The Louisville 50

  • October 5, 2013 · 6:00 AM

It is fifty miles from Westport to West Point. On October 5th, we will have the first running of the Louisville 50. Boaters can paddle all 50 miles, or a segment there of, and over the next couple of years work your way up to become part of the elite Louisville 50 club. I know of 7 folks so far who are members - are you up for it?

I am also looking for volunteers who would like to be at one of the check point - You could choose - Westport - Captain's Quarters - The community boat house - Riverview Park or West Point. the check points will be open between 2 and 3 hours. Call or email me for more information
David Wicks - [masked][masked]

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  • David W.

    Hi Jim,
    All I have is the electronic version of the map that Kimberley created. You can get the navigational charts here:
    http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/Charts.aspx

    March 27, 2014

  • Jim K

    Who has those nice plastic laminated maps of the course?
    I'd like to get one or two.
    Thanks.

    March 27, 2014

  • Linda I.

    Did you all have lightening and what did you do about it?

    October 14, 2013

    • Jim K

      ...anyway feel should say that that Cane Run LG&E plant is ....nasty....when viewed from the Ohio. Saw mounds of debris close to the water...fish that had obvious blights/chancers floating upside down...outlets of running water from the same built up on the bank with a strange orangish color. Saw before that a terminal filled with a lot of fuel barges....more than have ever seen before

      November 22, 2013

    • Jim K

      This would make a good meetup: New Albany to Greenwood/Riverside ramp.

      November 22, 2013

  • Jim K

    November 7, 2013

  • Phil

    I just looked up this group and found out about the "50" in late September. Not knowing what my capability for a long trip was, I decided to start early on Friday afternoon and made it 15 miles before I had a trip ending problem. Had a nice adventure, I'll send a little write-up if anyone's interested.

    October 16, 2013

  • Rick

    Yes thanks to quest and can I get a T shirt there? And yes I want to do it again!

    October 12, 2013

  • Jim K

    ...and a big 'ole thanks to Quest for the support and the neat t-shirts. So...when are we going to do it again?...:)

    October 12, 2013

  • Rick

    I paddled from Captains Quarters to New Albany and had a great time (except for the complaints from my pickup in the rain, I shda kept following Dennis!) Thanks to the groups I latched on to!

    October 9, 2013

  • Linda I.

    does anybody want to do floyds fork while it's decent?

    October 9, 2013

  • Catherine L.

    I would love to hear how everyone did. Sorry the weather wasn't more cooperative. The launch under the stars was nice.

    October 6, 2013

  • chris

    Had a challenge or two that ended my effort at the locks. I'll try again soon.

    October 5, 2013

  • Jim K

    Yeah! Boat has the burrs shaved off of it. There is a big pile of "go with" stuff piled besides the same. Intend to carry/portage around the locks. Never have done that before....so will. :) Prob will carry the boat and come back and use aldi's bags for getting the rest of the gear/stuff where it needs to go. :)

    I know that it is a "race"...but don't really care.

    I'll make it...and have some serious fun doing it. :)

    My race strategy is to get to the finish...whenever that happens...:)

    Really neat that Dan Young... David Wicks... and certainly support from the mayor's office and probably a whole bunch of others have put this gig together.

    Thanks
    JimK

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Catherine L.

    I would be interested in volunteering at a checkpoint.

    August 7, 2013

    • Linda I.

      I registered them at the same time. It's Kathy Allen and Susan Vogedes and we're Team River Otters. We're using the same rescue person. I can try to find out both phone numbers if you want.

      October 3, 2013

    • Catherine L.

      David, I'm going to be at the start and finish but I made other plans for the day when I didnt hear anything.

      October 4, 2013

  • Ellen van N.

    Would anyone like to Paddle from the New Albany boat ramp to the Greenwood boat ramp on Sat Oct 5th?

    September 29, 2013

    • Bob D.

      I'll be doing it in the afternoon. I'm doing the first leg (West Port to Harrods Creek) very early (6:00 a.m. departure) on the 5th. Then I'll watch some of the UofL Red Black rowing scrimmage. Then I hope to meet up with the group coming out of the locks on their way down stream. I'd be happy to have your company from there to Riverview Park. Coordination might prove a little difficult, but maybe not. Only thing I can't provide is a car with a rack to carry your kayak back. Sorry.

      September 29, 2013

  • David W.

    If you are going to paddle the entire 50 miles, or any part of it on October 5th, we ask that you fill out the registration form.
    http://www.jotform.co/specialevents/Louisville_50

    September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not sure where the appropriate place to ask this would be, but I would love to get more information on paddling the Ohio, especially around Westport Park in Oldham County as I recently moved to La Grange. How is paddling the Ohio? I have paddled many lakes of all sizes, the float section of the Elkhorn Creek, and the Green River - how does the Ohio compare to those? From non-paddlers, I hear not to paddle in the Ohio because it's huge and people die in it all the time. I even heard it is illegal in at least some areas. I also found something on Google maps labeled "Eighteenmile Creek" and "Palton's Creek". I have heard of and seen Harrod's Creek as well. Are these worth checking out, and how are they? Any info is appreciated. Thanks.

