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I'm going to drive from the east coast to the NW over the next week or two. I will be carrying my sea kayak, and would like to use it en route. I've spent some time on bing/maps looking at the route, which generally follows I-90, and trying to pick off some paddling/camping spots. Here are my candidates, separated by about a day's drive.
Lake Erie, Maumee Bay, OH
Mississippi, Brownsville, Mn
Missouri, Chamberlain, SD
Thought I'd post here and see if there is anybody that might be in those areas and want to join in a paddle. If so, drop me an email.
Further west, it looks like there are so many opportunities I don't need to plan much.
I'd love to make a paddling over nighter in Yellowstone, but it is summer and maybe that is not realistic with the crowding. Feedback on that notion is welcome. Maybe there are spots in the Grand Tetons that are not as busy?
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Posted by: guideboatguy on Jul-09-12 12:53 PM (EST)
Hey Chip, it's not likely that your timing would be right that I could join you, but I thought I'd mention that the part of the Mississippi River a very short distance south of your "target town" is an especially nice place. A rough guesstimate is that there's nearly 100 miles of navigable backwater channels along the ten-mile stretch of river below the dam at Genoa, Wisconsin. The main channel will be busy on weekends with speedboats, but secondary and smaller channels are pretty tranquil at all times.
Posted by: alan_gage on Jul-11-12 3:56 PM (EST)
Depending on what kind of water you're looking to paddle you might be interested in paddling the Missouri below the dam at Yankton, SD. It's actually a national park and one of the few stretches of river left that's supposed to be somewhat close to its natural state. It's wide, twisty, and has LOTS of sand bars. Much of the rest of the Missouri along there is reservoirs or channelized.
Posted by: Booztalkin on Jul-12-12 11:24 PM (EST)
Dipped a paddle in Lake Erie today, and hope to paddle on the Miss. tomorrow. GBG, I think I am going to stick with Brownsville, just because it is closer to I-90.
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Posted by: robcasey on Jul-14-12 1:16 AM (EST)
When you eventually get to the NW, some tips..
Posted by: Booztalkin on Jul-17-12 9:31 AM (EST)
Thanks for listing those paddling spots, Rob. I hope to hit one or more.
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Jul-15-12 12:50 AM (EST)
I did a day trip in Yellowstone in early August -- Lewis Lake (elevation 7800') up the Lewis River to Shoshone Lake. You can camp at Shoshone overnight. It didn't look crowded to me and I don't think I saw another boat, but I wasn't checking the campsite situation for the day trip.
Posted by: Booztalkin on Jul-17-12 9:27 AM (EST)
I was hoping to get an evening paddle in last night after arriving in Grand Teton. Instead, spent the time trying to comply with the parks invasive species rules. Apparently, I was supposed to have the boat inspected when I got here. You'd think that would have been mentioned at the entry gate, especially since I asked about boating, not to mention sea kayak on the roof. Then while getting a back country permit I heard about boat permits. $10. And I had to sign a document saying I'd comply with the rules on preventing spread of invasive species. How to do that? Ask at the Marina.
Posted by: emanoh on Jul-24-12 1:09 AM (EST)
If you're coming back through Ohio, look me up for a paddle through the islands in the western basin of Lake Erie. 45 miles east of Toledo. Send me a PM.
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Posted by: emanoh on Jul-24-12 3:24 PM (EST)
Check out the Riverside Kayak Connection website. They have some really cool guided tours through and around Detroit. The drive is not far if you're passing through Toledo on the turnpike.
Posted by: Coulter on Aug-08-12 9:22 PM (EST)
I live 10 minutes from Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay in Pennsylvania. Give me a holler if you want to stop by. I-90 is only 15-20 minutes from some great paddling.
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Posted by: booztalkin on Sep-02-12 2:16 AM (EST)
I've returned home after 50 days of traveling, ostensibly to take a week-long kayaking trip from Kyoquot Sound on the West coast of Vancouver Island.