Grayson Lake – Kayaking and Camping Weekend May 17-19, 2013

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?

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  • Sandy

    Are you going to plan this trip again this summer?

    June 10, 2013

    • Chris M.

      Usually it is done one a year in the spring. In the summer none of the waterfalls will be flowing.

      June 10, 2013

  • Steve R

    Thanks to all of the photographers for sharing their photos !! :-)

    May 22, 2013

  • Tom L.

    Great weather, despite the dire predictions from NOAA. And what little we did get, it helped with the waterfalls in the beautiful remote section we explored on Sunday.

    May 21, 2013

  • Kathy J.

    On the way home, Becky and I stopped at the Eagles Nest near Ripley on SR 52 to check on the Babies. One was stretching his wings!

    May 20, 2013

  • Renee

    Steve and I had a fun weekend meeting everyone and sharing the Grayson Lake experience. Thanks Chris for the trek to the hidden falls. I wish we could have stayed to kayak again on Sunday. I'm glad we decided to take a chance on the weather.

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Steve C.

    Thank you to everyone for this weekend, and to Tom for setting it all up. It was an amazing first time, even with only going out one day. You all are awesome, we had a great time. Such an amazingly beautiful place.

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • carole

    Glad you all had a great time! Can't wait to kayak down here....had a great time with Mom and son at the Michigan Bassett Waddle. Lots of great people and adorable dogs everywhere. See you all this upcoming week. Thanks to all who took photos at Grayson.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Kathy J.

    I found a hatch cover Sunday on Route 7 between Clifty Creek and the dam. Call me at fivethirteen - fourseventeen - forty eightythree and identify it to retrieve.
    David Grau

    May 19, 2013

  • Kathy J.

    Thank you Tom and every one who made this a special week end! Kayaking x 3 days, waterfalls, good people, hiking, great food, Thank you to who ever put my tables away.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • sabrina

    Aside from the police checkpoint, we had a great time! Met some new people! Missed the ones that could not make it, but you had good reason :0) No worries! Maybe next year....

    2 · May 19, 2013

  • Chris M.

    Phenomenal time as always. Thanks Tom for setting this up again. Was fabulous to see the part of the river and lake today that I had not seen yet. Couldn't ask for better weather. Nice to meet some new peeps as well.

    3 · May 19, 2013

  • Debra G.

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments Larry. I was SOOOooooo looking forward to the falls at Grayson to float and spent time with new friends but also interested in the photo ops that it offers. Rain would dampen the quality of the pics. Spent the majority of the day with my butt in the air planting flowers - in the rain! At the end of the day, it's all good. Be safe in Grayson friends and safe travels home.

    1 · May 19, 2013

    • Karlos D.

      Deb, I will bring my super soaker to the event on Saturday at Cowan and you can close your eyes and pretend you are in the spray of the falls. And think of all that expensive gas you won't be burning to get there. Still some open spots for those who could not make it this weekend.

      May 19, 2013

  • John P.

    I'm glad to see the post from Larry. Lea and I were regretting cancelling. But I didn't want to go against my judgement just because I needed to get out on the water. We still have the whole summer ahead of us. When it comes to weather, it's really just a coin toss.

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Larry

    There should be no regret in canceling due to your personal safety concerns. Every individual must make a decision on their own behalf using their best judgement. Stick to your personal decision making processes and have no regrets. I had other obligations this weekend and could not go but had it been different, I would have canceled due to my own safety limits. Every kayak event is different with unique characteristics and risks. Weigh in all possibilities and the level of comfort, skill and experience you have to outweigh the potential hazards that are present. You will live long and paddle. Learn from every event you go or not go to (Disclaimer: this response is not critical of anyone who went). There will always be more trips!

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Debra G.

    Sure would feel better about bailing if it would rain and the sun would stop shining. Wow, what a beautiful day - big time regret the decision to cancel.

