7 TH ANNUAL MOONLIGHT MADNESS PADDLE. HIKE, BIKE AND PADDLE BY MOONLIGHT.

Major Changes:

Cost of the event is reduced to $10.00 per adult, Free for children under 16. That covers use of the park/lake after hours for our group.  The catered meal is eliminated and everyone will be responsible for bringing their own food.

There will be a class for beginners starting at 2:30 which means this truly is an opportunity for beginners to experience paddling.

Boat rentals are in addition to the event fee. Single Kayaks are $40.00.

IMPORTANT: You must register and make payment on the Event Brite page for your spot to be held. Boats are 1st come first serve so register quick.

https://www.eventbrite.com/event/4364036952

You are not registered for this event until you click on the above link and pay for the event.  We have a total of 13 sit in kayaks available that will be delivered to you. Thanks.

This is a family affair and will be shared by several meetup groups.  (It does not matter which site you sign up on as long as you click the eventbrite link to complete registration)

You will find a list of activities and maps of how to get to the park o n their website:

http://www.gastateparks.org/FortYargo

There will be hiking, biking and paddling. Camping if you make a reservation fast enough!

If you visit the park website you will find there is plenty to do if you want to come early and make a day of it with your friends and family. Of course you can paddle all day if that is your preference. There are 15 miles of hiking trails. Mountain bikes are also welcome on the trails.  Hey, if you have a horse, they are welcome too. There is camping in the park but I have no idea what the availability of sites will be, I just know they go fast in the fall.

IMPORTANT,,,,,IMPORTANT,,,,,IMPORTANT,,,IMPORTANT If you do not have an Annual State Park Parking Permit, there is a $5.00 per car parking fee. Must be paid in cash.

All ages are welcome. Pets on a leash are welcome! Everyone is welcome! Details will be changed if we find good people to lead the hikes and bike rides.ing if you prefer it that way.

Hiking: On your own.

Biking: On your own.

Paddling:

If you have never experienced the thrill of paddling on a still lake by moonlight, you really need to join us for this event. If you have done this before, I know why you want to come back!  We have received special permission to use the lake at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder for our group on this one night. Normally the lake is closed to all boats at dark so we will have the lake exclusively to ourselves. (no dodging power boats) We will be using Area B in the park. (Area B has a separate entrance off of Highway 81) We will plan to be off the water by midnight so that is plenty of time to enjoy the lake.

Part 1: 1:00 pm  Optional for those who want to get wet!  Don't want to get wet? Come and paddle when you are ready!

We will meet at the AREA B, day use boat ramp at 1:00 PM and have a class on kayak safety. Paddle float re-entry, deep water re-entry, bow rescues, how to tow a boat, etc., and just generally have a good time paddling and getting wet. If you have a spray skirt for your boat please bring it. If we get a few volunteers to help me we can throw in ROLL CLASSES OR PRACTICE. Any volunteers???? If you come for this part, be sure to bring dry clothes.

Part 2: 2:30 pm.  We will still be in AREA B and we will offer a true beginners class at no extra charge if you have your own boat.  If you are renting one of our boats you are welcome in the class.  If you have never sat in a kayak, you can still experience the moonlight magic with comfort.  Just come for the class.

Part 3: 5:00 pm  MEAL TIME FOR EVERYONE, HIKERS, BIKERS, PADDLERS

We will meet by the Area B picnic shelter and boat ramp if you want to eat with the group.

Part 4:  6:30 pm

Meet at Area B boat ramp at 6:30 PM to sign in and go over the rules for the moonlight paddle. All types of boats or rafts are welcome, if it floats, bring it. This is a family affair, paddlers of all ages are welcome. I think our youngest paddler so far was 8, and I believe he had the best time.

Sunset is 6:55, Dark descends at 8:18.

A FEW SIMPLE RULES:

PFD's are required for all paddlers, a park rule. If you are not willing to wear one, please do not come to this event. I want to be welcome back here year after year.

No alcohol. A park rule. If you have to drink to enjoy- see above!

NO FLASHLIGHTS of any kind will be allowed on the water except for emergencies. This is a moonlight paddle, not a flashlight paddle. (smiling here)

I suggest you bring folding chairs.  Seating for the meal will be limited. Also, remember, it gets chilly on the water at night, plan accordingly.  In four years I have only had one person turn their boat over and he was playing and showing off so you should not have a problem staying dry, other than your feet.

If events are added during the day, all who sign up will be notified.  If you have any questions or suggestions to make this a better event, please contact: John Miller at[masked] or e-mail at [masked]

 

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  • marie s

    Got a campsite and plan to come.

    October 19, 2013

  • Ginny H

    I will be there just not as early hopefully around 2

    October 19, 2013

  • John M.

    Of course it is still on. Why would it not be? Rain should be gone by this afternoon according to the weather map.

    October 19, 2013

  • Ginny H

    Is it still on?

    October 19, 2013

  • Tim P.

    No sites available :-(

    October 15, 2013

  • Tim P.

    This sounds like a lovely event, but nowhere to camp....

    1 · October 15, 2013

  • marie s

    anyone planning to camp there? I'd like to camp, but the park is full. I'll pay for the campsite if you want to share... [masked]

    October 11, 2013

  • Drew W.

    Has the minimum 35 folks been met yet?

    October 7, 2013

    • John M.

      We are getting close. If we don't meet the minimum for food I just reduce the cost and everyone brings there own meal. We paddle regardless of the number signed up.

      October 7, 2013

  • Mirna C

    Oh no... I enjoyed this trip last year - maybe next time, committed to doing Richard's already.

    October 7, 2013

  • Kim

    Would anyone that is going and camping that night be willing to share a Campsite? Mike and I would like to go and stay, we have a tent but there are no available campsites at this point in time. We would be happy to split the costs with you.

    Thanks
    Kim

    October 4, 2013

  • Kim W

    Wish I could go! I already committed to Overnight on the Etowah.

    September 24, 2013

  • Martin

    That's too bad. :( This trip overlaps with Richard's weekend on the Etowah.

    September 12, 2013

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