August 31, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Paddle the West and Rhode Rivers from Galesville Wharf
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.
Parking is a bit tricky on the paddle. The parking lot only has a few slots. Once people arrive, you will unload your boat and we will direct you to the best parking areas.
Galesville is this quaint little old village on the West River that has a lovely public wharf with a sandy beach next to it that will be our launch site. We'll be on the water from the wharf in Galesville promptly at 10:00 AM. Please plan to arrive with plenty of time to have your boat and gear ready to launch by then. Our lunch stop on this paddle is a sandy beach on a little island that has a view of the SERC property. We will be swimming there and relaxing for a nice long lunch break before heading back. After the paddle we will be heading to one of the local restaurants to grab a snack and/or drink if anybody is interested.
The West and Rhode Rivers look more like bays off of the Bay than rivers on the map. They are big wide open water rivers. They are also very shallow. That means when the wind comes up or a few motor boats pass by they quickly get pretty choppy. We may hit it on a calm day but if you're not a fan of at least a little inescapable chop and a longer paddle, this one is probably not for you.
The shoreline along our route varies from the marinas and businesses of the village of Galesville to larger tracts of undeveloped land and on to more densely packed newer developments with some pretty good sized homes. This paddle has a little bit for everyone. Our lunch stop will be on the sandy beach of a very small island which is perfect for swimming if there aren't too many jellies out.
There are rental boats available for this paddle at the weekend price of $50.00 for the day including a paddle and PFD delivered to the put in. Please answer the rental question when you RSVP to request one. To reserve a rental boat for this trip just answer the rental question(s) when you RSVP.
Kayaking involves known and unanticipated risks including physical injury and death that cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential quality of the sport. Group organizers and leaders and other members cannot pay continuous attention to all participants. Participants must be responsible for their own safety. Don’t overestimate your skills and abilities. Take instructional courses to learn about paddling technique, safety, self rescue and hypothermia. Be aware of the tides, currents and weather conditions that will affect your safety on the days you paddle. Cooperate with group organizers, leaders and other members to insure your own safety as well as the safety of others and make it the fun, enjoyable day on the water it should be.