are most fortunate to be able to view this show before release and in the presense of those responsible for making Discovering Alabama available to our state.
There have been some Mobile-Tensaw Delta Special Addition DVD’s created for this occasion. The DVDs will include Doug’s first show in the Delta produced in 1988 and the new show produced in 2008. They can be purchased for $20.

June Meeting Notes
Thank you to Hank Burch for a fantastic and informative presentation on the Forever Wild Program. For more information on these lands (some of which can be utilized for our recreational enjoyment), go to:

There was also some discussion between members about the Orange Beach Canoe Trail. For a map of the trail, go to:

Looking Forward:
The 2nd Annual Photo Contest will be held during the November meeting. Get your cameras and start snapping shots while your out on your boats! Photos to be entered must not be larger than 8X12 and cannot be digitally enhanced. Watch for more info in the future

Click on the 'Paddle Reports' link to the left to see recently posted reports.

Upcoming Paddles and Events

5th Annual Dog River ‘Dog Paddle’ Race - June 14, 2008
Dog River Park (formerly Luscher-Navco Park)
Kayak & Canoe Races 9am – 12pm
To register for this event, go to:

June Paddles

June 8,2008 Upper Magnolia River Paddle
Leader: Nancy Ward
Meet: 1:30 pm Shell Station on Hwy 98 and Cty Rd 49 in the city of Magnolia Springs
(Careful, Cty Rd 49 comes out in two places---go to the Shell Station)
Notes: Repeat of a popular paddle from 2007. It's casual and relaxing, there's opportunity for swimming, and it's easy to leave early. We'll put in at the Rock St. put in and stay in the no wake zone, which boaters are good to honor. We'll head up river and soon be in areas the power boaters cannot even access. It's possible to get out in a shallow place and play in the water. We'll retrace our path and pass the put in. People can leave early if they must. We'll continue downriver until just before making a wake becomes legal. On our final return we can swim from the sandbar across from the put in. Bring sunscreen, water, snack, pfd, bug spray, anything to make your paddle pleasant. Nancy Ward 990-5575,

Tuesday, June 17 Full Moon Paddle
Leaders: Harriet and Fritz Ingraham.
Put-in Place/Time: 6:30 at Buzbees Landing on Hwy 225
Notes: we will paddle to Yanceys Bay - raft together to snack, then return under full moon.
call if you are coming:::::::::Harriet 604.3741 Fritz 680.8928
$3 put in per kayak
anything else regularly needed

Sunday, June 22 - Upper Magnolia River
Leader: Nancy Ward
Let's have another fun, easy paddle.
Meeting Place/Time: 1:30 pm Shell station on Highway 98 and cty rd 49 in the city of Magnolia Springs. (Careful, cty rd 49 comes out in two places---go to the Shell station.)
Notes: We'll put in at the Rock St. put in and stay in the no wake zone; going upstream then turning around, passing our put in spot, and heading downstream and returning. There's a play in the water spot upstream and a shallow sand bank across from the put in that's near deep enough water to do some real swimming. Bring pfd, sunscreen, water, snack, bug spray, anything to make your paddle pleasant. This time I want people to contact me if they plan to come; even if you're only considering it. 990-5575 or A home repair almost kept me from the last paddle and I had no way to contact anyone. I need phone numbers. If Bob Andrews schedules a paddle for 6/22 this one might be cancelled

June 25th, Wednesday - Mid-Week Paddle
Contact: Tracy Lannie 463-4233 or
Put-In Place/Time: 6pm, River Docs on the causeway (just west of Ed's Shed on the opposite side of the road)
Notes: A short paddle to Whiskey Ditch - plan on being back at launch around sunset. Bring usual gear, PFD, light, water, snacks, bugspray.
Please call if you plan on attending and leave a number where you can be reached in the event my plans change.

