We discussed making the 3rd weekend in October the yearly time for the Rendezvous. Typically the colors are nearing peak and temperatures moderate. Showers at Pulltite? Who knows, the NPS is controlled by idiots, 'er, "Bureaucrats" in Washington D.C. without a clue. Maybe, maybe not. If we get a little "Ripe," who cares (LOL)!
So, how about it? October 17-21?
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Go with it|
Posted by: vic on May-09-12 8:53 PM (EST)
Although I have a conflict this year I think we should stick with the decision we made at the Spring Rendezvous.
+1 more vote|
Posted by: mississippi_dan on May-09-12 9:03 PM (EST)
for October 17-21 at Pulltite. I missed last two due to various schedule conflicts.
Posted by: LoneStarKayaker on May-10-12 4:14 PM (EST)
If I had my choice I would choose the second weekend of October. This is when the craft show and Haunting In The Hills occur and I like the option of playing tourist while I am in the area.
Posted by: wildernesswebb on May-10-12 8:56 PM (EST)
2nd weekend would be fine with me and better for Vic. So, Anyone for the SECOND WEEK INSTEAD?
Posted by: vic on May-11-12 12:07 AM (EST)
I guess it's a good thing this thread started so early. It may take us a while to agree on the dates.
Posted by: yakjak on May-11-12 2:23 PM (EST)
is ok with me whatever works best for all looking foward to coming
Posted by: kayamedic on May-11-12 6:17 PM (EST)
My truck might make it. Toyota is rebuilding it. There was a safety recall and they have to replace the whole frame at their expense. Hence I ought to have almost a new truck with 300,000 miles.
I would prefer the third week|
Posted by: pblanc on May-11-12 7:12 PM (EST)
over the second. There is an established canoe Rendezvous at Raystown Lake in Pennsylvania that I sometimes go to which is always the second full weekend in October.
Stick with original decision.|
Posted by: PamThePaddler on May-13-12 9:44 AM (EST)
When this was discussed, we knew that dates weren't going to work for everyone but that we were going to set dates and stick with them. What was discussed was first of May for Spring and third week of October for Fall, I personally say that is what we stick with. It seemed like for folks who had to "plan" ahead preferred that we set something in place so they always knew what week it would be.
I agree with Pam|
Posted by: vic on May-13-12 2:43 PM (EST)
Although the third weekend in October may not work for me this year, I feel it is importent for us to set a standing date and stick to it - especially for those who have to get vacation dates approved.
Posted by: osprey on May-15-12 8:45 AM (EST)
Have no preference on dates, nor feel the right to a vote, BUT whatever is decided will go on my calendar and be defended. After all the years of wanting to, I'm coming. Will dig out the sunshower!
Posted by: wildernesswebb on May-15-12 10:45 PM (EST)
Looking forward to another member of the Texas contingent!
Bump and revive discussion|
Posted by: vic on Jun-05-12 9:53 PM (EST)
I posted this to provide a bump to revive the discussion so that we land on a final date.
My vote is to keep it as discussed.|
Posted by: PamThePaddler on Jun-15-12 5:11 PM (EST)
Fall 3rd week of October
Posted by: sloopsailor on Jun-19-12 3:51 PM (EST)
cant make it|
Posted by: yakjak on Jul-03-12 7:54 PM (EST)
Didnt get vacation in soon enough and that third week is gone but if someone wants to come early and paddle id be available...
Posted by: thebob.com on Jul-26-12 12:39 PM (EST)
Bumping it up past the 0, 1, 2 or 3 reply threads.
Looks Like That Line....|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Jul-26-12 1:25 PM (EST)
Well Terry ...|
Posted by: vic on Jul-26-12 2:52 PM (EST)
maybe you just have to dance harder. I've increased my rain dancing to twice a day and last night we had 0.5 inches. We also have a 30% chance of thunderstorms this weekend.
I can bring rain|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-27-12 2:13 AM (EST)
We had rain lots at home when I was there. But I should not take credit. After two sunny weeks its raining again but I am in Whitehorse Yukon.
