Meet Dan, our new organizer, and kayak Lake Wylie Dam to Riverwalk!

It's that time!! Join Dan, our new organizer, and me on our first FREE local paddle of 2014! Weather/river permitting, meet at Lake Wylie Dam to drop kayaks and shuttle vehicles to/from Riverwalk and paddle on mostly flat water and some swift water during this event; some kayaking experience is suggested due to rocky areas. The posted end time is a close guesstimate.

Please check your kayak thoroughly before participating to ensure that it is in safe, working condition only (no broken seats please) and inflate sit-in kayak airbags in advance. Life jackets/pfd's will be required and please wear closed-toe shoes, such as Keens, river shoes, or even old tennis shoes. NO SLICK SOLES PLEASE for safety purposes; if you do not have river shoes/sandals, wear old tennis shoes. Since the water temp will still be cold, please layer in clothing that is not cotton, and paddlers are encouraged to bring a change of clothes in a waterproof bag/drybag.

DNR requires that paddlers carry a whistle at all times AND A SAFETY LIGHT (headlight, flashlight secured to kayak or kayak light) for kayaking before/after sunrise/sunset. Bring kayaks/gear, water, snacks, insect repellant, hats, gum and sunblock. Contact Catawba River Expeditions [masked] or [masked]) to rent a kayak/gear, and either e-mail (via this Meetup or [masked]) with questions/concerns before Thurs., Apr. 10.

To celebrate this initial kayak trek for 2014, some may want to grab dinner as a group afterwards; we will discuss interest in sharing a meal once our shuttle is complete. THANKS TO ALL PREVIOUS CRF MEETUP FRIENDS FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION!! We hope to offer more fun opps in '14 and enjoy a GREAT kayaking season together!

****PLEASE EITHER E-MAIL (via this Meetup or [masked]) QUESTIONS/CONCERNS BEFORE THURS., APR. 10. River guides have either completed River/Swift Water Rescue Courses or are extremely experienced, solid kayakers/canoers. Also, we strive to have a safe ratio of one guide for five paddlers. Safety is our TOP PRIORITY, and river safety is checked/confirmed approximately three to four hours before these events.

In case of inclement weather/unsafe river condition, this Meetup will be cancelled by 3 pm on 4/10/14. Please check this Meetup for cancellation before traveling to Lake Wylie Dam.*****

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  • Tam

    I will be at the Dam around 5.30 p or asap and will not have Internet access after this message. If you arrive at the Dam, please unload kayaks/gear near the Boat Landing and see Dan Mullane or Ruth Steele with questions/concerns. See you shortly!! : )

    April 10, 2014

  • Tam

    WOOHOO!!!! WE ARE KAYAKING!!!!! : ) I AM EXTREMELY EXCITED, AND PLEASE REMEMBER THE SAFETY GUIDELINES IN THE ORIGINAL INFO. ON THIS EVENT. PLEASE BRING YOUR KAYAK IN GOOD, WORKING CONDITION, LIFE JACKET/PFD, PADDLE, CLOSED-TOE SHOES, WHISTLE AND A LIGHT (HEADLAMP, GLOW STICK, KAYAK LIGHT) FOR SUNSET AND AFTER....

    April 10, 2014

    • Tam

      A flashlight attached to your kayak will work also if you do not have any of the suggestions for a kayak light..... I am SO EXCITED WE ARE KAYAKING!!! : )

      April 10, 2014

  • Tam

    Also to kick-off this initial '14 CRF Meetup in a fun way, please join us for food/beverage on-your-own after this paddle : ) Hope to see you there : )

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Daniel M.

    We are good to go! Water is only at 5k. See you all there!

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Susan Moore M.

    got called into work. be safe out there! and have tons of fun!

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Tam

    The most recent USGS update on river levels was at 11 am. Please check this event at 4 pm for an update on whether we will host/cancel due to river safety. Thanks for your participation and patience tremendously, and Dan and I truly want to host this today. Safety is always top priority and then lots of fun..... Again, please check this event at 4 pm for an update.... : )

    April 10, 2014

  • Jamie L.

    Wish I could go today....just learned of the trip. Hopefully this paddle will be scheduled again soon.

    April 10, 2014

    • Tam

      We are currently offering basically the same event Sat. Please join us if you wish : )

      April 10, 2014

  • Andy H.

    One never really knows what Duke is up to but isn't a Thursday evening dam release a bit unusual unless we've had some extended rainfall? Last April we had rainfall well above average yet it appears Wylie Dam was only doing Thursday evening releases 50% of the time.

    1 · February 25, 2014

    • Alberto

      I feel your pain....... Duke floats like a butterfly

      April 9, 2014

    • Alberto

      Have done this run at 10K in my Jackson Zen River Runner, and it was was a blast. But we ran it strictly as a technical, and most of the 4 paddlers had ACA certs... You folks did well in cancelling it.

      1 · April 10, 2014

  • adrienne p.

    Looking forward to meeting you all on another paddle.

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Tam

    Duke is probably going to be running water at 10,000 cfs tomorrow. If so, this event will be cancelled due to unsafe river levels. Please check this event for an update tomorrow by 3 pm. As a reminder, a similar event will be held this Sat., and please join us if this is cancelled. Thanks for your interest and patience! Lots of smiles, Tam & Dan : )

    1 · April 9, 2014

  • Tam

    Thanks for great participation for our '14 Kickoff Kayak Meetup! As a reminder, this Meetup will be cancelled Thurs. by 4 pm if the river is unsafe. Please check this Meetup Thurs. at 4 pm for an update... Lots of smiles, Tam : )

    April 7, 2014

  • Tam

    Please join us if at all possible for our '14 Kickoff Meetup...if we need to move the shuttle to 6 pm to accomodate work schedules, we can do this. We want to make this Meetup year one of the best yet, and your feedback is important. Dan and I both work full-time, and a weekday Meetup is not possible except on a holiday..... Please e-mail either Tam or Daniel Mullane with any feedback to continuously improve this Meetup site.... Thanks for all participation!! : )

    April 2, 2014

  • Daniel M.

    Hey fellow paddlers! Look forward to getting to know you all and enjoying some great paddles together. I can promise that we will have tons of laughs and good times ahead. Cant wait to enjoy some warmer weather and hope to see you out there soon! Feel free to bring friends and family along as well, we can always get a hold of kayaks and canoes to borrow.

    2 · March 12, 2014

  • Tam

    Our goal for local Meetups are at least five paddlers, in addition to guides. Thanks for your participation!! : )

    March 12, 2014

  • Margit E

    Sorry, have to cancel, I have to work until 6:30pm..

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Kayak Dave "THE R.

    That's the weekend of the East Coast Canoe & Kayak Festival in Charleston so that's where I'll be. Otherwise that Lake Wyle paddle is a great trip.

    1 · February 25, 2014

    • Tam

      Thanks for your interest, and this one will be repeated again this year.... Hope you have a GREAT time at the Festival : )

      February 25, 2014

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