Week of June 23 -27 Bob Andrews to lead a paddle one evening during this week, 6pm
Watch for further details

Upcoming July Paddles

July 2nd - Early Morning Dauphin Island Paddle This Paddle has been cancelled
Maggie Pyle

July 4th Fireworks Paddle
If anyone is interested in leading a July 4th Fireworks Paddle, please let me know so I can post it. Gene Boothe usually leads a paddle out of Fairhope but will not be able to do so this year. It is always a spectacular sight to view the fireworks from your kayak so if anyone is interested in organizing this, please step forward. Tracy

July 6, Pelican Point Paddle

Leader: Nancy Ward
Meet: 4pm Sunday, July 6, meet at Pelican Point (at the end of Highway 1).
Notes: I plan to keep near the shore and paddle up the west side of Weeks Bay. I'm told there's houses, then a little marsh, then a nice beach just before you get to Camp Beckwith. I'm also told there could be dolphins playing in the water later in the afternoon. It's an easy paddle. We'll retrace our path and return before dark. Bring sunscreen and bug spray if you think you'll need them. It might also be good to bring a snack. Waves and wind might make me change our route. The good thing about that area is that changes are easy. Contact me if you're coming or considering coming. I need a phone number so I can contact you if plans really change or the paddle gets cancelled. Nancy Ward 990-5575 or

Thursday, May 08, 2008

May Notes and Paddles

June Meeting:
The next meeting is Tuesday, June 3 at the Tensaw Theatre, Five Rivers Delta Resource Center.
Guest Speaker: Hank Burch, Director Five Rivers Resource Center, State Lands Division

Hank will be presenting on the history and acquisitions of all state lands through the Forever Wild Program. As a large portion of these tracts of land are in Mobile and Baldwin counties, this should be a very interesting and informative presentation. Forever Wild opens up many avenues of protected ecosystems with seasons of changing natural habitat for us to view and enjoy, along with providing opportunities for ecological research and education.
Hank gives wonderful presentations, we are most fortunate he is available for this meeting - don't miss this meeting. We are all aware of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta tracts of land, but there are some 20 or so more just in our two county area.

May Meeting Notes:
Thank you to Dave Armstrong with Wildlife and Fisheries for a wonderful presentation - there is life outside Mobile and Baldwin Counties guys.. saw many wonderful paddling opportunities in and around our surrounding counties, not to mention some really neat fishes. Can't wait to try a few of them (oopss, the launches and paddles, not the protected fishes.......).
A great turn-out - 48 people...

So, paddling season is here - keep check on the website, as more paddles will be happening than just those posted here. Don't miss some fun on the water - every paddle is a learning experience.

Paddle on......

Upcoming Paddles: a busy month or 6 weeks ahead::

May 13th, Tuesday
Bob Andrews 367.4144
beginner friendly, evening paddle - beginning 5:30 p.m.
place to be determined, but Call Bob for details -

Saturday- May 17, Dog River Paddle followed by lunch at Aven and Gary's house.
Time: 9:30 am Hoppe's Boat Ramp.
Notes: 6 mile paddle from Dog River bridge upstream on north side of river. This is a real estate paddle however there is enough wetlands to give variety. This is the time of year when there is a lot of boat traffic another reason we will be staying next to the shoreline. There is also the wind factor which can be not fun since this is large, open body of water. Saturday's forecast is wind 5-10 mph. Optional: Bring your bike and we can ride our bikes the 6 miles through the neighborhoods to pick up our vehicles. (Mountain bikes recommended-no sidewalks last mile also last 1/2 mile on Dauphin Island Parkway with five foot shoulder) Hoppe's Boat Launch is $5.00 just north of Dog River Bridge. Please RSVP for parking considerations and if you want to bring more lunch snacks. Snacks are good. Aven's menu: Soup and French Bread Sandwich. The weather is supposed to be dry. The last cool front of spring? Aven and Gary 473-1819

Full Moon Float Monday, May 19 -
Leaders: Harriet & Fritz
Launch: Buzbee's Landing on Hwy 225 6:15 pm Launch fee $3
Notes: The First Full Moon Float of 2008 - don't miss it. Paddle duration 3 to 5 miles. Beginner friendly, but do have a level of comfort with your boat to paddle in semi-darkness. Paddle into either Bay Minette Basin or over to Yancy's Bay. Watch the sun set and paddle back under a rising full moon.Bring snack and drink, some to share if you want - we will raft together to enjoy the evening. Bug Spray, LIGHT (mandatory by law), a flashlight will be fine, pfd, regular paddling gear. Plan to gather together before departing to have a 1 minute chat about safety with night paddling and a large group. If you are coming, PLEASE call us - just in case plans change - but if you let us know you are coming, and are running a couple minutes late, we will wait for you. If you call, make sure to leave a contact phone number with us. Harriet 604.3741 Fritz 680.8928 Home 928.4568

