2011 Spring Delta Paddle
PLESE READ: change of camping venue
$35.00 + camping fee (varies—see article)
ALERT: change of camping venue. Hubbards Landing is too wet for camping due to recent rains and high water.
ALERT to everyone who is planning to attend the Alabama Scenic River Trail's Spring Delta Paddle. Due to recent rains, group camping will be impossible at Hubbards Landing. We are moving the base camp from Hubbards to Blakeley State Park. All the rest of the plans should remain the same.
This change is being posted at 6:14 on Wednesday, March 30.
Blakeley State Park is abut five miles north of Spanish Fort at
34745 Alabama 225
Spanish Fort, AL 36527
which is essentially about ten or so miles below Hubbards.
The good news: Blakelely is where the ASRT contingent attending the Alabama Trails Conference will be camped, so now we can all camp together. There is a brand new bath house/restrooms at Blakeley, and we will be camped in the group camp area nearest the bath house. Group camping is $15.00 per site, with four persons allowed on each site, so that if a site is full, camping is just over $3.50 per night for each person on the site. If one person has to stay alone in a group site because of the way the numbers work out, they have to pay the full $15.00 but we will take up a kitty to even things out.
Also, in a unique decision, the management at Blakeley is actually going to let us launch from Blakeley!
Blakeley has a nice RV campground for $30 per night will full hookups.
Blakeley does not have cabins. People who have already signed up for cabins may negotiate with Hubbards for a refund and may drive down to Blakeley (it's not all that far) for the paddle. If you can get out of it, there are plenty of rooms in nearby Spanish Fort.
If you have any questions, please contact
Bob Andrews at 251-367-4144
The number at Blakeley is 251-626-0798
Upon arrival at the gate, let them know you are with the Alabama Scenic River Trail. I have requested that the gate be left open for late arrivers.
We will register friday night and saturday morning and probably get underway at the normal time of 9:00 or so.
Paddle the wild backwaters and make a day trip visit to several of the floating platforms on the Bartram Canoe Trail. For many paddlers and potential paddlers, this mysterious delta universe has been inaccessible. Here’s your chance for a group camp at Hubbard’s Landing (tent sites, RV sites and cabins) and a two-day guided tour.
The trip is designed to introduce paddlers to Alabama's amazing Bartram Canoe Trail. A project of the State Lands Division of the Alabama Division of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Bartram has been one of Alabama's best kept secrets. Currently there are six overnight trails with both floating camping platforms and land-based campsites. The overnight trips can be combined to create multi-day excursions with a place to camp at the end of each day. The Bartram Canoe Trail, named for the naturalist who cataloged the area's flora and fauna for King George in the years before the American Revolution, is designed to help explore the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta's 250,000 acres. The delta holds more than 50 rare and endangered plant and animal species. You can find out more about this paddling treasure at www.bartramcanoetrail.com.
This trip will be based out of Hubbards Landing, a well-known local marina and campground. Because of the size of our expected group, we will not be able to overnight on any of the campsites, but rather we will use Hubbard's Landing as base camp for two out-and-back trips.
The use of Hubbards Landing opens up this trip to many opportunities that have not been available on our previous delta outings. Hubbards landing offers everything from primitive camping to cabins and is a highly-rated RV site. If you want a cabin or are planning on bringing your RV, now is the time to call (251 937 5726, cell phone 251 424 3873). Due to the number of camping options at Hubbards, the camping fee is NOT INCLUDED in the cost of this trip.
Accomodations at Hubbards landing receive an ASRT event discount:
The shuttle back from Sunday's float will take us past the famous Stage Coach Cafe, where the seafood buffet awaits as an option to self-cooking back at camp.
The trip will be led by Bob Andrews of Mobile's Sunshine Canoe Rentals. Bob will make rental boats and gear available to those who need them.
There are two things you need to do to register (maybe three, read on).
First, you need to pay. You can do that online at www.active.com or you can mail a check to
Mike Galloway, Treasurer ASRT
PO Box 1087
Anniston AL 36202
Second, you need to download, print, fill out and send your forms (bring them if you register within a week of the event). There are two forms; one is the ASRT Event Form and the other is either an adult or a minor American Canoe Association form.
Mail the forms to
799 Ashley Drive
Madison, AL 35758
or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a note that you are bringing them to the event.
Third, if you are a member of the American Canoe Association, write your number on the ACA form (see above) and you're done. If you are not an ACA member, bring an extra $5.00 with you to the event to cover the additional insurance expense that is not included in your registration fee.
For special requests or more information, call Jim Felder at 256 426 0558.
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