The Noatak River – A Classic Arctic Voyage
Garrett Jones will present a slideshow and talk on paddling the Noatak River on Thursday, January 28 at Gallo’s Restaurant in Fairbanks.
The slideshow will begin at 7 p.m. Arrive early. A special Mexican Buffet will be available starting at 6:30 p.m. It will include nachos, taquitos, other fun finger foods, as well as beans and rice. The cost is $16 for the dinner. The club will be collecting from attendees who dine and paying in a single check. Please bring cash ($10+$5+$1) or a check payable to Fairbanks Paddlers. Drinks can be ordered separately from the no host bar. Enjoy fellow paddlers, good food, cervezas or a margarita and dream of summer adventures. All are welcome to the presentation and to join the Fairbanks Paddlers’ board meeting starting before the show at 6 p.m.
Continue reading Noatak River Slideshow – January 28, 2016
Don’t let your kayaks, packrafts, and canoes grow lonely this winter. Join paddlers at Hamme Pool on Monday nights starting in January for great exercise, camaraderie, and fun. Keep your boating skills tuned up for break up, or get ready for that spring paddling adventure Outside.
Winter 2016 paddling practice sessions and kayak polo at Hamme Pool begin Monday, January 4th.
Boating nights are scheduled for every Monday from 7-9pm beginning January 4th and running through April 25th, except for the following holidays/scheduled maintenance:
- Monday, Jan 18th for Martin Luther King Jr Day.
- Monday, Feb 15th for Presidents Day
Boating pool sessions have traditionally run through the middle of May. In 2016, Hamme Pool will be closing for maintenance from May 2 through May 30. Don’t wait until may to prepare for playing on icy Alaskan waters.
Paddling skills and rolling practice run from 7:00 to 8:15pm. Pick-up games of kayak polo run from 8:15 to 9 pm. The deep end of the pool usually remains open for skills practice during polo games at the discretion of pool staff.
Bring a helmet if you want to join the paddling polo game. Face masks or full face helmets are recommended.
Continue reading Boating Nights at Hamme Pool – Winter 2016
The weekly Bubble Street Cartoon, by Paul Mason
Fairbanks Paddlers Annual Meeting – Friday, November 6, 2015
At the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 4448 Pikes Landing Road, Across from the Princess Hotel, Off Airport Way
6:00 Doors Open and Gear Swap: Bring your old gear to sell, and get good deals on stuff you need. Suggested 10% donation to FP. More details on the gear swap to follow.
6:45 Potluck and tribute to Jimmy Gaydos – Bring food/drink! We’ll share photos and memories of our late friend during dinner. If you have photos of Jimmy, please bring them.
Jimmy Gaydos in his birchbark canoe – photo by M. Pagel
7:30 Brief Business Meeting – Nominations needed for new board members. Please see below for an important message.
8:00 to 9:00 Entertainment – “Time Traveler in Bolivia: Floating the Headwaters of the Amazon” by Frank Keim. Local paddler and author Frank Keim hiked through the jungle and floated the Tuichi and Alto Beni Rivers in 1968, then repeated the trip 30 years later. He’ll share photos, stories and observations.
This is a callapu, a dual raft that Frank and company used to float the Tuichi River in 1968
An Important Message:
Your club’s Board is concerned about flat or declining membership and increasing difficulty attracting volunteers to lead trips. Because of these trends we’ve been asking ourselves some hard questions. We’d like to have an open discussion of our club’s future at the annual meeting. To prepare, please give some thought to these questions:
- What do I want from my club?
- What function(s) should our club serve for the paddling community?
- What am I willing to contribute to my club?
We are due for a big turnover in Board membership, and need several new Board members. Please consider joining the Board.
We look forward to seeing you at UUFF on Nov. 6!
The 2015 Six-Mile Creek Whitewater and Bluegrass Festival will be held on Saturday, August 8th, 2015 and features extreme mass-start whitewater kayak, pack raft, and POOL TOY races!
The Festival will include five bands (Big Fat Budhha, The Shoot Dangs, Blackwater Railroad Company, Kat Moore and Angelina Moore), a raffle for awesome prizes, and award ceremony, fire spinning and aerial silks, free festival & competition entry, free camping and parking, and good company.
It is also very special because we are having a Viking Burial for our late kayaking friend Xavier Engle.
Event organizer Tim Johnson has started a kickstarter campaign to crowd fund the costs of holding the festival.
More information at : http://timmystoyota.blogspot.com/2015/07/six-mile-creek-whitewater-and-bluegrass.html
Beaver Sports will be hosting their third and final Chena River Canoe Race of the season on Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m.
This free event will meet at Graehl Landing (in front of Pro Music) on the Chena River to register and then cast off at 7 p.m. This race will end at THE PUMP HOUSE.
