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The Wednesday Night Paddler (TWNP) Big Branch

  • Apr 10, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • Triadelphia Reservoir - Big Branch

 

 

I am relaxing the cold water gear requirements for this evening's paddle.  There isn't any one point where the water is suddenly safe but as it is now 60 degrees or warmer it is safer.  Use common sense, wear synthetics instead of cotton and bring a light windbreaker or waterproof jacket just in case.  As I type this there are still spots available to attend.

Our  now world famous regular Wednesday Night Paddles have begun for the season.  This paddle is on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM.  The time is the "on the water time".  Please plan to arrive early enough to have your boat and gear ready to paddle promptly at 6:00 PM.  We DO NOT wait for people on Wednesday Nights. 

Our second Wednesday night paddle of the season will find us at the Big Branch Recrreation Area on Triadelphia Reservoirr.  Triadelphia Reservoir is owned by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC).  To paddle here you need to purchase a $6.00 day use permit or a $70.00 season permit.  With over 13 miles of water between Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge Reservoirs and 7 different kayak launch sites we'll visit the WSSC properties often during the season and I suspect regular paddlers in the area will find that the season pass will pay for itself quickly.  You can purchse day or season permits on line and print them out at home.  Look under hot topiics at the WSSC website located here http://www.wsscwater.com/home/jsp/home.faces 

The Wednesday Night Paddler (TWNP) is a chance for everyone to paddle off the work day stress while working on paddling technique and staying in shape.  Of course it becomes quite a social event too.  TWNP is an opportunity for everyone regardless of boat type or skill level to paddle in the safety and camaraderie of a group as long as you have access to a boat, PFD and paddle.

There will be rental kayaks (including a paddle and PFD) available for this paddle at the Wednesday Night price of $30.00.  If you require one please indicate that by answering the rental question when you RSVP.   

 

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  • Rose C.

    KIMMIE IS WAS GREAT TO SEE YOU ON THE WATER.

    April 10, 2013

    • Chuck

      It was indeed!

      April 10, 2013

    • Julie

      Yes it was!!!!!

      April 11, 2013

  • Bryan

    Is there an area to change into a wetsuit at the Big Branch Recreation Area? I would be coming directly from work.

    April 7, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      Bathing suits and underwear are pretty much the same, anyway

      April 9, 2013

    • Julie

      I recall Chuck using a large beach towel. I don't recall him being discreet. :-)

      April 11, 2013

  • Stacey

    When you click on the map link above and it takes you to Google maps, click on the picture of the parking lot and zoom in on the truck....I think Figment has been kayaking without us on the reservoir! Sure looks like her truck.

    April 10, 2013

    • Chuck

      I might buy it except for one thing. There isn't any water. The ramp runs way out to the middle. Difficult to launch at BB when the water is that low.

      April 10, 2013

    • Julie

      I was there one day when no one else was around. I'm pretty sure that's my truck. The water levels were very low but still navigable.

      April 11, 2013

  • Julie

    Wonderful in every way!!

    April 11, 2013

  • Wilma B.

    it was great. beautiful weather.

    April 11, 2013

  • Becky

    Fantastic as always

    April 10, 2013

  • Chuck

    Actual water temp at the put in was 67 degrees! Okay it dropped to 62 out in the middle but it was a beautiful night for a paddle with a fantastic group of people. We found new ways to have our usual fun and still comply with the new regulations. Thanks for coming everyone.

    April 10, 2013

  • Chuck

    Kimmie has decided that she wants to try getting in a boat so I'm meeting her at Big Branch before the paddle at about 3:30 to give it a shot. Feel free to come early and join us but it probably won't be very far or very fast.

    1 · April 8, 2013

    • Cassie

      Oooops, sorry Chuck. For some reason I was thinking you were going to Daniels Dam.

      April 10, 2013

    • Toni

      Sorry I couldn't be there - hope it went well.

      April 10, 2013

  • Toni

    Got hung up in Frederick and wont make it anywhere near on time. Have fun and I'll catch it next time.

    April 10, 2013

  • Lucie

    so with the weather in the 80's do we still need wetsuits if not I would like to sign up for this trip

    April 9, 2013

    • Chuck

      Lucie, I am relaxing the cold water restrictions for the paddle this afternoon. The water is still cold so don't show up in a bikini and I will still be in a wetsuit but they are no longer mandatory.

      April 10, 2013

  • Carol

    Hi Chuck -- Can you say more about the rentals that are available for the Wednesday night paddles? I am new to the sport and don't own a kayak yet, so I'd like to see if these might be appropriate for me or might help figure out what to eventually buy. You could respond here (in case others might also be interested) or directly to my email -- thank you so much!

    March 19, 2013

    • Carol

      I (and I hope maybe others as well) really appreciate the information about kayaks available for rental. I do plan to do attend one of your upcoming Selecting a Kayak seminars, which look extremely useful -- thank you so much!

      March 19, 2013

    • Cassie

      The rental I used from Chuck was pretty comfortable, just FYI, it had a nice seat.

      April 9, 2013

  • Laura G.

    Wish I cools join you ! Have fun. See you all next week!

    April 8, 2013

  • Lynda M.

    I have PT for my shoulder that day and will assess if I should paddle that night... but oh the weather is looking soooo tempting!

    April 7, 2013

  • Mary

    Sorry I will miss this one. Have to work. Bummer

    April 7, 2013

  • Jim A

    looking forward to the paddle. It was great meeting the group at Daniels.

    April 4, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    Bringing guest, she has a wetsuit.

    April 2, 2013

  • wendyWV

    I work in Brinklow so this paddle should be do-able for me! Are the Wednesday paddles always in this area?

    March 19, 2013

    • Chuck

      We usually move around a little on Wednesdays Wendy, alternating between the Patapsco River at Daniels and a few of the different put ins on Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge. The Wednesday after this one will probably find us going upstream from Brown's Bridge on Rocky Gorge

      March 19, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      Browns bridge? Isn't that where the baby cries? I seem to remember that growing up in the area.

      April 2, 2013

  • David S.

    Sorry I don't have a wet or dry suit yet. Will be on the water when the cold water attire is no longer needed.

    March 29, 2013

  • Amy L.

    My dad will be in town and he doesn't own a wetsuit, so I'll have to decline so he doesn't sit at home bored while I'm out paddling.

    March 29, 2013

  • Jane

    I need to rent a boat, please! THanks!

    March 19, 2013

  • John

    At what point do we suspect that wet/dry suits will not be necessary for participation? (Still in 72 degree water temp here for another 2 days then back to reality. )

    March 19, 2013

    • Chuck

      John - That's the 64 million dollar question and I don't have the answer. I am hoping that by mid April water temps will be warm enough. That would have worked for the past two years but as everyone knows this year is taking a little longer to warm up.

      March 19, 2013

    • Chuck

      Oh and yeah sure ,,, keep rubbing it in about those Florida water temps.

      March 19, 2013

  • Amy L.

    Will have just my dad with me too.

    March 19, 2013

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