Mayor's Hike Bike and Paddle

This year the Hike bike and paddle will be going to lock through. Boats will launch between 10 and 11 am, at 11, we paddle through the Portland canal to the McAlpine Locks and be lowered 36 feet. We then paddle to the JAYCEES boat ramp in New Albany - just upstream of I64 bridge where TARC will take the drivers back to their cars to do the shuttle.

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  • David W.

    Here is a you tube video with photos by john nation
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    If this does not work try this one.
    http://youtu.be/_pOU0btjADA

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • D. T.

    I learned from the Memorial Day event. I went down Main Street to Preston St. by Bats Stadium, expecting to turn right for a straight shot to Green Lot as last time. The "Meter Maid" @ barricades gave me a look as is I was from a different planet. Luckily, poor guy who had to carry his kayak 3 blocks was walking by and saved me by g instructings me to go to next block. Besides better information on road closures, take a proactive approach and give driving directions to Green Lot and boat house. Then educate the personnel staffing the barricades. Shouldn't be too hard for them to figure out our goal with kayak strapped to the top of our vehicle. As event grows, should consider breaking the group into 2 sections so people don't have to sit in lock so long waiting for everyone else. Beautiful day to be on the water!

    Bottomline, thanks to Mayor, his staff, LMPD, David Wicks and LACK for putting this together. As event grows coordination/communication will improve.

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • Mr T.

    The Schindler Babies (my children) and I got skunked on Memorial day this year regarding the parking , had to launch from Eva Bandmon Park with about 20 others who got blocked at lower Frankfort Av. This go around had no such restriction approaching from Story Av exit , to Adams St , To River Rd , to Blue Lot right above great Lawn put in . Not sure when the city reviews street closures , but a paddle representative present at such a meeting may smooth out future problems with access. Great day to be locking through, let's do it again next year !!

    September 4, 2013

  • Jim K

    ...and where are the rest of the Pics?!...:)

    September 4, 2013

  • Warren

    Excellent day. Traffic control was confused.

    September 3, 2013

  • Ellen van N.

    Another Great Day on "Our" river!!! Thanks everyone!

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Although a river rat for years, I am a total rookie at paddling and this was my first ever paddling event. Had a blast and want to thank the city, the Mayor, and everyone who helped and worked to make it happen. I personally want to thank LACK who promoted it, otherwise I might not have even known about it nor participated. I am looking forward to participating in more LACK events.

    The only suggestion I might make for the officials for the next such even is to be sure the police officers know more about how to get the boats to the launch. I actually had one officer point me to park several blocks away and that I would have to carry my kayak to the water. Thankfully a couple of blocks away I noticed some paddlers being allowed through the barricade to the waterfront.

    This is by no means a complaint and I certainly give the vent two thumbs up, but only a suggestion to make the next event even better.

    2 · September 3, 2013

  • David W.

    What a day, great weather, good friends and a beautiful river. The city really is re engaging with the Ohio. According to the CJ it was a record crowd, but even with the few hassles, it was easier to get to than Thunder, the Derby or the Iron Man. I am sure the planners of the event though would take any suggestion on improving future events. Any ideas post them on the Louisville Community Boat House face book page. Enjoyed the paddle? On October 5th join The Louisville 50: Westport to West Point You can paddle 50 miles, or just a section of it. Harrods Creek to downtown Louisville. Or redo the section we did yesterday. Or look at it another way, the participants in the Hike Bike and Paddle, completed their first segment of the Louisville 50. Then on October 5th, do another section. Before you know it, you can claim membership in the "Louisville 50 Club".

    2 · September 3, 2013

  • Catherine L.

    Frankfort Ave showed as open to River Road and the Boat House but we couldn't get across Story Ave... it worked out ok to go to the Green Parking lot after we tried going down River Road from Zorn and that was blocked too. It was a great day, met lots of nice people and had another wonderful kayaking experience. Have to say there should have been 2 Tarc buses waiting afterwards. I was caught in the downpour in New Albany waiting on the second shuttle trip to Louisville.

    September 2, 2013

  • Joe C.

    Arrived early, but was unable to get close to the event due to police barricades. "Packed" my canoe
    from where I found a place to park. I locked through the Panama Cannel 3 time while in the Navy.
    This up close, intimate experience of locking through McAlpine was far better!

    September 2, 2013

  • Chris

    Parking might have been handled a bit better. Also didn't know I would be sitting for an hour before the locks opened. The rest of the experience was wonderful!

    September 2, 2013

  • lucy reece cooper l.

    I had the most wonderful time.. Thanks a million to Walt C. & Bob L. for taking me in under their wing today and not letting anything happen to me. :) I learned a lot today about Kayaking.

    September 2, 2013

  • chris

    It was a treat to paddle thru the locks! Thanks for organizing this event!

    September 2, 2013

  • Nancy C.

