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SCHEDULE of ACTIVITIES
Last updated 10/21/18
 To Participate in KCC Events  

1. Notify the trip leader, as early as possible, that you would like to participate … even if you cannot totally commit at the time of notification. This will “keep you in the loop” regarding any changes to the plan. Please (privately) share any relevant medical issues with the trip leader. Trip leader contact information is included at the end of each trip description.

2. Current
KCC and ACA memberships are required to participate in any KCC event. We prefer that you sign up prior to the event, but if you are unable to do that, we can help you join that day.

3. You must wear a fully-zipped PFD (Personal Flotation Device) when on the water.
 
4. Everyone is required to sign and follow KCC Trip Guidelines . These guidelines provide useful paddling information, including helping you grade your paddling skills. Every participating paddler is responsible for knowing his or her abilities.

 “Blue Button” indicates
"Beginner-Friendly Trips."
​"WW" - Whitewater Trip
    
Please also watch the Forum on this website and the KCC Facebook page for spur-of-the-moment trips & events and also for last-minute changes to the schedule.
November 2018
November 14 (Wednesday) KCC Club meeting at Muhlenberg Twp Rec Building, 7-9 PM. 
3025 River Road, Reading, PA 19605. Sarah Chudnovsky of Berks Nature, speaker.  KCC election.    
   
November 17 Blue Marsh Shoreline Cleanup Volunteer Work Day. Event happens from 9am-2pm with gloves, tools and trashbags provided. Several club members may get together during part of that time to clean up areas unreachable on foot from our kayaks and canoes. If you are available to help, please contact Tina Ehrig.

December 2018
December 1 (Saturday) KCC Christmas Party at Berks Nature’s new building at Angelica Park. Pot-luck dinner. Ed Gertler, speaker. 1-4:30 PM.


Winter Pool Sessions - Starting January 2019
WHEN: Sundays from 6:00-7:50 pm: January 13, 20, 27; February 10, 24; and March 10 (alternate in case of cancellation)
WHERE:  Muhlenberg High School Pool, 400 Sharp Avenue, Reading, PA 19605.
WHAT: Pool sessions are intended for practice and for relieving “cabin fever” in the winter. We practice our rolls, braces, strokes, and play-boating moves in the 80° pool! It just feels good to be back in our boats! Boats must be totally clean. Helmets and PFD required. Per-session fee of $10 pays for pool rental. Must be a  KCC member ($15 to join) and an ACA member . Or pay $5 for ACA insurance. It’s easy to join at the pool sessions. LEADER: Russ Scaramastra, 610 -223- 8375, [email protected]
2018 Winter Hike Series
The first hikes in our Winter Hike Series are listed below. We plan a variety of easy to moderate local hikes that are typically 1.5 to 2-hours long. We consider trail conditions and weather forecasts before posting hikes. We are currently looking for additional hike leaders. Please contact Tina Ehrig  if you are a member willing to take us on one of your favorite hikes!
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Wolfe Hollow Park Hike and Get Together
Meet at 12:00 noon at Sandy Powell's house, 601 West Fifth Avenue, Parkesburg, PA. We will drive 5 minutes to Wolfe Hollow Park , 1399 Schoff Road, Atglen, PA 19310, then do a 4-5 mile hike. After the hike, all are welcome to come back to my house and have hot chocolate and ice cream. We can also order pizza if you want lunch (or you can bring your own). My house is easy to find. It is a brown Cape Cod with a big porch and there is a blue van in the driveway. Let me know if you are coming. LEADER: Sandy Powell, 610-212-3216, [email protected]
    
