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Moon Paddle at Loyalhanna Lake

  • Jul 20, 2013 · 7:30 PM

this will be a nocturnal moon paddle. the initial plan will be to put in at Bush Recreation Area at Loyalhanna Lake, assuming that Bush Rec will be open for kayaks to access the water. boaters will require a PFD to be worn, a whistle ("sound-producing device"), and at least one (hand held or installed) light. i prefer that each kayak have at least two lights, one on the bow (front) deck, and one on the stern (rear) deck. that way people can see you from behind (stern light), and someone in front of you can see that you are still behind them (bow light). a bright head lamp is nice to have. i usually have four lights; bow, stern, headlamp, hand held. you can buy glow sticks at some dollar stores. the sticks can be hooked to the deck cording, or to your PFD. Dollar Tree sales two glow sticks per pack.

we will  head a couple miles up curent into the wilder backwaters of the lake.

this meetup will be more weather dependent than would be a daytime float, therefore more prone to cancellation due to dense cloud cover and/or persistent rain.

 

for daily recorded updates for status and conditions at Loyalhanna Lake call[masked]

directions to Bush Rec:

Bush Recreation Area is 3.6 road miles North of Route 22 at New Alexandria. 

From Rt 22 at the traffic light in New Alexandria turn north onto Rt 981, i.e. turn left if heading east on Rt 22 from Monroeville. There is a Sheetz store at this intersection.

Go 1.1 mile, turn left onto Bush Road at the Y intersection and stop sign after the bottom of hill.

Go 2.5 mile on Bush Road, winding through Mannitto golf course.

Slow down after you pass some houses close to the road on the right. 

Turn left onto Boat Dock Rd at a bend in the road, into Bush Recreation Area. There is a sign.

Head down to the far lower corner of the parking lot, close to the water.

You don't have to stop at the fee hut. That is for trailered motor boats that make use of the boat docks and launch ramp facilities.

my cell # is[masked]

 

U.S. Naval Observatory
Astronomical Applications Department

Sun and Moon Data for One Day

The following information is provided for Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (longitude W80.0, latitude N40.4):
Saturday
20 July 2013 Eastern Daylight Time

SUN
Begin civil twilight 5:35 a.m.
Sunrise 6:07 a.m.
Sun transit 1:26 p.m.
Sunset 8:45 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:17 p.m.

MOON
Moonrise 5:47 p.m. on preceding day
Moonset 3:44 a.m.
Moonrise 6:47 p.m.
Moon transit 11:48 p.m.
Moonset 4:51 a.m. on following day

Phase of the Moon on 20 July: waxing gibbous with 93% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Full Moon on 22 July 2013 at 2:16 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

 

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  • Tim V.

    while it was still day light we saw Belted Kingfisher, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Cormorant (one in flight over the lake just out of Bush Rec), Osprey (4). Earlier in the day i had seen four Osprey at Donegal Lake, two adult and two young. at least four new Osprey are fledging from sites in Westmoreland County this year.

    July 22, 2013

  • Tim V.

    At night in the moon light our vision becomes black and white, or gray scale. The dominant sense becomes hearing. Hearing moves to the forefront of perceiving the surroundings. The rich mix of sounds surrounding us included: the loud croaking sound of Great Blue Heron calling in flight (like something out of Jurassic Park), Bullfrogs, splashing on the water (fish, and one that may have been a Beaver tail slap), the buzzing of hoards of mosquitoes over the backwaters around the Osprey site (we smelled of Citronella from a hippie herbal paste courtesy of Kodiak), mammals in distress or arguing or making rough love, young Great Horned Owls begging for food (which they may not be receiving from the parents and having to fend for themselves), katydids, crickets, Pittsburgh Raceway beside Rt 22 in New Alexandria, Crabtree Fireworks, .....

    July 22, 2013

  • Tim V.

    Glad i didn't cancel this meetup in reacton to the weather advisory alert! this turned out to be one heck of a nice moon light paddle, one of the best. we met at 7:30 P. were on the water around 8. made it to the Osprey site in day light time to see the Osprey family. the two young are very close to fledging, any day now. we returned to the Bush Rec put-in by 11 p, but stayed an additional hour on the water, heading down current toward the main body of the lake toward the dam, it being so nice out. we were off the water around midnight, and began our drives home at 12:30 A. the water temp was 85-86 F degrees.

    July 22, 2013

  • Louisa

    Perfectly lovely.

    Saw and heard a lot of wildlife that I'd been missing for years, and met a species of giant water spider I'd never known.

    Great paddle! Thanks, guys.

    July 21, 2013

  • Kodiak F.

    This turned out great. Aside from a touch of cloudcover there was perfect weather. The air temps dropped to around 72 by midnight with a water temp of 85-86 degrees. The backwaters were a bit spooky from time to time while running without lights since you would hit a submerged tree every now and then.

    The main part of the lake bends and once you get past the camping area you might as well be kayaking a lake in Canada - zero light pollution and no apparent human trace.

    I learned that river lights are all wrong for this sort of paddle and low red or amber lights will be best suited for areas like this. Under the full moon we ran without lights for the most part.

    July 21, 2013

  • Tim V.

    i'm going offline (4:20 P) not to be back online till after meetup.

    July 20, 2013

  • Tim V.

    Westmoreland Areal Flood Advisory
    Statement as of 12:14 PM EDT on July 20, 2013 The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a

    * Flood Advisory for...
    Monroe County in east central Ohio...
    Marion County in northern West Virginia...
    Marshall County in northern West Virginia...
    Monongalia County in northern West Virginia...
    Preston County in northern West Virginia...
    Wetzel County in northern West Virginia...
    Fayette County in southwest Pennsylvania...
    Greene County in southwest Pennsylvania...
    Westmoreland County in southwest Pennsylvania...
    Garrett County in western Maryland...