    September 27, 2013

    • Nancy C.

      Westport is one of my favorite locations to paddle. The Ohio is much calmer in that area than in Louisville (Cox's Park, Harmony Landing areas). A paddle up river to Patton's Creek is a nice paddle, although the creek is very short. You can always stop by one of the coves on the Indiana side for a swim in the summer. Harrods creek is very nice, but I get bored with it for summertime, because I paddle all winter in that water.

      September 28, 2013

    • Linda I.

      Do you want to try the Riverview Park-Westpoint section on the 5th. Two others and I are doing that in the afternoon.

      September 29, 2013

  • Bob D.

    I plan on starting with the group at West Port and paddling to Harrods Creek. Then I'll take out and attend the UofL Black and White rowing scrimmage. Then I'd like to rejoin the group as it nears the New Albany launch area and paddle to Riverview Park. Can I get someone to phone me when y'all are leaving the locks?

    September 28, 2013

  • David W.

    Hey Michael,
    The shuttle and shore support are up to each participant. Maybe the question you could ask, is there anyone on the LACK site that would like to paddle together and do the shuttle together. The first trick is to find someone who is going the same distance, and then do you have similar paddling speeds good luck, I hope you find a shuttle partner.

    September 28, 2013

  • Linda I.

    Would anybody who has paddled from Westpoint to Otter Creek ramp like to do that on Oct 4 or after a good rain if it hasn't rained by then? Or at least give us some landmarks and other info?

    September 24, 2013

    • Jim K

      Not Louisville 50 related but will say West Point to Otter Creek ramp is a Fine paddle. Done it many times. 6.5 miles or so. Don't really need much current. With a short boat with the wind well up it might be challenge.

      September 27, 2013

    • Jim K

      ....and is a really pretty part of the river..)

      September 27, 2013

  • Linda I.

    I left you a message on the urban adventure page so this adds to that. 14 mile creek is also pretty. You put in on the Ohio in Charlestown Park in Indiana, paddle upstream about a mile, go up 14 mile creek and then go back to the put in. We went in October last year early in the morning so it was misty until the sun broke in. Lots of tall flowering weed bushes and twinkling lights bouncing off the ripples onto the trees. It was a little choppy by the time we got back on the Ohio but not too bad. You don't want to paddle upstream after a rain when the river is fast.

    September 27, 2013

  • David W.

    9 days till the Louisville 50, looking forward to it,
    If you would like to register, now is the time. by registering you get all of the up to date information.
    http://www.jotform.co/specialevents/Louisville_50

    September 27, 2013

    • Linda I.

      I'm doing the riverview-westpoint section starting at around two. In case my fellow paddlers back out because of storms expected, is anybody else going on that section in the afternoon?

      September 27, 2013

  • Ellen van N.

    Did the 11 miles from Greenwood to the Westpoint waterfront park (just down river from the mouth of the Salt River) on Saturday. The heavy rain on Friday night gave us a fast current & we completed the trip in 2hrs & 10 min!!! A beautiful sunny day, too! The river is narrow so we paddled the middle most of the trip! Fun!

    September 23, 2013

  • Dave L.

    OK-gonna run the K2 surfski thru the tpo section and quit before the dam somewhere!

    September 23, 2013

  • Jim K

    Ellen, looks to be about 11 miles from Greenwood ramp to West Point.
    Scroll down: See charts 60-85.
    http://www.boatlocal.com/pittsburgh/pages/navigation-charts

    September 18, 2013

  • Ellen van N.

    Would anyone like to do the last leg of the trip this Sat 9/21? That would be from the Greenwood boat ramp to Westpoint?

    September 17, 2013

    • Bob D.

      Shucks. I'll be up near Dayton, Ohio that day. Have a safe paddle.

      September 17, 2013

    • Jim K

      Might be up for it! Live in West Point so can figure out how to do the shuttle from here?

      September 18, 2013

  • David W.

    Hi Ken and Bob,
    A map is coming, Ms. Kimberley with skipping fish is making it as I type. check back here soon

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • KEN T.

    does anyone know far it is from westport to oldam acres just outside the jefferson co. line? I know Nate knows! I would drop off there.

    September 16, 2013

  • Bob D.

    Please guide me to an official map showing the check points and maybe a few additional suggested rest spots where someone who must stand a lot can have a brief sit down rest at the river's edge.

    September 13, 2013

  • David W.

    Good Questions and suggestions Jim. If you have a volunteer who would like to be West Point check point captain that would be great, forward me their name. Per Joe and Pam's boat if they would like to cruse on the river, they are welcome to. Dan Young is going to be race captain and will be driving from check point to check point and will have a dedicated phone and radio for communication. He has received the coast guard permit, is in touch with LMPD river patrol and the Army Corp. I also carry a marine radio, but use my cell phone more. The radio is used for emergencies and weather. Dan has reserved the 4th street park in West Point, but certainly folks can use the West Point Boat Dock if they want to use a ramp. Keep the suggestions coming, this a pilot year for the event.

