Wednesday, October 28, 2015

How many kayaks can fit in the lock at one time?

Hi, All.

Below are the details for our Halloween Lockage this Saturday, October 31:

1.   Please plan on being in the water (in your boat that is!) near the downtown Morgantown boat ramp by 12:45 so that we can gather and start paddling toward the lock at 1:00 sharp. 

  • There are at over 25 boaters now, so I would suggest people can start arriving at noon, and enjoy paddling toward the Arboretum and about; just be back at the ramp by 12:45The ramp is at the very bottom of Walnut Street, to the right of Hazel Ruby McQuain Park.
  • Parking is very limited at the ramp (another reason to get there early), so we will be there to help get boats off cars and watch your things so you can go park.  Walnut Street garage is nearby, as well as the top lot at the corner of Chestnut and Pleasant Streets.  Please avoid the parking lots of businesses that are open and need them.

  • Gwen Jones, our bright lime green Dagger Zydeco paddler, will be signing people in so MAP can keep track of our outings.

  • I have attached the lockage instructions again.  PLEASE READ before Saturday.  Key – you must wear a life preserver to go through the lock (and when on the water, period).  Many folks will be new to lockages, but a number of us now have experience and will guide you.  Very gentle and easy!  Only a few boats will tie on, with the rest forming a raft, as our Facebook profile picture shows.

2.   Time-wise, once we complete our lockage to the top of the dam, enjoy paddling around toward Uffington.  You can decide when to turn around for the return lockage, but please do so with at least one other person so you don’t paddle alone.  Chris Linton (red Wilderness Systems kayak with flowers) will be out there guiding so that everyone going back through the lock will have done that well before the lock closes at 3:00.
3.   Saturday's weather just keeps getting better!  High is predicted to be in mid 60's, warming up from a cool night, so wear layers.  I always bring a rain parka along just in case of rain or wind, although chance of rain is very low (like 0% as of this morning!).

4.   I’d suggest bringing a snack and drink.  After our paddle, please consider eating somewhere downtown, and let them know you are there as a MAPer.  I am always interested in our supporting local businesses, and we may need their help in the future.

If you decide at the last minute to show up, please come!  Encourage your friends!  We have a photographer coming, and possibly press.  Let’s enjoy our first major MAP event!  Response has been awesome!  If you have any questions, email or give me a call at 304-685-5270
THANK YOU ALL, and MOTHER NATURE, for making this a success!

Cheers, fellow paddlers!  Hope to see some of you this week, and even more on Saturday.

Mary Wimmer, Organizer
Morgantown Area Paddlers (MAP)
361 Laurel St.
Morgantown, WV  26505

Monday, October 26, 2015

Morgantown Green Team hosts FORUM on Morgantown Water

Morgantown Green Team hosts FORUM on Morgantown Water
Next Thursday, October 29, Morgantown area residents are invited to participate in a community forum called “How Clean Is Morgantown’s Water and How Can We Keep It That Way?”
The forum takes place at the Morgantown Public Library from 6:00pm7:30pm (373 Spruce Street). Parking is available across the street.
Organized by the Morgantown Green Team as part of its Green Nights at the Library, a third forum series will cover recycling on Tuesday, November 10.
For more information, contact Pam Cubberly at 703-463-7643.

Friday, October 23, 2015

State Trees Walk with Jon Weems at WVBG - Oct 25

***Sunday October 25 at 2 pm - State Trees and Fun Facts Walk
Enjoy and learn about autumnal changes on a walk focusing on lore of official state trees. Jon Weems will lead a leisurely walk.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Saw-whet Owl Banding at Valley Falls State Park

Saw-whet Owl Banding at Valley Falls State Park
Saw-whet owl migration is occurring and a banding station will be in place the evening of Oct 30, 31 and Nov 6, 7 at Valley Falls State Park.  Experience begins at 8:30 p.m. Joey Herron conducts this program. Email in advance for meeting location.
Consider staying at Tygart Lake State Park Lodge near Grafton. The Boston Beanery operates the restaurant. The food is great! Make it a weekend and enjoy the Fairmont/Grafton area.
Banding info contact:
Learn about Tygart Lake accommodations

Mountaineer Audubon Bird Walk Oct 17

Oct. 17—Decker’s Creek Trail/Rehe Wildlife Management Area, Reedsville. 8:00 am at the Decker’s Creek Trail parking lot on Route 92 about 0.3 mile south of Route 7 intersection. Leader: David Daniels.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hike to remember Mason-Dixon's end scheduled Oct. 18

Two-hundred and forty-eight years ago this month, the Mason and Dixon survey was halted by Native Americans about three miles southwest of Mount Morris, Pa.  This was about 22 miles short of the team's goal at the present-day southwest corner of Pennsylvania.
To commemorate this anniversary, an annual hike and historic program will be held at Mason-Dixon Historical Park,Buckeye Road, off W.Va. 7, near Core.  The hike to the third and last crossing of Dunkard Creek by Mason and Dixon will be held on Oct. 18.  Pete Zapadka of Cheat Lake, founder of the website, will lead the hike and talk.  Zapadka, a Pennsylvania native, is a retired journalist, historian and lifelong amateur astronomer.  He will guide participants along the banks of Dunkard Creek to the seldom-visted site.
The hike, weather permitting, covers easy terrain and is about 1 1/2 miles out and back.  Participants should gather by 10:30 am in the parking lot next to the park's red barn off Buckeye Road.  Info: 304-879-4101 or go to

BBC Headquarters Chapter Oct. Meeting

From Bill Beatty of the Brooks Bird Club:
To all,
The October meeting is on Tuesday the 20th at the Schrader Environmental Education Center in Oglebay Park.  Doors open at 6 pm...covered-dish supper at 6:30...meeting at 7:15...program at 8.  The program is, Birding Prairies and Potholes in North Dakota,  presented by Mary Grey.
All are welcome.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Moss Walk date changed

Because of the WVU homecoming events the Moss walk with Sue Studlar has been moved to SUNDAY 10/11 at 2 p.m..  Please bring your hand lens and something to write with.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Oct 10 - Locust Spring & Buck Run Day Hike, Laurel Fork Trail System

***Saturday, Oct 10
Locust Spring & Buck Run Day Hike, Laurel Fork Trail System
Rated easy to moderate - Join us for this leisurely hike to the Laurel Fork River.  The hike is approximately 6 miles and will take 3-4 hours.  We will be using Buck Run & Locust Spring Run Trails in the Laurel Fork Trail System.  The trails are easy to moderate using old railroad grades.  There will be several small stream crossings. We will stop by the Laurel Fork River for lunch/snack and to enjoy the scenery.  Conservation topic:  Leave No Trace.  Participants should be able to hike a moderate rated trail and be able to rock hop small streams.  Beginners are welcome.  Please dress for  weather;  bring drinking water and wear sturdy footwear.  There is a vault toilet at the trail head.  We will meet at the Locust Springs picnic area on Forest Road 142 off Rt 28, between Cherry Groove and Thornwood WV.  Sign-up required.
Leader: Brent Carminati, or 703-999-8679
Nearest "city":  Thornwood, WV

Oct 10 Day hike at Valley Falls State Park

***Saturday October 10 Day hike at Valley Falls State Park
Rated moderate to strenuous
Join us for this 7 mile hike at Valley Falls state Park. We will do a loop through the park and stop to see the waterfalls along the way. There are steep , rocky sections that can be difficult. Sturdy waterproof footwear is highly recommended. Contact leader for start time and rendezvous location. Leader: Aaron Vedock, 540-805-0019 or Web info: