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Riversweep and Interpretive Paddle at Stumpy Pond

Please volunteer for one of our first local Riversweeps! Weather/river permitting, meet at Stumpy Pond around 7.30 am to riversweep for approximately two hours more or less as your schedule permits. After a brief introduction/welcome, paddlers will riversweep and meet back at the boat landing around 10 am if desired for an interpretive kayak tour surrounding Stumpy. Thanks to Bill Fortune for sharing very interesting history trivia during the interpretive tour. Also, canoers are more than welcome to be able to carry an abundance of litter as removed.

Check your kayak or canoe 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. 

Also secure a whistle at all times. Bring MESH LAUNDRY BAGS (will try to get these donated and update volunteers closer to this date - these are available at Dollar General/Walmart, etc. for a minimal price), GLOVES, litter tools, kayaks or canoes/gear, water, snacks, insect repellant, hats, gum, personal hygiene items and sunblock. Contact Catawba River Expeditions[masked]) to rent a kayak/canoe/gear.

****PLEASE EITHER E-MAIL (via this Meetup or [masked]) QUESTIONS/CONCERNS BEFORE SAT., APR. 26. 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.

To access a map/directions of this destination, click on the blue "edit map" hyperlink (near the blue Meetup location).

In case of inclement weather/unsafe river condition, this Meetup will be cancelled by 6 am on 4/26. Please check this Meetup for cancellation before traveling to Stumpy Pond.*****

Thanks to Dan Mullane and Bubba Bailey for sharing pictures! The "Peanut the Turtle" picture is courtesy of Minnesota's DNR. 

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  • David C.

    Great meeting everyone yesterday and hopefully we made a dent in the trash at Stumpy Pond, at least for a while.Thanks for everyone efforts.

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Wayne M.

    Great group of new friends. All worked hard. Sooo much trash!

    1 · April 26, 2014

    • Tam

      Thank you so much for volunteering!! The neat thing about these events, which are for such a great cause, is that we always make new friends at the same time : ) Thanks again for all your hard work this morning!!

      April 26, 2014

  • Tam

    I will not have Internet access after this post; if you have any challenges finding Stumpy, please call[masked] in the morning. Stumpy Pond is flat water and always safe, and the weather forecast is excellent for this Riversweep. Thank you SO MUCH for participating in this tomorrow!! : )

    April 25, 2014

  • Tam

    We desperately need more participation in this Event, and we are planning to rotate out Catawba River locations as mini-riversweeps to keep things simple. Please consider volunteering one Sat. morning to make a huge difference.....

    April 23, 2014

  • Tam

    We have minimal participation in this one...PLEASE participate if you can....

    April 21, 2014

  • Wayne M.

    My wife and I will bring our canoe.

    1 · April 16, 2014

    • Tam

      : )

      April 16, 2014

  • Tam

    Thanks for all participation in this one!! GREATLY appreciated!! : )

    April 16, 2014

  • Tam

    Stumpy Pond Boat Landing Access Directions (from Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Lancaster or Charlotte): 1. Take Hwy. 21 Byp. towards Landsford Canal State Park (LCSP); continue on Hwy, 21 Byp. past LCSP and Fort Lawn. 2. Take a left at the Hwy 21 Byp. and SC 200 intersection. 3. After crossing the bridge (Nitrolee Dam is on your left), turn right onto SC 97. 4. Travel 2.5 to 3 miles to the intersection of SC 97 and Green Rd. ("The Kickstand," an orange convenience store, will be on the right immediately after this intersection). 5. Turn right on Green Rd and travel about 3.5 miles to Bluefield Rd., (will see a green sign marked "Stumpy Pond") 6. Turn right and proceed 1/4 mile to the Stumpy Pond boat landing/parking lots.

    March 25, 2014

  • Daniel M.

    Shouldn't take long to fill up a trash bag down here! Cant wait to see the impact we can make in one day, lets make this local paddling area more attractive for us to use for the rest of the summer. Looking forward to a awesome day!

    1 · March 25, 2014

    • Tam

      You ROCK, Dan!! : ) Thank you for all you do for CRF!! : ) Smiling!! : )

      March 25, 2014

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