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We had a ball

January 11, 2020 by mike swope

A goof ball…wait check that…correction golf ball!

And why not? the wind was only gusting to 27mph from the North

In fact our side of Whiterock lake looked more like the North Sea

This was when the wind calmed down!

Just so you know we bugged out to our friends on the Lee side of that North wind…

First Unitarian Curch

Thanks to them we were just cold and not cold and in the wind…

And the that white stuff was trying to get us going

But we pushed through…

even when it piled up all around us

The snow really shows how much wind was still blowing on the “not windy” side!

Ahem…despite being paddle conflicted….

We did get after it!

The good news it was a short and mud free carry to launch…thanks to the boat ramp

These hardy souls were both new to the S4 and new to kayaking!

They said….and I quote

“How COOL!”

1 11 2020 S4 photos

THANKS to all our

VOLUNTEERS

New

And experienced too

The real irony…..

We came ….

We cleaned…

We paddled

through the worst and only when we closed the warehouse door

AND WE WERE DONE…

did the sun come out!

Hope to see you next Month!

And hope to see less winter and more sun!

Paddle Smart

Paddle Safe

2020 S 4 dates

January 10, 2020 by mike swope

So we start 2020 off with a Weather ALERT

The prediction is wet windy and cold…just saying….

We

will

be there and make a paddle NO PADDLE call based on the actual weather conditions.

Please feel free to reach out via text message at

214 669 1663

Should you have concerns or questions

We would like to start 2020 off with a big old pile..but mother nature is still the one in charge!

2020 WRL S 4 dates

January. 11th

February. 8th

March. 14th

April. 11th

May. 9th

June. 13th

July. 11th

August. 8th

September. 12th

October. 10th

November. 14th

December. 12th

Paddle Smart Paddle Safe

Eco Tour 2019 wrap up

December 22, 2019 by mike swope

Well the flow was

OUTSTANDING. !!!!!

In addition to great flows the river was deep and wide and offered unabated

Runs without fear of any tree rapids!

That was the big tree rapid just past the RR bridge…easy enough!

The old bridge survived another year for at least half of the support!

We also had a great look at the Bald Eagle this trip.

You will need to zoom in to see it clearly.

And we got to see a couple of mammals too..

Mr Racoon doing a little pre meal cleaning

And Mr Coyote however he was much harder to get a good photo of too!

This is as you know the official put in for the tour

Did you know…

This is the new improved…world class new take out / put in!

The city of Lewisville

ROCKS!!!!!!

CHECK THESE OUT

So grand opening in 2020!

Here is a preview from what we can see…

Large steps down to the water…

A concrete bottom in the launch area

A large kayak sidewalk to roll down for larger heavier kayaks

A long wide area to launch several kayaks at once

Lots of parking on concrete!

Hand holds for various abilities kayak launching and more!

Way to go Lewisville!

Thanks to all those that paddled our FAV north Texas river spot and were looking forward to 2020 and to paddling with all our old and new friends too!

Eco Tour photos

MERRY CHRISTMAS YALL!

2019 in Cleanups

December 18, 2019 by mike swope

1st and foremost a Big Thanks to all our awesome volunteers throught 2019!!

These two have helped the planet and cleaned with us for years!

We have lots of success with a simple plan…

Kayak …have Fun…get trash!

This is how you feel doing good for the planet and for yourself too.

Even the trash we collect feels this way too!

And that’s no fluke! LOL!

The amazing amount and diversity of things we find while keeping the lake clean for the fish the birds the amphibians and the other …

lake critters is always susprising….

And were blessed to have responsible adults that bring the family out too because we have to keep the lake and the environmental stewardship going for the next generation!

If you have joined us on any 2nd Sat in 2019 or just picked up litter when you saw it at the lake park…or you made a cash donation to the cause…

We THANK YOU!

From the bottom of our keel!

Hopefully 2020 will find us in a clean lake with a healthier planet and of course lots and lots of

Kayaking too!!!!!!

