This event is an absolute BLAST!!! We will be doing the Eby Launch to Belvidere Park float. The float will be around 4 hours, or little longer. For those of you who went on the July 28th float, this is the same float, (we did that one in just over 3 hours without a stop), but may be longer because of a slower current.
It is about 1 h 15 min (90km) from Kelowna, depending on were you are driving from. Meet at 10:15am at the Visitors Center next to the bridge in Enderby. PARK IN THE LOT BEHIND THE VISITORS CENTER, so everyone is together, makes it much easier.
We will depart promptly at 10:30am. We will take all the larger vehicles with everyone and their floats to the Eby Launch site, it is about a 5 minute drive. There we can blow up our floats. The launch site is VERY small, when you are ready with your float, you may have to put it in the water, and stand beside it and hold onto it until everyone is ready to go. Once we are finished our float, (we finish back at the Visitor Center), a couple people who left their cars at the Visitor Center will drive all the drivers of the cars left at the Launch site to get their vehicles.
Bring some rope if you want to tie up to someone. You have to keep a watch out for tree stumps in the water, some of them are sharp and could poke a hole in your float. And stay away from all the tree stumps by the side of the river.
Bring your float, sunscreen, and water. Make sure to pack yourself a lunch. We will not be stopping at the sandbar for lunch as last time, half of those floating, could not get over to the sandbar, and it would also extend the float time by a half hour. We will just eat our lunch on our floats.
At the end of the trip, when you see the bridge, that is where you get out, on the left hand side, just before the bridge. You MUST be over to the left side well BEFORE you get there!!!
A dry bag is very useful to keep your important items dry. Short paddles (or half of a kayak paddle) are very useful for navigating your float. Or a Frisbee will work, best to punch a hole in it and tie it your float so it doesn't float away on you. I would NOT recommend going without a paddle or Frisbee!
From the website: "Everyone on the river is required, by law, to carry and/or wear a life jacket/PFD and whistle. It’s also against the law to have open alcohol while on the river, but you’ll still often see people drinking. The police do patrol the river to enforce these laws. To have a great float, make sure to bring lots of water — you’ll quickly get dehydrated! — and sunscreen. "
YOU MUST HAVE A LIFE JACKET WITH YOU!!! On the last float, one person's float punctured and two others flipped, but they were all wearing life jackets, so no problem.
If you want to try finding someone to carpool with, leave comments in the message section below.