Birding, Picnic and Sunset/Moonrise Paddle on Cedar Creek Lake

Rating: Beginner, Medium Lake, No Flow, ? miles, Leisurely Pace

Let's take advantage of 3 full moons in June, July and August! July and August are Super Full Moons.

The 2 hour picnic break might be a great time to try out kayaks for those willing to share. This is a two-part paddle and people can do both or just one.



We'd meet at 4 pm for a couple of hours paddling and looking at nesting birds ranging from nesting or just fledged bright yellow Prothonotary Warblers and many Woodpecker species to the large nesting Eagle and Osprey nests.

We'd then head back to the ramp for a break and a picnic at 6 pm. About 8 pm we head back out for the sunset and moonrise. Bring you own food, beverages and lawn chairs to sit around and visit during the picnic. Some may paddle further and others can stay within a mile of the ramp and still see many birds and enjoy the sunset & moonrise making this paddle appropriate for all levels of skills and types of kayaks.

A headlamp or flashlight is legally required to paddle after sunset. If you can't make it to leave from the ramp at 8:00, we should be back in the upper part of the main lake (visible from the ramp) in time to watch the sunset. A dark paddle up feeder creeks usually occurs for those that are interested.

There is one porta potty within a close drive or available to people doing a longer paddle....or you can always take a nature walk. On the 12th, sunset and moonrise are a 9:00 +/- a few minutes. This is a Super Full Moon.

Lake map

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  • Cara

    I spoke to a couple of you about Pictured Rocks kayaking tour and you were curious about info on it. Some of you have already done this. I'm looking to do a long weekend early this fall if anyone is interested. Should be a fantastic tour! http://www.paddlingmichigan.com/pictured-rocks-national-lakeshore-day-trip/

    July 20

    • Tina N.

      Cara, would you want to set this up as a meetup?

      July 20

    • Cara

      Hey Tina, I'm in SC on business, let me get back and I'll take a look at dates, contact that company about prices, etc and we can go from there. My schedule for fall, as of right now, it's easier for me to take of Saturday thru Monday. So I'd like to do the Sunday paddle. Will get back to you soon. Thank you for the offer! :)

      July 24

  • Nancy k.

    I will be in the UP late august through September. I wonder is apostle islands might be a better choice than pictured rocks.

    July 21

    • Cara

      Apostle islands would be great! However they're farther west in the UP than the Munsing/Pictured Rocks.

      July 21

  • Ellen

    Had a great time. Hope we can meetup again. I'll try to upload some pics

    July 15

  • Joyce M

    This was a great event! Thank you to Tina for hosting and to everyone for making my first kayak trip a wonderful one! Your advice, encouragement, paddle swapping, and help unloading and loading kayaks were priceless!!

    2 · July 13

    • Nancy k.

      I would love that, Cara.

      1 · July 14

    • Cara

      Nancy, Though I do work a lot, however, I am always willing to free up time for a kayak trip!! I'll send you an email with my contact information.

      1 · July 14

  • Greg

    Wonderful pictures as always Tina; thanks again for organizing this paddle.

    July 13

  • DonBrock

    Everyone should take advantage of this trip

    1 · July 13

  • marcia

    Wonderful trip. Thanks for organizing this Tina and thanks to all who helped me with my kayak.

    1 · July 13

  • Wendy

    What a glorious trifecta .... sunset, eagles, moonrise. Couldn't get any better than that!

    4 · July 13

  • Nancy k.

    Excellent

    1 · July 13

  • Hanna

    Beautiful paddle :)

    1 · July 12

  • Cara

    Enjoyed seeing everyone! Thanks for a great time and I'm looking forward to the next event.

    July 12

  • Hilary H.

    Oops, I lay down at noon for a short nap and woke up at 5. I guess I was more tired than I realized. Next time!!!

    July 12

  • Hanna

    Hey guys. Running behind about 15 minutes. Trying to get there as soon as I can.

    July 12

  • Tina N.

    See you all later this afternoon! I'm sorry but as far as I know there will be no extra kayaks for people looking to borrow one. The weather looks great but bring plenty of water and sunscreen as it will be hot! Don't forget a light for the sunset paddle and your picnic items including something to sit on (chair or blanket).

    July 12

  • Nancy k.

    I have found a rental for the paddle on Saturday, pretty happy about that. 25$ seems reasonable, eh? Anyone else who might lot rent let me know.