Regarding those clouds ...|
Posted by: vic on Jul-28-12 9:10 AM (EST)
Don't forget to put belly straps and bow and stern tie downs on those clouds when you bring them. Wouldn't want to lose them on the highway.
Posted by: pgeorg on Aug-05-12 12:39 PM (EST)
I've watched the postings of your Ozark outings for a couple of years thinking I ought to try to make one before Father Time lowers the boom on me. This fall may be the one. Are they open to all? Do I have it right that participants camp at Pulltite and then daytrip/shuttle from there? I checked online and it looks as though camp space cannot be reserved, right again?
Been watchin too|
Posted by: bacshortly on Aug-05-12 9:06 PM (EST)
pgeorg, - I was shootin forearly September to do it again - thinking it could be nipply in October. I'm sure its beautiful whenever it happens. I'll keep contemplating... who knows
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Aug-05-12 11:41 PM (EST)
Posted by: pgeorg on Aug-06-12 7:41 AM (EST)
We Have Some Easterners Too|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Aug-06-12 10:43 AM (EST)
Looks like I'll be on vacation with |
Posted by: Yanoer on Aug-27-12 11:52 PM (EST)
my wife that week. And no, she won't be wanting to spend one of the weekends hanging out while I paddle.
Margaret Has a Spare Boat|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Aug-28-12 7:42 PM (EST)
Bring her here and we'll take her paddling with us!
Thanks for the offer, |
Posted by: Yanoer on Aug-28-12 10:41 PM (EST)
but her back can only handle about an hour or so in a boat at a time, so no river trips for her. She's also never paddled on a river.
A Little Rain|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Sep-10-12 10:49 AM (EST)
Weatherman says we're still 150 some days into our drought, but we've had a little rain since Isaac. As of last week, the water was up a few inches, and while not optimum, it's not too low. Kim won't even scrape that pretty little Colden!
Posted by: pgeorg on Sep-21-12 6:05 AM (EST)
When is everyone arriving?|
Posted by: pblanc on Sep-10-12 4:05 PM (EST)
Specifically, is anyone planning to be in the area prior to October 17? I am trying to decide when to get there.
If all goes as planned.............|
Posted by: thebob.com on Sep-12-12 12:07 AM (EST)
But Bob ...|
Posted by: vic on Sep-12-12 8:36 AM (EST)
Aren't you going to have the tea service ready for the Queen of Sheba's high tea when she arrives?
Arriving Oct 17|
Posted by: PamThePaddler on Sep-12-12 5:51 PM (EST)
I (Pam) will be arriving the afternoon of Oct 17th. I do expect that tea service will be set up for me to enjoy, if not there will be hell to pay! Not sure when Rob will be arriving (that is his problem, ok that is a joke, hopefully later that night) as he is unsure if he can get off work or not(thank God someone works and pays the bills). But come hell or high water (rain would be nice) I will paddle, I will drink and I will be merry (I am sure someone will get great pic's of me being merry). Looking foward to others joining me!
best laid plans..|
Posted by: sloopsailor on Sep-13-12 8:35 PM (EST)
Will Miss You Jeff|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Sep-14-12 12:20 AM (EST)
Looking forward to meeting Annie when she's recuperated!
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Sep-21-12 10:52 AM (EST)
Current River Report|
Posted by: PamThePaddler on Sep-23-12 10:09 AM (EST)
Rob and I paddled this weekend on Friday and Saturday. Did a fishing trip, let me tell you fishing sucked but paddling was great and our weather was perfect, except for the darn wind. We did day trips, Friday from Akers to Pulltite and Saturday Pulltite to Round Spring. We never had to get out of the boats, you did have to pick your line carefully. Thursday night the Akers gauge was at .96, rain would be nice. But wildlife was out, tons of King Fishers (sp?), turtles, saw one mink and one eagle, lots of ducks, we couldn't have asked for a better trip, hope we get this weather for Rendezvous. I'm with Terry, there is enough water to paddle, so no worries.