Merry Christmas to

ALL Y’ALL

2nd Saturday 12/14

December 6, 2019 by mike swope

Here is the December round up….

Get your clean on with us

S S S S Sat 12.14.19 9am

4200 West Lawther

Whiterock Lake

Come one come all who prefer clean!

Last cleanup of 2019

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Eco Tour on the Elm Fork of the Trinity river

3rd Sat of every month!

Sat 12 .21.2019 9am

Safety Talk

10am paddles wet

Join us the the most scenic and wildlife inclusive paddle in North Texas!

201 East Jones…tell the gate your paddling with KayakPower!!!

Remember just 19 paddling days left till out annual Christmas Paddle

Who knew Santa was an L6 tsunami ranger??

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And Save the date

12.15.2019

Special Event…stay tuned

Happy Thanksgiving

November 28, 2019 by mike swope

I hope you warm dry and around all those you care about.

Enjoy the day of Thanks!

From all of us at KPC

Happy Thanksgiving!

The quest for carmax….

November 18, 2019 by mike swope

The lip balm not the auto sales place….or fun time on the river and floating with friends….

Yes the morning was old but the sun was up and the temp was warming quickly

Even at a lower flow 326cfs there was lots of water

We did see the Bald Eagle..he was working on his nest… makes sense it was Saturday!

The tree rapid was barely open on river right so we took the safe route on river left

Check out the photos to see all the fun of running a tree rapid in cold air with cold water too…you might even see Cathy sideways river trick and amazing J lean too!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/pEZpKRVGxSxAizBX7

We made it to the beach…but for some reason we had no takers for the floating?

Anyway we had a snack and then push off for the balance of the fun….by this time it was warm and totally fun!

Don’t forget we paddle year round including next month December 21st…so dont miss your chance to be on the water and having fun!

If not for the …

November 10, 2019 by mike swope

Calendar….you might have thought it was a lovely Sping day!

In fact it was so nice someone or someones… beat us to the punch…

We found their collection of trash before we got unloaded…

If you look close you can see it’s TRUE the early bird (duck) does get the trash!!!!!!

That’s the early morning sun reflecting off the Old Town hull.

You can see the lovely fall color of the waterside foliage.

Jill grabbed 1st honor of getting here mesh trash bag dated with cleanup number 2! I’m sure we will run out of space for dates before we run out of Jill and trash too!

All the ladies love the lake and help and support us in trash collection….heck they are so committed they warm up and stretch before they clean….

Our Volunteers ROCK!

We were even able to support some of the young ones in their trash quest….

Both on the water and with their class work in environmental science.

Hopefully he will get an A in the classroom to match his A on the water!

Did I mention is was a fantastic day?

Izzy was smiling for the camera…

While Lucy was getting her very very close up!

We had help and support from some of our close friends

Who always bring it!

And we were lucky enough to have some new friends too

THANKS TO

ALL THE

AWESOME

VOLUNTERS!!!!

And a quick update from Wes on Celelia she’s recovering from ankle surgery and hopes to be back at Whiterock Lake and Jaskson Point early in 2020!

God speed that recovery!

Join us for the final 2019 S4 in December on the 14th from 9 am till 12 noon….unless we get another amazing day!

photos!

Elm Fork river report

October 19, 2019 by mike swope

It was a quick ride from the put in as the cfs were aabout 362…

But the river did even out nicely after the 1st mile.

Super smooth!

The tree rapid was run rivr left as the right side was a little boney at this levelvet

We all made it through safe and dry..but it was a lot more pushy then it looked.

If you zoom in you can see the half moon

Both the buzzards

And the Great Blues were out in force

We had a perfect day…well almost perfect

We got to the take out and found the construction has been installed where we usually take out

That is actually great news because the construction is all about a kayak and canoe launch!!!

Who knows we might be taking out in brand new digs before to long!

Mark you calendar for next months fall color Eco Tour!

LLELA

October 17, 2019 by mike swope

Eco Tour

See fall colors in mild Texas October!

9am Safety Talk

10am Paddles Wet!

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