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Freeport Evening Paddle Allegheny and Kiskiminetas Rivers

Lets meet at 6:15PM at the Freeport boat ramp to kayak for about an hour and a half up the Allegheny and Kiskiminetas River (which comes in on the right just before lock 5) before heading back to our cars by sunset. Paddle less or more if you like.  I'd like to get back to the boat ramp by 9PM, which means leaving sometime before 9:15PM by the time boats are on vehicles. Feel free to turn around sooner if you like- just let us know. This is a beautiful area about 30 miles Northeast of Pittsburgh that I have paddled several times in the evening after work. The scenery gets better the further up the Kiski River you go. Parking is on the street, and sometimes a few blocks from the boat access. I recommend pulling into the boat ramp to unload your boat, and then parking. Do not stay parked on the boat ramp. I am not sure of the sticker requirements- I suspect this is a community and not (PA) boat access. I recommend bringing something to drink, an extra layer if it is cool, and a light (just incase). I should have an extra light or two to borrow if needed.

Written Directions from the Pittsburgh Area
Take Route 28 to Exit 16 (Natrona Heights/ Freeport)- about 25 Miles Northeast of the City. Turn right off the ramp onto Bakerstown Road, then make a left on Freeport Road. Follow Freeport road to the bottom of long hill and turn right onto a bridge crossing over a small creek. I believe it is Buffalo Street. Turn right onto 128 after crossing the Bridge. 128 becomes 2nd street. Follow 2nd Street to Riverside Drive and turn left. The community Boat access will be on the right (within a few blocks). If you get to an intersection where the road turns left and the right road is dirt you've gone a little too far and will have to loop around on the next road away from the river.

Here is some latitude and longitude information that may be useful to those with a GPS. (I do not use one- so I hope this helps)- Riverside Road (exact address unknown) should get you very close (within 0.25 miles of the boat launch). When on Riverside Road look for boat launch- the address here is approximate since this boat launch is not shown on a map, and I selected about where I saw it. Call Mike Ciccone if you have questions at[masked]

The trip will run unless there is lightning. Check weather or call if in doubt.

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Longitude:W 79° 41'[masked]"

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Address:411 Riverside Drive, Freeport, PA 16229, USA

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Sunset: 8:50PM

Civil Twilight: 9:22PM

 

FYI:  This trip has been cross posted with the Butler Outdoor Club and Explorers Club of Pittsburgh

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  • Michael C- A.

    This meetup did not happen. There was no one that signed up around at 6:45 to 7:15pm. I apologize for the delays. I will not schedule any more Monday night paddles until my work schedule stabilizes. For now I'm going to Clinton to scout out a possible future weekend trip. Mike c.

    July 14, 2014

  • Michael C- A.

    Mike ciccone

    July 14, 2014

  • Michael C- A.

    I apologize for the delay. I have been stuck in traffic for nearly 3 hours and based on the traffic leaving Pittsburgh I a likely to be 30 to 45 minutes late ?7 pm hopefully. Please call me at[masked] if you have questions. I left nearly an hour earlier than usual and cannot get around the traffic.

    July 14, 2014

  • Cindy B.

    Changing my RSVP to not going, weather doesn't look too promising.....maybe another time. Thanks for putting this together Mike!

    July 14, 2014

  • Jared

    I’m not going because of storm

    July 14, 2014

  • Mary Jo H.

    I'm in VA Beach

    July 13, 2014

  • Julia B

    I doubt I'll make it.. but I will try

    July 13, 2014

  • Kathy

    Oops, forgot I had scheduled an appt for this Monday evening. Won't see you this week. Hope you are doing more!

    July 12, 2014

  • Victoria S.

    I would really love to go, unfortunately I don't have a kayak. My husband does, anyone know how I can either rent one or borrow one? I can't wait until tax time lol!

    July 10, 2014

  • Michael C- A.

    There is a freeport fish commission boat launch nearby on buffalo creek. I had never used it until last week. Last year people were concerned about sticker requirements so I began using the community boat launch on the allegheny river. I wi. Certainly consider using the fish commission boat launch in the future.

