HCC Sea Kayak Announcements

3rd Annual New Buffalo to Michigan City Sea Kayak Paddle

posted Jun 11, 2012, 5:59 AM by james sprandel

The information from the NWIPA Web Site on the Saturday, July 7, 2012 New Buffalo àMichigan City Paddle.

The HCC has 4 campsites reserved at Dunes State Park for Friday and Saturday night (booked back in January). Tom, Mark and I have made these reservations and each site can accommodate up to 2 vehicles and 2 tents so we can handle up to 8 people at Dunes (assuming that no one shares tents). We still have space for 3 more tents on these sites so get back to me if you will want to camp with us at Dunes State Park. Camping would be available down the road just South of Michigan City if we fill up.

Sunday Morning – we typically go out a for 2-3 hour paddle along the lake (just because we’re there.)

If you just want to paddle on Saturday – that’s cool to. Whether you just paddle Saturday or want to paddle and camp with us as well, please RSVP to Maggie Byrne to let her know that you coming. margaret_a_byrne@yahoo.com

You can monitor Lake Michigan Wave/Wind condtions in this area at: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/product.php?site=iwx&product=NSH&issuedby=iwx
If Lake Michigan gets too interesting, there are several lakes slightly inland that we can play on.

Jim Sprandel

3rd Annual New Buffalo to Michigan City Sea Kayak Paddle

When: Saturday, Jul 7, 2012

Where: Launch at Galien River in New Buffalo (map)

Description: Lake Michigan Water Trail - New Buffalo to Michigan City Sat Jul 07, 2012

Paddle a segment of the Lake Michigan Water Trail and enjoy the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline on this sea kayak paddle of 15 miles. This includes 5 river miles on Galien River & Trail Creek.

We'll begin on the Gailen River as it winds through the Louis Sima Wetland Preserve. Then head west along the Lake Michigan shoreline to Michigan Cty, with a lunch stop at Long Beach.

stop 24. Then up historic Trail Creek to finish at Hanson Park in Michigan City. Launch - Galien River - DNR Public Access Site (PAS) - Red Arrow Highway north of I-94 Exit 4 - New Buffalo MI Take Out - Trail Creek - Hanson Park PAS 100 East Street - Michigan City IN Link to Paddle Route www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=480854

You will be asked to sign a liability waiver for the insurance carrier. There will be no charge for this event, but a $5 donation to NWIPA will be appreciated.

Paddle Time Line

EDS / CDS 10:00 / 09:00 - Meet for Shuttle @ Red Arrow PAS or
EDS/CDS 10:15 / 09:15 am - Caravan to Stage Vehicles at Take Out, return to launch site
EDS/CDS 10:55 / 09:55 am - Safety Review at launch
EDS/CDS 11:00 / 10:00 - Start Paddle
EDS/CDS 05:00 / 04:00 - ETA - Hanson Park Paddle Planning


Wear a Fully Secured Pfd while on the water, for your safety and the safety of the group.
Dress for Immersion & appropriately for weather. Carry extra set dry clothing in waterproof bag.
Bring Appropriate Safety Equipment & Gear. And know how to use it.
Shuttle – All paddlers should meet at the launch site at or before 9:00 am CDT. Participants are responsible for transporting themselves and their boats. Car pooling & shuttling help alleviate parking limitations at the access site. Someone will remain at the launch with the equipment. Joining the caravan prior to the paddle will facilitate staging vehicles at the take out and shuttling drivers back to the put in. After the paddle, there will be a shuttle of drivers back to the put-in to obtain their vehicles.

There may be Parking & Access Fees at some public access sites.
BBL - Bring Your Own Brown Bag Lunch, Snacks & Drinking Water.

Lake Michigan Water Trail Paddle Events are for paddlers who have a reliable self rescue, the ability to paddle in 2-4 foot waves and are using a 15 ft or longer kayak with deck lines, permanent bulkheads or flotation and carry appropriate safety equipment (and know how to use it).

R.S.V.P. Please R.S.V.P. one of our Coordinators: Leader / Safety Coordinator - Maggie Byrne margaret_a_byrne@yahoo.com
Ken Stelter vp@nwipa.org - 219-448-1382 TillWePaddle@hotmail.net - 269.330.1040 Paddle

Safe Risk Assessment - Your “Go-No Go Decision” should be based on the weather, water, your skills, training and experience, with the understanding that: a. You are engaging in an activity with inherent dangers, b. You accept & acknowledge you are participating at your own risk.. You are responsible for your own safety and to use your own judgment. This plan may be modified because of weather, water or group dynamics.

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Brooksville Lake Paddle - Sat. April 21

posted Apr 7, 2012, 8:54 AM by james sprandel

Bob Moore will be leading a paddle on Brookvilles Lake on Saturday April 21– save that date on your calendar.  Full details for that trip are on Page 6 of the April Newsletter.

Almost Full - Introduction to Paddling Class – Saturday, April 14, 2012

posted Apr 7, 2012, 8:53 AM by james sprandel   [ updated Apr 7, 2012, 9:24 AM ]

 This will be our first class of the year and is aimed at newer paddler.  This class is almost full.   As of April 7, there are only 1 slots open so contact me ASAP if you are interested.   Details for the class are in the Newsletter or on the Bulletin Board at:  http://www.hccbulletinboard.org/forums/showthread.php?t=4498

I will post details for the May 5th ACA L3 Sea Kayak class here, to the IND_TOURING_KAYAK list \ and to the Bulletin Board within the next week.

Monthly Sunday Afternoon Paddle - Sunday, April 8, 2012, 1:00 pm

posted Apr 7, 2012, 8:51 AM by james sprandel   [ updated Apr 8, 2012, 3:50 PM ]

Our next Sunday Afternoon Paddle on Geist will be held Sunday, April 8 at 1:00 pm.   The weather should be okay since they are calling for cloudy (10% chance of rain) in the afternoon.  It will be windy (10-20 mph) so it could be interesting
- Time: 1:00 pm - Ready to launch
- Where: Geist Park - Geist Park is located on Fall Creek in the headwaters of Geist Reservoir and the entrance is located just south of the intersection of 113th and Florda Road. If you have a car GPS, the address is: 10979 Florida Road, Fortville, IN. Map to Park: http://g.co/maps/kdpff

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