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Monocacy River Adventure - The Next 14 miles

  • Jul 27, 2013 · 10:00 AM
  • Pinecliff Park Boat Ramp

 

Monocacy River Adventure - The Next 14 Miles With Shuttle.

RSVP's for this event open tonight at 9:00 PM  (actually they will never open!  Just kidding, they open at 9)

The actual attendance limit for this paddle is 30 paddlers.  6 spots have been set aside for people who will be renting kayaks.  If you are a renter on the waiting list I will move you to the attending list.   Those spots not filled by renters 24 hours before the paddle will be filled with members on the waiting list who have paid the voluntary dues.  Everyone has the same chance to sign up for the first 24 slots.

We did the previous 12 miles earlier this spring and I think it's time to get back to the rest of the Monocacy.  Temps on Saturday are only supposed to hit the low 80's but we will be in the tree lined Monocacy River valley and somewhat protected from the heat of the sun at this time of year.

Saturday, July 27th will find us setting shuttle at 10:00 AM from the Pinecliff Park Boat Ramp on the Monocacy River for a 14 paddle with the current from the Devilbiss Bridge on the Monocacy to Pinecliff Park. Please plan to arrive at Pinecliff Park Boat Ramp no later than 10:00 AM for the shuttle.

This section of the Monocacy is mostly flatwater with a few minor (Class I) whitewater features.  Nothing most parents wouldn't let their kids go down in an inner tube.  River levels on the Monocacy are currently in a range considered "normal" so we should have plenty of water.

Pack a lunch for a rest stop in a small park at about the 8 mile point.  The good news is that there are portable toilets there.  Total paddle time on the water should be about 4.5 to 5 hours.  Factoring in shuttle time and a lunch stop, we should be back to the take out around 4:30 but will still need to retrieve cars at the put in so this will be a full day event.

There are rental boats available for this paddle at the weekend price of $50.00 for the day, delivered to the put in with paddle and PFD. Please be sure to make your rental request during the RSVP process.

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  • christine

    despite the torrential rain that hit us in the second part of the paddle, nearly everyone kept their mood up ... "we 'r singing in the rain, it will eventually get dry again" ... and it did !!!

    July 30, 2013

  • NANCY S.

    Wow! Looks like it was an adventurous and beautiful paddle! Great photo shots..thanks for sharing!

    July 30, 2013

  • Christine R

    Beautiful area. A little bit of everything thrown in--calm waters-riffles-rocks-strainers-and a thunderous ending. More fun than an amusement park! And the deer crossing was an added treat--never saw that before. Nicely arranged Chuck and Kimmie--thank you.

    July 29, 2013

  • Ralph

    Great trip. The gauge at Jug Bridge (just down stream from the I-70 bridge) went form 1.7 feet to 2.1 feet in the time we were on the water, so the water level went up almost 5 inches while we were paddling.

    1 · July 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      True - the rest of it was in my kayak!

      July 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was wondering about that- Thanks, Ralph!

      July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a trip! The river was ever-changing on us throughout the day. Between the lower water level, the rocks & the rain, we were at
    Mother Nature's mercy & it was awesome! Thanks to Mother, Chuck, and Kimmie!

    July 29, 2013

  • Jason

    Good trip. Wonderful people. Loved the rain in the middle.

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed myself as usual. Thanks to everyone including the newcomers for making this a pleasant trip. I finally did fall out of my kayak at the takeout. Now I can add that to my list of accomplishments. See you all again soon. I have recruited two more people as renters on one of the upcoming outing.

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Water, water, everywhere! In the river and the air!
    Super fun paddle with rain, lots of people and a great meal after. Thanks, Chuck and Kimmie!

    July 27, 2013

    • Kimmie

      As hard as the rain was coming down, it was still fabulous! It was fun to paddle in the rain!!!

      1 · July 28, 2013

  • Denise Parisi *.

    That was truly an adventure! Fun to spice things up a bit with some small rapids and rain. A lot of wildlife spotted on this paddle. Butterflies, snakes, nutria, craw fish, turtles, deer and a variety of birds. There were also some unusual sightings only viewed by Kimmie's group-peacock, giraffe, and pterodactyl. :-)
    Thanks Chuck and Kimmie for another wonderful day on the water with a great group of people.

    July 28, 2013

    • Kimmie

      You are most welcome, but... the great times are because of everybody! We have such a great group of people that the events can't help but turn out great!