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Neversink Mountain Hike
Meet at 9am at the end of Klapperthal Road, adjacent to the Forest Hills Cemetary. We will hike 4.5 miles over 3-4 hours. The terrain is mostly moderate with two fairly steep inclines. Treking poles or a hiking stick will come in handy for these times. Be prepared with plenty of water, snacks and a lunch. There is limited parking for only 4-5 cars on Klapperthal Road. However, additional parking is allowed at the far end of Forest Hills Cemetery near Klapperthal Rd. If you are unfamiliear with either of these parking areas, we will be happy to meet you at the entrance to Forest Hills Cemetary, 390 West Neversink Rd, Reading, PA 19606. Let me know if you are coming. LEADERS: Ryck and Karyn Spengler 610-587-6304, [email protected]     
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Welsh Mountain Hike and Amish Store Visit
Meet at 10am at parking lot of Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve, 601 Gault Rd. New Holland, PA. The Nature Preserve was home to the Susquehannock and has some old foundations we may see during our 4 to 6 mile loop hike to Money Rocks County Park and back. Bring a snack or lunch to enjoy at Money Rocks. We will take a break for rock scrambling , photos, the overlook, and searching for money hidden by farmers during the civil war. Hiking boots and poles are recommended as there is some hilly and rocky terrain. Following our hike, we will go to nearby September Farms, an Amish store famous for its homemade cheeses (free sampling), cafe, baked goods and ice cream. Let me know if you are coming. LEADER: Linell Haug, 610-850-4562,  [email protected]
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Leaser Lake Hike and Wanamakers General Store Lunch
Meet at 9am inside Wanamakers General Store, 8888 Kings Highway, Kempton, PA 19529. Quickly order sandwiches and/or soup for a treat after our hike (see menu at Wanamakers General Store ). This old-time store offers food, gifts, candles, toys, baked goods, and a bathroom! From the Wananmakers General Store, we will drive approximately one mile north on Kings Highway (PA-143), then left onto Pleasure Court to the South Launch parking lot at Leaser Lake. We hope to start hiking before 10am and return to Wanamakers General Store around noon. There will be one steep descent on the hike that may be slippery if muddy or icy. There are also two short, moderately steep up-slopes. Some of the trail is wide open, some through woods, some along the lakeshore. All of it is very pretty and quiet. Leashed dogs are welcome. (For more information, see Leaser Lake Loop Trail Map or Leaser Lake Information ) LEADER: Tina Ehrig, 610-334-7606, [email protected]
Saturday, February 17 2018
Hay Creek Trail Hike
Meet at 9am at a parking lot across from 2050 Hay Creek Rd, Birdsboro, PA 19508. This hike is beautiful, and follows Hay Creek through the woods.  Will take about two hours, not counting a lunch break near the quarry so we could be back around noon or before.   We will explore the old railroad bed, which is easy walking.  Then we will turn left onto 'Billy Goat Trail' which is mostly easy with a couple of moderate slopes.  Then we will hike to Trap Rock Quarry, where people rock climb.  We can take a side path to the old ruined bridge on Hay Creek Road to see one of the cable crossings nearby.  To return from the quarry, we will take a slightly different trail which follows closer to Hay Creek.   LEADER: Tina Ehrig, 610-334-7606, [email protected]
Saturday, February 24, 2018    ** CANCELLED FOR WEATHER **
French Creek Hike
Meet at 10am at the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site parking lot at 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson PA 19520. Mark Bird Lane is the site entrance off Route 345 in Elverson. You can read all about this historic area and get accurate directions from their website . We will drive from the parking lot to the trailhead where we will begin hiking.  Wear boots, bring poles, snack/lunch and water. Will be hilly and rocky terrain. Hopewell Furnace is on the historic Horseshoe Trail which connects several furnaces between Valley Forge and the Appalachian Trail. The trail winds through French Creek and I am hoping to include a portion of it conditions permitting.  Let me know if you are coming and provide your phone number for possible last minute changes. LEADER: Linell Haug, 610-850-4562,  [email protected]
Saturday, March 17, 2018  
French Creek State Park - Mill Creek Trail Hike
Meet at 9:30am at the Parking Lot at Shed Road and PA 345, which is 1028 Shed Rd, Douglassville, PA 19518. Start the roughly 3 hour, 6 mile hike right across the street from the parking area. Wear boots, bring poles, snack/lunch and water. Will be hilly and marshy in some areas. This is my favorite hike in the Hopewell Big Woods.  We head east on the Mill Creek Trail up Chestnut Hill to Miller's Point overlook through a mature forest with lichen-encrusted boulders.  From Miller's Point we'll switchback down into the Mill Creek valley through a fern and beech forest.  Once we cross both branches of Mill Creek the trail climbs through mountain laurel until it enters an area which burned 5 or 6 years ago; we'll see the remains of scorched trunks.  Hiking out of the burned area we'll join the Raccoon Trail which descends along Baptism Creek until it crosses the Lenape Trail.  We'll then follow the Lenape Trail back up the slopes of Chestnut Hill and join the Mill Creek Trail once again to return to our cars. Let me know if you are coming and provide your phone number for possible last minute changes. LEADER:   Rob Kuhlman, 610-326-2037, [email protected]

