Saturday, June 3, 2023
First Saturday Paddle - June
Jun 3, 2023 9:00 AM
Jun 3, 2023 3:00 PM
Germantown Parkway to Kennedy Park
First Saturday Paddle - June 3, 2023. Come join our River Guides as they kick-off our 2023 Discover the Greenway program from their unique vantage point on the water. This 8 plus mile river section is channelized its entire length yet surprisingly wild and absolutely beautiful. We will be passing under roadway bridges at Walnut Grove, I-40, Summer Avenue and Covington Pike so it is entirely possible that we will encounter both organic (trees, branches) and construction debris in these areas. Obstacles in the river can be easily avoided by a paddler with average skill levels. A portage is not expected but is always possible. Our River Guides will share the trip leader responsibilities on this paddle. They are a great bunch of volunteers and will ensure you have both a safe and enjoyable adventure. If you have questions about the trip, please contact Jim Gafford (info above) or Jeff Sojourner at email@example.com or cell/text at 901-573-6307. Both will be happy to discuss the particulars of the trip with you. Please plan to make this a full day paddle. Be sure and bring lunch, snacks and water for the trip. Sunscreen protection is required. Dress in quick dry (exercise style) clothing. For planning purposes, we recommend you register early for the trip. Persons wishing to paddle on this adventure must registration NLT noon on Thursday June 1, 2023. For those Bringing Boats: Arrive at the put-in by 8:00 am. You will meet our River Guides in Shelby Farms on the northwest bank of the river and Germantown Parkway. Turn west from Germantown Road into Gate 19 of Shelby Farms Park and continue along the Lucius Burch Trailhead road. As the road turns west, turn south onto the dirt and gravel road and under the transmission lines to the gravel parking area paralleling the river. The parking area is concealed from the road until the very last minute. If conditions are wet or rain is expected, park near the Trail Head paved road and portage your boat over to the put-in. Vehicle shuttles will be arranged both before the paddle and after. For Those Not Owning Boats: The outfitter for this trip will be Mike Dawkins. Mike can be reached by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call/text at (901) 485-2531. Be sure and contact Mike as soon as you register for the trip to work out the rental details. Mike will also provide additional instructions for the day of the trip. Parking Disclaimer: You should be able to leave your vehicle in the relatively safe Put-in and Take-out parking areas, however WRC cannot guarantee conditions at the time of launch. WRC is not responsible for loss or damage to private property. SAFETY and PFD requirement: Participants in Wolf River Conservancy on river programs will be required to wear a US Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) while on the river. Children must wear child size approved PFD’s. If you are renting a craft, the outfitter will provide you with an approved PFD as part of the rental package. Those using boats provided by WRC will be supplied PFD’s and paddles as well. There are no exceptions to the PFD requirements. Please note that they must also be securely fastened at all times. Please do not use the “belt type” units that are popular with the SUP community. These are single discharge units and cannot easily be reloaded once deployed.