Perfect paddling weather is currently forecast for Oklahoma this weekend! The Spring rains have many local waterways up and running but few, if any, are flooded. Since my buddy Yakker has just purchased a new 14 foot sit inside fishing kayak from Wilderness Systems, I know he will be wanting to get out on the water. You should, too! The redbuds are in full bloom and the dogwood trees won't be far behind.
The area's most scenic rivers for paddling are at great water flow levels this week. It looks like good paddling conditions on: the Buffalo River, The Illinois River, The Ouachita, the Mt. Fork River, the Caddo River, the Kings River and on Big Piney Creek. Plus whitewater kayaking favorites like: the Glover River, the Cossatot, the Poteau River, the Saline and the Mulberry River are all running at fun levels for playboat adventure.
Sunday, I am hoping to make another trip to Grave Creek. I went hunting for morel mushrooms this week with my dad and on the way home he showed me another spot to access Grave Creek that is upwards of the Boat ramp most folks use to access Lake Eufaula via Grave Creek. I'm hoping to plot out a good one way kayaking trip on Grave Creek, so i can invite the Oklahoma Flatwater Paddlers down this way for a group paddling trip.
BTW, if you decide to hit Grave Creek at the boat ramp this weekend, expect a crowd. The crappie are running, so many fishermen are launching there and driving down to the confluence with the lake. It looks like they are really catching them, too!
In other local Oklahoma paddling news, OKC paddlers have an excellent chance to have some fun in the OKC area and do somehing noble for their community at the same time.
The Fifth Annual Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge & Lake Overholser Cleanup will be held in northwest Oklahoma City on Saturday, April 24, 2010. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at the pavillion near the Lake Overholser Dam tennis courts to check in and get trash bags. (near NW 39th and Council—visit the http://www.okckayak.com for launch map links, Google Earth maps and detailed directions).
Please RSVP no later than April 20 by calling Rodney Boegel 405.802.3678 for more information and to reserve your free kayak, lifejacket, and paddle... generously provided by OKC Kayak. OKC Kayak will even give you a mini safety & how-to briefing prior to putting you in a boat. Tell them Kayak Oklahoma sent you!
Spring is one of the best seasons to enjoy nature while taking a float trip on an Oklahoma river, so don't misss out! See you on the water!