Explore the Mill Creek with the Mill Creek Yacht Club!

I am posting this on behalf of the Mill Creek Yacht Club. Please note that clicking "Attend" on this Meetup does not save you a place on this outing. Please follow the directions below and contact Annie Rahall to confirm your spot. Sandy

Canoeing is the best way to experience Mill Creek oddities while learning about the stream. Mill Creek veterans will explain what you see as you paddle. If you accept the risks and decide to go, contact Annie Rahall at (513)[masked] (work),[masked] (cell) or [masked]. Seating is limited. Bring your own canoe or kayak if you have one. Members of the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities are to be seated first. The event is free.

Details follow:
Gathering Time: 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 (Great Outdoor Weekend)

Starting Place: Koenig Park in Reading (45215), at Koenig Street and West Columbia Avenue, east bank of the Mill Creek.

Ending Place: Caldwell Park Playground, 316 W. North Bend Road, Cincinnati, 45216, east bank of the Mill Creek, just north of North Bend Road Bridge.

Distance: About 4 ½ miles

Elapsed Time: about 3 ½ hours on the water, plus an estimated hour on land before and after the paddling Parking: Koenig Park in Reading; we’ll gather by the picnic shelter. Caldwell Playground also has plenty of parking for shuttle vehicles.

Special Gear: Waterproof boots are recommended to minimize your contact with the water. They will be available for about three people without their own. If you want to borrow boots, come early with extra socks.

Waterproof gloves and life jackets will be provided. Newcomers will be given Yacht Club T-Shirts.

Warning: Ohio EPA recommends no contact with waters of the Mill Creek because it has excessive levels of fecal coliform bacteria and other pathogens from time to time, especially within 48 to 72 hours of a rainstorm heavy enough to cause combined sewer overflows.

The Mill Creek Yacht Club is a running gag, not an official group. This invitation is from one
individual to another individual. It is your personal choice on whether to participate, based largely on
the strength of your immune system and your willingness to take a calculated risk. If you have an open
cut or weakened immunities, you should not go. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a
parent. You will need to be sure-footed in some places. Be ready to climb out of the canoe to get past
shallow spots and low-head dams. Potential safety hazards include sudden drop-offs, hidden holes,
slippery algae, submerged obstacles and jagged objects. Germicidal gel and a simple first-aid kit will be

Drivers: We need drivers to set up shuttle vehicles at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, September 22
nd, at Caldwell Playground, 316 W. North Bend Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45216. If you can help, call Annie Rahall at [masked] (work),[masked] (cell) or [masked].

Weather: An updated weather forecast will be emailed to the registrants several days before the event.
Combined sewer overflows occur in the Mill Creek segment we plan to travel, so we would refrain
from paddling during or shortly after a rainstorm. Anyone who floats with us on the long-abused but resurgent Mill Creek is a crewmate of the Mill Creek Yacht Club. Paddling the Mill Creek is fun with a purpose. We not only enjoy recreation, but also learn about the stream, exchange ideas, raise public awareness, report problems, find opportunities for improvement and rediscover our connection to a public waterway. We like showing the creek to dignitaries and the media but realize that landowners and citizens are vital to our cause. The Mill Creek is rich in heritage. It has a lot of untapped potential. Most of the Yacht Club’s 415 crewmates would agree our urban stream is a fascinating place to visit.

Our maiden voyage was in April 1994 as an antidote to all the board room meetings that devoted hours
to Mill Creek discussion but nary a minute to Mill Creek experience. To date, we have taken 79 trips and
have paddled more than 26 of the Mill Creek’s 28 miles. Some of our voyages have triggered
corrective actions by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ohio EPA, Metropolitan Sewer District, Village of Glendale and others. We have been out during every month of the year in sun, rain, wind and snow. We have started before sunrise and finished after sunset. One trip was by the light of a full moon. Twenty trips were devoted to Mill Creek cleanups by canoe. We have dragged our canoes over riffles during lowwater conditions and we have floated over dams during high water flows. The number of people on a Mill Creek canoe outing has ranged from 2 to 28 paddlers.

Yacht Club trips also have ventured onto East Fork Mill Creek, West Fork Mill Creek, Beaver Run, a
flooded streamside detention basin, the Ohio River, and the Licking River, which shares a pre-glacial
river valley with the Mill Creek. Much of the Mill Creek has become familiar, but it never stops amazing
us. Maketewah (Indian name for Mill Creek) still holds unrevealed secrets.

Crewmates of the Mill Creek Yacht Club

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  • Larry

    I would love to do this. I normally only scare easy with weather but the warnings issued with this event do a good job of making me think twice. Not wanting to watch my skin boil off down to the bone.

    September 14, 2012

    • Sandy L.

      That's more likely to happen with a trip to the hospital than a trip down the Mill Creek, but your choice.

      September 15, 2012

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