A Little Tidbit|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Sep-24-12 12:30 PM (EST)
Neither put them in cages nor poke 'em|
Posted by: PuffinGin on Sep-25-12 11:00 AM (EST)
with sticks as you sit around the campfire and you guys should be fine. If that doesn't work, you might try some pond-scum camouflage attire.
Question about trippable length|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Sep-25-12 2:46 PM (EST)
For those of us who would have to travel a long distance and who have never been to the Current, how many miles of tripping do you think are available at the reasonably expected water levels.
From Where We Usually Put In|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Sep-25-12 4:01 PM (EST)
About 60 miles of the upper Current and about 130 miles down to the MO/Arkansas line. Plus, the Current isn't the only show in town. At the present low water levels the Eleven Point also will have plenty of water as will several others.
Here You Go|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Sep-25-12 4:03 PM (EST)
I knew I had this somewhere:
Check with kayakmedic|
Posted by: pblanc on Sep-25-12 4:46 PM (EST)
I did a longish too fast trip|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-27-12 10:18 AM (EST)
the river was just barely open due to high water. This was about four years ago..so there is hope of the return of high water.
Best multiday river trip|
Posted by: thebob.com on Sep-27-12 12:01 PM (EST)
In my opinion, the best multiday, river camping trip on the Current is from Cedar Grove to Powder Mill.
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Sep-27-12 4:46 PM (EST)
Really was looking forward to seeing you again, Dragonfly, 'er, Kim (LOL)! Hope to see you next year?
Doggone it too!|
Posted by: thebob.com on Sep-27-12 10:57 PM (EST)
I was in hope that Kim would let me take a test ride in her Dragonfly.
Wish I could come|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-27-12 11:21 PM (EST)
and I could cut class..but we just got home after driving some 12,000 miles around the US and Canada. I cant justify driving another 3500 right now.
Posted by: Boyscout on Sep-26-12 4:56 AM (EST)
I may be able to do a post trip or pre trip on the eleven point.depending on if work picks up. Won't know week from week. But looks like I may be off the week of or the week after the rendezvous. Greer to 142 would be a nice 2-3 day trip. and if you arrive early thereare a few that get to pultite on Monday.
Thanks much. Maybe spring would be ...|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Sep-27-12 6:15 PM (EST)
... better for me and water levels. I hope to be in Florida in April and I'd love to detour north through Louisiana and Arkansas and the western border states where I've never paddled.
A bit confused|
Posted by: pgeorg on Sep-28-12 7:09 AM (EST)
by all the talk of multi-day trips. Just so that I know how and what to pack, are we going to be back at Pulltite camp area each night, or camping along the river?
Well, you can do whatever you wish|
Posted by: pblanc on Sep-28-12 8:03 AM (EST)
so if you want to do an overnight trip you can possibly find someone to accompany you or at least help you out with a shuttle.
Posted by: pgeorg on Sep-28-12 8:14 AM (EST)
I thought that was the way it worked, but the talk of multi-day trips worried me a bit.
Pete nailed it|
Posted by: PJC on Sep-28-12 8:32 AM (EST)
We've done some river camping trips but the problem is the group's gotten pretty big... we just can't count on finding an unoccupied gravel bar site large enough to fit us all. (And high enough - the water levels on those Ozark rivers can change FAST. Wouldn't do to have to put up a post about half of paddling.net being rescued from the treetops.) There's no reason some of us can't break off and do the river camping thing, though. Pulltite is right on the river and offers showers and all the amenities a large group could want. And its big enough to give everyone some space of their own. We usually just take over the more isolated back half of the campground. Logistically it works out better... heck, there are even those among us who are starting to use campers and travel trailers. We must be getting older, eh?
I think so|
Posted by: pblanc on Sep-28-12 8:11 AM (EST)
There was a thread on this board about having the spring Rendezvous be the first weekend in May and the preceding week and to have it on the north fork of the White River which is in far south MO near the state line.
HELP - water off Oct 15th|
Posted by: vic on Sep-28-12 10:05 AM (EST)
We just had our planning meeting for our Ozark trip to be held Oct 13-20.
