What we're about

Goal: The only sound is the water lapping against the side of your kayak. Undisturbed waterfowl watch you glide past. Perhaps osprey or bald eagles dive for fish. We glide over sparking clean waters while being surrounded by great scenery and at the end of the day perhaps enjoy a campfire dinner and socializing. Sometimes we go down a river, but not intentionally on any significant white water.

We are not the typical just show up and go type of MeetUp.

Transporting kayaks or canoes typically requires coordination to get them to a distant site and, for river paddling, to arrange enough shuttles. (Two of us own trailers which can often carry an extra boat or two to a site.) Small local events can work with only a few days notice, but river trips depend on at least two vehicles, one at each end of the trip. Complicated events require advance planning (such as reserving places with a commercial sea kayaking company for February adventure in Belize or Florida). Thus members in our group must be reliable; After signing up for an event, if something arises you may change your indicated RSVP, but otherwise we expect people who have signed up to follow through.

Now for some details ... then on to trip descriptions and photos of past events. :)

Costs: Because we incur costs of paying for this site and for sometimes renting campsites or other misc. expenses, in early 2016 we began charging via a "Season Pass" for $15 for a calendar year which can be paid via most credit cards through this MeetUP site. "Season Pass Members" get an extra benefit of being invited to an end of the season evaluation discussion and social event Visiting paddlers are welcome to join us, as are beginning paddlers or others wishing to just try us out, via a $5 fee / contribution per event basis (paid in cash when arriving at an event - the credit card processing fee does not make sense for such small amounts). Participants in events usually manage miscellaneous costs among themselves, such as chipping in for gas for the drivers. There is an automatic free trial period when signing up; you can decide later whether to become a Season Pass member.

The Leadership Team & what it does: Running this site and planning trips is a group effort by about six volunteers. Suggestions and offers to help are always welcome! We put together about a dozen local one day paddling MeetUps each year. In 2014 we organized a week long sea kayaking adventure in Baja (Mexico). Only 3 of us ended up going, but it was great! We swam with 20' long whale sharks (largest fish in the world), snorkeled with sea lions, camped in tents for a week on an island beach with tropical fish only a few feet away and in the evening sipped margaritas while watching formations of pelicans wheeling in the air and dive bombing into the water for fish. In June of 2015 and again in 2017 we did a four day paddle on Montana's Smith River (for which it is difficult to get a permit). We tried to arrange sea kayaking in Belize for March 2016, but we just could not coordinate vacation schedules with enough members to make it work ...but it's a go for April of 2018 ! (We also hold some fun planning parties.)

For everyone's safety and liability protection, we ask that you read and accept the following two items.

Safety:

We focus on easy paddling, flat water trips, but we may encounter occasional mild rapids or strange currents or fallen trees or snags. We ask that members be alert to potential hazards and paddle safely and responsibly. Usually we paddle in a group; if some want to go in a different direction, that's fine but we suggest using a buddy system. We urge everyone to follow safety regulations and guidelines, please see our Safety tips in our Pages section. As with any athletic or outdoor event, an accident could happen and everyone should take precautions for their own safety and have appropriate insurance. Please know that this MeetUp group is simply a series of individuals temporarily coming together for a specific outing; while some people volunteer to organize events or this website, this is not a formal organization and each person is responsible for his/her own safety and obligations.

Legal Waiver and Release of Liability for participation in all events:

In consideration of the risk of injury while participating in Bozeman Sea Kayaking and Canoeing (the "Activity"), and as consideration for the right to participate in the Activity, I hereby, for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, assigns, or personal representatives, knowingly and voluntarily enter into this waiver and release of liability and hereby waive any and all rights, claims or causes of action of any kind whatsoever arising out of my participation in the Activity, and do hereby release and forever discharge past and current members of “The Leadership Team” of Bozeman Sea Kayaking and Canoeing, located in Bozeman, Montana 59718, their affiliates, managers, members, agents, attorneys, staff, volunteers, heirs, representatives, predecessors, successors and assigns, for any physical or psychological injury, including but not limited to illness, paralysis, death, damages, economic or emotional loss, that I may suffer as a direct result of my participation in the aforementioned Activity, including traveling to and from an event related to this Activity. “The Leadership Team” are those persons shown on the Activity’s Meetup site page and originally including Geoff Goodman, Steve Hample, et. al.

