Paddle Trek

2016 Paddle Trek. Full album here.

The Paddle Trek has been moved to Sunday due to thunderstorms!

The Trek is now Sunday, July 29th at 7 AM. The starting point has been changed to Echo Lake due to low water. Please see the “Trip Schedule and Details” below for more information.

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About the Paddle Trek

The 30 Mile River Watershed Association will host its 10th Annual Paddle Trek July 28, 2018. 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
Registration fees are as follows: 
Adults: $25
Teens (13-17): $15
Children (12 and under): FREE

 

Are you interested in participating but do not have your own boat?  Fear not!  We are pleased to partner again this year with Tanner Webb of Webb and Sons Paddling Rentals.  They will be offering recreational, sit on top, kid, and tandem kayaks and canoes at a discounted price to rent for $20 which will include the boat, paddle(s), life jacket(s), and free delivery and pickup at the Paddle Trek event! Contact Tanner directly to book a reservation at 207-441-4537, tanner@webbandsons.biz, or their website www.webbandsons.biz.  This is a great opportunity to support a local business and enjoy a beautiful day on the water!

Important Notes:

  • Bring lunch, lots of water, a life jacket, and sturdy footwear for portages and stream-walking (NOT flip-flops or Crocs). Portage means that at various points you must pick up your canoe or kayak and carry it from one body of water to another because of a dam or other impasse.

    Paddle trek 2010

    Photo by Jon Ljunggren

  • There could be poison ivy on the portages, so you may want long pants.
  • A van will be available to shuttle you back to your vehicle at end of the trip, as well as at the end of parts 2 & 3 for those who do not wish to do the whole trip.
  • Paddling the whole trip will be strenuous and is not recommended for everyone.
  • If you are unable to portage your own boat, volunteers will be able to assist you.
  • 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.
  • We will be crossing private property for several of the portages and the landowners have generously given permission for us to do this. This permission applies to this trip only, not for future trips by those doing it on their own.

Trip Schedule & Details (revised 7/27/18)

Paddle Trek Map

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Photos

2016 Paddle TrekPhotos courtesy of Dale M Clark, Sue Knorr, and Josh Robbins

2015 Paddle TrekPhotos courtesy of Josh Robbins

2014 Paddle Trek – Photos courtesy of Josh Robbins

2012 Paddle Trek – Photos courtesy of Jim Anderberg (opens in new window)

For more information e-mail info@30mileriver.org.