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POSTPONED 4-15-13 Fox River: Omro to Eureka & back - Spring Fling. **Advanced**

Time to dust off the yaks, remove the bird nests, stretch out yer body and GET THAT YAK IN THE WATER!!! Looking at past early spring paddles for the past few years, and temperature trends.. I am going to go on a limb and post this paddle. Hopefully, Spring will be in the air w/ critters frolicking. Bring the camera, as usual....
Total distance - 12 miles. No Shuttle needed.
If weather does NOT promote kinship between paddler and water, this date will be adjusted - or level will be increased. I guess I'll tell ya anyways.. dress for the weather.. whatever it may bring .

**Advanced level due to expected low water temps, fast current from snow melt, and distance**

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  • Daren B

    Due to the weather report forecast for this weekend - and the current flood stage[masked]) at Omro (roads flooded at Riverside Park, and flood waters are well into Scotts Park) - until at least Thursday evening - I am going to POSTPONE this paddle until safer conditions present.
    On a flip side to this, those who are signed up for this paddle can now enjoy the workshop. I'm bringing the yak, and wouldn't mind an after workshop paddle at Lutz Park (a little down the road) - or some place calmer. We can decide this at the workshop.
    One of these days, spring will come.. and we can have a nice paddle, until then.. we wait...patiently.

    1 · April 15, 2013

  • Mark G.

    There are some great wetsuit deals at Sierra Trading Post right now. But if you're not prepared and practiced reentering and rescues in the cold wait until it warms up. If anyone decides not to go there is the paddle swap / skills classes / boat maintenance event in Appleton on the same day.

    April 10, 2013

  • Daren B

    Just trying to get a consensus from the folks who have signed up for this paddle - Looking at NOAA's extended forecast for next week. If the max temp for the 20th will be about 45 degrees, how many of ya have at least a full wetsuit/booties/gloves? I also would like to make it a necessity for those who decide to paddle, also bring on the paddle a change of clothes/fleece-like jacket/towel placed inside a dry bag, and stored within your yak.

    April 9, 2013

    • Linda M. A.

      Daren, While I have a wet suit, I will not participate with the temperatures being that low.

      April 10, 2013

  • Coolie

    I may bow out of this one. I don't think my wetsuit really fits right, and don't think the mm is thick enough for these water temps, anyway. Still unsure, but will depend on the weather report closer to that day.

    April 10, 2013

  • Fran

    I would be ok with the temps but do not have a wetsuit. I do have waterproof foot wear up to my knees and have other warm gear to wear, however, non adequate if I fell in. The deciding factor for me will be if there are strong winds. As of now, I still plan to go but maybe shorten the length of my paddle to 2-3 hours.

    April 9, 2013

  • Ralph K.

    Water temps are of concern. I will remain signed up for the other trips.

    March 13, 2013

  • Mark G.

    I wish I could join you here on the Fox and help with the boat maintenance / swap meet in Appleton. This section of the Fox was great for seeing birds. Newbies - please take the Advanced comments seriously. Expect strong currents and cold water which means cold water paddling gear and preparation.

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ralph, I too have an extra kayak that i could share!!

    March 12, 2013

  • Daren B

    The time it would take to complete ~12 miles would depend on several factors: 1)current this time of year 2)how 'warmed up' folks are for the first paddle of the season 3)how many times we are going to stop and take pictures 4)how many never folks will be joining us (buddy paddle).
    This will be not a race to get the 12 miles done. Even at a decent clip of 3 or 4 mph.. this could be as short as 3 hours.. but I would assume if all the above is not in our favor, it will last 4-5 hours.
    I will stand by the 'weather permitting/kinship factor' for this paddle - and adjust date IF needed.
    Ralph - if needed, I can bring my extra yak w/ me.. We'll talk off-line

    March 11, 2013

    • Daren B

      er, that should read 4) how many NEWER (not never) folks will be joining us....

      March 12, 2013

  • Ralph K.

    Would like to start with your group. Would a kayak be available? I am experienced but regretfully sold my kayak.

    March 11, 2013

  • Coolie

    How long of a paddle would this be? It would be cool if it started a little bit later, so we could go to the swap thing in Appleton (that starts at 10) before this paddle. Of course, now that there's 11 people signed up it's kind late to be changing times, I guess.

    March 11, 2013

  • Coolie

    Might want to dress for the WATER, too. Just sayin'. Water temps are probably still in the 40s? this time of year. I'm sure there will be more discussion as the paddle date gets closer, and also a refresher as to what "intermediate" level means to us. (there is a little blurb in our "about us" section of this site) As per the blurb, I think this paddle might be considered ADVANCED for the water temps, total miles, and also paddling 6 miles upstream in a stronger springtime current? That said, I can't wait to be paddling again....also to see some COLOR! The reds and greens of the springtime foliage after all this end o' winter dirty gray/white! BRING IT ON!!!

    March 10, 2013

  • Linda M. A.

    Can't wait...when I drive into work (5:45am) in the morning it's getting lighter out!!!

    March 7, 2013

  • Abigail P.

    This stretch is a great paddle. Early in spring the current can be pretty swift so paddling against it is quite a workout. It will make the return portion a welcome change. :)

    March 6, 2013

  • Karen

    I don't have a spray skirt or wetsuit. If it looks mild out I'd love to be there.

    March 3, 2013

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