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Paddle the Lake Arlington Trail by Discover Kayak

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  • Richard Simpson Park

    6300 W Arkansas Ln, Arlington, TX (map)

    32.712173 -97.201836

  • We will meet at 6:00 at Lake Arlington to do the Texas Paddling Trail at 6:30 p.m. This should allow time for everybody to get there and be on the water at 6:30 p.m. This is a 7 mile trail, although with the lower water it might be shorter. I think this paddle will be 2 1/2 to 3 hours and is designed for all levels of paddlers.

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  • Gary P.

    Hi Louie, here is Coast Guard lighting requirements, one of the white strobe lights would work well , this lake also checks for permits, $5 per use permit fee, life jacket, rope and whistle. Kayak Lighting Requirements
    There are relatively scant Coast Guard requirements for kayak lighting in comparison with other small craft. Unlike most other boats, no lighting is required from dawn to dusk, except in extreme foul weather. At night only a bright flashlight readily available is required, yet having side-running lights as on a sailboat is advised. An excellent resource for the details on proper boat lighting is the Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats brochure--to order, call the Coast Guard Customer info line at[masked]-5647.
    Visual Distress Signals

    I am going to cancel today due to wind but I am really looking forward to future events. Thanks

    April 10, 2014

    • Louie

      Gary, thanks for the info. I had read that a white light was recommended, but couldn't find the actual specs. Thanks again.

      April 10, 2014

    • Teresa

      Actually on lakes you are required to have a white light that can be seen 360 degrees, usually mounted on the stern. It can be a lantern, flashlight, or boat light. The light is required from sunset to sunrise or during any restricted visibility. Red and green bow running lights are optional. But any time you are paddling at night in water where power boats run you want to pile on as many lights as possible and run as close to the shore as possible because you are still invisible to any boat running at any speed over water--especially when lights from shore are also visible.

      April 10, 2014

  • Ms. Charley K.

    I just got on. With the winds so high this meetup will be posted for a later date. Safety first.!

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Steve H.

    Yeah. I think my wife and I will stay behind on this one. I don't think it would be very enjoyable fighting the wind.

    April 10, 2014

  • Louie

    Charley, I believe that I will follow your suggestion and James and Teresa's lead and sit this one out. Hope to see you guys another time. Happy paddling.

    April 10, 2014

  • Teresa

    I am not fond of paddling lakes in high wind Andy wind finder ap says 20 to 30 mph. And we will be on the high side of the fetch with high waves.

    April 10, 2014

    • Teresa

      That should have been "my wind finder ap" ( hate spell correct) In short I hope to see some of you tomorrow at roll practice or at the next Lake Arlington outing.

      April 10, 2014

  • Ms. Charley K.

    Gary is right about the wind. If you have not paddled in high wind, please take careful consideration for your safety and your abilities. Please bring any lights you may have. I will shorten the paddle so that we are not out late. There will be more paddled posted.

    April 10, 2014

  • Gary P.

    just to let you know, if start is 6:30 and trail is 2.5 hrs that would have us out till 9pm. There occasionally is a cop that sits at the boat ramp and gives tickets for watercraft with improper lighting. Wind forecast I have heard is suggesting high winds later today 20 to 30.

    April 10, 2014

    • Louie

      Thanks for the info. Out of curiosity, what is the proper lighting for a kayak?

      April 10, 2014

  • Ms. Charley K.

    i apologize for the confussion last week; that is what working with a migraine does for you. The meeting is still on as scheduled. Please let me know if you need to rent a boat. The cost to rent a boat, paddle and PFD is $25 for this event. please e-mail off the group at [masked]. This time of year weather is always a concern. Keep watching for updates.

    April 8, 2014

  • Louie

    Thanks again, but the basis of my question was not specific to this meetup but was more a general question about wind speed and kayaking safety. Sorry for the confusion, but to that end at what point does wind speed become a hazard that should be avoided?

    April 8, 2014

    • Louie

      Thanks for the recommendation. I've taken a few of his classes and have been on several of his group paddles. He is much like Ferris Bueller, i.e., one rightous dude, and one heck of an instructor.

      April 8, 2014

    • Ms. Charley K.

      If you are not comfortable in your boat and the water please do not go out in any wind that is over 12 mph.

      April 8, 2014

  • Brenda

    I'm in! Only been kayaking once and am looking forward to becoming more comfortable with it!

    1 · April 5, 2014

    • Brenda

      Just did. Looking forward to it!

      April 8, 2014

  • Louie

    Thanks for that response, but since I am still kind of a newb I am just trying to find out when it is safe (and especially unsafe) to be out especially considering that the last paddle was cancelled in part because of high wind.

    April 8, 2014

  • Louie

    I've seen a weather report indicating that the winds are supposed to be about 20 mph Thursday, with that in mind when it is too windy to paddle?

    April 8, 2014

  • Steve H.

    I am confused. I thought it was scheduled for April 10th.

    April 3, 2014

  • Ms. Charley K.

    I have been seeing some lightening around and the forecast is calling for 30-70 mph winds. With this in mind for safety reasons I will reschedule this event for Wednesday, April 9, at 6:00 pm be on the water at 630 sharp.

    April 3, 2014

    • Viki

      I Thought this was scheduled for Thursday April 10th?

      April 3, 2014

  • Robert

    is there equipment rental available?

    March 31, 2014

    • Ms. Charley K.

      Please let me know in advance so that I will bring the rental equipment with me.

      April 2, 2014

    • Ms. Charley K.

      If you need to rent please e-mail me at [masked]

      April 3, 2014

  • Ms. Charley K.

    Please be aware, if it is thundering and or lightening this event will be cancelled for safety reasons.

    April 2, 2014

  • Ms. Charley K.

    I am aware the trail is 10.9 miles total length. I am planning a shorter route due to being after work for people. I estimate 7 miles & end where we start. This is to be a leisurely after work paddle.

    1 · April 2, 2014

  • Teresa

    Are you planning to include Village Creek (or as much of it as you can get down before you run out of water)? I know it is not an "official" part of the trail, but it is the best part.

    March 31, 2014

  • Steve H.

    I would really like to make this. It really depends on how late I have to work. It's a day to day thing. I am only five minutes from the lake.
    This will go into night time. Dumb Question: What kind of lights would I need if I can make it? (Sorry! Still fairly new. Only been kayaking about a year and I've never been out after sunset.)

    March 31, 2014

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