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Kiser Lake: Camping & Cookout - Hike, Bike & Paddle
How To Sign Up: To sign up for this event you may RSVP "yes" here but to be confirmed for this event and receive updates and the location you must sign up and make a donation of $15 at this link: What: Camping Weekend, Saturday Cookout & Campfire Activities: Hiking, Bicycling, Kayaking & More! When: September 21 - 23, 2018 Where: Kiser Lake (35 miles north of Dayton) Come join the fun with your fellow Happy Campers and Dayton Hikers friends for a weekend filled with fun activities and friendship. Come for the day, come for the afternoon or come for the whole weekend! Kiser Lake is a short drive from Dayton. A Dayton Hikers member has a rustic cottage near Kiser Lake and has graciously volunteered to host this event on her 30 acre property. Photos from last year's event: About Kiser Lake: The quiet and relaxing atmosphere of Kiser Lake State Park makes it a favorite Ohio getaway. 531 acres of rolling wooded hills and diverse wetlands add to the beauty of this scenic 396-acre lake known for its clean, clear waters. The gently rolling wooded hills, serene lake and fascinating wetlands offer an inviting contrast to the surrounding farmland. Note: No motorized boats are permitted on Kiser Lake. Map Link To Kiser Lake: Camping: Bring your tent or pop-up camper! There are plenty of flat, grassy, shaded areas for camping. A large campfire ring and firewood are provided. Feel free to camp one or both nights. Flush toilets and drinking water from a well are available at the nearby rustic cabin. Donation: To confirm your intent to participate there is a required donation for this event. The donation is $10 now and increases to $15 on September 1. All money will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Girls. The Pink Ribbon Girls provides meals, housecleaning, transportation to treatment and support to individuals with breast cancer free of charge. They serve Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus. No refunds. How To Donate By Check: Mail a check payable to Andy Niekamp and mail to 1515 Cordell Dr, Dayton, Ohio 45439. Include your first name, last name and your Meetup profile name (example: "Joe Z"). When your check is received you'll be added to the "going" list. The expenses of this event are being paid for by the Donating Members of Dayton Hikers. Tentative Schedule of Events: FRIDAY: 3:00 pm - Event Begins. 4:00 pm - Kiser Lake State Nature Preserve Wetlands Hike. This is an easy, 1.5 mile hike, to explore the unique remantns of Ohio's last glacial period. The wetlands at Kiser are in the form of fen and wet meadow habitat. These areas were formed when blocks of ice broke away from the glacier and became covered by sand and gravel. As the climate warmed, the ice melted and left a depression filled with water surrounded by glacial deposits. These areas are filled with many intriguing plants including pitcher plant, sundew, tamarack and spruce. 7:00 pm - Sunset Paddle. Bring your kayak or canoe and enjoy an evening paddle trip on Kiser Lake. Be in the water by 7:15 pm. Sunset is at 7:35 pm and the boat launch is only a half mile away. Ample parking is available at the boat launch. Ohio DNR requires your vessel to display an electric white light that gives sufficient light to be seen by other boats in time to prevent a collision. A battery-operated waterproof lantern will suffice. Decorate your kayak with lights! Mine will be decorated with pumpkin lights. At night this will look neat. Life jackets are required. Afterwards - Campfire, star gazing and relaxing. SATURDAY: 7:30 am - Pancake Breakfast. Fill your tummy with yummy pancakes and real maple syrup. Get energized for a full day of adventure. Look for other breakfast food to be served as the menu firms up. Coffee on the house! Hosted by (volunteer needed). 9:00 am - North Bay Trail Hike. Lace up your boots and let's go for a 3 mile moderate pace hike. We'll start at the marina and follow the north shore to the picnic area. After a short break we'll turn around and retrace our steps back to our cars. 1:00 pm - Loop The Lake Bike Ride. Bring your bicycle and join us for a 14 mile bike ride on back roads. Our route will take us past Kiser Lake in rural farm area as we circle the lake. We'll travel at a pace of 10-14 mph and take a couple of breaks along the way. The bike ride starts and ends from our camping location and is entirely on paved roads. 4:00 pm - Wine Tasting. Join us for a complimentary wine tasting. You'll enjoy this whether you are an established wine lover or a novice. We will serve a variety of wines. You are sure to taste one you like! 5:00 pm - Cookout & Potluck. Dayton Hikers will provide hamburgers, chicken, brats and veggie burgers as well as plates, utensils and napkins. Bring a dish to share (appetizer, side dish, salad or dessert) and your own beverages. Limited refrigerator space is available for your shared dish. Grill Masters: DiAnne & Jeff. Cookout Helpers: (volunteers needed). 6:00 pm - Chocolate Tasting. Immerse yourself in the flavorful world of chocolate. We'll have a variety of chocolates for you to taste! Hosted by (volunteer needed). Afterwards - Campfire, star gazing and relaxing. Note: The schedule allows time to do your own thing. Spend more time hiking, biking riding, kayaking, fishing or birding as you wish! Volunteers Needed! We are looking for a variety of volunteers to help out with this event including cookout and hike, bike and paddle trip leaders. Or pick your own activity and we will add it to the schedule. Kiser Lake State Park & Marina. The park as many amenities including a marina. You can rent kayaks and canoes at the marina. Kiser Lake State Park web site: Important information: This event is held on private property. Sorry, no pets. Ask in advance about RVs. This an adult only event. Bring your own lawn chair. Bring your own drinking water. Well water available. Bring a folding table if you have one. Table space is limited. Bring a dish to share for the Saturday cookout. Bring your own drinks and adult beverages. Bring a trash bag and pack out your own trash. The rustic cabin does not have trash pickup service. Indoor flush toilet available. No indoor shower. Depart no later than 11:00 am on Sunday. The location of the private residence, a map and directions will be emailed to participants. If you have any questions, comments, ideas or suggestions please email Andy Niekamp at [masked].

Kiser Lake State Park

4889 North State Route 235, · Conover, OH


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