Thursday, September 8, 2016

Paddling trips Sept 10-11

From Mary Wimmer mwimmer@hsc.wvu.edu / cell 304-685-5270
Reminder about Saturday, September 10:  Lejay Graffious, our expert birding friend, is going to represent the WV Highlands Conservancy as we hold a joint MAP-WVHC Paddling Trip as a pre-WVHC 50th-Anniversary celebration.  Starting at 9:00 a.m. from the new Van Voorhis Landing launch (which WVHC helped fund), we will paddle north toward the Ft. Martin Power Plant, a great wild section of the Mon with an impressive band of wetland vegetation on river left, like I have not seen anywhere else along the Mon.  Right now, the showers have moved into the afternoon, so we should be OK.  Bring rain gear just in case, and sunscreen and snacks/lunch and PLENTY TO DRINK (a hot day forecast).  Garbage bags can help keep towels, food, etc. dry.

Sunday, September 11 from 1-4, MAP is co-sponsoring a kayaking event described in Jenny Selin's following press release:

"Try It, Kayak and Paddle Board Event on the Mon River, sponsored by Rivertown Program, Morgantown Area Paddlers (MAP), Try This Mon County, BOPARC, and WVU Adventure WV Program.
Try kayaking and paddle boarding this weekend!  Head to Morgantown's waterfront Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Kayaks and paddle boards will be available for your use at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Amphitheater docks in Morgantown through the WVU Adventure WV Program and BOPARC.
This is designed as a try it event where friends and family, neighbors, business owners, students and faculty can try out a kayak or paddle board on the Monongahela River. Bring a parent or guardian if you are under 18.
A Kayak Convergence will occur at 3:30 pm -- those trying kayaks and those who bring their own boats will converge behind the amphitheater for a group photo.  Please use the Walnut Street Boat ramp to launch your own boat.
This event showcases active recreation on the Monongahela River, promotes river opportunities and adds a river event to the River Town Program in our area.
All skill levels and beginners welcome! Come down to the river to play!
Jenny Selin

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