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Welcome to Ohio Paddlers. If you enjoy paddling rivers, creeks and lakes, this is the group for you! Keep in mind that paddling involves some inherent risk. Because of this, some paddles may not be appropriate for new or beginner paddlers. You must read and accept our release of liability prior to joining or attending any event. Now, lets go paddling!

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Upcoming events (4)

White Water Rafting Beautiful New River Gorge West Virginia

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We will be camping in New River Gorge Area with New & Gauley Adventures Friday October 12th thru 16th. It is Bridge Day Weekend, Gauley season and the last weekend for whitewater rafting!! Primitive camping, flush toilets, hot showers, bar and restaurant on site. NO PETS!

Saturday Bridge Day is a festival on the Bridge the tallest Arched bridge in the western hemisphere!! 1/2 mile from camp. They shut down the bridge with food and activities including Base jumping and repelling!! Its the only time humans are allowed to walk on the bridge!! We stop under the bridge to watch the base jumper and repelers for about an hour while eating lunch during our Saturday rafting.
New River Gorge has many trails and tons of breathtaking views. Feel like a world away and still have a walmart 10 minutes down the road!!!
I will post more details at a later time.

Option 1...
Cost is determined by what options you choose.
Cost $252 Standard... Camping friday to sunday.
Rafting Saturday morning down the New River (mostly class lll's relaxation with excitement)
Rafting Sunday morning the (Beast of the East class V's Wild & Wonderful) Upper Gauley. Lunch provided for both river trips.
* Option*s rafting the Lower Gauley on Sunday.

option 2...
$148 for the Friday & Saturday camping and Saturday trip on the New River only, with lunch.
Coming in Wednesday or Thursday. $10 a night extra
So reserve your spot for Whitewater Rafting and camping Today!
To reserve your spot please send payment to Sandra Steel P.O. Box 50 Blanchester, Oh 45107 Will except Paypal, Venmo or Cash App. Send payment via family and friends or will not be accepted. paypal.me/steelbuster71 If using Venmo or Cash app please contact me.
Cancellation Policy! Cancellations prior to 45 days prior to your reservation date entitle you to a full refund minus 20% processing fee. Cancellations less than 45 days no refunds.
Wet suits and Paddle jackets will be available to rent.
For those looking for alittle extra. I am going down Wednesday to get some paddling time at Summerville lake and chase some waterfalls and lots of sight seeing!! Cost $10 for each extra night of camping. Those interested please let me know asap! For more details and options.
Limiting this trip. So the first 16 people to get their payments in will take the spots!!! Time is limited because of Bridge Day weekend this trip books up fast!
Sandra Steel
Any Questions or for more info on arriving Wednesday or Thursday and all the extras please text or call[masked]
Liability Waiver – As always, by joining in this you are acknowledging that you have read and agree to abide by the Ohio paddlers liability waiver. You can find this waiver in the Files section of the Ohio paddlers web site.
SAFETY SIGN IN: I will email waiver links!

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Ohio Boater Registrations are Due!

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Hay gang, Spring is just around the corner. This is a post to remind everyone that boater registrations expire on March 1st. To learn more about alternative boat registrations, use the link below.

http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/alternative

Your registration may expire on this date if your expiration year is 2017. Now is the time to check your boat and ensure your are legal prior to hitting the water. Do this early to avoid that nasty visit from our friends at the DNR. They seem to always catch a great number of boaters early in the year as this is something that is often forgotten until the day you are loading your boat for that first paddle of the season.

Again this is a reminder only and not a scheduled Ohio Paddlers event. You are on your own for this one :0)

Onward,
Kenny

Red River Gorge! Kayak, camp and hike!

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We will be heading 2 hrs south of Cincinnati to The Red River Gorge is a canyon system on the Red River in east-central Kentucky. Geologically, it is part of the Pottsville Escarpment.The 13,379-acre Clifty Wilderness Area lies in this intricate canyon system features an abundance of high sandstone cliffs, rock shelters, waterfalls, and natural bridges. There are more than 100 natural sandstone arches in the Red River Gorge Geological Area. www.redrivergorge.com/natural.html

We will be camping at Callie's lake Campgrounds. We will have electric. Bring your extension cords. There are flush toilets and hot showers and fresh water up at the camp store office. We may kayak, fishing is catch n release and swimming in designated area on the lake. Its a beautiful Campground. https://www.callieslakeandcampground.com/

Cost $125 per person includes tent camping and shuttles. Campers are extra $
If you choose to book your own campsite, There is $50 per person shuttle fee to attend. No Refunds!I have to limit the amount allowed to attend. Your spot is reserved when I receive your payment.
You will be put on the waiting list til I receive your payment. With the limited amount of people that can attend I will take the first 25 i receive payment from.
****Please send your payment to :
Sandra Steel
p.o. box 50
Blanchester, Oh 45107
If you prefer paypal my link is paypal.me/steelbuster71
Send payment as Family & friends only or It will not be received!
If you would like to use Venmo or cash app please text me for link.
If you are sending payment thru paypal, venmo or cash app send thru friends and family.

Itinerary is subject to change!

Thursday evening paddle at 41-acre Mill Creek Lake Just a few miles from Camp. Paddling only as motors are not allowed. Fishing is allowed with a valid fishing license.

Friday paddle Red River!! the 13-mile trip that meanders through Red River Gorge. Towering cliffs, outrageous rock formations, and deep forests. A shorter 8 mile Paddle maybe available. Will be determined by water levels!

Saturday Paddle We will paddle 7 miles up the South Fork of the Kentucky River! The rest of the day we will get into groups for hiking!