      July 28, 2013

  • Gerianne

    This was my first time out kayaking with CKA....Everyone was so friendly, kind, and encouraging...Thank you!! I've only done about 2 hours max before so the outing was wonderful except for the last 45 minutes when I thought I might die.... :) Thanks for a super experience!!

    July 28, 2013

  • annie a.

    I had a great time, the rain was just an added feature! Thanks for the adventure!

    July 28, 2013

  • Denise Parisi *.

    EMS is having a 20% off Thule racks sale for the next three days. Pass this along to anyone interested.

    July 28, 2013

  • Lisa

    fun spending the day with some of my favorite people

    July 27, 2013

  • lisa k.

    Thanks for another great paddle. Not even torrential rain could dampen the spirits of this group!

    July 27, 2013

  • Becky

    Great paddle!!! I do enjoy paddling on the rain...

    July 27, 2013

  • Mary B.

    We usually cheat the rain, but today Mother Nature rained down hard on us!

    July 27, 2013

  • Howard M.

    This paddle truly defines the "A" in CKA. Rocks, rapids, strainers and RAIN. Great fun. Lousy rain dance by fearless leader. But a great paddle. Thanks Chuck and Kimmie

    July 27, 2013

  • Caretta

    Sixk

    July 27, 2013

  • Caretta

    Feeling sick

    July 27, 2013

  • annie m.

    Not too clear to me. Are you leaving cars at Pinecliff and shuttling up to Devilbiss so you can float 14 miles to Pinecliff? ( I first thought you were going to go down to the Potomac from Pinecliff. The Devilbiss Bridge confused me.) As I'm on the wait list, where is the putin for the "first" trip you took in the spring?

    July 26, 2013

    • Chuck

      The objective of any shuttle trip is to leave as many cars at the take out as possible so yes we are meeting at Pine Cliff, putting in at Devilbiss and paddling back down to Pine Cliff. It will all be in my details letter that should be going out shortly. The paddle is already over booked though Annie so I don't think you or anyone else at this point will be making the attending list. Sorry.

      July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Chuck, do you have a rental for me?

    July 26, 2013

    • Chuck

      You did answer the rental question when you RSVP'ed Donna so YES I do have a rental boat for you. To reserve a rental kayak all you ever need to do is answer the question when you RSVP.

      July 26, 2013

  • Jason

    Anyone interested in doing the first twelve again starting at 6:00 or so?

    1 · July 22, 2013

    • Jason

      I was talking about a pre-trip but it seems the water is to low for up-river.

      July 26, 2013

    • Chuck

      I believe it is too low up river Jason

      July 26, 2013

  • Rob

    Thr Rt 77 bridge near Thurmont

    July 26, 2013

    • Chuck

      We won't be near Rte 77 on this one Rob. This is Devilbiss to Pine Cliff

      July 26, 2013

  • christine

    Hi Chuck, I may bring a friend who also needs rental. I will let you know tomorrow.

    July 25, 2013

  • John A

    Kids are in their last all star swim meet for summer. Good for them, bummer for me LOL

    July 25, 2013

  • Gerianne

    Can I pay for the rental with a credit card or is it cash only?

    July 24, 2013

    • Chuck

      Either way works Gerianne

      July 25, 2013

  • Ralph

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the portable toilet is no longer at the lunch stop. It was washed away by hurricane Sandy last year. I swear it was replaced earlier this year, but it is not there now. There is a Walmart at the top of the hill however.

    July 23, 2013

    • Kimmie

      That darn Sandy!!! How rude!!!!

      July 23, 2013

  • Rosemary

    Is this a trip that is best for plastic boats?

    July 22, 2013

    • Chuck

      I will be in my whitewater boat even though this trip isn't even remotely whitewater. Composite boats should be able to avoid any of the rocks we will see with perhaps the exception of some very shallow riffles if the water level is extremely low. You could always get out and walk them pretty easily if you had to. I think plastic would be better if you have it but composites will do fine. Oh and me in a WW boat means you all are going to have to stop and wait for me to catch up from time to time. :)

      July 22, 2013

    • Denise Parisi *.

      Tempted to bring my WW boat, but probably not if it might remotely slow you down. Unless there is a decent current, I will probably be in the back of the pack.

      July 23, 2013

  • Lisa

    another evening spent waiting for the stroke of 9. ... thank you for that opportunity, Chuck.

    1 · July 22, 2013

    • Toni

      And some of us are sitting in a parking lot hoping our smart phones don't drop the connection because we can't make it home by 9

      1 · July 22, 2013

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