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  Official South Bass Island String (OH)
  Posted by: emanoh on Jan-05-13 5:42 PM (EST)

For the 9th year paddlers will gather for the South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous on June 7-9, 2013. More than 100 kayakers fill the state park for a weekend of paddling, eating, socializing and fun. Visit for more info! We would really like to build some more momentum for this year, as we start thinking about the 10th anniversary in 2014!

Attendees make their own camping reservations at Sites are filling fast and kayakers have been known to book the entire park!

Aside from the awesome paddling and paddlers, one of the highlights is the group potluck dinner at the park shelter house June 7, at 7 p.m. Group paddle all day on June 8 and then join in the 8 a.m. breakfast paddle to Frosty's in downtown Put-In-Bay.

We are working on the 2013 t-shirt design and when completed we'll post here, on the website and through our email list. The technical shirts were well received, so we'll go with those again for this year! I still have a few left from last year, email me through this site and you can purchase.

Looking forward to another awesome weekend!

Eric Slough,
aka emanoh

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  site 128...2 people...
  Posted by: old_user on Jan-07-13 9:41 PM (EST)
...see you there.
  Just checked...
  Posted by: ByronWalter on Jan-10-13 5:13 PM (EST)
...and all the sites on the outer loop are already snatched... ugh! Last year was my first time and my inner loop site was plain nasty. Hope something opens up.
  Open sites
  Posted by: emanoh on Jan-10-13 9:31 PM (EST)
Yes, there are always sites that open up at the last minute, either post her or PM me. I try to keep a running list of open sites.

  Thanks Eric
  Posted by: ByronWalter on Jan-11-13 12:32 AM (EST)
I'm up for a decent campsite and will jump if anything turns up. Last year I was stuck besides the old hotel swimming pool ruins and about four feet from the road...

...OTOH I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to meet you and get some water time in with ya.
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-15-13 6:03 AM (EST)
...this back up to the top.
  Thanks Rick
  Posted by: emanoh on Apr-16-13 11:49 PM (EST)
June will be here before you know it. If my intuition is correct, I'll still be packing the dry gear this year, it's still damn cold out there. We'd need some 90 degree days to get things warm for the Rendezvous.
  it can change quickly
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-22-13 12:48 PM (EST)
  SBIKR Update
  Posted by: emanoh on May-04-13 12:28 AM (EST)
Hey Gang,

The 9th Annual South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous is a little more than a month away and I hope you can join us again for another year of great paddling, socializing, eating and maybe some more paddling. It looks like our group will again take over the park and turn South Bass Island into the epicenter of kayaking activities on Lake Erie, June 7-9, 2013

You are receiving this email because you've shared your email with me in the past, attended a past SBIKR or have ordered a t-shirt in the past. If you've gotten a similar email, I'm trying to cover all my tracks with email, Facebook and a number of message boards. By now many of you know the routine, everyone makes their own camping arrangements and unless you paddle over, our big kick off event is the Pot Luck at 7 p.m. A few years ago we moved the dinner to the park shelter house and that seems to work well with a roof, seating and area to spread out the food.

Saturday and Sunday are paddle days and our traditional beach departure on Saturday is 10 a.m. from the SBI State Park Beach. We usually paddle into downtown as a group and then split off from there. On Sunday we paddle to breakfast at Frosty's Bar and leave the beach at 8:30 a.m. Dinner on Saturday is on your own and many eat at camp or wander into downtown.

We have a new t-shirt logo this year and you can find the design at I'm taking pre orders (s-xxl) before May 31 at Please send me your name, size(s) and email address. I'm looking to do the shirts at cost again $10 and I'm still working out the colors, but I will say the logo is cool! I will have a few extra shirts on the island and if I get enough island orders I may do a second run, but I'd prefer to pre-print and deliver at the Pot Luck. If you order a shirt, but can’t make it to the Rendezvous, I can easily ship it to you and we can handle that offline. Shipping runs about $7.

We may also have a special visitor this year. Will Hembree is rediscovering America by kayak as he paddles from NY to Oklahoma. Will is leaving upstate NY on Monday (May 6th) and is going to paddle hard to be at the Rendezvous. Will is filming a documentary along the way and is reaching out to paddlers. You can read more at I might be able to get Will to give a keynote-ish talk at our pot luck. I’m rooting for him to make it in time. He might need help along the way, so reach out to him via his website.