    1 · May 18, 2013

    • Steve R

      I hope the weather stays good for all of my TSK buddies at Grayson....
      For those of us who bailed based on the weather predictions....that is just the way the cookie crumbles...and the day--weekend is not over...T-Storms are predicted for 6:15pm....hope all goes well and all stay safe !!
      There will be many more sunny days to paddle in the near future.
      :-) hope all are having a great time !!

      May 18, 2013

    • Diane

      Ditto for me Steve. Debra, it has been raining off and on down here in Lexington if that is any consolation! We've got the whole summer of paddling ahead of us!!

      May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A rather untimely Migraine. I am sorry to have to cancel.

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I found it. This looking forward to it!

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I plan to come Saturday morning not, too. does anyone know where we are launching from?

    May 17, 2013

  • Liz

    Steve and I will come Sat morning bright and early! We are going to try and meet at the campground and follow you all to Clifty Creek.

    May 17, 2013

  • Jenny

    DID i miss the driving directions? We are camping at Carter Caves and want to make sure we make it to the correct put in.

    May 17, 2013

  • John P.

    Tom, let me know where to send the camping fee.

    May 17, 2013

  • John P.

    Really want get out on the water this year! Just not in a thunderstorm.

    May 17, 2013

  • John P.

    Sorry to cancel. The weather seems to be uncooperative.

    May 17, 2013

  • Renee

    Thanks Kathy! I like your optimism. The forecast is 50% chance of precipitation with the possibility of a scattered thunderstorm. That could also be interpreted 50% chance no precipitation and no scattered thunderstorm. It could be a "one and done" and the meteorologist gets credit for predicting rain. Let's do it! See you at the falls. What time are you getting there?

    2 · May 17, 2013

  • Kathy J.

    Remember to be careful driving on the double AA highway. Well known for speeding tickets.
    We will need some firewood for the weekend if a couple people could bring some from Ky.
    Renee, I have your skirt packed, but if the temp is 75-80, a drizzle will feel good. We always get wet paddling under the falls anyway.

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • kayakotzen

    I am iffy because i have a rec boat and no skirt. Don't really want to kayak in bad rain.. Will check weather in the a.m.
    Need your address, tom to send check if I don't make it

    May 17, 2013

  • Suzanne

    Sorry to say, I'm bailing out too. Disappointed, but it would be no fun in the rain. Tom, please email me as to where to send the camping fee. I appreciate your efforts, and will look forward to a chance to go when there is a prospect of a sunny weekend.

    May 16, 2013

  • Renee

    I have a Wilderness Systems Pamlico 100 with no bulkhead, no floatation bags and no sprayskirt. With the forecast predicted, is it best for me to bail or go shopping for more gear?

    May 16, 2013

    • Kathy J.

      Renee, I will bring an extra skirt that might fit. If it does not, you can use the pump to pump out the water.

      May 16, 2013

  • Penny

    Please email us an address to mail the fee.

    May 16, 2013

  • Suzanne

    Dissappointed about bailing out. I was really looking forward to the week end. I drive 188 miles to attend and that is too far to drive for rain.

    May 16, 2013

  • Sheila

    Bailing out- sunnier weekends ahead!

    May 16, 2013

  • Penny

    Im with the cancelling.. The lake is not accessible for a quick exit with all the cliffs...

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I' m with Lynn.
    I can deal with rain but I can't deal with thunderstorms.

    May 16, 2013

  • Steve W.

    Lynn.... I agree with you. Let's postpone to another weekend. Even camping in persistent rain isn't as much fun as it's cracked up to be. Much less being trapped on open waters with limestone walls and no easy way off the lake during a TStorm. After all, this is supposed to be a fun weekend, not a lesson in survival.....

    May 16, 2013

    • Diane

      I agree. I cancelled because of the weather forecast.

      May 16, 2013

  • Lynn F.

    The National Weather Service is forecasting 50% chance of rain on Friday and possible thunderstorms; 60% chance of rain on Saturday with possible thunderstorms; and 30% chance of rain on Sunday (nice day). As there is no way to get off the water most of the time, we are considering canceling. What do others think. I've been to Grayson just once.

    May 16, 2013

  • Debra G.