I AM VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THE AFOREMENTIONED ACTIVITY. BY MY RSVP, I AM PARTICIPATING IN THE ACTIVITY ENTIRELY AT MY OWN RISK. I AM AWARE OF THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH TRAVELING TO AND FROM AS WELL AS PARTICIPATING IN THIS ACTIVITY, WHICH MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, PHYSICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURY, PAIN, SUFFERING, ILLNESS, DISFIGUREMENT, TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT DISABILITY (INCLUDING PARALYSIS), ECONOMIC OR EMOTIONAL LOSS, AND DEATH. I UNDERSTAND THAT THESE INJURIES OR OUTCOMES MAY ARISE FROM MY OWN OR OTHERS' NEGLIGENCE, CONDITIONS RELATED TO TRAVEL, OR THE CONDITION OF THE ACTIVITY LOCATION(S). NONETHELESS, I ASSUME ALL RELATED RISKS, BOTH KNOWN OR UNKNOWN TO ME, OF MY PARTICIPATION IN THIS ACTIVITY, INCLUDING TRAVEL TO, FROM AND DURING THIS ACTIVITY AND RELEASE THE ORGANIZERS, CO-ORGANIZERS, MEETUP.COM, ANY AND ALL PEOPLE FROM ANY LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY.

I agree to indemnify and hold harmless “The Leadership Team” and Bozeman Sea Kayaking and Canoeing meetup group against any and all claims, suits or actions of any kind whatsoever for liability, damages, compensation or otherwise brought by me or anyone on my behalf, including attorney's fees and any related costs, if litigation arises pursuant to any claims made by me or by anyone else acting on my behalf. If “The Leadership Team” and Bozeman Sea Kayaking and Canoeing meetup group incurs any of these types of expenses, I agree to reimburse “The Leadership Team” and Bozeman Sea Kayaking and Canoeing meetup group.

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I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE CAREFULLY READ THIS "WAIVER AND RELEASE" AND FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS A RELEASE OF LIABILITY WHEN I RSVP TO ANY

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BOZEMAN SEA KAYAKING AND CANOEING EVENT OR ACTIVITY. I EXPRESSLY AGREE TO RELEASE AND DISCHARGE “The Leadership Team” and Bozeman Sea Kayaking and Canoeing meetup group AND ALL OF ITS AFFILIATES, MANAGERS, MEMBERS, AGENTS, ATTORNEYS, STAFF, VOLUNTEERS, HEIRS, REPRESENTATIVES, PREDECESSORS, SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS OR CAUSES OF ACTION AND I AGREE TO VOLUNTARILY GIVE UP OR WAIVE ANY RIGHT THAT I OTHERWISE HAVE TO BRING A LEGAL ACTION AGAINST “The Leadership Team” and Bozeman Sea Kayaking and Canoeing meetup group FOR PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.

To the extent that statute or case law does not prohibit releases for negligence, this release is also for negligence on the part of “The Leadership Team” and Bozeman Sea Kayaking and Canoeing meetup group, its agents, and employees.

In the event that I should require medical care or treatment, I agree to be financially responsible for any costs incurred as a result of such treatment. I am aware and understand that I should carry my own health insurance.

In the event that any damage to equipment or facilities occurs as a result of my or my family's willful actions, neglect or recklessness, I acknowledge and agree to be held liable for any and all costs associated with any actions of neglect or recklessness.

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In the event that any provision contained within this Release of Liability shall be deemed to be severable or invalid, or if any term, condition, phrase or portion of this agreement shall be determined to be unlawful or otherwise unenforceable, the remainder of this agreement shall remain in full force and effect, so long as the clause severed does not affect the intent of the parties. If a court should find that any provision of this agreement to be invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting said provision it would become valid and enforceable, then said provision shall be deemed to be written, construed and enforced as so limited.

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I, THE PARTICIPANT, AFFIRM THAT I AM OF THE AGE OF 18 YEARS OR OLDER, AND THAT I AM FREELY AGREEING TO THIS AGREEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY BY MY RSVP OR BY SIGNING A COPY OF THIS WORDING.

