About shep

open boat paddler, ACA whitewater instructor. Amazingly, I'm now sort of one of the old guard.

Volunteers needed at Cahaba River Society Fry Down

We’re looking for volunteers to hang out at the Cahaba River, eat catfish and drink beer.  Oh, and represent the BCC at the Cahaba River Society  festival, Fry Down.  It’s Sunday, Sept. 29, noon to 4, at Trussville Springs, in Trussville.  We need BCCers to bring boats and gear to arrange along the riverside.  The idea is to introduce festival goers to paddling.  If the water in the river is deep enough, folks (kids, especially) might enjoy getting in a boat just to see what it feels like.  The river is pretty shallow there, so we’re not talking about a river trip….just floating around in a pool.

The CRS Fry Down is a fundraiser for the Cahaba River Society.  It features a competitive catfish cooking event.  There are 12 teams that will be competing, and the public is invited to sample their efforts.  We’ll also have a beer garden, featuring brews from all of the local breweries, Good People, Avondale, Cahaba, Beer Engineers and Trim Tab (their debut, in fact).

Entry to the festival is free for those working the BCC booth, the catfish is free and the beers cost just $5, for a good cause.  There will also be food vendors on site, if you aren’t partial to catfish and fixings.

I’m hoping to have 3-4 people staffing the BCC area.  Let me  know if you’d like to spend a delightful Sunday afternoon hanging out at a river, with good food, beer, music and company.  Contact Shep if interested.

Fall Colors trip

The annual Fall Colors trip is scheduled for the last weekend in Oct., Oct. 25-27.  Camping at River Rats in Tennessee.  We’ll do the Hiwassee River on Saturday, Oct. 26.  There may not be water there on Sunday, so hiking is an option, or other area rivers, assuming any are running.  Bring boats and boots.   Let Shep know if you are coming.

Locust Fork Day at the River, June 15

Join the BCC at Day at the River, put on by our buddies at Friends of the Locust Fork River.  They invite kids from the Blount County area to the river for a day of instruction, investigation, discovery and fun.  The BCC has been part of this event since the inception, about 15 years ago.  We do a limited amount of paddle instruction, then let the kids jump in boats and go paddle around in the pool below the racecourse at Kings Bend.  We need BCC folks there to lend a hand, help a kid get in a boat, do some teaching and keep an wary eye on the kids.  Oh, and we usually manage to swamp most of them at some point, which is the highlight for most kids.

We need volunteers, boats of all kinds, paddles, PFD’s (especially kid sized) and smiling faces.  Saturday, June 15, 8am-3pm.  Lunch will be provided.  King’s Bend on the Locust Fork.  This event is always a blast, and a great way to give back to the community. Contact Shep, bshep@uab.edu.

Join BCC at Cahaba Brewery Cahaba Fest!

Cahaba Fest, brought to you by Cahaba Brewing.  A fundraiser for the Cahaba River Society, Saturday, May 11, from noon to 5pm.  The BCC will have a booth with information on the club, trips and paddling classes.  Come enjoy the bands, a bounce house for the kids, and plenty of great beers from Cahaba Brewing.  Free admission, proceeds from beer sales (and skee ball) go to CRS.

Cahaba Brewing taproom on 3rd Ave at 27th Street.  Parking available kiddy corner from the taproom, on 27th St.

Cahaba River trip with Randy and Gordon from Cahaba River Society

***Meet at Gold’s Gym, the Colannade, at 8am on Saturday, March 30***

Paddle a stretch of the Cahaba River with Gordon Black and Dr. Randy Haddock of the Cahaba River Society on March 30.  This will be a fun and educational paddling trip, to learn more about  our local river.  The Cahaba is the most biologically diverse river in the Southeast. We’ll take time to learn a little about the uniqueness of the river along with its role in recreation, habitat and clean drinking water as we paddle along.  We’ll learn about the stresses the river is under, and the efforts underway to preserve and protect it.  Paddlers will also learn about the Cahaba River Society, and hear about ways to join and support CRS. We’ll decide just what stretch of river to do as we get closer to the date, depending on water level.  Anticipate moving water, Class I trip, suitable for tandem canoe, rec kayak or just about anything that floats.  Contact Shep for more info. bshep@uab.edu

March Meeting, the Cahaba Blueway

Learn about the Cahaba Blueway, a plan to create a water trail along the corridor of the Cahaba River, Alabama’s longest free flowing river.  The Blueway is a project of Alabama Innovation Engine, the Nature Conservancy, the Cahaba River Society and other groups, to boost tourism, eco-development and preservation of the river.

Flat water trip to Perry County oxbow lakes

Join us to paddle around two oxbow lakes in Perry County, formed when the Cahaba River shifted its course many years ago.  These small lakes are now basically Cypress swamps (well, one has Cypress, the other has Tupelo trees).  Very interesting places.  The paddling itself will be short.  We’ll also walk a short trail to the Cahaba and have lunch on the river bank.

Sunday, Nov. 25. Rendevous at the Flying J gas station at exit 104 of I-59/20 in McCalla at 9am.   Contact Shep for more info.

Vote “YES” for Forever Wild on Nov. 6

The Birmingham Canoe Club board of directors urges you to vote Yes on Nov. 6 on Forever Wild to continue to protect out lands and out waters without increasing taxes.   Forever Wild helps to provide some of the most unique outdoor recreation opportunities in Alabama, while also helping to protect our rivers and streams to benefit all citizens. NO funding comes from taxes. For 20 years, Forever Wild has helped to improve Alabama’s water quality, while also providing additional access to land for public recreation like hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, and much more. A constitutional amendment will appear on the November 2012 general election ballot to allow voters in Alabama a chance to continue Forever Wild.  For more information, go to http://www.alabamiansforforeverwild.org/vote/

Please vote Yes on Forever Wild on Nov. 6.