Are you ready to try a kayak trip?
This Voyageurs National Park experience, led by Tom O'Neal and Linda Pascoe, is a great chance to explore one of the unsung paddling gems of the National Park System.
If you are comfortable with your kayak skills but a little rusty with camping, boat packing, or route finding, we will be paying special attention to these areas both before and during this trip:
- What food should I pack?
- What gear do I need?
- How do I pack a kayak?
- What if it rains?
- What about mosquitoes? Wood ticks? Yetis?
- Should I bring s'mores?
- Will there be campfire stories?
We will launch from Ash River Visitor Center Thursday morning and return Sunday, making a base camp at site N55 on Namakan Island. (We'll share the cost of the site. The campsite reservation fees have been paid - this will be approx $10 per person to be paid at time of launch (if we remember).)
Note-There are 3 registration slots open, but if the size of tents lets us open another opening or two, we will do so. A 'large campsite' is 4 tent pads. Let me know if you want to be on a 'wait list'.
Expected conditions for this trip are ISK Level II. Winds <14 mph, Scattered whitecaps, Waves up to 2', Total distance each day up to 11 mi. (See level descriptions & recommended skills on the ISK website https://isk.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=195893&module_id=109753)
We follow Leave-No-Trace principles, with a particular focus on "pack in, pack out" - pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
If you want to try your skill at fishing, don't forget your fishing license. Both Tom & Linda will attempt to catch something once again.
After a successful trip, all participants will receive a one year membership in the Namakan N55 Literary and Pan-fried Walleye Society, current President Tom O'Neal. Feel free to bring a piece of poetry or a campfire story to share. If it rains...entertainment is welcomed.
Any questions please contact trip leaders.