Rain and Waterfalls - Notice that it's been raining a lot lately? This is really good for the waterfalls at Grayson. I'm hoping for quite a show.
Weather and Go / No Go - Since all of the camping reservations are locked in (on my credit card), this event goes on...rain or shine. And that means your camping commitment is also firm...show or no show. If it's gonna be wet, bring your rain gear. That just means the waterfalls will be even more spectacular...a show you wouldn't want to miss.
Campsites - Update - We now have five campsites: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. All are together on opposite sides of the road. Sites 10 and 12 are open in back to a large grassy area. Sites 11, 13, and 14 back up to woods.
Here is the link to the campground map: http://parks.ky.gov/!userfiles/aParkBrochures/Maps/GraysonLakeCampground.pdf
All sites (except one) are in my name with a tag for Tri-State Kayakers. The other site is in Greg Ciliberti's name.
There is a two-car limit per campsite so you can do the math on how that will work out. We will be near the bathhouse which has some extra parking. Nevertheless, we have had more than two cars per site before without incident as long as we're not a bother to others. We may also run into a tent limit per site but again, we've exceeded this before without a problem. And we have some big sites. If need be, we'll kick in the $5.00 per tent from the cash being collected.
Tent Spacing - It's first come - first served. But, let's be typically TSK courteous so that everyone is comfortable...especially for late comers who are working on Friday.
This is by far the best time of year to see and experience the many waterfalls in this wonderful
Kentucky State Park
Plan on camping (Friday optional…Saturday likely)
with kayaking on both Saturday and Sunday
Where – The put in for Saturday will be for the Clifty Creek area and on Sunday we will explore a remote section of the lake off the KY 504 ramp...this is a beautiful area, but will be a longer paddle. There is a lot more to Grayson than only the waterfalls.
When – Expect the put in time on Saturday to be at about 10:00 AM which means departing the I-275 loop in Northern Kentucky at about 6:30 AM. It’s a 2.5 hour drive + stops + pre-launch.
Driving Directions – Everyone will get specifics when we get closer to the date.
RSVP Deadline – Since camping will be involved, the RSVP cut-off will be Friday April 20th at 5:00 PM. So check your calendars now and start making plans.
What To Bring – PFD / sun hat / warm or cold weather clothing / water / sun screen / bug spray. Lunch will be on the water both days…there are no pull-off locations.
Camping gear and something to share pot luck on Saturday night.
Potluck – Indicate your intent in your RSVP notes so everyone can see what’s on the menu and plan accordingly.
Restrooms – Nothing at the Clifty Creek or KY 504 put in. Do it before you get there or get to know the chipmunks in the woods.
Weather Forecast – Expect updates 72 and 24 hours in advance with a Go – No Go email to attendees within 24 hours or the night before. Fallback for weather is the following weekend of May 24-26.
Experience – You will spend up to six hours on the water on both Saturday and Sunday but the paddling will be leisurely. Expect to cover about 10 miles each day so if this is within your capabilities, then you should be fine.
Camping – We will be doing the overnights in Grayson Lake State Park. Watch for an update on fees…this will be mandatory in my hand in advance for you to hold your reservation. Don’t expect it to be much, but it will also be non-refundable because once the count is in, then reservations must be made firm at the park. There will not be any refunds for weather delays or your last minute change of plans. My mailing address will be provided to attendees.
Until your camping fee is received, your camping reservation is not confirmed.
Note– With five + hours of driving facing you, camping overnight on Saturday (at least) is probably a really good idea, even if you’re not planning on the Sunday paddle.
Second Note– You will be prompted to answer camping and kayaking related questions when you RSVP “yes” for this trip.
Liability Waiver – As always, by joining in this event you are acknowledging that you have read and agree to abide by the Tri-State Kayakers liability waiver. You can find this waiver in the Files section of the Tri-State Kayakers web site
You’ve probably heard the stories about Grayson…and they’re all true.
This place is beautiful and the waterfalls are spectacular.
But you have to get there at the right time of year
and May is waterfall season.
Come on down
It’s always worth the trip
Answers to Questions...
In Conjunction with CincyPaddlers - No, but we will be there on the same weekend and they are staying at an off-park campground. Henry and I have coordinated our schedules to avoid traffic jams at put-ins and key waterfall sites. We may see them in passing but not likely on the water.
Size of Boat - 12-foot + would be ideal, but not necessary. This is not a speed-paddling / distance-endurance event. And, there are plenty of wonderful things to see without doing the complete route.
Dogs - I've seen them in the campground, but surely there are limitations. Check the online park campground rules and regulations (man, I really hate those words). And, don't expect a lot of off-boat leg-stretching / pee-relieving time for your pooch. Do you suppose I can bring a baby goat?