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The location for the kayak trip this weekend has changed to Punch Bowl and will take place on Sunday, October 15, with a distance of approx. 11 miles on the water. The group will meet at 7 a.m. at Hwy 701 and Big Pee Dee River Landing. Dave will bring the trailer so many cars can be left at 701.

Hoping to get in on the water about 8 a.m. at Punch Bowl. This trip should take about four hours and will go into the swamp area and after the group passes the tree house the river opens up some and it’s easy paddling down to the 701 bridge. High tide is about 9:30 a.m. at the bridge so by the time the group merges with the Big Pee River the tide will be in their favor.

Please bring snacks and water and as always, PFD (must be worn), whistle, and sunscreen. Closed deck kayaks with a minimum length of 14 feet are recommended. After the paddle the group plans to grab a bite to eat at Captain Buck’s Port Marina.

If you plan to attend please see and respond to the Facebook post at https://www.facebook.com/groups/longbaypaddlers/

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The Sunday, August 13, kayak trip will be a fun day paddle in Murrells Inlet. This paddle will be open to all regardless of the size of your kayak or paddling experience. It will be an opportunity for you to gain some experience from our more seasoned paddlers and practice capsize and recoveries if you desire.

Meet at 11 a.m. sharp at Morse Landing Park (4939 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576) next to the Hot Fish Club and everyone will be on the water by 11:30 a.m.

Bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, whistle and a life vest, which is a must on club paddles.

This will not be a long paddle with a gathering at The Dead Dog Saloon afterwards for a good meal!

Questions text 843-450-3420.

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Trip leader for the 8 a.m. Sunday, July 9, Long Bay Paddlers beginner Wacca Wache / Collins Creek paddle has a conflict and will be unable to attend.

If someone else would like to lead the paddle please feel free to do so and post details at https://www.facebook.com/groups/longbaypaddlers

An alternative would be to join the Yakkity Yakers Big Savannah Lake paddle at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 9. Details are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/730650117139969

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The Long Bay Paddlers will be kayaking 16.2 miles down a beautiful stretch of the upper Waccamaw River on Sunday, June 4, from the NC Hwy 130 access to the NC Hwy 904 access (Pireway).

We’ll get an early start to beat the heat. Let’s meet at 7 a.m. at the Exxon station (104 Hwy 9 E, Longs, SC 29568) at the intersection of Hwy. 9 and Hwy. 905. We’ll depart the Exxon station at 7:10 a.m.


We’ll first drive to the NC Hwy 904 access to drop cars and then proceed to the launch site.

Launch site at Hwy 130 – bring $2 cash for the parking fee in the honor box:

5240 Whiteville Rd NW, Ash, NC 28420


Exit site at Hwy 904:

9739 Pireway Rd NW, Ash, NC 28420


This is an intermediate trip with closed deck kayaks 14 feet or longer recommended. Make sure you bring your PFD (must be worn), water, snack, whistle, bug spray, sun screen, (cooling rags are great too), etc.

Afterwards we’ll go eat out on the deck at Patio’s Tiki Bar & Grill in Little River overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.


Please text 843-222-1021 to let me know you are coming. We need this info to determine how we’ll shuttle cars / boats.

It’s still early in the week to determine the weather forecast. If this trip plan changes due to weather, updates will be posted on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/longbaypaddlers.

Hope to see lots of you Sunday morning!

Julie Bostian

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The Long Bay Paddlers are adding an April kayak trip to the calendar this Sunday, April 2. This trip will begin on the Lumber River and merge in to the Little Pee Dee River. 

The group will be launching from Rice Field Cove Landing near Hwy 76 and Hwy 9, then paddling 11.5 miles to Sandy Bluff Landing off of Hwy 917.  
Kayakers coming from Myrtle Beach and the south end please meet at the Galivants Ferry gas station located at 135 US 501, Galivants Ferry 29544, at 8:00 a.m. For directions to the gas station see https://www.sunoco.com/locations/sc/135-hwy-501-galivants-fry-sc-29544/.
Kayakers on the north end meet at 9 a.m. at Rice Field Cove Landing. To get to the Rice Field Cove Landing take Hwy 9 until it meets Hwy. 76. Once on 76 drive only about 1,000 feet and turn left on Downing Creek Dr. (before the bridge) and then almost immediately bear right on River Rd. The landing is at the end of the road. 3395 River Rd, Nichols, SC 29581. Location on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/cux3VoPgBfK2
Driving directions to Sandy Bluff Landing: https://goo.gl/maps/T8jPZoeuZxT2. The address is 10650 Church Landing Rd, Nichols, SC 29581.
Minimum 14 foot closed deck kayaks are recommended. PFDs are required to be worn and you must have a whistle. Bring snacks/lunch, water, sun screen, bug spray, etc. Also have a change of clothes with you IN your kayak in the unlikely event of a capsize. 