May 22 - Thursday
Juli's Lazy Afternoon Paddle
Time: 4 pm
Launch: Byrnes Lake
Notes: beginner friendly, easy paddle
Must contact Juli if you plan to attend -

Starry Nite Paddle - TBA
Leader: Tom Meyer
on a VERY DARK NIGHT - sometime in the near future (watch the moon schedule - we need NO moon for this one). It may be short notice - and will definitely be a great paddle - the opposite of the full moon. Everyone, get your lights handy, we'll need them at some point on this dark paddle but must follow the instruction of our leaders - group together, don't separate, turn on lights when they instruct). Tom will lead us through the constellations and show us some wonderful sites that are not readily visable to the eyes of anyone who lives in a light-filled town or city.... don't miss this one.

Sepulga River - TBA
Dave Armstrong
Dave is planning a Sepulga Float sometime in the near future - should be a wonderful paddle - stay in touch to see when, where, how, etc...

Upcoming Events

Grandman Triathlon - Sat May 31
Looks as if we are filled for our volunteer need - if anyone finds they cannot make it, let me know, so I can fill your spot with an alternate. Thanks to the wonderful volunteers - and everyone enjoy yourself...

Dog River Dog Paddle - Sat June 14
Dog River Park
Kayak & Canoe Races 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Bring the Family and enjoy:::::;; But remember,, MBCKC has been WELL represented in the past - we ALWAYS come away with 'Dog Bones' for our speed and power and skill to win the race - but it really is about how you play the game. So go and have a good time and a good laugh......

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

April Notes and Paddles

May Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tues. May 6, 7 PM at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center on the causeway in the Tensaw Theater.

David Armstrong with Wildlife and Fisheries will give a presentation of various Access Areas for kayaks within a several county area. Additionally, he is available to talk about any other topics from fishes to wildlife of our area. David always gives a great presentation - don't miss this meeting.


The Grandman Triathlon - SEARCH FOR VOLUNTEERS IS CLOSED - Thanks to all those who did volunteer. If you are one of the signed volunteers and need to contact Harriet, her number is: 604.3741

DogPaddle 2008
June 14, 2008 Dog River Park 9 a.m. through 12 a.m.
Kayak and Canoe races - Win a Dog Bone !!!!!!!!

The Pensacola Beach Triathlon will be held Sunday, April 27, starting with a swim off Quietwater Beach at 7:00 a.m. The race director is looking for some kayakers to assist the lifeguards in aiding any swimmers that may encounter difficulties.
The race director is Steven Fair, and his email is

Saturday - Sunday, May 10-11 Paddle Lafayette 2008 --- Lafayette, LA.
Two day event showcasing the ecology and culture of the Lafayette, LA area. For more information and registration please visit

Tree Planting on Little Dauphin Island
Mobile Bay NEP will host another tree planting on Little Dauphin Island this Saturday (April 5) from 9-12. Volunteers should arrive at the AL Marine Resource Division office on Dauphin Island at 9am. Commemorative t-shirts will be given to all participants. Volunteers should bring sunscreen, bug spray, and their own shovel. Water and soft drinks will be provided.
Kara Lankford Mobile Bay National Estuary Program 251-431-6409 251-431-6450

Kayak Seminar
Mike Bosarge, president of Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing Assn invites the members of the MCKC to the 1st Annual Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Seminar on April 12th and 13th at 5 Rivers. The seminar includes topics such as fishing from the kayaks, local conservation. The Tensaw theater will have Jason Smith on Kayaking Streams and Rivers, KC of Baykeeper on Pathogens and Sewage Spills, MBNEP on Spillwater, CCA of Alabama on Gillnets in Alabama, Mobile Powerboat Squadron on Boating safety for kayakers and DI Sealab on Manatees in Mobile. Classroom 2 will be used for the fishing lectures. Entrance is free for all MCKC members.

