2014's FIRST TUESDAY NIGHT KAYAK
Start the 2014 Kayaking season off with a BANG!
Black Creek Paddle
Followed by a fire and BBQ at Baker's house!
Janine's famous MOUNTAIN PIES!
5:00 - Black Creek / Rt. 299 Highland (5:15 launch)
2.5 hours of paddling
Black Creek was carved by the last advance of the North American Laurentide ice sheet, more than 10,000 years ago, during the Wisconsin Glacial Episode. So-named for the deep hue of its water, colored by bark tannins and other sedimentary minerals, Black Creek was commemorated by famous visitor Walt Whitman as “a stream of hurrying amber.” The Black Creek Watershed features swamps, marshes and pools that foster countless species of fish, amphibians, birds and complementary plant life. Its features, which stymied most commercial and residential development, preserved Black Creek as a paradise for canoeists, kayakers and fishermen.
We'll be starting our paddle where Rt 299 in the Town of Lloyd crosses Black Creek. The put-in is directly next to the bridge where parking is available. We will paddle upstream as far as we can go (about 5 miles) before turning around. The creek passes through beaver and bird habitats, under bridges, and tunnels. Depending upon time and interest we can extend this paddle once back at the put-in by going downstream about two-miles where the river meets a waterfall. To those willing to portage the waterfall, Black Creek can be taken all the way to beautiful Chodikee Lake where herons nest and orange-wing blackbirds flutter. To those interested in going all the way, we can spot a car at Lake Chodikee in advance.
Before it was repurposed by paddlers, Black Creek was a focal point for generations of fisherman. Throughout the 1900s, sportsmen sought shad, herring and trout in its running waters. The 15-mile Hudson River tributary begins in the Town of Plattekill and flows north, bisecting Lloyd, and flowing through Chodikee Lake into the Town of Esopus, where it reaches the river.
Total Mileage: 4-6 miles
Estimated Paddle Time: 2.5 hours
Special Gear / Requirements: Kayak/canoe, life jacket, camera, headlamp, beverages, extra pair of dry clothes in the car (just in case, Dennis, just in case).
Kayak rentals are available, which includes boat, lifejacket and transport of the boat to and from the put-in. Email Mike at [masked] for details.
Who's Organizing: Chris Baker
Meetup Times and Locations:
From Poughkeepsie Mid-Hudson Bridge drive north on 9W. Turn left onto Route 299 and go 1.2 miles to the road crosses Black Creek on a bridge. There is a Scenic River sign here. Cross the bridge and then pull-off on the left. Our put-in is at the water's edge.
Google map link to the trail head:
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl. Note the map here shows Riverside Rd, in Lloyd. This is right next to our put-in on Rt 299 (County Rd 15). Park next to the bridge on 299.
As with all creeks, there can be fallen trees that need to be negotiated (paddled underneath or portaged around). Come ready with a sense of adventure...
NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review maps and water features carefully; understanding conditions of any trip is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. Capsizing is always a possibility when engaged in a paddling trip, be mentally prepared and know how to swim and self-rescue before going on any paddling trip.
See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.
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