Moffitt Beach Camping/Kayaking Weekend
June 25-27, 2010

We will be doing a group breakfast on Saturday morning and a group dinner on Saturday night.  Both the breakfast and the dinner will be a "bring a dish to pass" meals.  The food last year was spectacular! You will need to make arrangements for your own food for any other meals. Some of the Friday paddlers will probably be going out to dinner in Speculator.  Please post on the message board the number of people coming and what you are bringing to pass.

We will be doing some exploring on the paddles which may require going over beaver dams, so you might want to consider bringing you plastic boat (if you have one).  There are also paddling options for those not wishing to be this adventurous.

Are you ready for another great camping/paddling weekend?  Are you tired of the Seneca 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.

This is our first camping/kayaking weekend of the 2010 paddling season.  For the past 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.