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This Meetup is cancelled

4th of July Kayak/Canoe Fireworks Outing

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  • Millvale Riverfront Park

    70 River Front Drive, Pittsburgh, PA (map)

    40.473103 -79.971176

  • We'll launch from Millvale's Public Launch below Kayak Pittsburgh (see details)
  • Update July 4th 6:30am:
    Due to unfavorable river conditions to allow us to provide a quality kayaking outing, we have decided to cancel. Rivers are 16.6' at the Point and flow on the Allegheny is currently 44.8kcfs. These conditions would prove to be a challenge for paddling upstream and maintaining a flotilla to view the fireworks.

    Have a happy and safe fourth of July!

    Join L.L.Bean for a kayak/canoe outing from Millvale towards the Point where we'll have a front row view of the EQT “Flashes of Freedom” Fireworks Fantasia. One of the most prolific fireworks displays in the country.

    Choreographed to an eclectic arrangement of music, and dedicated always to the honor of our men and women in uniform [military, fire, police, EMT], the show ranks annually as one of the Top 10 in the nation. Lasting an indelible 24 minutes long and shot from barges anchored in the city’s renowned confluence and against its magnificent skyline, the show has become a staple attraction for hundreds of thousands of spectators year after year.

    It would appear after reviewing the "2013 Boating Safety Zone Flyer", we will watch the fireworks from just beyond the Fort Duquesne Bridge. This is adding more distance to our paddle. I had previously thought we would be watching from beneath the Andy Warhol Bridge.

    Millvale Public Boat Launch

    Activity Level:
    Physical Ability/Cardiovascular Demand: Easy
    Level of Experience: Intermediate
    Solo paddlers must be experienced and capable of paddling 7 miles.

    What to bring:

    For an L.L.Bean outing, you're responsible to supply your own equipment.

    Required Items:
    Kayak or Canoe
    Personal Floatation Device (PFD)
    Sound Device (U.S. Coast Guard: a vessel of less than 39.4 feet (12 meters) must, at a a minimum, have some means of making an efficient sound signal – i.e., handheld air horn, pealess whistle, installed horn, etc.
    White light source (PA Law: a white light either hand-held or installed ready to be displayed in time to avoid a collision)

    Additional Recommended Items:
    Additional light source and/or spare batteries
    Strap for glasses
    Swimsuit and/or synthetic shorts or pants and top
    Fleece jacket or pullover
    Rainwear and/or nylon wind shell
    Change of clothes and footwear for the ride home
    One-quart water bottle or hydration system, filled
    Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler
    Closed toed shoes (no Flip Flops)
    Dry bag or Pelican case
    Snacks

    Minimum age is 8. Children 10 to 14 years of age need to be accompanied by a participating adult. Children 15 to 17 years old can participate alone after their parent has signed the appropriate release form.

    Not sure if you're prepared for the outdoors? Visit L.L.Bean at Ross Park Mall and ask to speak with an Outdoor Product Specialist. L.L.Bean will fit you with the right clothing and gear.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Pittsburgh, PA  15237
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  • Ken S.

    will the fireworks happen in the rain? I don't mind paddling in the rain, but the trip up to put in might be a little to much only to then find the show has been cancelled.

    July 1, 2013

    • Ken S.

      my comment had to do with whether the fireworks display would go/no go for weather (rain), not whether we would paddle in the rain.

      July 2, 2013

    • Snakeguy

      Hi Ken: I contacted "[masked]" as indicated on the FAQ section of the regatta website. I referenced your question and received the following response "Yes depending on how hard the rain is".

      July 3, 2013

  • Tom P.

    Hey Tim, is this flow any more than the Conemaugh, which is pretty fast? how does it compare?

    July 2, 2013

  • Snakeguy

    Update July 2nd 3:40pm:
    We are keeping our eyes on the river level and flow. Looking at the future river forecast, the river flow is predicted to be above 40kcfs on July 4th. Because this is above the "safe paddling level" the call will be made at 4:00pm on Thursday, July 4th as to go or no go for this outing.

    July 2, 2013

  • noah a.

    does your kayak need to be registered

    July 2, 2013

    • Snakeguy

      Hi Noah: Your kayak does not need to be registered for this river kayaking outing.

      July 2, 2013

  • Marlena

    Planning to come! Plus bring a friend - but if it plans to storm I may back out:)

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do I have to bring my own kayak with me?? Because I don't have & I've never done this before..

    July 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cindy probably you're right thanx..

      July 1, 2013

    • Ken S.

      put on your bucket list for next year

      July 1, 2013

  • Robin

    Sounds like a blast :)

    July 1, 2013

  • Debra S.

    sorry~i decided this is too advanced for me..very interested in learning..though

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just getting on board with this meetup site. I am not familiar with Pittsburgh but come south on yough and Mon and lakes. Hope to meet up soon. I wish you all a safe and fun trip.

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. Plans have changed. You all paddle safe and enjoy the fireworks.

    June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking at Safety zone flyer.....power boat zone from 1pm to 9pm 3rd and 4th. Fire works zone from 9pm to 1030pm on the 4th. Is the Coastguard gonna allow us to paddle thru the power boat zone on the 4th to get under our bridge?

    June 18, 2013

    • Snakeguy

      I don't foresee this being a problem. This means we'll have 35 minutes to paddle from PNC to under the Fort Duquesne Bridge.

      June 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great...I'll see you on the 4th.

      June 22, 2013

  • BarryM

    . . .after the event, or shuttle back?

    June 19, 2013

    • Snakeguy

      We plan on paddling back up river to Millvale.

      June 19, 2013

  • BarryM

    Is the plan to paddle back up river to Millvale after the e

    June 19, 2013

  • Ken W.

    Any one ever do the Beaver river or the Pine Creek from Millvale upstream ?

    June 19, 2013

  • Tim V.

    PITTSBURGH THREE RIVERS REGATTA: JULY 3-4,[masked] Safety Zone Flyer
    http://www.threeriversregatta.net/PDF/2013-Safety-Zone-Flyer.pdf

    1 · June 15, 2013

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