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Wednesday Night Paddle – June 26, 2019

Wednesday Night Paddle – June 26, 2019

Don Pendergrast will coordinate the Wednesday night paddle for June 26. Meet at 5:30 PM at Graehl Landing, we’ll set the shuttle to Pioneer Park, and begin our float around 6:00 PM. We’ll bring along a grill and cook out at Pioneer Park probably just after 7:00 PM. All are welcome, PFDs are required to be worn on the water. No alcohol consumption on the water.
 
Bring your craft, paddling gear, something to grill, and something to share with others. Please contact Don Pendergrast if you are planning to join us so he knows who and how many to expect.
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Reindeer Hills Overnight, June 8-9, 2019

Reindeer Hills Overnight, June 8-9, 2019

For further information and to sign up please email the trip leader, Brad Snow, svaldonza@gmail.com.  Deadline for joining this trip is Wednesday, June 5th.

On the Reindeer Hills Overnight we float the Nenana River between approximately 17-mile Denali Highway and the “Windy Bridge” (the curved bridge on the Parks Highway a few miles north of Cantwell, NOT the high bridge south of Glitter Gulch), starting Saturday, spending the night camped along the river, and taking out Sunday afternoon.

Here’s a description of the river and the trip: The put-in is on the Denali Highway, about 18 miles east of Cantwell. The river parallels the road for a few miles, then cuts north behind the Reindeer Hills, returning to the take-out on the Parks Highway at Windy Bridge. It is a fast-moving, glacial-fed river requiring maneuvering and river reading skills. This section is class I to II-. A set of rapids, perhaps a mile long, starts near where the river turns away from the Denali Highway and is broad, splashy and straightforward, with waves up to a foot high in a clear, wide, unobstructed channel.

The primary challenge to newer moving water boaters on this trip is the numerous bends often populated with sweepers and strainers in fast-moving current, requiring competent river-reading and paddling skills. A decent back-ferry is recommended, as well as suitable cross-current forward  movement skills.  It is definitely a step up from the upper Chena, but far less challenging than the lower sections of the Nenana.  If you are comfortable on the upper Chena and are looking for a change of scenery and a little more challenge, this may be the trip for you.  Its vistas are beautiful, especially on a clear day, and there is a fair chance of seeing moose, caribou, or bear.

Reindeer Hills Nenana River

We will camp either at a site on an island above Bruskasna Creek, or right by its mouth. The Bruskasna site has been popular in the past, but it has become overgrown over the years and the view and possible sun is better from the island.

We could easily have rain on the trip, and the nights can be chilly, even near freezing, though that’s usually more likely earlier in June.  The river water, however, is extremely cold; a drysuit and fleece layering is nice, though not necessary, but rain gear, non-cotton layering and extra clothes are a must.  I’ll bring a large kitchen tarp, cookware and kitchen tools, a 4-burner stove, a groover, and two tables. People should bring snacks, lunch, eating utensils, a cup and a bowl or plate.  We can talk about major meals when I have a clear idea of who is coming.

Please note that all participants must be current members of Fairbanks Paddlers. Memberships can be renewed at https://www.fairbankspaddlers.org/join/ or at the put-in. A major difference from previous years is that now we are purchasing liability insurance for our trips through the American Canoe Association (ACA). This takes a big worry off the minds of those of us who volunteer to lead trips, and we hope it will lead to having more volunteers step forward. However, this does add another level of bureaucracy to our trips, so we hope you will all be patient with that. Each participant will need to be a member of the ACA, either an annual member or a member for a day. Annual memberships cost $25 ( https://www.americancanoe.org/general/register_member_type.asp ). Fairbanks Paddlers is an ACA Paddle America Club so we are on the list of clubs in the drop-down menu on the membership form. ACA members will need to know their ACA number when you show up for our trips. The other option is to become an ACA member for one day, which costs $5. Trip leaders will have this type of membership form at the put-in. Please understand that it is now necessary to be a member of both Fairbanks Paddlers and, at least for the day, the ACA.

Due to prior experience and comments from other trip participants, I am requesting that participants leave their 4-legged friends at home for this trip. Two-legged friends are most welcome.

I will notify participants of the meeting time, place and shuttle plans as the weekend gets closer and folks let me know that they are going.  There will be a designated parking spot on the west side of Fairbanks where people can meet to carpool and leave their vehicle.  We’ll want to leave Fairbanks packed, boats tied on, and gassed by 8am at the latest.  We’ll likely get off the river Sunday afternoon around 3 or 4 p.m., but after running shuttle and loading, plus the 2-hour drive to Fairbanks, plan on arriving home around 7 or 8.

Chena Paddle and Potluck – June 1, 2019

Chena Paddle and Potluck – June 1, 2019

Kick off summer with a paddle on the Chena from Graehl to University Bridge. Catch up with old friend and meet new ones at our Paddle and Potluck meetup on Saturday, June 1.

The past two years our traditional upper Chena Spring Paddle and Potluck has been canceled, as high water, ice, or log jam conditions were deemed unsuitable for less experienced paddlers.  This year we decided to have our Paddle and Potluck on the Chena through town and then have a potluck function at the Chena River Recreation Site Pavilion.

