Basic paddling class for FLFR volunteers

Needed:  Veteran paddlers to help conduct a basic paddling class for teens who volunteered at Friends of the Locust Fork Day at the River.  July 26, 2pm-8pm, at King’s Bend. Class, possible short float trip and a cookout included.

A group of teens (older girl scouts, mostly) helped FLFR at their annual Day of the River event.  In return, FLFR is organizing a basic class, cookout and general fun day at the river. We’ve been asked to provide the instruction.  We need open boaters and kayakers. No ACA certification required, just a desire to pass on your knowledge.

We’ll do the  class in the pool at King’s Bend and a short float on the Locust if we have some water. Then dinner at King’s Bend in the evening. Let Shep know if you can help out.

Board Meeting-Summer Party-No July Meeting

Wanted to provide a quick update on club business:

  • There will be a board meeting on Tuesday, June 24 at 6 p.m. at Helen Todd’s house (3217 Burning Tree Drive, Hoover, AL 35226) Club members are always invited to attend board meetings if they would like.
  • Summer Party – Thursday, July 3, at the club property on the Mulberry. Starts at 5:30 p.m. RVSP Please to Helen Todd at The club will provide the meat/burgers, bring a side dish & grill. Please car pool – we have issues with our neighbors.
  • No club meeting at Homewood Library in July.
  • Save the date: BCC will once again host the Reel Paddling Film Festival again this year. It will be Nov. 13 at Avondale Brewing Company.


Old Timers Trip July 18th-20th

Old Timers is July 18-20. We’re staying at River Rats around the pavilion on the hill.  Taylor and I will be driving up Saturday morning with a one month old and grandmother in tow, so we’ll be leading a later than usual Hiwassee trip—meet at 11:30 CT at the put in to run shuttle.
We’ll do a potluck dinner at the campsite Saturday night.
Let me know if you’re interested in leading an Ocoee trip that weekend.

This will be an ACA registered event, so please bring your ACA number or $5 to cover your insurance for the weekend. Contact trip leader Ashley Preston with questions. Looking forward to seeing some old and new faces!

Day at the River


Day at the River is June 21. This is an annual event run by the Friends of the Locust Fork River for kids and families who live near the river.  It’s a day of outdoor education, conservation instruction and fun.  The BCC provides the fun.  We teach kids how to paddle, put them in boats, and let them get on the river….in a gentle pool at King’s Bend.  And we usually get most of them soaking wet.

We’ve been doing this since the very first Day at the River, about 15 years ago.  It’s a great chance to remember just how much fun rivers can be.

We need volunteers, boats, PFD’s (especially kid sizes) and paddles.  Event runs all day, from about 8am to 3pm.  Its fun and a good chance to help our friends at FLFR.  Let Shep know if you can come help, and if you can bring boats and gear.  We need lots!  Rec kayaks especially.

Float Trip April 27

BCC float trip is coming up Sunday 4/27!  Of course, the final destination will depend on water levels as of next week, but there is a high likelihood we will be doing the Cahaba from River Bend (below the lillies section) down to Centreville.  Should be a nice scenic paddle with numerous small shoals and one 2 ft drop. Plan for meeting up at 9:30 at a to be determined location off the interstate.  I will send confirmed details to those that email me and will also post on the BCC website when I’m sure exactly which stretch we’re doing.  Please email if interested.

Please note BCC does not provide boats for float trips.  If you need a rental, I recommend Canoe the Cahaba in Helena or UAB Outdoor Pursuits.  They both have boats for rent.

I have also been asked if you must be a member to go on a club trip.  While we do not require this, we strongly recommend joining the club if you’re not already a member.  After all, it is only $20 per year for the whole family!

May 6 Club Meeting- Cahaba River Lilies and River Biology

Don’t miss our next meeting at 7 p.m. on May 6 at the Homewood Library. Our guest will be Randy Haddock, Field Director for the Cahaba River Society. He will be talking about the Cahaba Lilies and the river biology of the Cahaba that lend to the growth of this unique flower in our area. We also have a local float trip on April 27, check the events calendar for details.

Classes, Meeting Info & Web Updates

Spring is here and the BCC is ready! Please note the following events coming up:

  • April 1 – No April Fool’s Joke! – Vander Hill will teach us about the essential knots to know and how to use them on the river. Bring a piece of rope to practice. As always the meeting is at  7 p.m. at the Homewood Library.
  • 2014 Class schedule posted. Training coordinators Joy Carter and Mark Garner have put together a great instruction schedule this year. Check out the classes tab and please share with your friends. Below is a PDF version of the entire schedule.
  • Thanks to Russ for making some improvements to our website. You will find past newsletters and meeting minutes posted on the lower right of the homepage. If you miss a meeting, its a great way to catch up.

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