5th Annual Bavarian Oktoberfest Paddle and Beer

This is one of my favorite night paddles. We meet at the large boat ramp(closest to rte 19) and paddle to the dam, and then return past the boat ramp and paddle to the remote area where we usually see a lot of wildlife. Plan to paddle for about 2 hours total, and then we drive a short distance to Canonsburg where we will have reserved parking at my office, and 1/2 block away is Octoberfest. They are expecting 40,000 - 50,000 people this weekend. This used to be held at Station Square and was moved to Canonsburg about 10 years ago.We can sample some wonderful German  brews and eat great food, and enjoy live music.  If you arrive later than 6:00, just look to your right and you will see us going to or coming from the Dam, so you can still join us if you are late.  Since it will be getting close to dusk it is a good idea to have a light with you.  If you are a beginner and need paddling tips, please be there at 6:00. PDF's are required.  There is a bathroom at the lake, and there is a bathroom at my office you need to change.  This is always a fun night.

 

Canonsburg Lake is about 1/2 mile south of Donaldson's Crossroads in McMurray as you head south on Rte 19. The lake is on your right and is located behind Damon's (which is now closed)

If you think you may need my cell #, please e-mail me and request.

 

Note time of departure is 6:00 p.m..  so you need to arrive before that to unload boat and be ready to go.  But if late you will still be able to join us since we will be visible on the lake and will be returning back past the loading ramp.

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  • JoAnne

    Thanks for a great start of a wonderful weekend. Beautiful weather after the few raindrops on Friday . It was great to meet new paddlers and catch up with some old ones ;)

    September 16, 2012

  • Ben Schneider

    It was fun. Met some nice people, got a bit of a workout, had a beer, and a sandwich. Got dark and a bit rainy but chip said it would rain. I would like to do it again in the light.

    September 14, 2012

  • Gary (BYRDMAN)

    Great night for a paddle. We had a little rain but it cleared up, and enjoyed all the wild life. turtles, geese, ducks, fish, and great blue herons. I also enjoyed Oktoberfest.

    September 14, 2012

  • Chip

    40% chance of rain. We're there even if it's raining. The boats are already wet. The Norwegians have a saying: There's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.

    September 13, 2012

    • Gary (BYRDMAN)

      I find the weather forecasters, to be 60% wrong and I actually enjoy a paddle in the rain. If there is lightning, then that is a different story and paddle is cancelled.

      September 13, 2012

    • Chip

      I certainly agree with that.

      September 14, 2012

  • Al

    Anyway to meetup in Canonsburg after the paddle? I'm worried about leaving my gear on my roof while at the octoberfest.

    September 12, 2012

    • Gary (BYRDMAN)

      The fair is only 2 blocks long, so we can be found. I also bring my bike chain lock and it adds some protection

      September 12, 2012

    • Ben Schneider

      Dodie and I have it all worked out.

      September 13, 2012

  • Ali

    Have a great paddle Gary!!

    September 12, 2012

  • Chip

    Linda and I live close, so we will probably be on the water early, if anyone wants to join us, great.

    September 12, 2012

  • dodie

    anywhere to rent a kayak?

    September 12, 2012

    • Gary (BYRDMAN)

      no rentals, but Ben said he has extra kayak.

      September 12, 2012

  • BOB "TOOLS"

    WISH I WAS GOING TO BE IN TOWN FOR THIS! MY BAD, I WILL BE IN BALTIMORE!

    September 11, 2012

  • Ben Schneider

    Gary, I have been wanting to get the kayak wet for a long time. This sounds close so I am going to try to make it. If someone would like to give it a try, I can bring my loaners as well. Ben

    September 11, 2012

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