Ok paddlers, the holidays will be over before we know it. It will soon be time to get out and relieve some the stress you built up while shopping, cooking and cleaning. Let’s take a weekend off and do some kayak camping at Merchants Mill Pond NC. This website will tell you all about the Mill Pond (http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/memi/main.php). It truly is an enchanted place to paddle. Please review park rules and regulations before attending this event
As always remember to dress for the water temp not the air temp and bring a change of clothes just in case they are needed. This paddle is open to all boats, kayaks, and to children. PFD’s must be worn at all times when on the water. If you don’t have a boat you can call the Mill Pond (252)[masked] and make arrangements to rent a canoe for the weekend. The cost is $20.00 for a 24 hour period.
There is of course a fee for the campsite which is $13.00 for the first 5 people then an additional $2.00 per person. I have reserved site number 2 in the group canoe area and paid the $13.00. When we meet (as indicated below) we can figure the total amount and split the cost between all participants.
We will meet Saturday morning at 10:00 am in the parking lot of the park’s Visitor Center located at 176 Millpond Road, Gatesville, NC. Travel time from the Peninsula and Southside is estimated to be less than an hour and a half. After registration we will proceed to the park boat ramp for final preparations before launching. All vehicles left in the park after posted park hours must be registered at the visitors center.
Merchants Millpond is one of North Carolina’s rarest ecological communities featuring lofty bald cypress trees, luxuriant growths of Spanish moss, and abundant wildlife, including the elusive alligators which inhabit the area. Escape the hectic pace of life as we journey by kayak and canoe into this remote and undisturbed area, a place that embodies the spirit of adventure!
Kayak/Canoe campers are responsible for transporting their own supplies and equipment to the reserved paddle-in primitive campsite. This includes food, water, clothing, tent, e.t.c. Water is available at the launch area but must be transported to the campsite. Paddlers should have all safety related equipment on their boat. A fire pit with cooking grate is available at the campsite. A nearby pit toilet is also available for use. One thing I must point out is thatpark rules state possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, and visitors shall not be or become intoxicated while within any state park or recreation area.
Members from Hampton Roads Outdoor Adventures will also be invited to this paddle.
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