    July 9, 2014

    • Julia B

      I've never had a problem there, even before I had stickers but I can understand people being worried. I just brought it up because of the convenient parking and I cause i like that little spot

      July 9, 2014

  • Julia B

    Im just curious as to why you don't use the kayak/boat launch? It even has of street parking. It would be much easier then launching from the docks

    July 9, 2014

  • Kathy

    See you Monday!

    July 9, 2014

  • Cindy B.

    Michael C, what is your phone number?

    July 8, 2014

  • Cindy B.

    I am free to join your group on Monday the 14th. I know of another person that will be responding to join us also. Let's hope the weather cooperates!! See you in Freeport!

    July 8, 2014

  • Michael C- A.

    This meetup has been rescheduled due to multiple unexpected medical and work delays on my end, and the possibility of severe weather. Note, my phone is working, and you may call with any questions. I will try again next Monday July 14, 2014 at 6:15PM at the same location.

    July 7, 2014

    • Mary Jo H.

      I was thinking it got cancelled but I didn't see an email because you were actually doing it then. Anyway thank you and I wont be able to attend the next 2 mondays even though mondays are good for me. You said you do that paddle often so I would like to know even if you don't post so I can do that paddle. Thanks again Michael.

      July 7, 2014

  • Julia B

    All the weather up here is saying there will be severe thunderstorms starting at 5pm.

    July 7, 2014

  • Michael C- A.

    the river is at flood stage I will definitely try to get an e-mail out more than 2 hours before the scheduled start time). If that happens then I will not show up as it is an hour drive for me. I usually always have a phone, and prefer to communicate by phone, however this is a difficult and unusual situation, and I must get approval at work before I can get a new phone since it is a company phone. I did not want to cancel this trip all together due to possibly not having a phone.

    I don't think a spray skirt is needed. It wasn't needed last week. I just use mine because I have it.

    July 6, 2014

    • Mary Jo H.

      I am 1hr and 40 min. away I will look to see if the event is cancelled before I leave. My kayaks are already on my jeep. I work til 3 but wont leave until 2hrs before and I will keep looking every 30 min. after that.. Just in case. I can always turn around.

      July 6, 2014

  • Michael C- A.

    note- due to the 1000 character limit the previous 2 posts need to be read in reverse order (bottom one than the top one (right below this) to make sense

    July 6, 2014

  • Michael C- A.

    I do not have a phone, and am not sure if I'll get one in time for this trip. I dropped my phone in the Allegheny River while Kayaking. I will send an e-mail out if this is cancelled. I have never cancelled a trip due to weather without actually being at the location which will likely be at or near 6PM. I can send an e-mail out if there is anyone who is not there at that time, but it won't do anyone any good if you are coming far and would likely delay the start time by 15 minutes since I have to turn my computer on. (If there is a severe thunderstorm, or tornado warning or

    July 6, 2014

  • Julia B

    I hope it doesn't storm tomorrow!

    July 6, 2014

  • Mary Jo H.

    I'm trying to get some kayakers from Northwest Pa outdoor group to join us.

    July 4, 2014

  • Mary Jo H.

    Michael I don't need a skirt do I?

    July 4, 2014

  • Mary Jo H.

    Almost a 2 hr drive for me so if you think of canceling call me[masked] 5981. I can turn around if need be. The weather is always different up North on 79.

    July 4, 2014

  • Beverly B.

    If I can make it on time.

    July 2, 2014

  • Michael C- A.

    I will try to do paddles somewhere on the allegheny or Kiskiminets rivers each Monday night until the fall if my work schedule allows.

    June 27, 2014

  • Cindy B.

    I would really like to go on this one, but have another commitment that evening. Is this particular paddle something you do often? Please post again and I hope to make one in the future!! Thanks.

    June 27, 2014

  • Julia B

    This sounds fun.. I might have to join you

    June 26, 2014

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