Enjoy a leisurely paddle on Cowan Lake. We will check out the progress of the lotus, watch the sunset and paddle under the 98% illuminated Sturgeon Moon. The paddle will be approximately 2 hours and distance will be decided by the group.
The August full moon is often called the Sturgeon Moon in North America. The Sturgeon Moon harks back to when some Native American tribes knew that this large fish roamed plentifully in the Great Lakes and Hudson Bay. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.
This year, the August full moon full moon also gives us this year’s closest supermoon. As measured from the centers of the Earth and moon, the moon lies 356,896 kilometers (221,675 miles) away. The moon and Earth won’t make such a close encounter again until the full moon of September 28, 2015, at which time the two will only be 19 kilometers closer together.
Note: I will be camping all weekend at the Cowan Lake SP campground and will be meeting you at the ramp without my car.
Camping Option: You are more than welcome to get a campsite and join me. I will be exploring the creeks and lake all weekend if you would like to get in extra paddling or if you would like to come by and enjoy a campfire.
We will meet promptly at 7:30 PM and unload boats at the ramp. We will do a check of the Lotus blooms and then head out toward Austin Island and watch the sun set.
If you are running late, please call. I will provide my cell number closer to the event time.
We will push off from the shoreline no later than 7:45 PM.
We should be out of the water 10:15 PM + or -.
Expect to spend about 2-2.5 hours on the water.
This paddle is suitable for paddlers with flat water experience. You must be 18 years of age or older and sign the liability waiver. Its not a hard paddle, however there are obstacles to maneuver.
• What You See
Birds, wildflowers, wildlife, sunset and the moon.
There are restrooms available a short drive from the boat ramp.
Bring water and snacks.
A boat that tracks well would be ideal, but not necessary. This is a flat water paddle and a recreational boat will do well.
**** LIGHTING ****
You are required by state law to have a minimum of a white light on the rear of your kayak. You should also bring a headlamp for your safety and to help you move about in the dark.
• What to Bring
PFD / hat / water / sunscreen / bug spray / dry clothes / dry shoes / dry bag / towel and safety equipment. Be prepared.
PLEASE NOTE: I am not your guide. I am a friend to paddle with that has provided you with group companionship and kayaking opportunity.
**** US-68 is CLOSED at I-71!!!! Here are alternate directions taking Ohio 73 ****
Directions on Google Maps
From I-71 and Ohio 73
Head east on Ohio 73 E 5.9 mi
Take the US 68 ramp to Xenia/Wilmington
Turn right onto US-68 S/N South St
Continue to follow US-68 S 6.8 mi
Turn right toward OH-350 W (signs for Ohio 350 W) 400 ft
Take the 1st right onto OH-350 W 1.4 mi
Turn right onto Beechwood Rd 0.7 mi
Turn left 0.2 mi
End at parking lot for Cowan Lake Beechwood Rd Boat Ramp
Coordinates: 39°22'50.3"N 83°53'08.1"W
IF YOU GET TO THE RAMP NEAR THE PONTOON BOATS, KEEP FOLLOWING THE ROAD. THERE IS A SMALL RAMP ON THE RIGHT WITH A PARKING LOT UP ON A SMALL BLUFF OVER LOOKING THE LAKE.
Water and Weather Conditions
Harmful Algal Bloom Advisories
Weather - Wilmington, OH
MAPS AND INFORMATION
Cowan Lake State Park Map
Cowan Lake State Park
LIABILITY WAIVER REQUIRED
I will ask that you sign ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY when you arrive for this event or you can update your profile to indicate your acceptance of the risk. I love you guys, but I love my family more. Additionally, I will ask that you provide emergency contact information that will be destroyed after the paddle.
This paddle will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or unsuitable water conditions.
No guests on the sign up. Just ask your friends to sign up on Meet Up and RSVP to the paddle. In this, we ensure everyone has accepted the liability waiver. This protects everyone on the event.