   
2018 Paddling Events & More
Trip leader contact information can be found at the bottom of the page.

 April 2018

April 7Glen Onoko Falls Hike
This hike is from the Glen Onoko parking lot up the beautiful Falls Trail.  The beautiful, rocky climb to the top of the mountain (with a fair amount of rock scrambling) is approximately .6 mile and the gradual return trail is approximately 1 mi. Total time is approximately 2 hours at a very leisurely pace.  At the top of the trail the group has an option to take a short (flat) walk to a fabulous overlook.  This would add approximately a mile (and a half hour) to our trip.  Sturdy hiking boots are a must and some type of hiking stick or trekking pole is highly recommended.  Although the trail was clear of ice & snow Saturday 03/31, ice grippers in your pack could be nice to have, just in case we encounter some icy spots. We will have extra ski poles and sticks available for anyone needing them.  Take water of course and snacks if you choose.  We will be meeting in the last parking lot of the Glen Onoko access area just across the bridge at the top of the stairs that lead down to the water at 9:45am.  We hope to start our hike by 10:00am. We would like to invite everyone back to our house, which is approximately 10 minutes from the parking area, for lunch after our hike.  Please let us know if you are coming. LEADERS: Ryck and Karyn Spengler, 610-413-8691, [email protected]                 
   

April 21 - Little Schuylkill River - Clamtown to New Ringgold 
Meet at 10am behind the New Ringold Fire Company, 25 E Railroad Ave, New Ringgold, PA 17960 and travel as a group up to Clamtown to put in. The trip should take about 2-3 hours and is water level dependent. In the event the river is too low, we will do a hike instead.
Hike choices: Tom Lowe Loop, Shartlesville or Appalachian Trail from Rt 183 South/West toward Rt 501. Please email if you are interested and discuss proper clothing for water temperatures. LEADER: Natalie Glunz, 570.640.8913, [email protected]

April 22 - Swatara Creek Paddle Beginner Trip
Meet at 10 AM at the bridge at the Jonestown Put-in near 313 W Market St, Jonestown, PA 17038 (contact leader for exact directions). This is Class I or less, considered a beginner stretch, but you still need maneuvering skills. The shuttle is short because of the bendy river, so I'm hoping to be on the river by 11 AM. The trip is 10 miles, about 3-4 hours, so we should be at the takeout by around 3 PM. Please bring a lunch, water and snacks, as we will stop for lunch. Bring extra clothing and a first-aid kit.  You need the warm dry clothing in a dry bag in the boat in case you happen to go in- and it happens to everyone at times. Please dress warm as the water will be COLD! Even if the air temp is warmer. LEADER – Tina Ehrig, 610-334-7606 or [email protected]

April 29- Little Schuylkill River - New Ringgold to Port Clinton
Meet at 10AM at the bridge in New Ringgold. Class II. 12 1/2 miles. Includes some rapids and boat control needed. Fun, bouncy trip with riffles. 4-hours through woodland. Please bring a lunch, water and snacks, as we will stop for lunch. Bring extra clothing and a first-aid kit.  You need the warm dry clothing in a dry bag in the boat in case you happen to go in- and it happens to everyone at times. Please dress warm as the water will be COLD! Even if the air temp is warmer.  LEADER – Tina Ehrig, 610-334-7606 or [email protected]
   
May 2018

May 5 - KCC Spring Meeting and Paddle
Meet before paddling Schuylkill River from Auburn to Pt. Clinton.  Includes the famous ‘Chutes’ and assorted rapids. -  Tina Ehrig

May 12 - Opening Day on the Upper Lehigh  (WW)- Russ Scaramastra
   
May 26 - Tulpehocken Creek paddle-    Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend!
Great beginner trip with beautiful scenery and lots of Great Blue Herons! Gather 9:45-10am to drop boats at the Stilling Basin of Blue Marsh, shuttle cars to the take-out at Berks Leisure Area, and begin the paddle around 10:45am and end around 12-12:30pm. We will paddle 6 miles downstream, including the portage around the Gring's Mill Dam (bring wheels if you want). We will take turns helping each other to carry boats around the dam.   This is a good trip when the water level is above 3 ft. (at the gauge just downstream from Blue Marsh Dam). Lower water will postpone the trip. Pack water and a snack and spare clothes in a dry bag in your boat. We can eat a snack when we portage the boats.  Total trip typically takes 1-1.5 hours on a good water day. You can also pack a lunch in a cooler and leave in your car at Berks Leisure area to enjoy when you finish the paddle. You might also consider biking after your paddle (but we won’t be doing an organized bike trip together that day). It is a beautiful trail! Contact Trip Leader: Michelle Hnath

June 2018

June 4 - Sojourn Luncheon- 10 AM- 3 PM. The luncheon is served at Kerper’s Landing (Penske) at Reading’s Riverfront Park.  We donate salads, fruit, snacks, and sandwiches, which are appreciated by the tired boaters on the Schuylkill River Sojourn.  We need volunteers to bring salads, set up and serve food to Sojourners.  We really appreciate your help!  Leader: Tina Ehrig