All paddle-powered floating vehicles are welcome. This means kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, etc. You and and your team will be categorized based on your mode of floating. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the race.
Everyone must wear life jackets.
Everyone must sign a waiver.
So pick out your team name and be ready to go Tuesday night!
On the Reindeer Hills section we float the Nenana River between 18 mile Denali
Highway and the “Windy Bridge” on the Parks Highway a few miles north of Cantwell,
starting Saturday, spending the night on the river and taking out late Sunday
afternoon. Tentatively, let’s meet at 11 am at the Windy Bridge takeout; remember there are construction delays on the way from Fairbanks. I’ll have to check into whether we have to pay for parking there.
Please let me know ASAP if you’re interested; I may leave town on Friday. June Thomasson 479-2434, jthomasson_99 at yahoo.com; co-leading with Alan Batten.
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 1-2. A set of rapids,
perhaps a mile (or three?) long starts near where the river turns away from the
Denali Highway. They are straightforward with waves up to two feet high but no
large obstacles. However, there are a few large rocks near the waterline lurking
near the tail end of the rapidy section so those must be watched for. There are
sweepers and strainers as on most interior rivers. It is definitely a step up from
the upper Chena, but not as challenging as lower sections of the Nenana. If you are
comfortable on the upper Chena and are looking for a little more challenge, this
may be the trip for you. It is beautiful, scenery-wise, especially after the river
leaves the road and goes into the hills. We camp at one of a couple of places:
there’s the Brushkasna Creek site, and there are a couple of islands and a site on
river left above Brushkasna Creek that make good campsites too. We should get off
the river Sunday afternoon at around 4 or 5 p.m.
We could easily have some rain on the trip and the nights can be quite chilly,
sometimes even freezing. The river water is extremely cold. A drysuit and fleece
layering would be nice; rain gear and extra clothes are a must. Participants
should be current members of the club. You can join online with Paypal, or we’ll have membership forms on hand for those
who need them.
Food: Everyone should bring their own lunches. I might come up with or coordinate breakfast….
We’ll try to coordinate dinner for Saturday night. Maybe we can all bring a little something to share.
Join the fun near Denali Park for the longest running whitewater festival in Alaska!
The 39th annual Nenana River Fest 2015 will start with a barbecue at Denali Outdoor Center at Otto Lake on Friday evening, July 10th. Camping spots are reserved for the event. Camping is $8 per person.
The downriver race from Jonesville Bridge to Twin Rocks starts on Saturday, July 11th at noon. Racers can sign up at Kingfisher Creek before the race on Saturday. The downriver race will be followed by a boatercross on Razorback/Rooster Tail, and a rodeo on whatever wave is looking best.
Saturday’s post event party is at the 49th State Brewery!
The Nenana River Wildwater Festival is always a great time to get together with boaters from across the state and run some big water.
Lee Pownall is organizing this year’s event. See the Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/377494192454565/
The Paddlers’ annual cleanup of the Chena River through town is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 this year and will be a continuation of the Wednesday evening float trips for the summer. We will meet at Graehl Landing (just upstream from the Wendell Street bridge) at 6:00 p.m., set shuttle to the Pioneer Park landing at Peger Road, and plan on launching from Graehl promptly at 6:30. 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.
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, or at 488-3205.
Chena River Cleanup 2014 crew and results
Our annual Upper Chena Paddle and Potluck will take place on Saturday May 16. This year we’ll launch at the first bridge (approximately Mile 37 Chena Hot Springs Road) and take out at the mile 31.4 river access (the Nugget Creek winter trailhead). This section has been challenging in recent years due to a new log-infested channel just upstream of the takeout in the vicinity of the Chena River Public Use Cabin.
This year we’ll pack our food, grill, tables chairs, etc into the boats and have our potluck on a “remote” gravel bar along the way. We hope there will be enough canoes to help carry stuff for the kayakers. The trip will occur rain or shine.
Meet at the First Bridge (big gravel bar downstream from the bridge, accessed by signed dirt road on the right just before the bridge, then left at the fork out to the gravel bar) at 10 am. We’ll unload gear, run a couple vehicles down to the take out, and launch. Plan to be off the river by late afternoon. It takes about an hour to get to
the first bridge from downtown Fairbanks.
To come on this trip, you will need to be a current FP member (we’ll have membership applications/renewals with us), wear a PFD, carry spare clothes and rain gear, and be at least an advanced beginner paddler with experience in swift water and the ability to confidently maneuver a boat to avoid sweepers and strainers. The Upper Chena is Class I, and woody debris in the river constitutes the main hazard.
Hope to see you on the river!
Upper Chena Paddle and Potluck, 2010