We will meet up at Graehl Landing at 1:00 pm to set up shuttles to the Chena Recreation site.  We will try to get on the water between 1:30 and 2:00 pm and will have a leisurely paddle to the University Bridge takeout. Once we shuttle, we will have our Potluck picnic at the Pavilion.  Bring a dish to share. We will have at least one small propane grill in addition to We have the Pavilion reserved starting at 3:00 pm and need to have it cleaned up and be out of there before 9:00 pm.

Folks who can’t join us at 1:00 pm or who want to float other sections of the river are welcome to join us at the potluck.  New members are welcome. You can join at the event.

Questions? Contact John Schauer after Tuesday, May 28. ( I’ll probably be paddling until then.) 907-460-6290

Chena River Cleanup – May 29, 2019

Chena River Cleanup – May 29, 2019

The Paddlers’ annual cleanup of the Chena River through town is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29 this year. We will meet at Graehl Landing (just upstream from the Wendell Street bridge) at 5:30 p.m., set shuttle to the Pioneer Park landing at Peger Road, and plan on launching from Graehl promptly at 6:00.  Once on the water people travel more or less at their own pace, stopping to pick up trash on the riverbanks. Usually, everybody is out of the water by 9:00 or 10:00.

Cleaning up the Chena River is one of the contributions our club makes to the community of Fairbanks, and is also a commitment we have made to the  Adopt-a-Stream program of the Tanana Valley Watershed Association.  For this activity we are recognized by two nice signs placed by the TVWA near the river at Graehl and Pioneer Park.  Our cleanup is also registered with the American Rivers National River Cleanup campaign.

Trash bags will be provided.  Participants should bring mud boots, raincoat, gloves, warm clothes, extra clothes, mosquito repellent, drinking water and something to snack on as well as some sort of craft to paddle.  Don’t forget your life-jacket!

We will attempt to separate out clean aluminum in separate bags for recycling. We need to take the trash directly to the dump (as opposed to sticking it in dumpsters) so that the Borough can keep track of the volunteer cleanup effort and so that we can report our haul to American Rivers.  My truck will be available for stuffing full of trash at the take-out.

For more information contact Alan Batten at alanbatten@acsalaska.net, or at 488-3205.

Delta Clearwater Day Trip #2 – May 19, 2019

Delta Clearwater Day Trip #2 – May 19, 2019

Our first trip down the Delta-Clearwater on April 20 may have been pushing the season a little bit and several people who expressed interest in the trip had to drop out for various reasons. Therefore, we are scheduling another day trip on Sunday May 19. Most of the waterfowl may have moved on to other places in the interior, but we may still see some. The weather should be a little warmer than it was last month.

Please note that all participants must be current members of Fairbanks Paddlers. Memberships can be renewed at https://www.fairbankspaddlers.org/join/ or at the put-in. A major difference from previous years is that now we are purchasing liability insurance for our trips through the American Canoe Association (ACA). This takes a big worry off the minds of those of us who volunteer to lead trips, and we hope it will lead to having more volunteers step forward. However, this does add another level of beaurocracy to our trips, so we hope you will all be patient with that. Each participant will need to be a member of the ACA, either an annual member or a member for a day. Annual memberships cost $25 (https://www.americancanoe.org/general/register_member_type.asp). Fairbanks Paddlers is an ACA Paddle America Club so we are on the list of clubs in the drop-down menu on the membership form. ACA members will need to know their ACA number when you show up for our trips. The other option is to become an ACA member for one day, which costs $5. Trip leaders will have this type of membership form at the put-in. Please understand that it is now necessary to be a member of both Fairbanks Paddlers and, at least for the day, the ACA. The ACA is an excellent organization that is very effective in promoting boating safety, education, waterway conservation, and river access. It deserves our support.

Parking at the put-in requires either a $5 parking fee to Alaska State Parks, or a State Parks parking sticker on your car’s windshield. These cost $50 and can be ordered online at https://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/passes, or purchased at the Alaska Public Lands Information Center in the Morris Thompson Center or at the DNR Information Center in the woods off of University Avenue and Airport Way. State Parks are in serious financial trouble these days (especially the Delta Junction-area State Parks) and need our support.

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Boat Swap at Beaver Sports – May 18, 2019

Boat Swap at Beaver Sports – May 18, 2019

Find a great deal on used boats or paddling gear, or sell the boats you haven’t paddled for a while!

Fairbanks Paddlers will be working with Beaver Sports to host a Boat Swap on May 18, 2019 under the awning outside the Beaver Sports Boat Shop on 3480 College Road.

  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Bring your non-motorized boats and paddling gear to sell
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Find bargains on “new to you” boats and paddlesports gear
  • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Find out if your gear sold and pick up your unsold items.

15% of sales will be donated to Fairbanks Paddlers. Please price your items accordingly.

