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.