4th Annual New Years Day Paddle

4th ANNUAL NEW YEARS DAY PADDLE – Kick off the new year by embracing life. This is a popular paddle and a great way to start a new year.  We will paddle 9 miles on the Perkiomen Creek.

We will stop half way for lunch and a hot drink break. Bring your coffee, cocoa, or cider to warm up with (spirits for the drinks are welcome). After the paddle we will load the boats and head to Sly Fox in Phoenixville to warm up with some food, craft ales and relive the tales of the day.  Sly Fox will have some drink and food specials for our group.  

Every year we do this trip it's great to see the people walking along the trail and their reactions when they see us paddling by. 

The meet up is a small parking lot just off the Rt 113 & Rt 29 intersection in Collegeville.  We will load boats and people and drive to the put in.

Cost if you have your own kayak - $35 per person (includes shuttle of you & your kayak and guide). 

Cost if you need a kayak - $70 per person (includes kayak, paddle, pfd, shuttle and guide)

What Not to Wear - NO COTTON.  Do not show up wearing jeans or other cotton pants...you will not be allowed to paddle with the group.If you have questions about what to wear let me know and I will send you a list of recommended clothing.  Please ask if you are not sure.  I would hate to send someone home due to improper clothing.  

Everybody is required to paddle with an extra change of clothes in a dry bag.  I have extra dry bags.  Let me know if you need one.

About the river - There are a few spots that might be a little tricky for some beginner paddlers.  In these spots you will usually have the option to paddle through or portage around.  In either case we attempt to have someone available to assist you.  At the lunch spot we will set up a couple camp stoves to warm up coffee and cider. There is usually a Port-O-Potty available at this spot.  Precautions will be taken in case we need to shorten the trip.

DISCLAIMER: Paddling is an inherently dangerous sport. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while paddling with us.


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  • debra

    We had a great paddle, the weather was about good as it gets for this this time of year

    1 · January 1, 2014

    • Doug C.

      Thanks for coming out Debra. Good Times!!

      January 3, 2014

  • Doug C.

    New Years Day was perfect. The rain we had a few days early brought the river to a perfect level. All week the temps were forecasted to be bitter cold but that day it was in the upper 30’s which was great. Everyone stayed warm (I heard people say they were sweating). Most everyone stayed comfortable except some chafing issues with Scuba Steve, aka Matt. We put on the river around 11:00, stopped for a lunch and warmed up some cider, soup, and coffee. We paddled through some fun ripples and small rapids to keep things interesting. It never gets old to see the reactions of the people on the Perkiomen trail when they see a fleet of kayaks coming down the river. We got off the water around 3:00 and proceeded to Sly Fox for a post paddle pint. Thanks to everyone that got up early (cursing & grumbling “why did I agree to do this) and braved the cold. It was a great day and I love bringing in a new year with adventure!!

    January 3, 2014

  • Doug C.

    It's going to be a coooold one. Some contingencies will be in place in case we feel the need to shorten the trip. Dress warm, bring plenty of extra layers. If you have any questions feel free to ask. It's better to bring too much than not enough on this particular trip. Just have your gear organized so you don't spend a lot of time with your gloves off digging for the one piece of gear you are looking for.

    The colder the trip the more alive you feel after, and the tastier the post paddle beer will be!!! Bring it on Old Man Winter! NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER, ONLY BAD GEAR. We will be bringing in 2014 in a bold fashion...the only way to kick off a new year!!

    December 28, 2013

  • debra

    This seems much better than a polar bear plunge

    December 26, 2013

    • Doug C.

      I agree 100% Debra

      December 27, 2013

  • Doug C.

    It'll be a cold paddle, but other than that Mother Nature seems to be working in our favor. In the forecast we have a quick warm up to prevent the river from freezing over, and some rain coming on Sunday to raise the water levels. NICE!! I should have the Sly Fox specials soon for our post paddle gathering and will post those as soon as I get them

    December 27, 2013

  • R.J.

    Good God, Maan... This should definitely be dubbed the Hypothermia Express! Would love to join you all, but have to work that day. Have fun!

    December 16, 2013

    • Doug C.

      hahaha. Do you do anything other than work R.J.? You need to get out with us and relax!!

      December 18, 2013

    • R.J.

      How 'bout it... Weds and Sats. Every fun event... all summer and fall.. weds and sat. What's up with that? Tho it's NY Day... the bar's open and the alkies must be served. Otherwise, how could they possibly call it a New Year? :D

      December 20, 2013

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