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New Meetup: Thursday Night Kayaking & Canoe Training - Cherokee Marsh

From: Ron I.
Sent on: Friday, April 23, 2010 10:00 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Madison Kayaking Meetup Group!

What: Thursday Night Kayaking & Canoe Training - Cherokee Marsh

When: Thursday, April 29,[masked]:30 PM

Cherokee Marsh
School Rd Point #4 Capitol Water Maps
Madison, WI 53704

For 2010 we have established the 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. The 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 ( 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), ease of access, and a scenic area. We want to be on the water for about 1-2 hours.

This weeks event will be at Cherokee Marsh, School Road Landing, point #4 on the capitol water trails map ( This area meets our Thursday night criteria, and is always a fun venue. The entrance to the landing is at the corner of School Road and Wheeler Road. The parking lot is gravel and well lit. Madison Police patrol the area regularly so your vehicle is safe. The Cherokee Marsh is a large body of water ideal for canoes and kayaks. Boat speeds are restricted so any power boats must travel without a wake. You may want to bring your cameras as geese, ducks and Sand Hill cranes frequent the area. We will probably see a few fishing boats. If poor weather is forecasted, I?ll post a cancellation notice at 5:00pm on Thursday. 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 in a watertight bag 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.

There are no rentals. It's warming up, remember your fluids. We can stay out to dusk.

It has been suggested we should schedule Token Creek, pt #1 next. I'll scout this area soon.

Ron Inda...245-0836

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