    Great day all around. The Boat Club was a great meeting place to start the day. !0:00am was the warm up paddle and then 11:00 down river to the McAlpine Locks. Paddling into the locks from the rear.... just an amazing view to see all the kayak colors and the paddles in motion. Thanks to all that were responsible for organizing this event.

    September 2, 2013

  • Gary T.

    This day was awesome and the weather cooperated perfectly. Met many people that we would enjoy seeing again.

    September 2, 2013

  • Barbara H.

    It was a great paddle. Just wish it would have been better publicized, i.e. length of trip, approximate time, where to park (green parking lot where boy scouts were assisting), where to put in the water, etc. Had no idea there were two paddle events until we chatted with people on the trip.

    September 2, 2013

  • Mary B.

    Dr Larry Kelly gave me his gloves and saved my day. What a prince!

    September 2, 2013

  • Mike B.

    A little confusion on getting to the unloading site by the local authorities but once that hurdle was crossed it was good.

    September 2, 2013

  • Caroline

    The trip was a blast, the locks were indeed safe. I do have many suggestions for improving this fantastic event in the future (mainly organization and logistics). I have volunteered to help with the event for next Memorial Day.

    September 2, 2013

  • Joyce W.

    Paddling was lots of fun and had time to visit with others . Waiting in the locks did not seem long; felt like being at a party. Put in at the Community Boat House with no crowd and helpful folks. This was a easy relaxed adventure.

    September 2, 2013

  • Jim K

    Shall miss the Blast of a time that you guys will have...:((
    Work!

    September 2, 2013

  • Barbara H.

    We are new and don't know where the boat house is. Also, concerned about parking.

    September 2, 2013

  • David W.

    The locks are safe! - It is only the loc nest monster that will get you. McAlpine Upper 1.2
    McAlpine Lower 2.2 Just a final note before our paddle tomorrow. Lots of folks will be at the community boat house booth - that is part of the hike bike and paddle from 8:30 to 10:15 or so. You can stop by the booth and check out maps of where we are going . The mayor talks about 9:50 or so up on the great lawn.
    It looks like good weather - just remember to bring water. The numbers above are the current speeds in the river. So up to the lock it is 1.2 mph below the lock it is over 2. Therefore we don’t need that much human power unless if we want to tow a water skier. If you are putting in at the boat house, paddle on down to the waterfront and get out and check out the booths.

    1 · September 1, 2013

    • Barbara H.

      We are new. Where is the boat house?

      September 2, 2013

    • Kris D.

      Louisville rowing club on google maps, same place

      September 2, 2013

  • Caroline

    This sounds fun...but are locks safe for small boats like single person kayaks? I assume so...guess I will find out.

    September 1, 2013

  • lucy reece cooper l.

    I"d like to go out today and practice for tomorrow on the river.. Is anyone going out there? .. Don't want to go it alone. Near Harrods Creek would be better.

    September 1, 2013

  • Catherine L.

    where is the TARC shuttle going to return the paddlers? to the community boat house or downtown at the waterfront? or will it stop both places?

    September 1, 2013

    • David W.

      As of now TARC is going to drop people off at Waterfront Park, They are going to be asked to also go up to the Big Four Bridge, - that makes a better loop for them to return for a second load.

      September 1, 2013

  • Bill N.

    Just need a couple of pieces of info. Where is everyone launching from? And where does the TARC shuttle return you to? Haven't seen this anywhere. Thanks!

    September 1, 2013

  • David W.

    This is what I know: folks certainly can do their own shuttle, shuttle maps will be available at the community boat house booth on the waterfront. Or you could first drop you car off at the Water Street Park in New Albany - where the Jaycee boat ramp is. You also are welcome to arrange your own shuttle and take out at the fishing acess point on Shipping Port Island or at the George Rogers Clark boat ramp in the falls of the ohio state park. If you wish to take advantage of the complimentary TARC shuttle service, you can leave your boat and lock it with a bike lock, or ask a friend to watch it while you are getting your car. There will be a few volunteers who will stay at the take out, but we are not going to wait around for ever. - If anyone has any other suggestions for a good system, please write a note on this discussion board.

    August 30, 2013

    • Warren

      Is the fishing access site on Shippingport Island really an option? If the hydro is running won't the current be excessive? Or have arrangements been made to shut it down for the paddle?

      September 1, 2013

    • David W.

      There certainly is current between sand island and shippingport island. the current is determined by the release of water over and dam and the LG and E facility. I have paddled up against the current, but it takes practice and endurance going up stream. This is the reason why the Hike Bike and Paddle Course goes downstream after the locks to the New Albany boat ramp. There has been no arrangements to ask for the flow to be altered.

      September 1, 2013

  • Warren

    The specific GPS location of the harbor is N38°[masked] W85° 44.810. McAlpine phone is (502) 774.3514. For lock info use marine channel 13. They can advise return lockage availability and time estimate.