Are there toilets?|
Posted by: pgeorg on Sep-28-12 3:58 PM (EST)
OK, they may shut off the water. Do they have outhouses or portable toilets or do we lose toilets along with the water.
Not deaf ears|
Posted by: pgeorg on Sep-28-12 4:21 PM (EST)
Posted by: pgeorg on Sep-28-12 7:50 PM (EST)
I Think We Need Volume|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Sep-28-12 10:55 AM (EST)
If we all call headquarters, they may relent. Here's the phone number of headquarters in Van Buren:
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Sep-28-12 11:16 AM (EST)
...and the lady is going to see what she can do. I don't think it would hurt a thing to have a few more people express the same! BTW, instead of waiting to listen to the menu, just press "0" to get to a real person.
Posted by: PamThePaddler on Sep-28-12 11:46 AM (EST)
They have said many of times that the water will be turned off by 10/1 then 10/15, every year it seems to change. Bottom line is it is a 50/50 so just make sure to bring some water with you.
Posted by: thebob.com on Sep-28-12 12:36 PM (EST)
Bring extra water.
I Got NOWHERE|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Sep-28-12 12:37 PM (EST)
Received a call back from the "Communications Director." "Due to staffing, we have to start shutting off water on October 15th." She is unsure what date they will shut off Pulltite's water. I told her that peak fall color is typically the 3rd week and the river sees a lot of weekend use until the end of the month. She says it's out of her hands. So, I will next e-mail our congresswoman. It can't hurt.
Staffing issue my ass!|
Posted by: thebob.com on Sep-28-12 1:46 PM (EST)
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Sep-28-12 1:48 PM (EST)
We Will Not Be Attending|
Posted by: LoneStarkayaker on Sep-28-12 4:13 PM (EST)
We will not be attending this year but instead moving back to Texas at the end of October if things work out right.
Sorry to miss you, but...|
Posted by: TexasLady on Sep-28-12 6:14 PM (EST)
Posted by: LoneStarkayaker on Sep-28-12 9:35 PM (EST)
Can't wait to get my kayak in the river.
Well, My Next Step....|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Sep-28-12 1:04 PM (EST)
I just don't get it.|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-28-12 1:49 PM (EST)
I was flabbergasted that the campground was FREE at a time when it was at least 3/4 full.
Posted by: thebob.com on Sep-28-12 2:11 PM (EST)
And JoAnne will no doubt|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-28-12 3:06 PM (EST)
be very happy to administer a wine enema. The bag is not there for nothing..does it have a little hangy hook?
Posted by: thebob.com on Sep-28-12 5:17 PM (EST)
Received A 2nd Phone Call|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Sep-28-12 6:02 PM (EST)
The lady I'm speaking with seems sincere. She states they will have a meeting Tuesday and discuss the water situation. She also stated that there is a new ONSR Supervisor so he may be amenable to correcting some of the issues I mentioned to her. I don't think a few more phone calls would hurt!
name/email of new director?|
Posted by: TexasLady on Sep-28-12 6:18 PM (EST)
I hate telephones...do you have a name and email address of the new director?
She Didn't Tell Me, Jill|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Sep-28-12 7:16 PM (EST)
Posted by: TexasLady on Sep-28-12 10:28 PM (EST)
Pleading and begging email has been sent.
Posted by: veggieannie on Oct-02-12 12:07 AM (EST)
I usually work most weekends in October....and hate once again to miss a good time on the water and around the campfire!
Posted by: Tazz on Oct-05-12 10:14 AM (EST)
If I remember correctly, they removed the pit toilet when the built the upper showers. Does this mean that we have to revert to nature if the water is turned off. It is a good thing that we are self contained.
anyone hear from the park service?|
Posted by: TexasLady on Oct-05-12 11:00 AM (EST)
I sent an email, and I know others have called or written, but has anyone received an answer or any information that they changed the cutoff date to accommodate us?
Haven't Heard Anything Else|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Oct-05-12 11:08 AM (EST)
Posted by: thebob.com on Oct-05-12 12:11 PM (EST)
I'm surprised that the pit toilet will still be open.......