    September 13, 2013

  • Jim K

    ...anyway. Look forward to doing this.

    September 12, 2013

  • David W.

    Ellen that is great, come out on October 5th and do the next 23 miles with us.

    August 18, 2013

  • Ellen van N.

    Kayaked from Westport to the Community Boathouse yesterday. Was almost 23 miles. Lots of fun! But that's enough for me! Have fun & be safe!!!

    August 18, 2013

  • David W.

    I have to answer the questions in two posts: there is a 1,000 word maximum. There are three check points - Harrods Creek, the Community Boat house and Riverview Park. But you can stop as often as you want, it is a personal adventure, unless you are paddling with a group. Yes, we are starting in the dark, boats should have lights, - for canoes and kayaks that is a visible white light and you should have a way to make noise like a whistle. Per locking through - we have arranged with the Corps of Engineers two lock times - We will meet at the community boat house and paddle together. - A nice rest period - If you wish to proceed directly through, the Corps is opening up the boat ramp that right above the lock, then there is short portage to the bottom of the locks.

    August 14, 2013

    • David W.

      Or they could carry over the locks and save alot of time.

      August 14, 2013

    • Jim K

      Thanks David. How does that work? Where to get out, where to put in afterwards, and how far is the portage around the locks?

      August 16, 2013

  • David W.

    In your time calculations don't forget to add in the current. According the national weather service over the next couple of days the Ohio River Current will be:
    McAlpine Upper 1.2 to 1.5 mph
    McAlpine Lower 2.3 to 2.5 mph
    You can check the currents here http://www.erh.noaa.gov/ohrfc/flows.shtml It is anticipated that several boaters will be paddling at night towards the end, but they will have to have lights and the other safety gear.
    We have paddled the stretch several times and have had times between 9 and 11 hours. A big factor is the winds, which are hard to predict. There is a regular westerly wind - I would say 60 percent of the time. If the wind is from the west above 10 mph, I would imagine that the course will be difficult to complete. But that is why each paddler has to have shore support so they can get picked up at a different location if the paddler decides to cut it short. Keep the Questions coming!

    August 14, 2013

  • Mark R.

    I also had a question on time. 12 hours is averaging 4.2 mph on the river. I have "locked' through the ones up in the Cincinnati area and it can take up to an hour for the whole process. Given that daylight will be about 7:15 to 7:30 in October, and dusk by about the same in the evening I am assuming you are starting in the dark and finishing in the dark. How many stops to you make along the way?

    August 14, 2013

    • Daniel Y.

      We'll have more information later this month. We will most likely start in the dark and some will finish after sunset. Four check points are in the current plan and will be confirmed later. The lock master will have several times scheduled for locking through. Louisville has two locks, one will be reserved for us at specific times. Also available is a very short portage over Shipping Port Island starting at a small ramp, the gate at the top of the ramp will be left open for us.

      August 14, 2013

  • David W.

    It is a challenge. One can always do a segment of the course this year and build up to next the 2014 or the 2015 event. Here are some reasons why I am going to participate 1: Highlight the recreational potential of the Ohio River around Louisville KY 2: To build the physical endurance and enhance boating skills of local river rats

    3: To get one’s gear in order and in compliance with all boating safety standards

    4: To experience the river, the locks and the river communities from dawn to dusk and beyond

    5: To understand why Louisville is located where it is, it is a true river city

    6: To see great blue herons, bald eagles, black capped night herons, cormorants, ducks etc.

    7: An excuse to be on the river two or three times a week - one has to scout the river and get in shape for the event. 8: To build positive relationships between the paddlesport, rowing and sailing communities

    9: To do it because it is there. 10: To join the Louisville 50 club.

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Thom M.

    Seriously giving some thought to undertaking this challenge!

    August 9, 2013

  • Doreen C.

    Hi David. I'm interested in learning more about this paddle. Love a challenge, and trying to figure out if I have what it takes for this one. Have you completed this run? How many hours does it take? What is the average speed of the the river at this time of the year? Do you go through the lock, or portage around? Are the 7 members of the elite Louisville 50 club members of LACK and if so, who are they? Just wondering if any might be any of the folks we know at Quest.

    August 7, 2013

    • David W.

      Hi Doreen, Yes we have done the 50 miles several times. our times have been between 9 hours and 12 hours. Certainly with more current the trip is a bit easier, but it still along time in the boat. Most likely the wind will be more of an issue. I am sure there is someone there at quest that can perdict the weather and currents better than I. Dennis Pidgeon, Dan Young, John Nation, David Kanapple and I are Louisville 50 club members. I don't remember the other two.

      August 7, 2013

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