For 2010 we have established Thursday Night Kayaking & Canoe Training events. Every Thursday night we will be putting in at various parks around the Madison area. We will paddle up to couple of hours and then break. Events are for beginners and intermediate skilled paddlers, giving you an opportunity to strengthen your skills for longer events that normally take place on weekends. I’ve found good maps of the waterways in and around Madison. And, I’ll be referring to launching points based on these maps. The maps are found at (http://www.capitolwat...) I personally have not been to most of these locations but will scout them prior to scheduling. If you have a favorite spot, give me a call or e-mail. Our first concern for Thursday night is safety (calm water/low wind), ease of access, and a scenic area. We want to be on the water for about 1-2 hours.
This weeks event will launch at Tenney Park County Locks, point #19 on the capitol water trails map http://www.capitolwat... and exit at point #20 Yahara Place city park (where the Yahara River merges with Lake Monona or exit at the Starkweather Creek/Olbrich Park ramps (not listed on the map). Tenney Park to Yahara Place is about one mile. It is approximately 3 miles to Starkweather Creek/Olbrich Park. This agenda meets our Thursday night criteria, and will give us experience on a heavily traveled (but very safe) river and some lake paddling. Weaker paddlers should exit at Yahara Park, Stronger paddlers should do all three miles. My plans are to drop off my boat at Tenney Park at 6:00pm and drive my boat trailer over to Olbrich Park. Drop off the boat trailer and return to Tenney Park by 6:30pm. We'll have someone available to watch over the boats at Tenney Park while we move our vehicles to Olbrich Park. We should be able to get this event in by dusk. Madison Police patrol both areas regularly so your vehicle is safe. Both facilities have piers. Please remember to bring an extra set of clothes, gloves, hat, shoes, life vest, eye wear, flashlight, fluids, snacks, and any other safety equipment needed. Put your phone and camera in a watertight bags as they don’t work well when wet. I’ll have a phone along for safety purposes. Please let me know if you cannot swim or are a poor swimmer or have any physical handicaps. Well-behaved children are welcome. The landing does not have a bathroom. The launching area is on the East side of the river.
If poor weather is forecasted, I’ll post a cancellation notice at 5:00pm on Thursday. Excellent weather updates can be found here http://www.weather.co...
There are no rentals. It's warming up, remember your fluids. We can stay out to dusk.