Posted by: PamThePaddler on Oct-05-12 12:42 PM (EST)
The pit toilet up front was removed when they built the new state of the art bathhouse. There is still a pit toilet in the very back of the campground past the group sites, so you can get a nice little walk in or if you need to get there "quick" you may want to drive - lol.
Posted by: pat2 on Oct-05-12 1:40 PM (EST)
Isn't that one a flush toilet?|
Posted by: TexasLady on Oct-05-12 9:07 PM (EST)
I thought the toilet by the amphitheater was a flush toilet.
Warning - somewhat crude|
Posted by: vic on Oct-05-12 10:01 PM (EST)
Just remember to bring along a little shovel to dig cat holes like on a downriver trip. Not like most of us haven't done that before. When you gotta go you gotta go.
Posted by: ContainerShip on Oct-09-12 6:57 PM (EST)
...do like my 4 year old grand daughter - put a wildflower on top of the filled-in cathole. "There, that looks better!"
Posted by: pgeorg on Oct-11-12 11:38 AM (EST)
I don't imagine that there will be any portaging involved in this rendezvous, but thought I'd better ask. If so, should I bring a set of wheels?
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Oct-11-12 11:52 AM (EST)
Minimal portaging between landing and water and always someone around to lend a hand.
Anyone hear more about water|
Posted by: vic on Oct-11-12 12:41 PM (EST)
Anyone get an answer from NPS about water availability after Oct. 15th. I emailed over a week ago but never got a response, also left two phone messages but never got a response.
Posted by: thebob.com on Oct-11-12 2:22 PM (EST)
Cause everyone is out |
Posted by: PuffinGin on Oct-11-12 2:28 PM (EST)
turning off those valves. It's a tough and labor-intensive job: one worker to provide instruction on which way another should turn the valve (you know: "righty tighty, lefty loosey"), one quality assurance person to make sure it's done following proper procedure, and maybe a supervisor.
Good One, Ginny!|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Oct-11-12 3:41 PM (EST)
Posted by: Boyscout on Oct-11-12 7:46 PM (EST)
Already packed a few packs of wet wipes. A bottle of ship wreck rum for the campfire.
Wow, they must have a lot more |
Posted by: Yanoer on Oct-11-12 11:16 PM (EST)
staff than the IL DNR. We have one person trying to do about five person's jobs, rather than the other way around.
Good new (I hope)|
Posted by: pblanc on Oct-12-12 12:03 PM (EST)
I called ONSR today and was told that the water at Pulltite will be left on until the end of "gigging season", which goes until sometime in January.
Posted by: Boyscout on Oct-12-12 12:28 PM (EST)
Seams that a select group matter to mo DNR. Seams the criteria for them to care. Are horse people , who drink and are loud or those that use motors on their boats. Lets not forget that the are around the current is a good place to neglect your animals x months a year.
Posted by: pblanc on Oct-12-12 3:28 PM (EST)
all you need to do is get a canoe that poops, put a motor on it, and behave like a loud, drunken buffoon and you will be in like Flint.
Posted by: pgeorg on Oct-14-12 6:51 AM (EST)
this morning. Expect to be there Tuesday. Looking forward to meeting everyone and seeing new water.
Posted by: pblanc on Oct-14-12 8:40 AM (EST)
I will arrive sometime Tuesday in early afternoon, possibly sooner, if you are looking to try to paddle Tuesday.
Work Getting In the Way|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Oct-15-12 12:51 AM (EST)
Long story, but will get to paddle Thur, Fri, Sat. Not sure if I'll get there Wed afternoon or Thursday morning, yet.
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Oct-15-12 10:40 AM (EST)
River up almost 6" and supposed to rain Wednesday too. Looks like Wd-Sunday highs in 60's and Sunny.
Just got back from pulltite|
Posted by: Loon on Oct-15-12 6:27 PM (EST)
Water was still on as of this morning Oct 15th. River was in good shape... I'll be heading back down tomorrow morning. Should be there before noon.
Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'|
Posted by: PJC on Oct-16-12 6:38 AM (EST)
See you in about 11 hours.