Becks Lake to Open
What was known as one of the best places to fish and boat in Northwest Florida is going to be open again. It's about 10 miles up the Escambia River and is in the "heart" of the 35,000 acres of Florida Wildlife Mgmt area, very similar to Tensaw River area. It is at the end of "Becks Lake Road" about 15 min north of I-10 on Hwy 29 in Cantonment, north of Pensacola. For more info see

April Paddles

Byrnes Lake (in the Lower Delta)
When: Sat April 19
Contact: Harriet & Fritz Ingraham 928.4568; 604.3741
Metting Place: Meet at Bruno's supermarket in Spanish Fort - intersection of Hwy 31 and County Rd 225 at 9:30 a.m., Sat morning. Caravan to launch
Launch at Byrnes Lake launch (9 miles north on 225).
Notes: Paddle will be modest - round trip at least about 6 miles, at most, 10 miles. Bring snack, bugspray, water, usual necessities.

Juli's Lazy Afternoon Paddle
When: April 3, Thursday 4:30 pm
Where: Bayfront Park - Daphne, AL
Contact: Juli Day 377.0054
Juli wants to paddle in places she's never been before. A lazy exploratory paddle - short in duration and paced for about anyone. CALL JULI IF YOU PLAN TO COME!!!!!!!!!

Bartram Trail from Rice Creek Landing to theIndian Mounds on Bottle Creek
When: Tuesday, April 8.
Meeting Place: Meeting place and time of departure are to be determined.
Contact: Please contact Steve Day at 251-421-1847 to get the time and meeting place.
Notes: You should expect to be on the paddle for most of the day as the pace will be "relaxed." Bring a lunch, proper clothing, sunscreen for protection, and all necessary safety gear including life vests/preservers. Call Steve if you have any questions.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

March Notes and Paddles

April Meeting: Tuesday, April 1st 7 pm
Meeting Location Change
Until further notice, the location for the monthly meeting of MBCKC will be at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center on the causeway, in the Tensaw Theater.

***This month, please come to the main buildings, and someone will direct you to the meeting location

Special Safety meeting - Wednesday 7 pm, March 19 at Fairhope Boat Company.
Ian Brosnan will be showing us some basic safety items, how to use them, and discussing safety on the water in our kayaks. We can never pick up enough hints. Come learn some new skills.

March Paddles: Please check frequently for paddle postings


New Paddle Website:
Paddle and Path, , is an informative source about exploring Florida's trails and waterways.
Conceived by a couple of University of South Florida (St. Petersburg) Florida Studies grad students, Paddle & Path features links to all things kayaking, canoeing, backpacking and outdoor; while at the same time sneaking in a little Florida history along the way


Mulletman Triathlon Saturday, April 19thvolunteer paddlers no longer needed as kayak swim guards for this event.

*Registration for Paddle Bayou LaFourche ends on Friday, March 21st at 4:30 pm. For more information, see February notes.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

February Notes and Paddles

March Meeting
The next meeting will be held at the Fairhope Boat Company - the top of the hill from the yacht club - 702 N. Section Street - Fairhope, March 4th at 7 p.m.

The February Meeting/Paddle took place on Soldier Creek on Febrary 5th. Eleven Kayakers attended and had the opportunity to see abundant wildlife, enjoy the sun, and even play 'kayak football'. For more on this meeting/paddle please click on "MBCAKC Paddle Reports" under 'links' to the right.

Please Note: Tina Murphy's email address is changing from to

***New Paddle Posting*******
Red Maple Slough
Date: Monday, March 3, 2008
Contact: Harriet Ingraham 604.3741; 928.4568
Time: time to be determined - mid-morning probably
Launch: launch at River Docs on the causeway
Notes: about an 8 mile round trip - will be an advanced paddle - wind possibly will be an issue.
The Red Maples should be in about full bloom by the 3rd... A beautiful paddle that we all look forward to every year.
You must call Harriet if you want to come - she will tell you the time.


The Alabama Derelict Crab Trap Removal will be held on March 1, 2008 on the Mobile Bay Causeway
Where: Tensaw boat launch
When: March 1 at 8am
Notes: T-shirts and water will be provided. Please see the below link for more details.

Tour De LADR
Click here: Medical Society of Mobile County — Home
Location: Five Rivers Delta Resource Center
When: Sunday, March 16, 2008; 6:30 until noonish
What: Our help is needed to take kids or families on canoe or kayak rides.
Who: Harriet Ingraham 604.3741 cell; 928.4568 hm

We are helping Five Rivers Outfitters with taking anyone who wants to go for a short canoe or kayak ride. Five Rivers is providing the canoes/kayaks, we are supplying the paddler. As the race begins at 7, it is best we be there prior to. These events are a bundle of energy, even early in the morning.

