Past Meetup

"WELCOME SPRING" PADDLE up Simpson Creek

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Simpson Park

1234 Marshall Rd · Valley Park, MO

How to find us

Meet at the boat launch ramp near eagle nest. Directions in writeup, but I think the map is going to work. It looks right to me.

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Details

It's time to pull the kayaks out of storage and hit the water for a cold weather paddle.

We will be paddling up "Simpson Creek", the little feeder creek by the eagle nest. Lots of debris jams, usually, and some sticks and rocks in the water, so our little Intex kayaks cannot go here. There are no stopping points/beaches, but it's a totally secluded little paddle. Up and back, we come back the same way we go out. If we can't get through log jams, we can paddle the lake. But we shouldn't have any problems with our Driftsuns...they go through most anything.

NO INTEX GREENIES ON THIS ONE! Good place to sink them.

SAFETY MEASURE: Be sure that you inflate your kayaks at home before the paddle, to check for leaks. Leave it inflated for a day or so. A necessary thing for spring first paddles, after your kayak has been sitting around all winter.

NO FIRST TIMERS. We'll have beginner paddles when water warms up.

On cold weather paddles, humans must wear their pfd at all times. We don't need hypothermia issues. Dogs, as always, must wear theirs at all times. Be sure you have appropriate clothes for weather, the water will still be very cold. Be especially sure that your feet stay dry.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS ARE DIFFERENT THIS TIME: We will meet at the boat launch ramp, near the eagle nest. You will take Marshall Road, as usual. The road to the ramp parking lot is immediately easy of the levy "tunnel" on Marshall. There is a sign there for MSD Sewer District (or something like that). I think the road actually is called Grand Glaize Road, but not sure about that.