River? Join us for some new paddling waters.
This weekend has everything. If you want a leisurely paddle,
there are two beautiful lakes and quiet streams with access directly
from the campground. Are you looking for something more
adventurous? Do you want to explore beyond that next beaver
dam? Then we have that too.
few years, this weekend has been held at
Nicks Lake Campground outside of Old Forge. This year we are
venturing into a new area and will be staying at Moffitt Beach
Campground which is located outside of Speculator, NY. The new
campground brings with it new waters to paddle. Our main paddle
will be on Saturday, but for those interested, we will also be paddling
on Friday and Sunday. If you do not wish to camp, you are still
welcome to join us for the paddle on Saturday. Launch time for the Saturday paddle will
be posted at a later date.
If you are interested in camping, you will need to make your own campsite reservations through Reserve America Online. Jim Hunter has already volunteerd to host the traditional Saturday morning group breakfast on campsite 157 loop G. Sites may go fast, so if you are interested, make your reservations A.S.A.P. Loop G is located adjacent to a nice sandy beach where we will be launching for our paddles. Imagine, a whole weekend without having to put your kayak on the car. Most of the waterfront campsites have a very rocky shore and are not well suited for launching. However, with wheels, you can be at the beach launch site in 5 minutes or less from the loop G campsites. You are welcome to camp anywhere you want, but it's nice if we can all be in the same area. Click here for a map of Moffitt Beach Campground.
Directions: Take the Thruway east to the Utica exit and then take Rts 8 & 12 north. A little way north of Utica Rts 8 & 12 split. Be sure to stay on Rt 8 until just outside Speculator and the follow the map below.
View Moffitt Beach Campground in a larger map
Here's a note to think about. At this time of year, mosquitoes and black flies may be around. We have been lucky at Nicks Lake and they really haven't been a big problem. But at Moffitt Beach, it's an unknown. So be sure to come prepared.