Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Paddle Trek has been cancelled.
Please stay tuned for updates regarding next year’s event.
About the Paddle Trek
The 30 Mile River Watershed Association will host its 11th Annual Paddle Trek July 27, 2019. Consider joining us for all or just a part of this 15-mile guided paddle from Mt. Vernon Village to Wayne Village, traveling along many of the lakes and streams that form the “30 Mile River.” Beginning at Minnehonk Lake in Mt. Vernon (starting 7AM), the trip route continues down Hopkins Pond, Hopkins Stream, Taylor Pond, Echo Lake and its Mill Pond, Lovejoy Pond, Jennings Stream, Pickerel Pond, and Pocasset Lake, ending in Wayne Village’s Mill Pond (usually close to 3PM).
The event is split into four parts – with the option of paddling one, two, three or all four parts. Paddlers may join the group at any of the four meeting points, and return shuttles are available at three locations:
- In Fayette, near the Fayette Country Store on Route 17
- In North Wayne at the dam behind the Town Office
- In Wayne Village at the Mill Park
PADDLE TREK SCHEDULE (TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE)
|7:00-7:30 AM||Meet at the Minnehonk Public Beach (Mt. Vernon Village – across from the fire station). Check-in/register, unload boats and gear, and inspect boats for invasive plants|
|7:30 AM||Welcome and overview of the day.|
|7:45 AM||Part 1: Minnehonk, Hopkins Pond, Hopkins Stream, to Taylor Pond Boat Launch (at the Chimney in West Mt. Vernon)|
|9:00 AM||For those beginning the trip with Part 2 – meet at the Echo Lake public boat launch (at Chimney) for a boat inspection and meeting with trip leaders for overview.|
|9:15 AM||Part 2: Echo Lake to Rt. 17 near Fayette Country Store. We will depart together.|
|11:00 AM||Part 3: Lovejoy Pond. Start from behind Fayette Country Store.|
|12:30 PM||Lunch break in North Wayne near dam. Please bring your own lunch. Porta potty will be available.|
|1:00 PM||Part 4: Lovejoy Stream, Pickerel Pond, Pocasset Lake|
|2:30 PM||End at Memorial Park in Wayne, across the dam from Tubby’s Ice Cream. Free cone to all finishers!|
There are four portages in the trip. Portages cross private property. Landowners have generously given permission for us to cross their land for this trip only, not for future trips by those doing it on their own. Portages are up to 300 yards long and are difficult for some people. It works best when everyone works together, helping out those who need it. In the past, a few people have used kayak/canoe dolly carts to pull their boats across the portages. If you have one of those, you may want to bring it.
**There may be poison ivy on some of the portages, so beware.
- Please do not go ahead of the group. We don’t want anyone getting lost.
- Please help us protect the lakes from invasive plants by inspecting your boat for any plant material before you enter and when you leave each lake. This applies to each part of the trip.
- Bring lunch, lots of water, sunscreen, a lifejacket, and sturdy footwear for portages and stream-walking (NOT flip-flops or Crocs).
- A van will be available to shuttle you and your boat back to your vehicle at end of the trip, as well as at the ends of Parts 2 and 3, for those who do not wish to do the whole trip. NOTE: Shuttles will wait until they are full before leaving and may need to make a second trip.
- Paddling the whole trip will be strenuous for some and is not recommended for everyone.
2016 Paddle Trek – Photos courtesy of Dale M Clark, Sue Knorr, and Josh Robbins
2015 Paddle Trek – Photos courtesy of Josh Robbins
2014 Paddle Trek – Photos courtesy of Josh Robbins
2012 Paddle Trek – Photos courtesy of Jim Anderberg (opens in new window)
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