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SCHEDULE of ACTIVITIES
Last updated 4/29/19
 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 name is in each trip description and their contact information is at the bottom of page.

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.
January to March 2019
Pool Sessions-  Sunday evenings 6-7:50 PM, January to March
 
Winter Hiking Series 
Check out the great Pool Sessions and Hikes  here.
 
Paddling Season Begins!
April 2019
Saturday, April 20th 
Peter Yarnell to Jim Dietrich also Spring KCC meeting
Leader: Tina Ehrig

May 2019
Saturday, May 11th
Opening Day on the Upper Lehigh  (WW Class II-III)
Leader: Russ Scaramastra

Saturday, May 11th
Little Schuylkill - New Ringgold to Port Clinton 
Class I+ river with some rapids that you will  need good boat control for on this 12.5 mile paddle. Previous experience on similar rivers is recommended. I am setting the lower river depth requirement for this trip at 2.6  at the Tamaqua Gauge.  Anything below that level has way too many areas where you can get hung up on rocks and you may be walking your boat.   We will meet at 9 am at the Burger King in Hamburg PA.  It is on the right side of Route 61 going toward Port Clinton  across from Cabela's.  The address is 12 Jetson Drive Hamburg.  I am meeting here instead of Wendy's in case some one needs to use the bathroom (Wendy's does not open till 10 am)  The trip should take most of the day - expect to get off the river no earlier than 3:30-4pm.  Cold weather boating clothing along with a change of clothing is needed for the trip. We will be stopping along the river for lunch so please pack a lunch and plenty of water.  Please let me know if you are coming as in the event of low or high river levels I may have to switch where we are boating. If for some reason the water is too low - I will still run a trip - I am thinking of doing the Loop in Phoenixville which is along the Schuylkill. Contact Leader: Sandy Powell
  
Saturday, May 18th
Brandywine River
We will paddle the East Branch of the Brandywine River in Chester County.   Class 1.  This is an approximately 8 mile trip on another picturesque part of the Brandywine.   We will meet at 9AM at Johnstown Park located on Viaduct Avenue in Downingtown, and take out at Shaw’s Bridge Park in West Chester (there are a few take out options at Shaw to avoid the mud!!).   If the water level is too low or my up-coming scouting expedition reveals any problems, I’ll select a section of the Schuylkill, probably Pottstown to Limerick, but I would be open to suggestions.   If interested, please contact Leader: Francine Carlini
 
Saturday, May 25
Tulpehocken Creek paddle
Meet at 9:45am for this beginner trip starting at Stilling Basin. Leader: Michelle Hnath

June 2019
Saturday, June 1st
with Ryan Beltz  of the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy.   Contact Sandy Powell if you are interested in safety boating for the day on the Perkiomen Creek (If not safety boating, there is a fee for taking part in the Sojourn.  The trip is not club-sponsored.)

June 1st-7th
Sponsored by the Schuylkill River Greenway (not club sponsored – fee) 

Monday, June 3rd
Schuylkill Sojourn Luncheon
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.  10am - 3pm. We really appreciate your help!  Leader: Tina Ehrig

Saturday, June 8th
Early run on the upper Lehigh (WW Class II/III)
Leader: Russ Scaramastra

Saturday, June  8th
Lehigh - Glen Onoko to Weissport (WW light Class II) 
​Leader: Sandy Powell

Sunday, June 23rd
Upper Lehigh early  (WW Class  II-III) 
Leader: Russ Scaramastra

Friday-Sunday, June 28-30th
Delaware River Camp/Paddle Trip
Paddle through Delaware Recreation Area From Dingman’s Ferry Campground to Smithfield Beach - two day trip with car camping  -class I. Leader: Sandy Powell

July 2019
Sunday, July 7
Upper Lehigh early (WW Class II-III) 
Leader: Russ Scaramastra

Wednesday, July 17th  
Sunset/Full Moon Paddle on Blue Marsh Lake
We’ll put in at the Church Road Parking Area around 8:00 PM to enjoy a leisurely 2-hour paddle in the no-wake zone of the lake.  Leader: Brian Swisher

Saturday, July 27th
KCC 45th Anniversary Paddle Picnic on the Schuylkill River
Paddle 5 miles from Gibraltar to Union Twp Meadows Park Recreation Area, 1281 E. Main St. Douglassville.  Potluck  picnic. Options afterwards to hike the loop at the park, or paddle the additional 4 miles to Ganshahawny Park.  Come out to celebrate the KCC’s 45th anniversary! Leader: Tina Ehrig

August 2019
Saturday, August 3rd
Lehigh- Glen Onoko to Weissport (WW light Class II)
​Leader: Sandy Powell

Saturday, August 3rd
Lower Lehigh Rockport to Glen Onoko (WW solid II/III) 
Leader: Russ Scaramastra

Sunday, August 4rd
Early Upper Lehigh run White Haven to Rockport ( WW Class II-III) 
Leader: Russ Scaramastra

Friday-Sunday, August 16-18th
French Creek Mini-Sojourn 
An à la carte offering of  paddling, biking, camping, hiking, history, and probably ice cream! … on, along, and near the Schuylkill River from Gibraltar to Pottstown. Join us for one activity or as many as you’d like. Leader: Brian Swisher

Saturday, August 31th
Early Upper Lehigh run White Haven to Rockport ( WW Class II-III) 
Leader: Russ Scaramastra

September 2019

Saturday, September 14th
Mongaup Creek Release (WW Class III)

These are solid Class 3 whitewater. Intermediate paddling skill level is a minimum requirement.  The Mongaup Rapids are long and congested. Self rescue skills are a must. Swims can be uncomfortable and even dangerous. A good roll will come in handy. Leader: Russ Scaramastra

Friday-Sunday, September 26th-29th
Pinelands, NJ Trip
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. Raindate Oct. 17th-20th. Leader: Tina Ehrig

October 2019
Thursday-Sunday, October 3rd- 6th
Pocomoke River Weekend near Pocomoke City MD
Stay at Sandy's house near Crisfield or camp at Jane’s Island Campground. Leader: Sandy Powell

Saturday, September 14th
Mongaup Creek Release (WW Class III)
These are solid Class 3 whitewater. Intermediate paddling skill level is a minimum requirement.  The Mongaup Rapids are long and congested. Self rescue skills are a must. Swims can be uncomfortable and even dangerous. A good roll will come in handy. Leader: Russ Scaramastra

Saturday, October 26th
Schuylkill River Fall Foliage Trip & Club Meeting
We will have a short club meeting before launch and then paddle from Reading to Gibraltar. Includes riffles and rapids. Some boat control needed.  Leader: Tina Ehrig

November 2019
Saturday, November 2nd
Tohickon Creek (WW III -IV)
Leader: Russ Scaramastra

Saturday, November 2nd
Mystery Paddle, TBD
Leader: Tina Ehrig

No Club Meeting in November
 
December 2019
Saturday, Dec.7th
KCC Christmas Party
Meet from 1-4:30pm for a party at Berks Nature’s new building at Angelica Park. Food, fun and participate in club elections.

Leaders’ Contact information:
Sandy Powell - [email protected] or 610-212-3216
Tina Ehrig - [email protected] or 610-334-7606
Russ Scaramastra - Call or text 610-223-8375
Michelle Hnath - [email protected] or 610-914-7595
Francine Carlini -  [email protected] or 610-279-4671
Brian Swisher- [email protected] or 610-780-2189