    July 10

    • Crissy j.

      It's ok Nancy I'm still up in the air if I can make it or not. Keep your boat and thank you for offering. Good info on the number

      July 12

    • Tina N.

      Nancy, thank you for sharing this information. I'll share it for our August trip and people can reserve early.

      July 12

  • Gretchen H.

    Tina, unexpected company is arriving so I'll miss this months trip. Hope to see you next month!

    July 12

    • Tina N.

      Enjoy your company and hopefully you can make August!

      July 12

  • c.e.read

    Kind of stepped on cat last night, now have a very sore and swollen ankle, don't believe I will be yakking for a day or two,you all have fun, will see you next month

    July 11

    • Tina N.

      So sorry for you and the cat! Hope you heal quickly!

      July 11

    • c.e.read

      ty

      July 12

  • David W.

    We kayak Cedar Creek Lake and Elkhorn Creek. It'll be nice to meet people with the same interest.

    1 · July 11

  • Jerry G.

    Cara. are you still getting kayak from Read. Let me know. Thanks Jerry

    July 11

    • Cara

      No, i now own a second one, so I didn't need C.E. Reads.

      July 11

  • Jerry G.

    Is anyone getting there early? I'm up for a longer paddle. Thanks Jerry

    July 10

    • Tina N.

      I can't this time as I'm in Kansas City right now and won't be back until late Friday.

      July 10

  • Dan G.

    I cannot attend. Wife broke her ankle and I am the care giver.

    July 8

    • Cara

      Sorry to hear she broke her ankle, wishing a quick recovery.

      July 8

    • Tina N.

      Prayers for a quick recovery and that you both manage the stress of being cared for and being the caregiver. It can be tough for both.

      July 8

  • Nancy B.

    I agree with waiver, do we need to run off and sign?

    July 8

    • Tina N.

      No, by reading it and attending you are indicating you agree with it. Thanks for asking.

      1 · July 8

    • c.e.read

      good question

      July 8

  • Michelle W.

    I'll try and make it! Love this paddle.

    July 4

    • Michelle W.

      I'm out, I have house guests this weekend.

      July 7

  • Tina N.

    We still have a couple of people who would like to borrow a kayak for this trip. Please respond if you have one that you can transport.

    July 7

    • c.e.read

      My spare will be used by Cara's friend.She just sent a message.

      July 7

  • Jerry G.

    Hay Tina, I will bring water melon and cantaloupe, or anything else we might need. Thanks Jerry

    1 · July 7

  • Tina N.

    I'm thrilled that so many are planning on attending! Please let me know if you plan on arriving after 4 pm. We start paddling at 4:00 so please arrive in time to allow for unloading and preparing to paddle. The plans are to paddle to the Osprey nest and then to a feeder creek that is very beautiful and has lots of geodes. Please, remember your light for the nighttime paddle and whatever you want for the picnic (it's not a potluck unless you want to share something). Everyone must wear their life jacket. If you have decided not to attend please change your RSVP.

    July 7

  • Jo B.

    Change of plans - so I won't make it this time. Will definitely try for August.

    July 7

  • c.e.read

    Would someone mind posting some directions to this ramp? My search has taken me to Texas and a ufo site so far.address will work with gps?

    July 6

    • c.e.read

      ignore this request, directions came with email.

      July 6

  • Tina N.

    EXTRA KAYAKS FOR PEOPLE TO USE? We have at least one person in need of a kayak for our paddle. If you have one you are willing to loan please post any details and if you could transport it or if someone would need to find a way to get it there SAFELY! Also if you have any other extra equipment such as a paddle or life jacket.

    June 23

    • c.e.read

      I have a second yak,a 12 foot Dagger axis. Just put a new rack on jeep, will try it out the next day or two with two yaks on it.I have an extra paddle but only have bass boat life jackets other than my own pdf.

      July 6

  • Hanna

    Just joining the group! Look forward to meeting everyone on the water July 12th. :)

    2 · July 3

  • Cara

    Does anyone have a spare kayak for this paddle? I've got a friend who would like to come. She'd like to try kayaking.

    June 22

  • Tina N.

    Our first meetup for the summer Cedar Creek Lake paddles was June 13th. We had lots of fun! Photos here. http://tinanauman.zenfolio.com/p238322152

    June 14

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