    Sorry to bail Steve but I just got over the stomach virus - sick for three days. The last thing I want to do is spend the weekend wet. Let me know how much I owe you and provide an address and I will mail you camp fees.

    May 16, 2013

  • Debra G.

    60% chance of rain on Saturday - I'm out!

    May 16, 2013

  • Steve R

    I hate to bail due to weather factors but that is what I'm gonna do.....moving to plan "B"

    Tom.....send me your home address or PO Box via email and I'll mail you my camp fee.

    If anyone wants to stop by my house in Harrison,Ohio, for the kindling wood.....shoot me an email and I'll see that you get what I was going to bring.

    Someone will need to cover the 2 veggie trays....

    Have a good paddle and stay safe !!
    Steve

    May 16, 2013

  • Diane

    Change of plans. Hope you all have a great time and watch for ticks! They have already been terrible this year.

    May 16, 2013

  • Debra G.

    Subtract my guest as it will be just me. It may be Saturday morning before I arrive.

    May 16, 2013

  • Kathy J.

    NO GOOD ON THE FIREWOOD I PROMISED YOU. HE IS WORKING OUT OF TOWN THIS WEEK END. SORRY........

    May 15, 2013

  • Karlos D.

    tom, any restrictions on adult beverages at the campsite?

    May 13, 2013

    • John P.

      That's the plan!

      1 · May 15, 2013

    • Karlos D.

      i am sorry to say there is just too much going on this weekend and I am so not ready for an overnite event. i have given over my camping spot to KarenK, as noted abv. too far for a day trip. Steve, i have not heard that term on the empties is so very long. kill a few for me. have a good time. so sorry i won't get to see some of my old paddlin' buddies.

      May 15, 2013

  • kayakotzen

    Hi.. I do not see my name up there, but had emailed you that i would pay when I got there.. I heard from a neighbor that some cinci paddlers are going up fri morning to paddle fri afternoon. Know anything about that?? I may need to leave late sat. or very early sun a.m.
    Probably will bring chips, and dip or something like that.. as I am vegan and pretty particular.. and tend to need to bring my own stuff to eat..
    Please let me know
    thanks

    Kaya

    May 15, 2013

    • Karlos D.

      Kaya, I will not be able to make it down due to a number of other conflicts this weekend, so you can have my spot. Pls pay Tom Lock and tell him you are taking my spot. I said I would be down on Saturday, but since the spots are for the whole weekend, that should not be a problem.

      May 15, 2013

    • Karlos D.

      I guess somebody else will have to consume my share of the hotdogs. 8-(

      May 15, 2013

  • Karlos D.

    anyone bringing s'more stuff

    May 13, 2013

  • Penny

    How does everyone keep their food fresh from friday to saturday? Especially meats...

    May 14, 2013

    • Steve R

      Coleman makes their Xtreme Cooler(s) 5 or 6 rating.

      May 15, 2013

    • Steve R

      Keeps food cold and fresh for 5 days or 6 days rating in 90 degree temps....good investment for Grayson and future trips.

      May 15, 2013

  • Steve R

    ***Kim...best wishes to your Mom & family in this tough time...

    Jeff Wyler Honda found their mistake and made the correct connection so the Van is now roadworthy & operating at 100%.

    The Wyler Honda reps were all very polite and professional during the process.... :-)

    .......Will now I'll be heading to Grayson Lake as planned barring any other unforeseen issues.

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Barb

    Not going to be able to make it. Not feeling well. Enjoy!

    May 15, 2013

  • Kim

    My mom is not doing well, and I can't make it this year. Sorry

    May 14, 2013

    • Kathy J.

      Sorry Kim, Will be thinking of you.

      May 15, 2013

    • Kim

      Thanks Kathy, she was admitted yesterday. Have fun and I hope to make it next year.

      May 15, 2013

  • Karlos D.

    maybe some condiment, too.

    May 12, 2013

    • sabrina

      I got ketchup, mustard and relish for condiments (3-pack)

      May 13, 2013

  • Shauna K.

    I will bring some sort of chicken skewar

    May 13, 2013

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