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This Meetup is cancelled

SHENANGO RIVER FLOAT!!! (PA)CANCELED!!!

  • Carried Away Recreation

    45 Alan Ave, Greenville, PA (map)

    41.410110 -80.389694

  • Meet at this livery. Rentals available. (on 5/28: Will post more rental details in next few days.)
  • Pymatuning State Park, PA

    UPDATE:  June 22:  With the heavy rains of last week, we will be watching the water levels to ensure they are safe for paddling on Saturday.  Please stay tuned for updates.  Thanks!

    Please plan to join us for a fabulous paddle on the Shenango River!  Last year was a wonderful time on this beautiful river!  The main paddle will be held on Sat., June 28, with an option to camp out Fri. and/or Sat. night.  Depending on interest, we could possibly do more than one paddle for those staying overnight.  We may end up on Pymatuning Lake, as well!  We will post more info as the date gets closer ..  Shenango River Watchers hosted this weekend last year, but have had to cancel.  So NEOK paddlers will make our own good time! 

    I would recommend this trip for those of you with a fair amount of river paddling.  Though not considered inherently dangerous, the Shenango does present a few challenges.  So you should feel comfortable knowing that this river is not as slow moving & shallow as the Upper Cuyahoga, for example.  Our first consideration is always the safety of all paddlers.

    Good news!  There are rentals available!  Please see website http://www.carriedawayrecreation.comBe sure to call them if you need a rental kayak.  Mention that you are with NEOK.  They are located in Riverside Park in Greenville.  Shuttles are provided as well as canoes & kayaks.

    • SINGLE KAYAK RENTAL:     $37 if reserved prior to day of paddle; otherwise $40.

    • SHUTTLE FOR BOAT OWNERS:  $12 if members arrive between 7:30-9:30; otherwise $15.

    This should be a really fun day trip / weekend!  

     

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  • Virginia

    I will post something for those who still want to meet up. I am off on Friday and am thinking of heading out there; maybe spending the night.

    June 25, 2014

  • Rhonda Peters S.

    Can't we still meet at the lake and go to the lake as a group? That would be fun!

    1 · June 25, 2014

  • Virginia

    PLEASE REMEMBER TO CANCEL YOUR BOAT RESERVATIONS WITH CARRIED AWAY RECREATION. Thanks.

    June 25, 2014

  • Virginia

    We'll leave the page up for those of you who are camping and want to meet up. I apologize we had to cancel, but the officials who operate the dam at Pymatuning made it clear there were trees down in the river that could not be removed due to the high water. High water in the lake made it not possible to lower the river level enough to get the trees cleared. The water levels and conditions in the river & the lake are unsafe, as well. We will post the event again in September and will hope for better conditions! Thanks for your interest, and hope to see you in September!

    June 25, 2014

  • Alice

    I will be there, not worth the cancel at this point, its to be lovely fri & Saturday so im on site J622, ill be in by 7pm fri, possibly go straight to the lake, do something in area Saturday, Im up for whole lake paddle LOL

    June 25, 2014

    • Alice

      50%--I was in 2 nights fri & sat so $50 for weekend, so they charge the full 1st night ($25) so I will be there I see lots of blue near by ie misquito lake have boat will paddle LOL

      June 25, 2014

  • Alice

    So is it just being Changed to a paddle on the lake as Mentioned or do I just cancel my camping reservations?

    June 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a little confused. The title now says cancelled, but the event isn't actually cancelled in the system and I haven't seen an email from Meetup advising of a cancellation. Is this a possible cancellation? Or definitely a no go?

    June 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bernard's comment just showed up in my feed, so it's clear it's cancelled. You might want to also officially cancel the event so those who don't get updates on the comments also know it's cancelled.

      June 25, 2014

  • Dan B.

    I moved campsites in Jamestown. Now I will be at 312. I upgraded to have electricity. I will be at the drop in at 10. Bring your spray skirt we can practice rolling in the Pymatuning. Is the concern not being able to paddle from a strainer and portage around, fast river, low bridges, rapids? FYI thanks for all the info and looking out for my safety. I am going to scout the river Friday and talk to the locals. Wish my wife and I luck, we are taking our 6, 4, and baby camping for the first time. Don't worry, not taking them on the paddle. This is going to be a good weekend.