If you will be going on this paddle please DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL OR REPLY TO ALL. Instead, email Ursula at spoonispaddling@gmail.com or call/text her at 843-385-7655 so it can be determined how many vehicles to leave at the take out.

We’re not sure what this section of the river has in store for us as we haven’t paddled this stretch before. Ursula is inquiring with DNR about the condition of the river and landings. Another email will be sent out later this week if anything changes. Updates will also be posted on Facebook.
We are also considering adding an additional OPTIONAL five miles to this trip depending on the response she gets from DNR and the Cartwheel Landing condition. If the extra five miles is added you will have the choice to get out at Sandy Bluff or go on to Cartwheel.
See you on the river. Forecast so far for this Sunday in Nichols is mostly sunny with a high of 78.

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Sunday, March 19th

We are changing the scheduled March paddle this weekend from Saturday to Sunday, March 19. We’ll be kayaking on the Waccamaw River from the Savannah Bluff Landing at the Hwy 501 Conway bridge to Enterprise Landing. The distance will be approx 15 miles.
Paddlers on the south end let’s meet at Enterprise at 8:45 a.m.  Please let me know if you are coming so we can make sure we’ll have enough cars at the end of the paddle to shuttle everyone back to Savannah Bluff.
Paddlers coming from the north can meet at Savannah Bluff at 9:15 a.m.. We are hoping to be on the water by 10 a.m.  Again, please let me know if you are paddling so we can make sure we have enough vehicles at the take outs.
We can leave a car at Peachtree Landing in the event a few want to take out there.
This is an intermediate paddle with 14 ft kayaks or longer recommended.  As always everyone must wear your PFD, and have a whistle. Snacks and water are recommended.
Forecast for Sunday is sunny, but the water is still cold. Nobody plans to capsize but it sometimes happens. Please have a change of clothes with you IN YOUR KAYAK.

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Sunday,  November 20th we will be paddling on the Waccamaw River from Wortham’s Ferry Landing to Big Savannah Bluff Landing a distance of approximately 14.5 miles. Plan to meet at the intersection of 905 and Red Bluff Rd across from the Sun House gas station at 8:00 AM. From there we will proceed to Big Savannah Bluff to drop cars for the return paddle.

Directions: Take route 31 (Carolina Bays Parkway) to route 22 heading towards Conway (Conway Bypass) to 905N to Red Bluff Rd. Park across from the Sun House Petroleum service station.

Bring water, snacks, bug spray whistle and PDF.

Kayaks of 14 feet or longer are required for this trip.

See you on the water.

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This Wednesday October 12th-16th will be our four day trip to Lake Lure, NC, a town in Rutherford County, NC. In 2010 the town population was 1,192. Lake Lure was incorporated in 1927, and acquired the lake after which it is named in 1965.

The lake area has been used several times as a filming location, beginning with Thunder Road (1968). Other movies that include scenes filmed in or near Lake Lure are:

A Breed Apart (1984), Firestarter (1984), Dirty Dancing (1987),

and My Fellow Americans (1996). Scenes in the film The Last of the Mohicans (1992),

including the final 17 minutes, were filmed at nearby Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Gorge.

Also the new film ‘Careful What You Wish For’ starring Nick Jonas.

Driving Directions to Lake Lure: Get on I-95 S in Florence County from US-501 N, US-76 W and State Rd S-21-24.
Follow I-20 W and I-26 W to NC-108 E in Columbus.
Take exit 163 from US-74 E.
Follow NC-108 E, NC-9 N and Buffalo Shoals Rd to Hummingbird Cove in Lake Lure.
An alternate route may be necessary due to flooding from hurricane Matthew.

Bring water, snacks, bug spray whistle and PDF.

Kayaks of 14 feet or longer are required for this trip.

See you at the lake.

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Long Bay Paddlers are kayaking the beautiful Lumber River this Saturday, September 10th.

We’ll meet at the Rice Field Cove Landing access off US 76 near Nichols, SC, at 8 a.m. and then shuttle up (10 mile drive) to the launch at the Fair Bluff access on NC 904.

This is a 16.4 mile down river trip and is an Intermediate Paddle.

Minimum 14 foot closed deck kayaks are recommended. PFDs are required to be worn. Bring a whistle, snacks/lunch, sun screen, bug spray, etc.

To get to the Rice Field Cove Landing take Hwy 9 until it meets Hwy. 76. Once on 76 drive only about 1,000 feet and turn left on Downing Creek Dr. (before the bridge) and then almost immediately bear right on River Rd. The landing is at the end of the road. 3395 River Rd, Nichols, SC 29581.

The address for the Fair Bluff access is 1175 Main St. Fair Bluff, NC 28439

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