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Elkhorn Beginners Paddle

The 2017 version of the Elkhorn Beginners paddle was a goriuos affair. 16 paddlers in 16 boats - a flotilla that could have challenged the Spanish Armada - “braved” warm sunny conditions on a slow flowing creek to traverse the 11 mile main stem from Knight’s Bridge to the  US127 takeout. The participants were mostly new faces to Elkhorn Paddler members as  many signed up as part of our MeetUp group. The ‘new blood’ made socializing, always important on the creek, an adventure as we all got to make new friends and trade stories. Many of the longer term members even got to recycle their water war stories on new ears. The lower watr level made for a less exciting day (good) but did create a few opportunities for paddlers to get beached (bad). The only excitement occurred after our pause at Canoe KY when we, briefly, lost track of 2 of our boaters who ended up scouting the creek ahead of us. However, we did eventually catch up with them and all participants wee safely herded to the take-out.

Blast from the Past!

The Elkhorn Paddlers organized in 1981, 36 years ago this summer. Since that time membership has grown, dwindled and leadership has changed. But the original mission of the group has not wavered – we’re still here to enjoy the water, help others experience the joys of paddling and protect our water resources. What follows are excerpts from the very FIRST Elkhorn Paddler Newsletter.

CAST OFF !! WE’RE UNDERWAY!!

The groups organizational meeting was held on Thursday August 6 (1981), at the Forks of Elkhorn Campground. Forty-two people attended and sixteen families paid their dues and joined the original six organizers as members. To start discussion Jim Nance, Fred Tuttle, Sue Tileston, Harold Jeffers and Howard Jones each stated why they were interested in starting the club and what they thought interests and goals might be. Most of those present expressed interest in conservation of Elkhorn Creek, training in boating skills and safety, camping and cruising. Some wished to be involved in whitewater canoeing and racing. Programs, activities and training will be planned to pursue each of these interests with outings thru the fall and indoor meetings during the winter months. The group will remain loosely organized for the remainder of this year and before spring we will draw up bylaws and hold election of officers. The first club trip was planned for August 15th on North Elkhorn at Georgetown with Fred Tuttle as leader.

“MAIDEN VOYAGE”

Our first canoe trip-picnic on Fred Tuttle’s farm at Georgetown was a great success. About 50 people attended and 19 boats were kept bust most of the afternoon cruising a three mile stretch of flat water down to a dam. Four new members joined making a total membership of 26 families. Fred Tuttle and his family express their pleasure to have us as guests and their thanks for cleaning up the grounds so well.

TRIP SCHEDULE FOR SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 1981

September 19 LICKING RIVER- Middle Fork 12 miles from St. Rd. 32 to Blue Licks State Park. Meeting Place: Penny Pincher Motel (I-75 and St. Rd. 460). Time: 9:00am Prompt. Trip Leader: Howard Jones, (call leader for details). October 3 & 4 Kentucky River – (Guests of Sierra Club) 23 miles. Overnite trip through the Palisades section. Sierra Club fee for trip is $2.00 per person. Trip Leader: Harold Jeffers October 24 Elkhorn Creek- Main Fork, section to be decided due to water level fluctuation. Meeting Place: Franklin County High School Parking Lot. Time: 9:00am Prompt Trip Leaders: Harold Jeffers and Howard Jones
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Elkhorn Beginners Paddle

The 2017 version of the Elkhorn Beginners paddle was a goriuos affair. 16 paddlers in 16 boats - a flotilla that could have challenged the Spanish Armada - “braved” warm sunny conditions on a slow flowing creek to traverse the 11 mile main stem from Knight’s Bridge to the  US127 takeout. The participants were mostly new faces to Elkhorn Paddler members as  many signed up as part of our MeetUp group. The ‘new blood’ made socializing, always important on the creek, an adventure as we all got to make new friends and trade stories. Many of the longer term members even got to recycle their water war stories on new ears. The lower watr level made for a less exciting day (good) but did create a few opportunities for paddlers to get beached (bad). The only excitement occurred after our pause at Canoe KY when we, briefly, lost track of 2 of our boaters who ended up scouting the creek ahead of us. However, we did eventually catch up with them and all participants wee safely herded to the take-out.

Blast from the Past!

The Elkhorn Paddlers organized in 1981, 36 years ago this summer. Since that time membership has grown, dwindled and leadership has changed. But the original mission of the group has not wavered – we’re still here to enjoy the water, help others experience the joys of paddling and protect our water resources. What follows are excerpts from the very FIRST Elkhorn Paddler Newsletter.

CAST OFF !! WE’RE UNDERWAY!!

The groups organizational meeting was held on Thursday August 6 (1981), at the Forks of Elkhorn Campground. Forty-two people attended and sixteen families paid their dues and joined the original six organizers as members. To start discussion Jim Nance, Fred Tuttle, Sue Tileston, Harold Jeffers and Howard Jones each stated why they were interested in starting the club and what they thought interests and goals might be. Most of those present expressed interest in conservation of Elkhorn Creek, training in boating skills and safety, camping and cruising. Some wished to be involved in whitewater canoeing and racing. Programs, activities and training will be planned to pursue each of these interests with outings thru the fall and indoor meetings during the winter months. The group will remain loosely organized for the remainder of this year and before spring we will draw up bylaws and hold election of officers. The first club trip was planned for August 15th on North Elkhorn at Georgetown with Fred Tuttle as leader.

“MAIDEN VOYAGE”

Our first canoe trip-picnic on Fred Tuttle’s farm at Georgetown was a great success. About 50 people attended and 19 boats were kept bust most of the afternoon cruising a three mile stretch of flat water down to a dam. Four new members joined making a total membership of 26 families. Fred Tuttle and his family express their pleasure to have us as guests and their thanks for cleaning up the grounds so well.

TRIP SCHEDULE FOR SEPTEMBER

AND OCTOBER 1981

September 19 LICKING RIVER- Middle Fork 12 miles from St. Rd. 32 to Blue Licks State Park. Meeting Place: Penny Pincher Motel (I-75 and St. Rd. 460). Time: 9:00am Prompt. Trip Leader: Howard Jones, (call leader for details). October 3 & 4 Kentucky River – (Guests of Sierra Club) 23 miles. Overnite trip through the Palisades section. Sierra Club fee for trip is $2.00 per person. Trip Leader: Harold Jeffers October 24 Elkhorn Creek- Main Fork, section to be decided due to water level fluctuation. Meeting Place: Franklin County High School Parking Lot. Time: 9:00am Prompt Trip Leaders: Harold Jeffers and Howard Jones
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