    June 25, 2014

  • Virginia

    I spoke with the man in charge of the Pymatuning dam Tues. p.m., thanks to the kind referral of member Hugh Clark. The river is 6'+ currently, and would need to go down to 5'3" (same as Ken noted below) for a safe paddle. Yes, the Amish will begin clearing the downed trees starting tomorrow. More rain is expected tomorrow, I believe, so don't pack your car up yet! I am supposed to check back with the State Park Thurs. p.m (will call around noon, I hope) to check on whether the river is navigable. It is possible he may be able to lower the water level for our paddle. Once I talk with him, I will call another member to post the message. Keep your fingers crossed!!! If the river is a no-go, we plan to paddle the lake. Need to check on possible rentals.

    2 · June 24, 2014

    • Alice

      I like the alternate plan! I will be there either way, i hope river is a go, sat or poss sunday :)?

      June 24, 2014

    • Dan B.

      I will be there either way. Looking forward to paddle with others.

      June 25, 2014

  • Jerry P.

    I was in Greenville so I found Carried Away Rec and was talking to them. They are very nice and said Saturday is a go. They hope to have the Amish cut some of the fallen trees by the weekend. Hope to see you Saturday.

    June 24, 2014

    • Virginia

      Glad to hear the CAR staff are nice. We are going to let the Pym. State Park make the call on go or no-go. Thanks for the info!

      June 24, 2014

  • Steve L.

    I just joined this group, but I am now seeing this might be a bit more advanced than what i was thinking. I was hoping to be able to bring my boys with me (ages 9, 11, and 13). The 9 yr old would sit in my boat. We have a pond on our property and they all have kayaked, but we are not pros. I understand you dont want newbies slowing you guys up. Let me know. Thanks!

    June 24, 2014

    • Virginia

      Steve, I really don't think this paddle would be appropriate for your boys with their limited experience on flat water. Ken, any thoughts?

      June 24, 2014

    • Ken and C.

      from Ken....Hi Steve______Our events are not always suitable for all members. This would not be a good choice for newbies. This group is not really set up for young paddlers but it does seem like there have been others with children signing on lately. Possibly you might find an outing that is suitable. Hang in there. Ken

      June 24, 2014

  • Edward

    And then... I broke my leg. (fracture Tibia).

    Maybe next summer ;) Cya'll when I see yah

    1 · June 24, 2014

  • Sandy

    thanks so much to ken and Cheryl for all the info!

    June 24, 2014

  • Rhonda Peters S.

    Anyone have any idea what time we will be done?

    June 24, 2014

    • Ken and C.

      There are some unknowns here. We don't know exactly how the livery will haul all the boats and and how long it may take....so....my guess...................­............Assuming you start paddling at 10am trip will take about 3 hours. If you stop for a break or lunch or just float (like I will) the trip will probaly take about 4 hours.---------Ken

      June 24, 2014

  • Virginia

    Thanks, Ken for your detailed posts about the Shenango. Very helpful for all of us. : )

    June 23, 2014

  • Curt M.

    I am bro in law to Jerry Palumbo. I am attending as his guest. We are both new to the group and look forward to this weekend. Can anybody comment on inflatable kayaks for this this trip? Both Jerry and I have inflatables.

    June 23, 2014

    • Ken and C.

      from Ken... I have no experience with inflatables and have not seen anyone in this group using one on lake or rivers. Are they tough enough to resist scrapping on rocks? Or being poked with a branch or broken stub on a log? I don't know if there will any canoes along to hitch a ride with if your boat expires. My suggestion...call Carried Away Recreation and ask them.

      1 · June 23, 2014

  • Ken and C.

    from Ken...FYI 1) Pymatuning Lake is formed by damming the Shenango R. This is for flood control. Water being released from dam goes back into the Shenango R (confusing, yes). This paddle goes from dam (9) miles south to Greenville Park where the livery is. Following heavy rain here the river was running high do to dam release. It appears they are starting to close gates as the river is now coming down (was 6.5 ft, 5.7 ft now, needs to be about 5.3 ft or below for this event with many less skilled paddlers). This is a wait and see event right now...Mother Nature's call. If water is too high this event may be cancelled but that is not my call. An option would be to paddle Pymatuning Lake which has some nice areas particularliy on the north end.

