Laid Back Sunday Social Paddle from Big Branch Recreation Area on Triadelphia
The forecast for Sunday is calling for a high of 73 degrees under sunny skies with winds out of the south at 12 MPH. We'll be padding upstream from Big Branch in to Cattail Creek. Water levels at Triadelphia are currently the highest I've ever seen them which should allow us to get quite a ways up Cattail Creek if we don't run into any un-passable tree falls.
TO PADDLE AT TRIADELPHIA OR ROCKY GORGE RESERVOIRS YOU MUST PURCHASE A DAY USE PERMIT FOR $6.00 OR A SEASON PERMIT FOR $70.00. They can be purchased online at www.wsscwater.com or at the shack near Brighton Dam. With 7 different kayak launch points between them we will paddle enough on Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge to more than pay for the season pass if you attend regularly.
Water temperatures will NOT be in a range where we can waive the Cold Water Attire Requirements so Cold Water Attire is required for this paddle. If you don't know what that means you can learn more here http://www.meetup.com/Chesapeake-Kayak-Adventures/messages/boards/thread/38728872 You will not be allowed to participate in this paddle without the appropriate cold water attire.
We'll be on the water promptly at 10:30 AM from the boat ramp at Greenbridge Recreation Area . Please plan to arrive with plenty of time to have your boat and gear ready to launch by then. We do not wait for late arrivals.
This should be about an 7 to 8 mile paddle at a moderate pace. We will stop off the water for a lunch/snack break somewhere around the midpoint in the paddle so bring something to eat and perhaps something to share. I expect we will be back to the takeout somewhere around 2:30 PM.
There are rental kayaks (including a paddle and PFD) available for this paddle at the weekend price of $45.00, BUT YOU MUST HAVE YOUR OWN COLD WATER ATTIRE. Please answer the rental question when you RSVP to request one.