Sunday?????????
In the past Years we have paddle Thrillsville Caves!! The Gorge Underground is unlike any other adventure you have ever been on! Our guides lead you into the darkness of the Gorge Grotto, through the mountainside for a 90 minute long adventure under the earth's surface. Paddle your way through the grotto in your own boat. A guide will lead the way and explain the history of the cavern and how it came to be flooded. Deluxe tour is 90 minutes with Clear Kayak with LED Lights.
WHAT'S PROVIDED: include all gear needed (boat, paddle, life jacket, helmet, headlamp). You may bring your own.WHAT TO BRING:We suggest you bring a sweater or jacket as the temperature does drop to about 55 degrees once you are inside. Warm SOCKS! Waterproof camera must have flash or your pictures will not turn out.
REQUIREMENTS & RESTRICTIONS:Participants must be at least 40lbs and no more than 300lbs. Each participant is required to wear a helmet and personal flotation device (provided). Participants must be able to safely get in and out of kayak.No special skills are required. No refunds.
I have not heard back for total cost for 2022 season. Will Post for those interested. http://www.redrivergorge.com/adventures/the-gorge-underground/
Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in kayaking the cave (mine). Cost is determined by how many people we have going!!!

Those of us not paddling the cave. We will do a short easy portion of the Red River in Clay City, Possibly hit the museum. Those who want to brave the hike to Pilot Knob after the paddle.

Sunday for Hiking! Natural Bridge, Sky Bridge, Greys Arch, Nada Tunnel Rock House Bridge!! All so Beautiful!!

*** Each day will give opportunities for hiking! Get into small groups and explore the Gorge. Those who would like to lead a few hikes on their favorite trails to share the beauty of the Gorge with others, can get with me so we can plan accordingly.

Meals will be Potluck as we always doing it up right!! Suggestion for Thursday dinner after paddle dinner at MIGUELS PIZZA! A RED RIVER GORGE TRADITION SINCE 1984. https://www.miguelspizza.com/

This is an Adult only Event.
No Guests! All must sign up!
Liability Waiver – As always, by joining in
this event you are acknowledging that you have read and agree to abide by the Ohio Paddlers liability waiver. All attendees are responsible for their own safety not holding any responsibility to the trip organizer. Trip Organizer has the right to refuse or reject someone from their trip at anytime with no refunds.

SAFETY SIGN IN: Everyone will sign in before
launching: your name, Emergency contact person and phone number.

Questions text or call[masked]

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Grayson Lake Memorial Day Weekend kayak, camp and hike!

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GRAYSON LAKE!
You’ve probably heard the stories about Grayson…
and they’re all true.
This place is beautiful and the waterfalls are spectacular.
But you have to get there at the right time of year
and May is waterfall season. Close to 100 waterfalls to see.
Come on down,
It’s always worth the trip!!
Rain and Waterfalls - This is really good for the waterfalls at Grayson. I'm hoping for quite a show.
Weather and Go / No Go - Since all of the camping reservations are locked in (on my credit card), this event goes on...rain or shine. And that means your camping commitment is also firm...show or no show. If it's gonna be wet, bring your rain gear. That just means the waterfalls will be even more spectacular...a show you wouldn't want to miss.
We will be camping at Grayson Lake State Park. Site #25,26 & 27
Tent Spacing - It's first come - first served. But, let's be courteous so that everyone is comfortable...especially for late comers who are working on Friday. *** Lots of trees for Hammocks!***
Where – The put in for Friday, Saturday & Sunday will be determined. Possible river paddles! Maybe a cave tour! Hiking!! Possibilities are endless!!
COST: $65 PP Tent, $95 for Camper. Currently I have 3 spots for campers. ** I have this posted on 2 other meet up sights. Spots will fill up fast. Space is limited. If you book your own camp site there is a $30 fee to attend.
Your spot is reserved when I receive payment.
SEND Payment to Sandra Steel P.O. box 50 Blanchester, Oh 45107
I accept Paypal, Venmo or Cash app. Send payment via family and friends or will not be accepted. paypal.me/steelbuster71 If using Venmo or Cash app please contact me.
Questions call or text[masked]
RSVP Deadline – Since camping will be involved, This is Peak season to see the waterfalls. no refunds
What To Bring – PFD / sun hat / warm or cold weather clothing / water / sun screen / bug spray. Lunch will be on the water each day. We will find a beach/grassy area to get out! Cameras and musical instruments for fun filled evenings around the camp fire.
Camping gear and something to share at group meals. You Do not need to bring food to share every meal!! Bring your lunches and snacks.
Potluck – Dinners -We will do Themed meals closer to the date.
No Restrooms at boat ramps. Do it before you get there or get to know the chipmunks in the woods.
Experience – You will spend up to six hours on the water on both Saturday and Sunday but the paddling will be leisurely. Expect to cover about 10 miles each day so if this is within your capabilities, then you should be fine.
BOAT SIZE- As always, we recommend nothing less than 12 feet, we will launch and return to the same ramp, so a 10 footer is doable! you will have to work harder than me!
Firewood: Everyone can bring in firewood! I would suggest getting it before you get to camp as the campgrounds is pretty pricey and small bundles.
Liability Waiver – As always, by joining in this event you are acknowledging that you have read and agree to abide by Ohio Paddlers liability waiver. There be an emergency contact list sign up before each paddle. All attendees are responsible for their own safety not holding any responsibility to the trip organizer. Trip Organizer has the right to refuse or reject someone from their trip at anytime with no refunds.
Dogs - I love Dogs! Dogs are always welcome with respect to all others, specially during meals times and be on a 6ft leash.

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Caesar Creek River Paddle

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