    1 · June 23, 2014

  • Ken and C.

    from Ken... part 2

    As far as boat length, 17 ft canoes are common and I've seen long kayaks here. River is generally 20 to 30 ft wide with a few restricted spots. Except for some pools it is not real deep. There will be some manuvering needed but this is rated by the livery as a beginner trip. I have no experience with kayaks longer than 10 ft on moving water.

    This event has gotten rather large and grown beyond the original river trip. There are no organized plans for the camping so you will have to hope those invloved will answer your questions about that.

    2 · June 23, 2014

    • Alice

      Thanks Ken

      June 23, 2014

  • Ken and C.

    from Ken...part 3

    There is a video of a NEOK paddle on the Shenago last year. Look under PAGES in header above. the Shenango water gage link:

    http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=03101500

    1 · June 23, 2014

  • Alice

    So I just wanted to touch base on some thoughts...

    1)If the water is too high, this will be cancelled is that correct? or will an other paddle in the area occur? Or will those of us camping paddle? or do I need to start planning a back up paddle(im travelling 2-3hrs to here).
    2)I am not familiar with this river am thinking a 16ft boat is way too long? I recall Sandy offering a 16. 5 ft so im thinking maybe not, but i wanted to be sure. Ive my 16ft paddled everywhere so far with no problems but are these bends really tight? I can probably borrow a shorter boat

    June 23, 2014

    • Alice

      3) I am arriving on the Friday 7pm ish, im hoping to go for an evening paddle, im on J622 right by water it looks like

      4) are there any kayakers doing their own shuttle or is it best we all use the Livery? Or if this river trip is a go are a few still thinking of paddling all the way back across the lake to camp? I think I am on the Jamestown side. sorry for all the questions, this is my first trip your group. I Guess part of me needs to decide if I need to cancel the camping or not..... if this is cancelled...

      thanks
      Alice

      June 23, 2014

  • Larry C.

    Is there a phone number for the livery?

    June 22, 2014

    • Virginia

      Open the link provided in the meetup description; you will see it there.

      June 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a Wilderness Aspire 105 and a Current Designs Kestral 120.. which would be the best to use on this paddle? I hope to be able to join you.

    June 22, 2014

    • Erin

      Bob, I'm not familiar with either boat, but why don't you paddle the one that you think would be best for maneuverability in fast moving, but flat water. There are plenty of curves in the river and probably a number of downed trees to avoid. You won't need to carry a load and neither boat is all that long so either will be just fine. I personally would favor the shorter boat unless it is not very responsive.

      1 · June 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you for writing me back. I was thinking the shorter one as well. It does very well in moving water and quick maneuvers.

      June 22, 2014

  • Curt M.

    What does RSVPs Closed mean? is it too late to sign up for the shenago trip?

    June 21, 2014

    • Edward

      There's a spot open now

      June 22, 2014

    • Edward

      Click the RSVP Button and it should add you to the right side of who's going... If its closed when you get on, check again during the week, things come up where spots may come available.

      June 22, 2014

  • Virginia

    Ken & Cheryl, thanks for posting the water level info.
    We will have to watch this over the coming days to see how things look for June 28. ("Repy" function doesn't seem to work for me!)

    June 22, 2014

  • Virginia

    Lenny, pleas check the posts below. Members have been posting where their campsites are located.

    June 22, 2014

  • Lenny

    Hi Everyone. I am interested in camping Fri. & Sat. & was wondering where others from our group will be. also wanted to inquire if anyone wants to carpool with me. I will be driving cuz I am hauling my kayak.

    June 21, 2014

  • Ken and C.

    from Ken...Sat[masked] 10:00pm
    Just a note of caution.

    With all the heavy rain this week, they are releasing a lot of water from Pymatuning Lake. The Shenango level is currently 6.43 ft (813) cfs. Safe level for a NEOK outing is 5.30 ft (295) cfs or below. That's about 13.4 inches too high at this moment.

    The river is now very slowly dropping. Will it be at a safe level by June 28 ? Stay tuned!

    1 · June 21, 2014

  • Phyllis

    Not able to make this trip. Enjoy

    June 21, 2014

  • Jerry P.

    I would like to come on the shenago trip. I'm new to this site. Do people use inflatable kayaks. I use the inflatable sea eagle

    June 21, 2014

  • Virginia

    I will open it back up, since you're interested!

    June 21, 2014

  • Curt M.

    I would like to go to shenango. I am a new member and not sure how to indicate affirmative on the shenago trip.

