Ghost Ship Voyage

Notes from Cincy Paddlers for this event:
It's an easy trip (about three miles in total) but these will help ensure that it's safe and enjoyable for you:

1. If you're not paddling a sea kayak (one with separate, watertight compartments) add floatation (air bags, spare PFD, etc.) to the empty ends of your hull. That way, in the unlikely event of a capsize, your boat won't fill completely. A totally filled boat is all but impossible to rescue.

2. Air and water temps will be cool. Anticipating the possibility, however slight, of the capsize, wear clothing that insulates even when wet. That would be wool, polypro, Polartec, Capilene, etc. (not cotton). A paddling shell over that would be good.

3. Stay with the group. Powerboat traffic will be sparse, but we are more visible and easier to avoid when together. Also, we will pass a barge terminal and you want to ensure proper routing to avoid that traffic.

4. Move upstream or to the side when we reach the ship. It's a large group and a smaller stream (low water). Please make room for everyone to enjoy the view. You also might want to wear water-friendly footwear in case the creek is extremely low.

5. There are usually a couple port-a-lets at the launch.

Cincy Paddlers is holding their annual Halloween Paddle to the "Ghost Ship" beached on a creek in Boone County, Ky. http://www.navsource.... This ship was a former WW II military vessel and a ferry and tour ship in New York City until the mid 1960s. It was bought by someone in the Cincinnati area and they beached the ship in a small creek in Boone County, Ky. The boat has since rotted into a sorry state and has been a curiosity for many local kayakers for years. Cincy Paddlers has held an annual paddle to this ship during the Halloween Season. To ensure that all local kayakers are aware of this event, I am posting this on TSK.

To get to the put-in point, travel on highway 50 just west of Lawrenceburg, Indiana. There will be a McDonald's on the southwest corner of the intersection of Highway 50 and Reese Drive. Turn south on to Reese Drive and follow it down to the Boat Ramp. Be there at least by 10:15 AM to unload and park. Halloween costumes are welcomed. The group will kayak down Tanner's Creek from the put-in to the Ohio River then paddle up river about 1 mile to a creek on the Ky side of the river. Then to the "Ghost Ship" and hang out there for awhile and then paddle back to the put-in point. Total time, about 2 hours.

As it is getting colder, participants are encouraged to wear proper cold weather and water clothing. The legal waiver.
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  • Kim

    The wind and choppy water just added a little to meeting great new people and a fun paddle to the Ghost Ship. Thanks to all who organized this trip from Tri-State Kayakers and Cincy Paddlers. And the costumes were great.

    November 3, 2010

  • Kathy J.

    As always, it is a pleasure meeting new people and going to new places. Thank you both Cincypaddlers and TSK.

    November 1, 2010

  • Henry E. D.

    Fun people, fun time

    November 1, 2010

  • Kelly

    Lots of chop out on the river today made for a slow-going trip upriver but a fun float/steer back down. A good size group turned out with plenty of holiday spirit. Thanks to all who brought the chocolate! :)

    October 31, 2010

  • Larry

    Windy. Wavy. Wonderful

    October 31, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Larry, but just didn't know what to wear. Looks like I missed a good time. Great costumes. Think I like warm weather kayaking better.

    October 31, 2010

  • Jon R.

    I stopped by the Tanners Creek ramp today. The Bad news is there are no port a potties at the ramp. The Good news is they have opened a nice new ramp complete with a dock that is low enough that you could launch from it.

    October 30, 2010

  • Henry E. D.

    This map we published last year shows the Tanners Creek access and the location of the ship (plotting by Fred Haaser): http://tinyurl.com/26a5eze

    October 30, 2010

  • Kathy J.

    Hey John E Faubion: Can we carpool?

    October 27, 2010

  • Chris O.

    I posted info about the ghost ship on the message board, & the pic of her at her heyday in the photo section

    October 25, 2010

  • Larry

    Hi Julie, I posted a link to many cold weather gear suppliers on the message board. I wear water tight booties. Depending on my personal choice, I also put on cotton socks.

    October 25, 2010

  • Larry

    Last time I was there, the Ohio river was at 30 feet and the boat was accessible and the creek was shallow. Currently, at 26.5 pool stage, kayakers may have to beach and walk to the ship. A couple hundred feet.

    October 25, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Haven't decided yet whether I'm going, but what do you wear to stay warm? Particularly on your feet.

    October 25, 2010

  • Kathy J.

    Candy and costumes encouraged, or any other fun stuff.
    Anyone planning on dressing up?

    October 20, 2010

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