Group Camp and Paddle on Lake Del Valle, Aug. 26-28

Important: I have overnight parking passes for the following people:

·         Susan

·         Earle

·         Kevin

·         Tom (one of Kevin's "+6")

·         Kelly

·         Stuart

·         Dave

No one else on the RSVP list will be able to camp.

(Apologies to Monaire, Alex and Harbir -- i was unsuccessful in reaching you three by e-mail to get payment or other confirmation before the parking pass deadline.)

 

Info and instructions for participants:


Click here
for directions from the I-580/I-680 junction to the park entrance.

And here are two files that will help you navigate once you get to the park:

 

 

1.    Finding each other: Cell phone reception is terrible to nonexistent at Del Valle, so we must resort to other means.

  • Radio: If you have a two-way radio, you can contact me on channel 1 starting about 2 p.m. on Friday, and Kevin (also on channel 1) starting about 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
  • Linking up:
  • I am planning to hike in (with a cartload of gear) around 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Let me know ahead of time if you want to go along on that trip and I will wait for you at the trailhead (see item 5a).
  • Kevin and I are meeting at the boat launch around 4:30 p.m. on Friday. We will be inflating and loading our boats and paddling to the campground around 5 p.m. Feel free to join us for that trip.

2.     Entering the park: I will put the overnight parking passes in envelopes, marked with participants' names, and ask the ranger at the entry kiosk to hold them. So when you drive up, tell the ranger there is a pass for you. Then you will just need to pay $3 per boat and $3 per boat inspection. The ranger will give you a boat inspection form and will probably direct you to the marina, where the boat inspection takes place. In any case, make a hard right turn after you pass through the entry gate and just drive to the last parking lot -- that's where the marina is.

3.     Boat inspection: Prominent signs mark the entrance to the inspection point. Fill out the inspection form before you drive up to the inspection point. Also make sure your kayak is clean and dry or you will not be permitted to launch. You may have to loosen tie-downs so the inspector can feel inside your boat. And have your life jacket(s) accessible -- the inspector will check that there is one for each boater. 

4.     Setting up and launching: If your setup is time-intensive, you can use the boat staging area in front of the restrooms, near the boat launch. If you are able to offload quickly, you can just drive straight down to the launch ramp .

5.     Overnight parking: The parking passes say that overnight parking is in the East Beach parking lot, adjacent to the marina parking lot. So at some point after unloading boats and/or camping gear, you will need to move your car to the East Beach lot.

6.     Getting to the campsite:

  • Location: The campsite is on the east shore, approximately 0.6 miles north of the marina. I will have my big blue tent set up shortly after check-in (2 p.m.), so you can use it as a landmark.
  • Hiking: Depending on your gear setup and when you arrive, you may want to hike in to the campsite initially. If that is the case, you can unload at the trailhead, which is next to the restrooms near the boat launch. From the trailhead, follow the Shore Trail for 0.67 miles. The campsite is just past the intersection with the Hetch Hetchy trail.
  • Paddling:  After launching, go right and hug the right (east) shore of the lake for about 3/4 mile. You will pass a small cove (directly across the lake from another small cove) at about the half-mile mark. The campground is on a beach on the right (east) shore before the next cove.

7.     What to expect at the campsite: To aid in your load planning, here is the site description from the rental permit, with amenities in bold: "Hetch Hetchy is a WALK-IN group camp on the east side of the park, on the lake, one mile walk north of the marina. NO VEHICLES ACCESS ALLOWED. There is water at the site, EVERYTHING else MUST BE CARRIED TO THE SITE INCLUDING WOOD. GATHERING WOOD IN THE PARK IS PROHIBITED. This is a nice boat-in site: boats must be off the water by dusk. The site has four 10-ft picnic tables, a 10-ft serving table, an extra-large BBQ, a drinking fountain, a fire circle, and 2 chemical toilets. No alcohol is allowed in the camp. Site capacity is 150." ( Click here for the Del Valle camping handout  -- be sure to read the "Group Camping" and "Campground Rules" sections).

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event Dave! Thank YOU!

    August 30, 2011

  • Kevin T

    Had an awesome time. Waking up to a perfectly still lake with a layer of fog over the water was simply out of this world. Thanks so much Dave!

    August 28, 2011

  • Stuart

    Beautiful place and great company. Thanks, Dave & Kevin

    August 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great lake, one of my favorites.

