Please join us for a guided twilight paddle and cookout on Swift Creek Lake in Pocahontas State Park.
Come enjoy a leisurely paddle in a canoe or kayak as we discover the wildlife at night. We will paddle the lake, stop at a fire ring for a cookout until it gets dark, and then paddle back in the moonlight. We might see heron, eagles, deer and beavers.
The cost of this beginner-friendly paddle is $12/person. This covers the canoe or kayak, gear (paddle and life vest), food and guide. If you bring your own boat and gear the fee is $6/person. No experience is necessary as basic instructions are given. The park has a mixture of canoes and kayaks for our use. Kayaks are either single or tandem. Food consists of grill your own hot dogs, chips, drinks and s'mores.
We will meet our guide at the boat rental station to the right of the boat dock in the park at 6:30pm. You will not need to pay the park entrance fee; tell the park attendant you are coming for the paddle. Payment in cash (exact change, please) will be made to the Park Ranger/guide at the boat rental station.
Life vests are required for all participants. Minimum age is 6. No dogs allowed on this trip.
We should arrive back at our vehicles between 10-10:30pm.
- Cash for paddle fee
- water appropriate clothing
- change of clothes and a towel, should you desire
- close-toed shoes that can get wet; no flip flops
- flashlight or headlamp for your boat
- bug spray
- water for the paddle (beverages provided for dinner)
Severe weather will postpone/cancel the trip. The park makes the final decision as to whether the trip will be cancelled because of weather, and they will notify me as soon as they are able so I can notify everyone. However, they usually do not make a decision until just before the paddle is scheduled to begin unless the weather is severe and imminent.
I will email the attendees with my contact information the day before the event.