Our 8th annual Kayakpack Kids' Kayak Day for the kids and grandkids of our Kayakpack Paddle & Pig family members and friends will be held at the Hamilton Creek BMX park area (take the first right turn after turning off Bell Road into Hamilton Creek and follow that road to the parking lot. Turn left when you reach the parking lot, and go to the far end).
The activities will start at 11:00 a.m. and last until 3:00 p.m. This will be a great opportunity for our kids to learn the sport of kayaking in a fun and safe environment, with one-on-one support. We'll supply the kayaks, paddles, life vests, and supervisors ~ our Paddle & Pig friends and family just have to supply the kids! Adults will be posted to keep watch and make sure everyone is safe and having a good time. As always, all kids will be required to wear life vests while kayaking, and at least one parent or guardian must accompany their kids and/or grandkids to this get-together.
In addition to kayaking, we'll provide a lunch of hot dogs, chips, water, flavored drinks and cookies, to take care of the big appetites everyone will work up on the water, plus we encourage attendees to feel free to bring along any side items they want to share with the group and/or any specific drinks they want.
NOTE: The Nashville Paddle Company operates the boathouse at the BMX park ~ they provide Stand-up paddle (SUP) board lessons and SUP and kayak rentals all day long. We encourage everyone attending our Kids' Kayak Day to stay to the far left area of the cove and away from any SUPs or other kayak traffic in the cove, so we don't interfere with any Nashville Paddle Company activities.
Below are photos from some of our previous years Kids' Kayak Days, as well as a map of the location for the get-together.....
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DIRECTIONS: Take I-40 E to exit 219 (Stewarts Ferry/Bell Road). Follow Bell Road to Hamilton Creek (approximately 4 miles). The entrance is on the left, not far after you pass the stop light at Woodland Point. After turning left into Hamilton Creek, you will take the next left (at the gate).
CAUTION: The speed limit in Hamilton Creek is 20 mph, and it IS enforced!
WHAT TO BRING: Bring something to eat and share ~ we don't care what. Anything from chips to chicken to pasta to fruit to brownies ~ we eat pretty much anything!!! It's also a good idea to bring a camp chair, your beverage of choice, AND your kayak, of course!!! If you get there a little late, just put in and start paddling ~ you'll find other kayakers out there. We usually paddle towards the dam (left) after we get out of the marina cove. Everyone is welcome ~ we hope to see you there!
SATURDAY, (Date TBD)
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Upcoming 2018 Kayak Adventures
WEEKLY PADDLE & PIG
PERCY PRIEST LAKE ~ NASHVILLE
SUNDAYS @ 3:00 p.m.
May 20, 2018 - October 7, 2018
Due to low attendance over the past couple of years and increased weekday traffic, Paddle & Pig has been permanently moved to Sunday afternoons. We can't commit to meeting EVERY Sunday of the season, but Carol will send out an e-mail every week, letting attendees know if it's a GO or NOGO for the following Sunday. On "GO" weeks, we will be meeting Sunday afternoon (weather permitting), around 3:00, and paddling off around 4:00 p.m., continuing through mid-September, at Hamilton Creek Sail Boat Marina on Percy Priest Lake (weather permitting).
Shady Lane Cabins & Motel: http://www.shadylanecabins.com
Alley Springs Campground:http://www.recreation.gov/mo/Alley_Spring_Mo/Campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?agency=NRSO&parkId=74053
Circle B Campground: http://www.circlebcampground.com
Jack's Fork Campground: http://www.jacksforkcampground.com/
Two Rivers Campground:http://www.missouriscenicrivers.com/TwoRiversCampground.html
2018 END OF SEASON
PADDLE & PIG LUAU
PERCY PRIEST LAKE
2:00 P.M. - ????
We'll end our kayak season with another Paddle & Pig Luau at the picnic area of Hamilton Creek Sailboat Marina on Percy Priest Lake (the same place we eat our Paddle & Pig dinners). Activities will begin around 2:00 p.m. and will last long after dark. We'll paddle our kayaks out to Luau Island & enjoy the beautiful day with a refreshing swim (weather permitting) then paddle back to Hamilton Creek for a delicious dinner ~ everyone please bring food to share, just like we always do for Paddle & Pig. If it's a little chilly when the sun goes down, we'll have our firepit roaring, so we can warm up as we visit with each other. We'll also have our Tiki Torches burning, which always adds to the "Luau mood"!!! Towards the end of the Luau, we'll release lighted balloons on the lake, in celebration of the end of another fun season of Paddle & Pig!!! We look forward to starting up again in Spring 2019 (the official start date will be posted as the time gets closer, but it'll probably be sometime in mid-May), and we invite anyone who's interested in kayaking to join us then...
CURRENT RIVER - EMINENCE, MO
SUNDAY, June 17th - FRIDAY, June 22nd , 2018
We'll be going on our annual Current River trip on Sunday, June 17th ~ paddling Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, and returning home on Friday, June 22nd. We'll be paddling the upper portions of the Current River again this trip, although the routes for each day are yet to be determined. Most of us will be staying at Shady Lanes Cabins in Eminence, Missouri (573-226-3893 ~ this is a very nice place, and their rates are reasonable). Others will be staying in cabins at The River's Edge or camping across the river at the Circle B campground (links to these businesses are listed below, and also on our River Info page). The following photos are from some of our previous Current River trips.
To find other opportunities to kayak local rivers and lakes, or to make new paddling friends, please check the following kayak adventure club websites for their calendars:
Paddle Adventures *Plus: http://www.meetup.com/Nashville-kayak-group/
Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association: http://www.paddletsra.org/
Oklahoma Flatwater Paddlers: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/flatwaterpaddlersoklahoma/