    August 27, 2011

  • Davy D

    The net cost for parking and camping (after the deposit is refunded) is now down to $20 per household. :]

    August 25, 2011

  • Davy D

    Also: We have two more camping participants: Mary Beth and Janet. In terms of arrivals, we are expecting Stuart, Susan and Mary Beth at the boat launch around 2 or 2:30 p.m. Friday, and Kevin (& family), Tom (& family), Janet, Kelly and me (& family) at the boat launch around 4 or 4:30 p.m. Friday. Earle arrives Saturday to camp one night; Shephali and family arrive Saturday morning.

    August 25, 2011

  • Davy D

    All: I updated the event description a couple of days ago. Instructions and a couple of links to navigation aids.

    August 25, 2011

  • Davy D

    Shephali, I may cross paths with your family as I paddle from campsite to marina to pick up my wife saturday am. Either way, glad you can be with us for the day.

    August 25, 2011

  • Kevin T

    Hi Shephali, will definitely look for you on the lake. It would be easy to spot white fluffy dogs on kayaks!! On Saturday, the current plan is to have a bag lunch at Dave's favorite picnic spot on the north side of the lake (near the dam). You are welcome to join us. I am not sure of the exact time though.

    August 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone. We are coming on Saturday morning and staying til evening. Please say hi if u spot us! I'll be in a white/blue kayak with a fluffy white dog and my bf in a orange/white kayak with the bigger fluffy white dog :) I'll also look out for members. Are you guys doing BBQ or lunch together?

    August 25, 2011

  • Davy D

    Kevin: great admin notes - thanks!

    August 23, 2011

  • Kevin T

    Also, most of the lake has no cell signal for Verizon, except for maybe the northeastern tip (near the dam). We will bring a few two-way radios set to channel 1. If you bring one, set it to channel 1.

    August 23, 2011

  • Kevin T

    We will be arriving on Friday around 4:30-ish. After paddling to the campground, two of us will head back to the dock in two open deck tandem kayks to pick up the equipment. If anyone needs a little help with transporting their equipment, they can either put it in our kayaks (if we have room), or borrow the tandems for the next trip.

    August 23, 2011

  • Kevin T

    Man, I was thinking bureaucracy was getting REALLY bad with our government! ;-)

    August 5, 2011

  • Davy D

    Just corrected an error in the description. The (administrative) reservation fee we paid was $8, not $800. :]

    August 4, 2011

  • Kevin T

    I'll be bringing a small propane grill that converts to a stove. It cooks for 4 to 6 people at a time. If we take turns, it might be able to cook for everyone. If someone else bring another grill/stove it would be good offload as well as redundancy. I will also bring 4 fire logs. Each is good for 8 hours, so we can have 2 small fires or 1 larger one each night.

    August 2, 2011

  • Davy D

    Earle just hit me to this: The kayak rental shop on the lake has a Sunday demo deal, 9 a.m. to noon: $25 for three hours of trying out kayaks (limit of 30 minutes in any one boat). http://www.sunrisemountainsports.com/SundayKayakDemos/sundaykayakdemo.html

    July 27, 2011

  • Kevin T

    Hey Dave, yes, the ferry would have been least hassle for people who would like it. However, it seems most can do without it. The beauty of Del Valle is that one can choose his/her level of rusticness. I think some are camping without a tent - that's great! Others might want a bit more luxury. Having the option to individually rent a bigger boat for transport might make this trip accessible to more people. Either way, I think it will be really fun!

    July 27, 2011

  • Davy D

    ... This is also a nice low-risk opportunity for people to figure out how to kayak with all their food and gear on board. Or to exercise cooperation!

    July 27, 2011

  • Davy D

    ... But most participants so far have said they can do without it, and the rental co guy (who was originallly open to providing the service) has not been responding to e-mail. I could try harder to contact him again, but it doesn't seem that important to the group. ...

    July 27, 2011

  • Davy D

    Earle and Kevin: Good info. Of all the alternative boat options, I thought my ferry service idea would have been the best deal (less than $10 per household) and the least hassle (none of us would have to operate or return a rented boat). ....

    July 27, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    They also rent power boats.

    July 27, 2011

  • Kevin T

    I just saw that Rocky Mountain Recreation rents canoes and row boats for $10/hr. If anyone might bring more stuff than their kayak can carry, he/she could consider one of those rentals as a shuttle option during the outfit's operating hours. Here is the link:
    http://www.rockymountainrec.com/lakes/lake-delvalle.htm

    July 27, 2011

  • Davy D

    Just updated the event description and the sign-up form. Now more user-friendly than ever! If you are a "Yes" and have not done the form yet, please go here and fill it out: https://creator.zoho.com/davedomingo/del-valle-camping-paddling-sign-up/#Form:Del_Valle_Camping_Paddling_Sign_Up . It only takes a couple of minutes. Thanks!!

