Paddle Trek

2021 Recap

Another successful Paddle Trek!

July 31, 2021 – Many thanks to the lake lovers who participated in this year’s Paddle Trek and to our many wonderful sponsors who support 30 Mile River’s commitment to protecting and preserving our lakes. Thanks also to our ten volunteers and the Fayette Fire Department, who did their part to ensure that the road crossing from Echo to Lovejoy Pond was safe. Thank you to all!

It was a beautiful day in the 30 Mile River Watershed with 42 paddlers of all ages arriving early at the Mount Vernon Town Beach and Echo Lake boat ramp to start their journey. This beautiful, scenic adventure travels through 10 picturesque and distinctly different bodies of water within the watershed, culminating in Wayne at Memorial Park. The day was filled with comradery, teamwork, lots of fun and, of course, a well earned ice cream from Tubby’s for all who finished, compliments of 30 Mile. We look forward to seeing all of you, and many new faces, at next year’s 13th Annual Paddle Trek.

About the Paddle Trek

The 30 Mile River Watershed Association hosts an Annual Paddle Trek in July. We hope you will join us next year 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 together form the “30 Mile River.” Beginning on Minnehonk Lake at Mt. Vernon’s Town Beach (meeting at 7AM), the trip route continues down and through Hopkins Pond, Hopkins Stream, Taylor Pond, Echo Lake and its Mill Pond, Lovejoy Pond, Lovejoy Stream, Pickerel Pond, and Pocasset Lake, ending in Wayne Village’s Mill Pond (usually close to 2:30PM).

How it Works

Event Start & Finish

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 three meeting points:

  • Minnehonk Town Beach, Mt. Vernon
  • Echo Lake Boat Launch, Mt. Vernon
  • Lovejoy Pond dam, North Wayne

Paddlers may end at three locations:

  • Echo Lake Boat Launch, Mt. Vernon
  • Lovejoy Pond dam, North Wayne
  • Memorial Park, Wayne Village
Portages

There are five portages during 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. There may be poison ivy on some of the portages, so beware.

To ensure an optimal experience, participants must be fit enough to carry their own kayak/canoe at portages. It works best when everyone works together, pairing up with others. 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.

Fitness Required

To ensure an optimal experience, participants must be fit enough to carry their own kayak/canoe at portages. Portages can be up to 300 yards long on rough ground. Paddle Trekkers from previous years have described this event as very challenging, but rewarding.

Quick Links

Questions?

Email 30 Mile’s Executive Director, Lidie, at lidie@30mileriver.org

Register for the Paddle Trek

Registration is currently closed and will reopen for our 13th Annual Paddle Trek in June 2022. We hope to see you next year!