June 10 -  Lower Lehigh - Glen Onoko to Weissport (WW light Class II)
Meet at 11 am at the Glen Onoko put in. We will run the Lehigh River from Glen Onoko to Bowmanstown. It is a class II plus stretch which is about 8 miles.  A boat that turns preferably with a spray skirt and a helmet are highly recommended.  This section is for beginner white water boaters but not for beginner boaters.  There is a release weekend so water conditions should be good.  Leader: Sandy Powell

June 16th - Brandywine Creek - Chester County. PA.   
This is a beautiful Class I river that winds through the Cheslen Preserve in Chester County.   We will paddle from Corcoran’s Bridge to Shaw’s Bridge Park, approximately 7 miles.  We will meet at 9:00 AM at the parking lot on Rt. 162 just east of Star Gazer Road.   See the trail map on the Cheslen Preserve website for more detail.  Leader: Francine Carlini

June 23 - Upper Lehigh River early  (WW) - Russ Scaramastra

July 2018

July 8 - Upper Lehigh River early (WW) – Russ Scaramastra

July 16-18 -  Rock Hall, Maryland (tentative)
We will boat in quieter waters around Eastern Neck Wildlife Preserve.  A 14-16’ boat and a spray skirt would work best. There are very nice B&Bs in town, but most of us will camp at Bayshores Campground overlooking the Chesapeake.  - Tina Ehrig

July 21 - Juniata River  (Class I plus) 
Meet at 11am at the Greenwood Access at Pittman's Riverside Campground. Will be a fun river trip on the Juniata near Harrisburg . We will paddle from the Greenwood access to Amity Hall access (14 miles).   There is one or two spots where you have to have the ability to turn your boat well.  The lower the river the more you will have to be able to turn your boat.   Leader: Sandy Powell

July 22 - Lehigh River - Glen Onoko to Weissport (WW light Class II)
Meet at 11 am at the Glen Onoko put in. We will run the Lehigh River from Glen Onoko to Bowmanstown. It is a class II plus stretch which is about 8 miles.  A boat that turns preferably with a spray skirt and a helmet are highly recommended.  This section is for beginner white water boaters but not for beginner boaters.  There is a release weekend so water conditions should be good.  Leader: Sandy Powell

 August 2018

August 4 -  Lower Lehigh - Glen Onoko to Weissport (WW light Class II) - Sandy Powell

August 5  - Lehigh River - White Haven to Rockport ( WW Class II-III) – Sandy Powell

August 11 - Upper Lehigh Early (WW) - Russ Scaramastra

August 25 - 26 - Muhlenberg River Festival –Enjoy a free festival along the  Schuylkill River with: two stages of great music, food, crafts, plus beer and wine tents. We won't be manning a table this year but come out anyway and enjoy the great music at this free event!

September 2018

September 21-23 -   Pinelands Trip, New Jersey -  We will boat a variety of Pinelands rivers such as the Wading, Batsto and/or the Oswego, depending on water levels.  Camping at Bass River State Forest.  Requires boat control, but basically easy. Leader: Tina Ehrig

October 2018

October 4- 7 - Chesapeake Weekend - Jane's Island, Maryland - We will paddle Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Longer boats (12 feet or longer) are recommended. There are plenty of places to paddle - from right in front of our house, to Jane's Island and if windy on the Pocomoke River. A few spots to stay in my house (first come first serve), camp on my lawn or camp at Janes Island State Park. If it rains there are plenty of rainy day activities in the area. This area is about 4 and 1/2 hours from Reading. Contact me if you are interested. 
Leader: Sandy Powell

October 20 - KCC Fall Meeting and Fall Foliage Paddle 
Meet before paddling Schuylkill River from Shoemakersville to Muhlenberg Township. Includes some rapids and riffles and requires boat control.  Tina  Ehrig

November 2018

November 14 (Wednesday) KCC Club meeting at Muhlenberg Twp Rec Building, 7-9 PM. Sarah Chudnovsky of Berks Nature, speaker.  KCC election .

November 17  Blue Marsh Shoreline Cleanup Volunteer Work Day . Event happens from 9am-2pm with gloves, tools and trashbags provided. Several club members may get together during part of that time to clean up areas unreachable on foot from our kayaks and canoes. If you are available to help, please contact Tina Ehrig.

December 2018

Dec. 1 (Saturday) KCC Christmas Party at Berks Nature’s new building at Angelica Park. Pot-luck dinner. Ed Gertler, speaker. 1-4:30 PM.

Leaders’ Contact information
Sandy Powell - [email protected] or 610-212-3216
Tina Ehrig - [email protected] or 610-334-7606
Michelle Hnath - [email protected] or 610-914-7595
Russ Scaramastra - Call or text 610 223 8375
Ryck and Karyn Spengler- [email protected] or 610-775-4228
Natalie Glunz -  [email protected] or 570.640.8913
Francine Carlini  - [email protected] or 610-279-4671