    August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those asking about the time required to lock back upstream and paddle back, it isn't so much a paddling time thing as it is a lock thing. Commercial traffic has priority over recreational traffic when it comes to the locks. So the lock time to come back could be dependent upon how many barges are lined up to lock through.

    August 31, 2013

  • Gary T.

    Your Map Link has a glitch and we will need a more precise put in location. Thanks!

    August 31, 2013

  • Gary T.

    I have never put my canoe on the Ohio. But this sounded like a challenge. Just hope we can handle the waters.

    August 31, 2013

  • Warren

    Another option would be to lock back up and just paddle back which is my intention after a hike around Sand Island.

    August 30, 2013

    • David W.

      It depends alot, but we think we should be at the take out - the jaycees boat ramp between 1 and 2.

      August 30, 2013

    • Catherine L.

      no, I mean how long would it take to lock back paddling upriver?

      August 31, 2013

  • Bob L

    Anyone interested in doing a shuttle. I can carry one other yak beside my own.

    August 30, 2013

  • Bob L

    Lucy-I am thinking about being at the boat club around 730am. Be glad to shuttle with you-call[masked] Sunday afternoon and we can finalize.

    August 31, 2013

  • Bob D.

    Not sure I understand the shuttle thing. If you ride back to the waterfront on a TARC, how will your kayak make it back?

    August 30, 2013

    • lucy reece cooper l.

      you gotta go back and retrieve the kayak. ?? Left unattended.??. I believe the buddy system will be necessary.

      August 30, 2013

    • David W.

      Try car pooling and then have the driver take the tarc back and get the vehicle, then the driver heads back to the boat ramp and loads the boats, while the other paddlers hang out at the park and watch the Ohio River.

      August 31, 2013

  • David W.

    Mayor Fischer is going to paddle a single kayak and lock through with us. It is going to be a big day, It looks like the weather is going to cooperate. Encourage all of your friends and colleagues to come and join the paddlesport community in one of the largest paddlesport event in our region!

    August 30, 2013

  • David W.

    Here are a couple of videos showing similar cities who have sponsored paddlesport lock throughs:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMZyapI4UHU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrZ0lBL9gqU

    Check out the folks who organized these two videos. They are still at it. http://www.floatzilla.org/ There event was in the middle of august.

    August 30, 2013

  • Bill N.

    Where is everyone launching from?

    August 30, 2013

  • Jim K

    ...sort of a tour from a locking through 2 years ago.

    http://www.meetup.com/LACK-GROUP/events/22492701/

    50 folks so far....neat...hope there are more...and that I can attend...:)

    August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How will our boats be protected while we ride the bus to our vehicle and then return for them?

    August 30, 2013

  • David W.

    Per the question can a newbie do this?
    * it is going to be hot - in the 90's bring lots of water.
    * It will take between 2 and 3 hours to paddle to through the locks, it won't be strenuous as a good part is waiting for the locking process, and with this many folks it will take a while. the big deal is sitting for 3 hours. If you are comfortable, it should not be a problem.
    * you should be able to paddle in a straight line without much trouble. In emergency there will be a couple of police river patrol boats with us the entire time. so in some respects it is a perfect time, lots or folks to help.

    August 28, 2013

  • David W.

    The city has made arrangements with the corps to lock through going downstream. But the locks are open 24 - 7 for recreational traffic. Depending on barge traffic one might have to wait as recreational traffic does not have priority. My personal opinion is to keep the day simple as it is the first time the Hike Bike and Paddle is going through the locks. If you want to paddle further, there is a small group that is seeking to paddle to Riverview Park that day. So they are going to go through the locks and head downstream to the Park.

    1 · August 30, 2013

  • Motion to Dick M.

    Any reason we can't paddle back up and thru the locks if we want and skip the bus ride?

    August 30, 2013

  • Cory D.

    I can't wait... 3hrs is nothing, just need a thick layer of sunblock since I paddle with a sit on top and my legs cook.

    August 29, 2013

  • David W.

    Here are the projected river currents for the next four days.
    McAlpine Upper 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.7
    McAlpine Lower 1.7 1.5 1.5 2.0
    Monday has not been posted yet.
    you can check them out here
    http://www.erh.noaa.gov/ohrfc/flows.shtml If you just sit in your boat, you can do the course in about 3 hours. that is not exactly true as right above the lock and in the Portland canal there is almost no current, so one has to paddle in that section.

    August 28, 2013

  • Dick K.

    Although I am generally an upbeat person, I look forward to being "let down" in the Locks!

    August 27, 2013

  • Warren

    26 feet. Not 36.

    August 27, 2013

  • lucy reece cooper l.

    Is this something a new paddler could handle?

    August 26, 2013

  • David W.

    You can launch at the harbor lawn - that is next to the great lawn on the waterfront. Or put in at the community boat house and paddle downstream. then paddle through the locks and TARC will be providing the shuttle. - drivers only, no boats - you will have to drive back to New Albany to pick up your boats.

    August 25, 2013

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