Upcoming events (5+)

Weekend at Canyon Ferry Reservoir near Helena

Canyon ferry reservoir

Dates and times are approximate. Background: Canyon Ferry is so named for ... can you guess? and Cemetery Island? - A dam was created which flooded the small town where an early ferry existed and the only remnant is the cemetery up on its hilltop. The reservoir is near Helena and very popular with two commercial sailboat and motorboat harbors. There is also a public beach, campground and boat launching area. Afternoon winds and sudden storms make for a variety of sailing experiences. (I once flipped my 16' Hobie Cat twice in a row.) Therefore, best idea is to launch in the morning (9:30?) and be back on shore by 2pm. Interesting kayak paddling is limited to the area near Yacht Basin Marina (a fee to launch) where one can paddle out to the island. At low water a long sand bar appears, stretching out from the island, sort of like a coral reef. This trip was originally listed for July, but the water was high and people were busy. So tentatively postponed to Aug 24. Mostly a mellow social time.

Hebgen and Yellowstone Weekend

Lonesomehurst Campground

Placeholder for planned event: PLEASE LEAVE COMMENTS OR CONTACT ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET A CAMPSITE FOR ANY OF THE NIGHTS TO COORDINATE -Paddling and camping at Hebgen Lake thursday night and Friday -Friday eve picnic -Short day visit to Yellowstone on Saturday -possible camping Saturday night as well, depending on interest So far, I have a waterfront campsite reserved for Thursday and Friday nights. If others want to join, can get others including for Saturday night- however, no other waterfront sites available for Friday or Saturday (but as long as we have one, easy to park all the boats there) 2 vehicles allowed per site

Save the date

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Sort of an extra version of the annual Fall event. But at Hebgen.

Red Rock Lakes Autumn Experience

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October 4-6 Drive down Friday afternoon and return Sunday afternoon. You will need camping gear, food, and your boat. Dress for the weather. You might want binoculars and a bird book. Red Rock is about 4 hours from Bozeman, take 287 To Ennis, then 87 for 79 miles more miles to the turn off for Red Rocks Lakes. I did this paddle in October a few years ago, and the colors were fantastic. We saw so many kinds of ducks and other birds it was hard to keep count. We saw elk and deer and one moose. The otters played with us on the channel. The two lakes are on the level, so the channel between them has no current, so it requires paddling for one to the other. On our morning paddle we had very thick fog which gave the start a bit of mystery. Some notes regarding timing of this trip: It is a wildlife / waterfowl refuge and the channel between the lakes and most of the area is closed to paddling during the summer. Hence, we go in the Autumn. By October many of the migrating birds will have left, but fall colors and mountain backdrops should make for beautiful paddling. The refuge is large: 65,000 acres. It is at a relatively high elevation of about 7,000 feet so bring a warm sleeping bag, etc. Location is about 35 miles west of West Yellowstone. Here's the official description: Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge has often been called the most beautiful national wildlife refuge in the United States. The rugged Centennial Mountains, rising to more than 10,000 feet, provide a dramatic backdrop for this extremely remote Refuge in Southwest Montana's Centennial Valley. Red Rock Lakes NWR encompasses primarily high mountain, wetland-riparian habitat--the largest in the Greater Yellowstone Area-- and is located near the headwaters of the Missouri River. Several creeks flow into the refuge, creating the impressive Upper Red Rock Lake, River Marsh, and Lower Red Rock Lake. The snows of winter replenish the refuge’s lakes and wetlands that provide secluded habitat for many wetland birds, including the trumpeter swan, white-faced ibis, and black-crowned night herons. The Refuge also includes wet meadows, willow riparian, grasslands, and forest habitats. This diversity provides habitat for other species such as sandhill cranes, long-billed curlews, peregrine falcons, eagles, hawks, moose, badgers, bears, wolves, pronghorns and native fish such as Arctic grayling and westslope cutthroat. Details will follow as the time gets closer. Vicki Hasler, trip planner

Past events (73)

Annual Moonlight Paddle - SAVE THE DATE!!

Hood Creek Campground

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