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Monday Morning Paddling

Monday Morning Paddles are hosted by Dick and Judy Clark of Ballston Lake. 

Please abide by their instructions and requests below. Directions to each location are listed the end.

From Dick and Judy:

Here are our paddles to get us through May.  Please plan to be totally off-loaded and in the water ready to paddle at 9:45.  If you like, bring a picnic lunch for during or after the paddle (optional).  Unless you want to let us know that you are going there is no need to respond by email about whether or not you will be paddling - just show up.  

Rain and/or high winds will cancel the paddle and if the weather looks possibly threatening, check your email and we will try and get an email out by 8:00 that Monday morning if (and only if) the paddle is canceled.

For using the Google maps links below to get driving directions, just enter your starting address into the block in the upper left and hit the enter key..

·April 28…..Peebles Island

o Let’s plan to initially head south and then turn right to go up to the waterfalls.

There are picnic tables for an after the paddle lunch

o Directions:,-73.677835&hl=en&ll=42.781417,-73.685303&spn=0.051404,0.149002&sll=42.787527,-73.677921&sspn=0.01285,0.037251&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=15&t=m&z=13

· May 5….. Round Lake

o We will plan to paddle around the lake’s leeward perimeter (if windy) with a side trip down the creek at the south end of the lake.

o Lunch after the paddle at The Mill On Round Lake for those that want (it’s just south on Route 9 on the left).

o Directions:  From the Northway take Exit 11 and head east to Route 9.  Turn left on Route 9 and then take the first right on Goldfoot by the VW repair shop.  Go to the end of Goldfoot and turn right.  The kayak launch and parking will be directly in front of you.  Here is a Google Maps link.,-73.788857&hl=en&ll=42.937732,-73.792806&spn=0.012819,0.037251&sll=42.940653,-73.783879&sspn=0.012818,0.037251&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=15&t=m&z=15

May 12……Fish Creek. 

We will paddle downstream (east or to the right) from the launchThere are picnic tables for an after the paddle lunchDirections:  Northway Exit 14, east on Rt 9P, left on Meadow Brook, right on Stafford Bridge, kayak launch (The Kayak Shack) on right just over the bridge.  (Notes – If same as last year there be a $3 fee to park and launch – also Mountain Man Outdoors has a facility there with lots of kayaks and gear)  Google Maps link:,-73.695259&hl=en&ll=43.071835,-73.716116&spn=0.02834,0.084543&sll=43.072148,-73.684101&sspn=0.02834,0.084543&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=14&t=m&z=14

May 19…..Mohawk River

 Freeman’s BridgeWe will plan to paddle west or to the right, towards Collin’s ParkLunch at The Lighthouse for those that want after the paddleDirections:  Northway Exit 8A west on Groom’s Road (becomes Riverview), left on 146, launch on left just before river.  Google Maps link:,-73.930907&hl=en&ll=42.830471,-73.925114&spn=0.028388,0.084543&sll=42.829669,-73.928697&sspn=0.007097,0.021136&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=16&t=m&z=14

May 26…..Spier Falls

o We will plan to head downstream (south) on the river with side excursions as the water level allows

o Directions:  Northway Exit 17 east.  Take the first left on to Fawn Road, then first left on to Spier Falls Road (Route 24).  After a little over a mile Spier Falls Road veers left (Potter Rd veers right).  After you go down the very steep hill the launch will be on your right – look for sign).  Here is a Google Maps link:,-73.738314&hl=en&ll=43.242639,-73.716373&spn=0.02551,0.074501&sll=43.249431,-73.73825&sspn=0.003188,0.009313&t=m&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=17&z=14

We hope to see many of you on the water,

Dick & Judy Clark




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  • Jo Z

    When I responded to a "Good to see you" it went to a site of paddler participants that included a picture of Kiki. Kiki wasn't exactly in paddler gear, and no one I've ever seen on the water. Wonder if this may be the work of the culprits that crashed the site a few months ago. Wasn't offensive; couldn't help but chuckle. Just saying . . . . .

    April 29, 2014

  • Kathy

    High water disguised the launch and there is rebar sticking up at the put in. To avoid the rebar, I mis-stepped into 3' of water. A knight in shining techgear, aka Dick, tried to help and suffered the same fate. The sun was shining though and a good time was had by all. Thanks, Dick.

    April 28, 2014

    • Kathy

      Severely damaged pride.

      April 28, 2014

    • Jo Z

      And, I thought she was teaching us the proper technique of a wet water exit--which I thought she executed quite well. And, Dick was showing us how not to empty the water out of a boat.

      April 28, 2014

  • Jo Z

    Turned out to be a beautiful day for an early season paddle. Good turnout; fun group. Thank you, Dick. I always look forward to your Monday Morning paddles.

    April 28, 2014

  • Jo Z

    Sharon, I checked your map location for this paddle. It was a "little" off. Dick is a genius at getting the locator map right on. We always called the Waterford put-in First Street (Albany Chapter ADK), but apparently there are two, and Google recognizes the other First Street-no put it there---really.

    April 24, 2014

    • Joy

      I wouldn't have noticed except for Jo's comment. We're putting in where we always put in, across from Peebles (one street down), right?

      April 24, 2014

    • Jo Z

      Joy, yes. At the end of 'First Street'--you take a right just east of the bridge on Broad Street. See Dick's google locator above. The '1st Street' Sharon listed is in the middle of a trailer park. Had to chuckle at the the thought of surprised residents seeing a bunch of kayakers parked on their street--not to mention the surprised kayakers!

      April 24, 2014

  • Mike E.

    I am ready, unfortunately the kayak won't be, I am refinishing it and having a few problems...everyone enjoy

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • David D.

    Can't make it on April 28, but hope to paddle on some of the other upcoming dates.

    April 15, 2014

  • Carole S.

    Wish I could but I will be out of the area. ): Next time I hope!!

    April 7, 2014

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