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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!

2nd Saturday

October 16, 2019 by mike swope

So it was a beautiful start to the Saturday cool but not to cold…and warming quickly with the sun.

The girls. Lucy…Izzy and Penny got here early for some calm water….

But got quickly surrounded by the girls crew… can you hear the group..awwweee?

After that we figured we wold start getting our duck lined up

We got to trashing…and as luck would have it we had Magic Marvin in support!

We also ran into a new frieand Joe who supported a great cause for veterans …

In fact last year Joe paddle from the top of Maine to the bottom of Key West to raise awareneas and help prevet veteran suicide.

10 months of time and lots of cool stories later I asked him what was the best part…and I quote..

“This paddle for a cause has restored my faith in humanity”

I could not have said it better!

Check out his blog at the uel on the side of his kayak!

We also managed to do some heavy lifting from the ground clean up crew

And also got the Birthday girl good and trashed too!

HAPPY B DAY FROM KPC!

This is the 1st load that the city took before we were completed

We had young and young a heart help as you can see

Some quality family time

We even had a croc encounter…o my!

This was the 2nd pile we got of trash

And feel free to check out all the photos below while you think about the November clean up too

October pics S4

Paddle Safe Paddle Often

Dog days of Summer

October 7, 2019 by mike swope

Are officially gone!!!

And that means cool weather for this coming Saturdays Clean Up!

So plan accordingly like my 4 leged friends and

Be there Saturday October 12th 9am till 12 noon for the 2nd Saturday shoreline spruceup!!!

Jackson Point on the West side of WRL

Kayak will be there!!!

And Thanks to the

FTLOTL GROUP…..we will he fresh onion bags to use to clean!!!!!

Hats times 3

October 6, 2019 by mike swope

3 weekends in a row makes for some happy paddlers!

And just in case you want to know…

The San Marco’s is flowing just under 200 cfs.

https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08170500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060

It channelises the river a bit…but also makes it look easy but feel very pushy!

In summary……

we had a

Martindale Dam fine time!

San Marcos 3

September 27, 2019 by mike swope

Yup 3 weekends in sequence …or how to maximize your river fun!

And our long and valued relationship with the HATS group

That let’s us paddle this wonderful central Texas river.

Were back in town in October and looking forward to paddling with the locals…again!

Be smart and paddle SAFE!

Eco Tour

August 19, 2019 by mike swope

Hot hot hot river report.

The good news there was

321 cfs river flow….

Water from 60 feet deep is nice and cool too!

Temp measured 76 at the put in…very nice!

It’s still getting used to all the missing shoreline trees from the last flood.

At least the wildlife is still hanging out!

This is the drop….yes I said drop….at the 1st “rapid” past the RR bridge.

You can run it right if you can steer really really well you have to make about 3 moves in the current to go thru without a broach!

As you can see at this level there are a lot of brush piles and solo trees that will make you steer.

But we had the river unto ourselves!

The shale beech was well exposed and made for a nice slow float too!

Did I mention the water was cool clean and clear?

We saw tons of birds and lots of reptiles and some amphibians too but no large mammals…..just their tracks

In fact we hope to see you with us in October for the Eco Tour…who knows

It might still be warm enough to swim them too!

Photo link

https://photos.app.goo.gl/PHHd8oMd1MQga7oM9

Paddle Safe

PADDLE OFTEN!

LLELA Eco Tour

August 16, 2019 by mike swope

Saturday August 17th

Paddles wet 10am sharp!

Water flow 351cfs

Air temp high 90s

Water temp mid 70s

Fun factor….Very High!

A little bit of

August 11, 2019 by mike swope

Trash to start your Saturday….

An because it’s all over we will help you take out all over too!

We had an interesting start…with the races..

You have to sneak in and around the DPD…they are vigilant to say the least…

Once we de geared and got ready to get trashed

We had some of our early bird volunteers link up…

I am always impressed that some folks can get up early and get trashed with us!!

While Wes and Cecelia enjoyed the views…the race and some breakfest…

We finally had some clever folks find a way into the park…

And look…they have their own paddle gear…

And speaking of which..if you had to wait for a kayak we appreciate you waiting. When I looked Friday evening….meetup showed 7 total

when I woke up on Saturday we had 24…after we had loaded up!

My BAD!

We really appreciate all the family’s and solos too that join us for the S4.

We tell people we have the best volunteers on the planet and we mean it!

I think most people want to do the right thing but it takes a special person to follow thru and actually Do It!

We welcomed some new volunteers to our cleanup

And welcomed some that were new to kayaking too!

We doubled up in singles

And singled up in singles too…

See…. it really is fun for the whole family!

We never know what trash or treasure we will find out lurking in the water…

Or in this case what’s actually inside ….

the case

You don’t have to fear our trash warriors…

unless your mess with Texas kayakers on 2nd Sat.

In case I did not mention it…we doubled from doubles too!

And sometimes we trippled!

Hehehehe!

Thanks to Lincoln and his family too for the water and ground cleaning up and the load out assist…classy move you guys!

Not bad for a hot Saturday in August…

Steve actually got the final piece of trash for the day too! Way to go Bro!

Thanks to Steve for supporting us and

Thanks

To motorcycle Marvin too for his Support on and off the water and at the warehouse!!

We will have a dry ground only cleanup in September…unless you bring you own boat….

But we will return to Jackson Point in October with an on the water cleanup from kaysks too.

Paddle Safe Paddle Often!

Check out the Meetup photos with KayakPower.com http://meetu.ps/e/FH6Kl/1Bzsy/d

All photo links

photo album

T minus 1 day

August 9, 2019 by mike swope

To the

Second

Saturday

Shoreline

Spruceup!

So grab the kids….get the pets….put your fun face on and join us at the lake!

9am to 12 noon

4100 W Lawther Dr

On the west side of WRL

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