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New and improved! Check out the link for details: https://www.ccprc.com/1584/East-Coast-Paddlesports-Symposium You can reserve a campsite now. My understanding from the park office is registration for the symposium starts in January.
Paddling Lake Marion is SO different than paddling in the Upstate, or at the Coast. The lake is huge, with plenty of open water, but you can also paddle through cypress forests and swamp. A river on one side of the Santee State Park campground offers sheltered paddling into a cypress swamp. Fishing is supposed to be good. There is also a 50 mile paddle & camp trail that starts at the park for high-mileage paddlers (see link) http://www.swampfox50milepaddleandcamptrail.com . There is something for everyone. Some of our members from downstate may be close enough to come for the day, but the rest of us plan to camp at the park. There are two campgrounds, several miles apart. We will be on Loop A, CYPRESS VIEW CAMPGROUND at Santee State Park. The campground is very nice, overlooking the lake, with some sites facing the lake (these book fast). There is a boat launch in the park, about 1/4 mile from the campground, but we can also carry our kayaks down a small hill to a beach near campsites #43, #45 (our site) and #47 (check the map on the park website). Book your own campsite, or one of the two-bedroom cabins, which are about 1/2 mile from the campground. Costs are very reasonable, and campsites may be shared--two tents per site or one RV and one tent. Check the website for details & reservations: https://southcarolinaparks.com/santee There are also motels a short distance away. This is a very nice and a popular campground, so you will want to reserve early. Check the cancellation policy on the campground site. We had a good group of Greenville Sea Kayakers paddling Lake Marion last year (April of 2018). Everyone said we need to go there again! As always, PFDs must be worn when paddling.
Kayakers are needed as safety boats for the Oconee Man/Oconee Woman Triathlon. The 1.2 mile swim portion of the event begins at South Cove County Park on Lake Keowee, and kayakers will be positioned along the course to provide alert eyes and ears for swimmers who might need assistance. There will also be lifeguards and rafts with emergency medical personnel. This event is a worthy cause to support, as it raises funds for charity. We would like to have a coordinator from our group to serve as the contact person for the race organizers. If you are willing to be that person, please comment below. PFD and whistle are mandatory for all kayaks. The better rigged your boat is for rescue, the more useful you will be to a swimmer in need of a temporary handhold. Please respond early, so that the triathlon organizers will be able to make their safety plans. Please reply to Charlotte Waters at [masked]
REGISTRATION for the Traditional Paddlers Retreat (TIPS) is now OPEN! This instructional event for sea kayakers will be held May 17 - 19 and again will take place on Lake Greenwood using the great facilities at Fellowship Camp and Conference Center. Although the event has a strong emphasis on traditional paddling, all are welcome to join us and explore different facets of kayaking. There will be ample equipment for those unfamiliar with Greenland paddles, skin on frame kayaks, etc to try. Guest mentors this year are Anders Thygesen and Jannie Heegaard, both from Norway, and Dubside, from everywhere. Look for different and fun approaches to teaching and learning rolls, strokes & maneuvers, kayak touring and more. A pre-event paddle making workshop will be on Thursday, led by Anders, who will bring with him lovely Norwegian Spruce to carve. The remainder of the weekend will offer a plethora of activities including Greenland rope exercises, rolling, rescues, kayak ballet, games and competitions and yoga. One low price of $295 includes instruction, two nights lodging, 6 meals, and lots of fun. Please go to our website, http://traditionalpaddlersretreat.com for more information and updates.