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.