Next year will be our 10th year, so let's build some momentum and completely fill the park next year. I'm working on some special plans to celebrate this milestone. Visit our official website at:

Eric Slough,Toledo, OH
  Camp Sites
  Posted by: emanoh on May-07-13 4:01 PM (EST)
If anyone has camp sites they want to share, give up or need a site, just email PM me and I'll do my best to connect. I can keep a running list.

  t-shirt design
  Posted by: old_user on May-22-13 9:18 AM (EST)
  Official Color Release info!
  Posted by: emanoh on May-22-13 10:04 AM (EST)
Hey Gang, I know many of you have ordered your SBIKR shirts so far and I promised to come up with a cool and pleasing color combination. After taking a number of suggestions ranging from Neon Green to Plaid, I’ve posted a rendering of the 2013 shirts. Go to to see the updated page. We are doing the tech fabric again and I’m selling the shirts at cost for $10. If you haven’t ordered, send me your size, quantity and email to

I have more than 50 shirts pre-ordered (I will print a limited quantity for sale on the island) and I know the state park is booked solid, so I’m thinking we’re going to have another great year of paddling and socializing.

The State Park allows two tents per site and if anyone is willing to share a site, I have a short list of people who have reached out to me. Just email me at the address above and I can connect you. I have a husband and wife from western Michigan who want to visit the islands for the first time and I’d love to help them out.

P.S. if you’ve ordered a shirt and hate the color combo and want to retract your order, just email www.suckitupitisonly$ and I’ll gladly take you off the list J. Just remember, it’s sure to be a collector’s item someday, just like that Journey concert t-shirt you’ve been holding onto for 30 yrs.
  Post SBIKR Event Report
  Posted by: emanoh on Jun-11-13 12:18 PM (EST)
Hey Gang,

Well another South Bass Island (OH) Kayak Rendezvous has come and gone and again I tip my hat to the attendees who make this gathering special. Nine years ago we created this event to showcase the Erie Islands and to meet other like-minded kayakers and I think we’ve succeeded. Mark your calendars next year for our 10th anniversary June 6-8, 2014. I’m working on some special plans for next year’s event and I’d like to break our all-time attendance record of 150!

This year we had a special visitor in Will Hembree. Will is 800 miles into a 2400 mile paddle journey from NY to Oklahoma. Will was excited about making the event because part of his goal is to interact with people along the way so he could share his mission of creating awareness for Veteran and Military MWR programs. Until the Rendezvous he’d seen 12 people total, amongst snow, lots of empty shoreline and this endlessly cool spring. A special thanks goes out to Mark Pecot at 41 North in Cleveland for helping shuttle Will.

At our Friday night potluck we raffled off a “signed” copy of the June Erie Island issue of SK magazine, a SBIKR t-shirt and a gift card. In the June issue we had 4 or 5 of the paddlers pictured in attendance and we all signed it for the raffle! We raised $270 to help Will along the way and towards his goal of sourcing outdoor equipment, volunteers and awareness for Military MWR programs. Will addressed our 100+ dinner group symposium style and talked about his life, the trip, his cause, etc. and took a ton of questions. I will stay in touch to see to see if I can twist his arm to make it back next year for our 10th anniversary to complete the story. Find him on Facebook and follow as he completes his journey.

I do have a Will update:

We traded calls on Monday and a massive thunder/lightning storm pushed him to shore near Port Clinton, OH. He beached his boat and then went looking for a dry place to make a phone call. When he came back his gear was gone and all that was left were drag marks in the sand! Turns out in the matter of 25 minutes all of “this” happened. A good Samaritan called the police thinking a boat had washed ashore in the rain. The police did crack investigative Barney Fife Level work and completely missed the cockpit cover and his paddle with the boat. The police picked up the boat and sent it to their impound lot with everything Will owns inside. The coast guard was called and had begun a search. Of course it’s close to 5 p.m. and they wanted to keep his kayak overnight because it was “quittin time.” In the end and with some unnecessary arm twisting he got his gear back minus some very stressful moments of “my gear was stolen – WTF?” and with the help of another SBIKR paddler he’s back on track.

I also spoke with the SBI Park manager and he had nothing but good things to say about our group. His crew of rangers take a big sigh of relief every time they see our banner go up and they wished we were there 12 weekends per year. When we show up we’re the quietest, most clean, respectful and civil group of campers they’ll get all summer. Those are high marks from the guys in green.

I also have info on North Bass Island camping. This year they just took six fire rings and picnic tables out to their rustic campsites. If you go to the boat dock on the south shore, the campsites are to the left of the dock near the old migrant worker lodging area. Call the SBI park office to reserve sites. There are no facilities, water, etc. at camp, but I think there is an outhouse to the right of the dock. I walked around the far eastern shore of the island for the first time on Saturday and the old school, church, cemetery and abandoned cottages are pretty cool. The island is bigger than you think but very much worth exploring.

See you next year!


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