    June 21, 2014

  • Virginia

    Cold feet are better than a cold heart! :)

    June 18, 2014

  • David K

    Sorry to say I won't be going. My wife has gotten cold feet.

    June 17, 2014

  • Virginia

    Anyone like to suggest a paddle prior to 6/28, closer to CLE area? Feel free to post under "Suggest a Paddle".

    June 7, 2014

    • Dan B.

      I suggest upper Cuyahoga. I am on vacation this week. Be back in town Thursday. Let me know if you want to meet up or I am game for a different spot. I have a spot on the Cuyahoga that has some challenging sections. Let me know if you want some white water. We have to wait for some rain first.

      June 8, 2014

  • Virginia

    You mean you hope you stay dry?! : )

    June 7, 2014

  • Virginia

    Sorry, Julie & Alice. I was in the middle of writing that e-mail & did not remember if it was under Pages or More. Didn't want to lose the e-mail, so I left it off.
    If we have 20 rentals, we'd get $4 off, but don't think we'll reach that. Yes, please called Carried Away directly to reserve your boat(s). Looking forward to it!
    Thanks!

    June 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you!

      June 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, Virginia. I saw the email about the poll to see how many rental kayaks are needed, but I can't seem to locate it on the site. The instructions here say that we are to call the rental place directly ourselves. I definitely need to rent a kayak and will give Carried Away Recreation a call. I thought I'd also let you know since the email seemed to indicate you were working on something.

    Thanks for organizing this.

    Julie

    1 · May 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Of course I finally found the poll under the "More" heading right after I posted my previous comment. :)

      1 · May 31, 2014

    • Alice

      thanks for posting where you found it I was just about to ask when I found your post :)

      1 · June 1, 2014

  • David K

    I voted on the poll, 1 kayak. My wife & I are coming. She needs the kayak, I'm bringing my own.

    1 · May 31, 2014

  • Virginia

    Rhonda, I think you'll be fine. You navigated thru the choppy waters of Portage Lakes; I don't think the Shenango will be any more challenging. Last year they let water out of the dam for the event; this year that won't happen, so the river should be slower moving.

    May 31, 2014

  • Rhonda Peters S.

    I've done more lake kayaking then river. Do you think this would be a problem for me. I've very comfortable with my kayaking skills.

    May 31, 2014

  • Sandy

    I have (as yet unregistered) an old perception shadow 16.5 ft a fellow paddler may borrow. fair warning...poor seat

    1 · March 18, 2014

    • cindy

      Sorry Sandy. Cannot make it this time. Maybe someone else can use your extra kayak. Thank you again for offering.

      May 14, 2014

    • Devam S.

      Hi sandy. This is dev.i was wondering if i you can loan me your kayak ? Pls text me on[masked] if still available. Txs. Looking forward to the trip

      May 26, 2014

  • Jim

    I am camping at Pymatuning on the Ohio side Fri and Sat. Site 59.

    1 · May 21, 2014

  • Alice

    im booked on rustic(no power) site J622 out by edge of water. Im willing to share, there is room for a 2nd car and tent.

    the google maps on satalite gives you a good view of site layouts.


    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Pymatuning+State+Park/@41.520874,-80.5012877,150m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x8833cacf1bb4a14d:0x6006b745f2bd37aa

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • Virginia

    Hi Tammy -- After talking about this with some others, and more thought, you are welcome to bring your daughter to the paddles. Since she's taken classes & has experience, she should do fine! This was only our 2nd request to bring a "child". Thanks for asking!

    May 12, 2014

    • Tammy

      Virginia-thanks for getting back to me. That is great, she will be excited. Can't wait.

      1 · May 17, 2014

  • Damon

    I'm thinking about going too.

    1 · May 15, 2014

  • Alice

    Im booking a site tomorrow will have room for 2nd tent/car on mine

    2 · May 15, 2014

  • Dan B.

    Jamestown camp site. Staying Friday and Saturday night. With wife and kids. Site 549! Come by if you are thirsty lol. Let's have fun.

    2 · May 15, 2014

  • cindy

    I really want to kayak but unable to make this one now :( sorry guys

    May 14, 2014

  • Charlene

    I will need to rent a single kayak.

    1 · May 14, 2014

  • Virginia

    I plan to contact Carried Away Recreation this week and firm up some details ... Please post if you are renting, and the number of kayaks needed, + single or double.

    May 14, 2014

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