Newb to paddling
Posted by: oldschoolboy on Mar-25-13 11:48 AM (EST) Category: Canoes
I would like to start day canoe trip with my family. The children are 1 and 3 currently. We are close to the Catawba river and are looking to paddle between the Mountain Island Dam and the Lake Wylie dam. When my wife and I have been kayaking a couple of times before the water was calm. Is it calm most of the time (class 1 or less)? And would this be a good place to start with the family?
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Posted by: g2d on Mar-25-13 12:29 PM (EST)
the canoeing experience to be carrying very young kids on rivers. We started our kids at about 1.5 to 2 years, first on small lakes, then on easy whitewater. By that time, I was paddling class 3+ regularly, and my wife and I were doing class 2+ regularly.
Posted by: bushwacker on Mar-25-13 12:52 PM (EST)
Posted by: oldschoolboy on Mar-25-13 2:59 PM (EST)
Thanks for your input so far. Encouragement and concerns are always welcome.
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Posted by: Celia on Mar-25-13 3:06 PM (EST)
Posted by: bushwacker on Mar-25-13 3:32 PM (EST)
The link I sent you will give you real time stream flow data. Check the river at different flow rates and soon you will know the conditions based on the data
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Posted by: guideboatguy on Mar-25-13 7:40 PM (EST)
Posted by: guideboatguy on Mar-25-13 6:08 PM (EST)
Posted by: glendorado on Mar-25-13 3:52 PM (EST)
agree about not bringing the babies the first run. Even on lakes if the wind picks up you can find yourself in whitecaps really fast. Doesn't take much to flip over if weather conditions change on you. I also like the chase boats idea (if you do decide to bring the kids with). Also, what is the water temp there right now?
Posted by: oldschoolboy on Mar-25-13 4:00 PM (EST)
I don't know anyone else who paddles in the area currently. And I also wasn't planning on paddling for another month or two. The only classes I can find are for whitewater canoeing and I am just looking for relaxing flatwater canoeing similar to tubing.
Posted by: lmilstead22 on Mar-29-13 8:45 PM (EST)
there are a few meet up paddling groups in the area. Check those out. I did, and found what I wanted, a group that likes paddling in Charlotte area.
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Posted by: jackl on Mar-25-13 4:14 PM (EST)
but what you need to do before you go out is check the wind.
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Posted by: g2d on Mar-25-13 10:48 PM (EST)
its proper loading range, high wind or gusts can cause it to weather vane into the wind, or blow around and skate downstream.
Posted by: oldschoolboy on Mar-26-13 7:41 AM (EST)
Thank you for everyone that posted. I will take all the suggestions into consideration.