A big paddle weekend!

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Mike McMann

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Although the Columbia Canoe and Kayak Club will be well into it’s 2018 schedule with four day trips completed already – it will feature the first weekend with back to back trips on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27. They are as follows.

Creston Marshes on Saturday, May 26. This trip is popular, with 12 boats and one paddle board last year! Paddle through the marshes and two rivers in a five hour exploration of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. By scheduling the trip in May this year we hope to hit high water so if we can’t paddle right over the dikes they will at least be low, enabling short portages. Species we’ll be looking for will be Tundra Swans, Sandhill Cranes, Yellow-headed Blackbirds and some stunning warbler species. Contact Michael McMann at 250-608-4598 for information.

West Arm Entrance on Sunday, May 27. George Wilson designed and leads this picturesque paddle starting at Balfour and across to the west shore of the South Arm of Kootenay Lake. We’ll pass Proctor Falls, aboriginal petraglyphs and stop for lunch at Irving Creek Recreaction Site. Afterwards, if the group is still keen and the wind is cooperating, well explore further along the South Arm shore. For more information call George Wilson at 250-357-2451.

Remember The Basics: Bring your own canoe or kayak, PFD, whistle, bailer or pump, bouyant heaving line, spare paddle, lunch, sunscreen and appropriate clothing. We suggest quick dry clothing, polypropalene if weather is warm and fleece or wool if it’s cool, plus a hat or toque. One or two seats may be available for those who do not have a boat, check with the leader.

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