    July 20, 2013

  • Tim V.

    * until 415 PM EDT

    * at 1212 PM EDT a line of thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall
    was sagging southeast across the region. Rainfall over one inch has
    occurred with some of these storms and an additional inch of more of
    rain into early afternoon with likely cause minor flooding of
    streams and creeks. Precautionary/preparedness actions...

    July 20, 2013

  • Tim V.

    Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the
    roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross
    safely. Move to higher ground.

    In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are
    potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to travel across
    flooded roads. Find alternate routes. It takes only a few inches of
    swiftly flowing water to carry vehicles away.

    Please report high water by calling... [masked]-1988... posting to the
    NWS Pittsburgh facebook Page... or using twitter @nwspittsburgh.

    July 20, 2013

  • Tim V.

    92.9 pittsburgh radio station reported storms to occur after 5 pm, as of 3:30 p. so far no storms. use your own judgment come time to start heading out this way. it's only an 11 mile drive for me.

    July 20, 2013

  • Kodiak F.

    Actually looking at the latest future radar it looks like there'll be a small nasty pocket right at 7:30 but after that it looks fairly clear:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/kbuwns3h9uo4nl6/Screenshot%20-%2007202013%20-%2003%3A19%3A44%20PM.png

    July 20, 2013

    • Kodiak F.

      Wind is easterly so you can see it should remain clear afterward if the radar is to be trusted.

      July 20, 2013

  • Kodiak F.

    I'm thinking about heading out just a little early so that I can scout out the place and maybe get a little pre-rain paddling in just in case it turns bad. Anyone else with me on that? My # for calls or texts is[masked]

    July 20, 2013

  • Kodiak F.

    Looks like the front will cross Loyalhanna Lake from 7pm - 10pm. I don't see any way around this - anyone else have interpretations of how the weather should play out?

    July 20, 2013

  • Buddy S

    I watched the 1100 pm Friday weather forecast for Saturday evening. The chance of severe weather is just too high for me to enjoy being on the water. So I'll pass on this nocturnal adventure and hope there will be another one in August.

    July 20, 2013

  • Tim V.

    the weather will be changing for the weekend, a front moving thru. don't know how it will impact us.

    1 · July 18, 2013

    • Kodiak F.

      If there is a lot of rain in the lead up to this one is there risk of the inlet creeks flash flooding or anything?

      July 19, 2013

    • Tim V.

      no. we would have to get an awful lot of rain for that to happen. the lake is located in floodplain terrain. water spreads out. flash flooding would occur farther up in the watershed where the topography is more vertically intense, starting at Latrobe and going up the watershed into the Chestnut Ridge Gorge, Ligonier Valley, Laurel Ridge.

      July 19, 2013

  • Tim V.

    i expect to be off the water around 11P, give or take. i'll be doing Steve's meetup on Sunday so don't want to make too late a night of it. Gerry made a comment that made me think of doing a meetup at loyalhanna lake that will start before sunset, and go into the night with a camp fire on the shoreline after dark. i know a few good spots for shoreline campfires.

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Kodiak F.

    I think I can make this one!

    July 18, 2013

  • Kodiak F.

    You mention current - are there strong inlet & outlet currents or underwater ravine currents on the lake? Does it seem like it would be sketchy to attend if I've not been to this location in the daylight or paddled any other location in the dark before?

    Thanks again!

    July 15, 2013

    • Tim V.

      no currents where we'll be, above the dam, in the waters and backwaters of the lake.

      July 16, 2013

    • Gerry

      A BIG OOOPs. My older daughter advised me last evening that Crabtree fireworks are this coming Saturday evening so I may not be on this float afterall as I try to spend as much time with my daughters as I can. If the float gets rescheduled I'd very much like to go. Tim, how late were you planning on being on the water?

      July 17, 2013

  • Gerry

    Should I bring some hotdogs to burn over a campfire?

    July 16, 2013

  • Jennymonster

    Awesome concept: would love to join yinz sometime

    July 16, 2013

  • Tim V.

    glow sticks will suffice

    July 15, 2013

    • Gerry

      It'd be interesting to duct tape glow sticks to the side of the boat, below the waterline to see if they'd attract fish but I'm not sure I'd want to see BIG fish

      July 15, 2013

  • Kodiak F.

    Thanks Tim. My plan is to use the standard Stern pole light that it seems everyone is using, a Black Diamond Storm headlamp, and a cheap LED or glow stick on the bow for now until I devise an amber / orange LED of some sort that hopefully will be directional away enough to not kill my night vision.

    July 15, 2013

  • Tim V.

    i have seen PA Fish and Boat Commission patrol boats use glow sticks.

    July 15, 2013

  • Tim V.

    or a glow stick necklace :-)

    July 15, 2013

  • Tim V.

    any lantern style LED light will work if you can figure out a way to attach it to the boat.

    July 15, 2013

  • Tim V.

    i use flat bottomed LED camping lights. i use little bungee cords to attach them to the deck cords.

    July 15, 2013

  • Kodiak F.

    What bow light are you using?

    July 14, 2013

  • Gerry

    Tim, per our phone conversation earlier today I'm hoping to go on the moonlight cruise.

    July 14, 2013

  • Sherry M.

    Tim, I will be camping at Keystone and am interested in the moonlight kayak trip. I will try to be there.

    July 13, 2013

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