This is an annual fund-raiser for Camp Rap-A-Hope, the wonderful foundation for chlidren of cancer. 100% of monies collected at this event go back to the camp. We are among several vendors and groups who are helping put on this event. Your time is what will make this happen. As both the run and the canoe/kayak rides is a new offering to the event this year, It is unknown how many will want to take canoe/kayak rides, so we need at least 15 people there, but will be happy with many more. Feel free to bring your own kayak and equipment to do some paddling. Ideally, we will paddle around Sardine Pass while the race part of the event is going on - a great way to raise awareness of our sport, and raise interest for, esp., the younger generation of enthusiasts. But, during and after, we will be available to take people out.

Please let me know you are coming - this takes some organization on my part. I need a contact phone number to reach you in the event of updates or changes or any kind.

Paddle Bayou Lafourche
March 27-30
2008 Registration is now open. For more information call: 1-800-259-869 or go to the website at:

Bluz Cruz Marathon
April 19, 2008 - A 22 mile race on the Mississippi

February Paddles:
Farewell to Mareike & Andre' Paddle
Date: Sunday, Feb 10, 2008
Place: Rice Creek Landing to the Indian Mounds
Notes: approximately 13 miles round trip Pace is moderate to advanced - must be able to paddle 3-4 mph for extended periods of time.
Meeting Place: Meet at Stagecoach parking lot in Stockton at 8:45 A.M.
Contact: Harriet & Fritz - home 928.4568; h cell 604.3741, f cell 680.8928 CALL IF YOU PLAN TO COME
Mareike and Andre' are leaving for a different river on their journey. They've been here for 2 years, been paddling with us for a year. This is one place they haven't made it to - so now is the time.
More Notes: A long day, so come prepared with plenty of food, snacks, drinks, bug spray, sun-tan lotion, extra clothes, rain jacket - all the normal things. We will do a short hike to the Indian mounds, so have shoes that are appropriate.Again, call if you plan to make the trip.

Other Upcoming various paddles include: Camp Rapahope fundraiser on March 16, Bayou La Fouche the end of March (see December Paddle announcements), Grandman Triathlon the end of May, a spring trip to Boiling Creek will be posted soon (have you purchased your pass?), and much more before, during, and in-between - there's always someone on the water -take advantage of their knowledge and learn our water-ways.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

February Meeting/Paddle
Due to Mardi Gras day activities, the February meeting of MBCKC has been cancelled.
However, I will be having a 'Meeting-Paddle' on Mardi Gras day (Feb 5). We can gather and chat about past paddles and discuss the opportunity for many beautiful spring paddles and kayaking activites.

Place: Soldier Creek (off county rd 97, between Elberta and Lillian)
Host: Harriet Ingraham 604.3741 cell; 928.4568 home
Time: meet at the intersection of Hwy 98 and County Road 95 between Elberta and Lillian, at 10:45 a.m.
Notes:This is a 6 mile paddle, the pace will be as appropriate for the kind of boats people are paddling. Bring a snack or lunch and proper clothing along with normal paddle gear.

PLEASE CALL ME IF YOU ARE COMING - plans may change due to weather, etc - I need your phone number to contact you in the event of change.


Date: Saturday, Jan 26
Place: Byrnes Lake to and/or around Gravine Island
Meeting time/place: 10:00 am - Brunos parking lot, Spanish Fort if you need to follow us - otherwise meet at the launch at 10:15
Put-in at Byrnes Lake county launch 9 miles north of Spanish Fort on Hwy 225
Fritz and I will be at Bruno's parking lot in Spanish Fort at 9:45.
Hosts: Harriet and Fritz 928.4568 hm; 604.3741 H cell; 680.8928 F cell
Notes: A paddle we most frequently do on a full moon - will be nice to see it on a winter day. Depending on weather conditions and paddle skills, the paddle could be 5 miles or it could be 8 miles. The pace will be moderate.

Bring a snack or your lunch. We will take out on Byrnes Lake sand spit to stretch and have a snack. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Byrnes Lake will be flat water, but sometimes the Tensaw can flow quite briskly and have wave action, so be prepared depending on the conditions