    July 26, 2011

  • Davy D

    Zena: That's cool that you know the sites. Every time I paddle past Hetch Hetchy, I want to camp there. Looks so convenient! In my question to you, I was trying to be funny. Did it work?

    July 13, 2011

  • Zena

    Hi Dave, I'm just bringing 1 person. I was just curious where we are going to camp because I am quite familiar with the location of all the campsites at Del Valle. Thanks for the info.

    July 13, 2011

  • Davy D

    Sorry, all, I can't get the event description to show up in the Meetup mobile app. There's a lot of info, but it's only viewable on the website.

    July 13, 2011

  • Davy D

    Hi, zena. We are in hetch hetchy, with a capacity of 150! How many were you thinking of bringing? :)

    July 13, 2011

  • Zena

    Hi Dave: What is the name of the group campsite that you reserved at Del Valle? How many campers maximum are allowed?

    July 13, 2011

  • Davy D

    Kevin: Sorry, I had overlooked your picnic comment. Yes, we do have a favorite spot near the dam. I think it would have room for a pretty good size group. Saturday afternoon is definitely the time to do that picnic, for those who are interested.

    July 13, 2011

  • Davy D

    Also, note that there will not be a ferry service for camping gear.. Members will just need to cooperate as necessary to get all their gear there. The online sign-up form lets you indicate if you need help with your gear.

    July 13, 2011

  • Davy D

    See the updated event description. Includes a summary of what's provided in the campsite, more precise financial details and an estimated cost share per household based on current RSVPs.

    July 13, 2011

  • Davy D

    Kevin: I agree. I'll check back in with the boat guy and see what the weight limit is!

    July 3, 2011

  • Kevin T

    Regarding chartering a boat, since each household will be bringing in meals for Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner; Sunday breakfast, plus ice and ice chest to keep them, that might be a lot of weight to carry in a kayak. There is a faucet with drinkable water at the campground, but people might still want to bring soda's etc, which is also heavy. Having a boat to carry all that plus tent, sleeping bags, stove, campfire wood is starting to sound good.

    July 3, 2011

  • Kevin T

    Dave,

    It might be fun to do a picnic lunch on the far end of the lake on Saturday, near the dam. I think you have a favorite spot there. We could paddle there when wind is light in the morning, have our picnic and come back with the wind. It looks like the only feasible day for lunch picnic is Saturday (on Sunday we have to clear out the camp by noon). How does it sound?

    July 3, 2011

  • Davy D

    Shephali: Dogs are allowed (hope that means you will attend!). There is a $2 "dog fee" -- maybe just one time at the gate. Here is what the camping handout says: "All pets shall be contained within a vehicle or
    tent overnight, and securely leashed and under
    the immediate control of a person at all times.
    Maximum leash length is six feet. Persons with noisy or
    vicious animals will be required to leave the park."

    May 31, 2011

  • Kevin T

    Hey Dave,

    We'd be interested in pitching in for the boat shuttle service. It will allow us to bring a couple more things for better comfort.

    May 30, 2011

  • Davy D

    Hi, all. The boat rental company is willing to discuss shuttling the camping gear. The total cost might be around $75 -- less than $10 per household (based on current RSVPs). We don't have to decide now, but if you would want this service, please add a comment. Thanks!!

    May 29, 2011

  • Davy D

    Cherie and Zena: Glad you signed up! We will have fun. Zena, are you bringing any kids? My 5-year-old son will be there.

    April 7, 2011

  • Kevin T

    Would be good practice for more rural kayak camping. This one is perfect for the first time - far enough to have a wilderness feel, yet close enough to kayak back to the car to get something if you forgot it. Dave, thanks for the awesome opportunity!

    April 5, 2011

  • Davy D

    skill level for this event is definitely beginner! See the link in the Meetup description for kayak rental info.

    April 2, 2011

  • Davy D

    "Kevin T. Plus Seven!" Sounds like a reality show.

    April 1, 2011

  • Davy D

    Julie: That's a bummer that you won't make the camp-out. Fortunately, the season will be full of good paddling opportunities -- with this group and in general!

    April 1, 2011

  • Davy D

    Found the button!

    April 1, 2011

  • Davy D

    Hi, Julie. It's actually two nights of camping, Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th. I've just posted an update to the text, but I'm still looking for the button where I change the dates! Hope you can make it!!

    April 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    if we're kayaking at 2pm, is this kayak only or camping too?

    April 1, 2011

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