If you are a Fairbanks Paddlers member and would like to volunteer to help, please contact Cam Leonard at (907)750-3084

Other questions? Please contact Fairbanks Paddlers at info@fairbankspaddlers.org

Paddling Film Festival – May 10, 2019

Paddling Film Festival – May 10, 2019

The 2019 Paddling Film Festival World Tour comes to Fairbanks on Friday, May 10, at 7:00 p.m. This year the event will be held The Blue Loon, at 2999 Parks Highway.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Seating is limited, and the 2018 event sold out through online ticket sales. No tickets were available at the door. Get your tickets early!

The Paddling Film Festival is an international adventure film tour presenting the some of world’s best paddling films of the year – whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP, action and lifestyle – in more than 120 cities and towns across Canada, United States and around the world.

Fairbanks Paddlers and sponsors selected a full program of inspiring paddling films from the 25 films shortlisted for the World Tour. These feature wild whitewater action, sea kayaking, wilderness river expeditions, packrafting, environmental documentaries, stand-up paddleboarding, and short films capturing highlights of paddling life.

Fairbanks Paddlers is co-hosting the 2019 Paddling Film Festival with local businesses Beaver Sports, Alaska Land Exploration, Alaska Canoe School, Alaska Dream Adventures, Arctic River Guides, and CanoeAlaska.

Advance tickets are $10 or $8 with military ID.   In the unlikely event that the event is not sold out in advance, they will be $12 or $10 with military ID at the door. Kids under 6 are free. Minors under age 21 must be accompanied by their parents as per the Blue Loon’s policy.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Delta Clearwater Trip – April 20-21, 2019

Delta Clearwater Trip – April 20-21, 2019

Break-up is proceeding apace and we can see patches of flowing water in most interior riverways. Fairbanks Paddlers annually celebrate the arrival of spring with a trip on the Delta-Clearwater River near Delta Junction. This area has some of the first water to open up in the Interior each spring, so if our timing is right we may have an excellent opportunity to see many species of waterfowl (including swans) up close. This year the trip will be on the weekend of April 20-21, which is a little earlier than it has been in recent years. As usual, we will have a day trip and an overnight trip. Alan Batten will lead the day trip on Saturday, April 20, and Cam Leonard will lead the overnight trip leaving the same day and finishing up on Sunday. Interested paddlers should contact the leaders, who will send out details later.

Alan’s (day trip) contact info is alanbatten@acsalaska.net, H: 488-3205, C: 378-6384.

Cam’s (overnight trip) contact info is canoecam@gmail.com, C: 750-3084

Please note that all participants must be current members of Fairbanks Paddlers. Memberships can be renewed at https://www.fairbankspaddlers.org/join/. A major difference from previous years is that now we are purchasing liability insurance for our trips through the American Canoe Association (ACA). This takes a big worry off the minds of those of us who volunteer to lead trips, and we hope it will lead to having more volunteers step forward. However, this does add another level of beaurocracy to our trips, so we hope you will all be patient with that. Each participant will need to be a member of the ACA, either an annual member or a member for a day. Annual memberships cost $25 (https://www.americancanoe.org/general/register_member_type.asp). Fairbanks Paddlers is an ACA Paddle America Club so we are on the list of clubs in the drop-down menu on the membership form. ACA members will need to know their ACA number when you show up for our trips. The other option is to become an ACA member for one day, which costs $5. Trip leaders will have this type of membership form at the put-in. Please understand that it is now necessary to be a member of both Fairbanks Paddlers and, at least for the day, the ACA. The ACA is an excellent organization that is very effective in promoting boating safety, education, waterway conservation, and river access. It deserves our support.

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2019 Winter/Spring Pool Sessions for Paddlers

2019 Winter/Spring Pool Sessions for Paddlers

Spring is a great time to get your paddling skills tuned up before hitting the rivers when they are cold, high, and swift after breakup.

There are several opportunities to practice your skills, work on your roll, and have fun with other paddlers at local swimming pools.

  • Saturdays: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Alaska Club, Fairbanks South – $4 pool fee
  • Sundays: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Patty Pool, UAF Student Rec Center – $5 pool fee
  • Mondays: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Hamme Pool, Lathrop H.S. – $6 pool fee

If you bring your own boat, please be sure to clean out all the silt, sand, leaves and rodent nests before bringing it. You can give  it a final rinse with hoses provided poolside.

If you can’t bring your own boat, contact Alaska Dream Adventures in advance at (907) 460-2909. They offer boats and gear at no extra charge and also offer lessons upon request.

 

Alaska Canoe School Courses – Summer 2019

Alaska Canoe School Courses – Summer 2019

Fairbanks Paddlers business member Alaska Canoe School announces its summer 2019 schedule for canoe instruction.

May 17, 18, & 19
River Canoeing Sequence. Three American Canoe Association River Courses linked Levels 1-3.

May 31, June 1, 2, & 3
River Canoeing Instructor Development Workshop and Exam.  This is for experienced cancers who want to become ACA Certified Instructors River Canoe Level 2.

June 5
Introduction to River Canoeing Part 1.  Evening course divided into halves for those who want a course on a week night, Wednesday.

June 6
Introduction to River Canoeing Part 2.  Second half on Thursday night.

June 8
Essentials of River Canoeing.  Day long course.

More courses and custom courses are available upon request.

Women’s Paddling Group events will also this summer.  Contact Alaska Canoe School for more information.

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