River Too High? Paddle in the Park! (Sunday 6/30/13) 6-26-2013

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Paddle in the Park!

Invite from Mark Sethne: 

Greetings all!                                                                                    

Paddle in the Park, June 30th, 2013
Governor Dodge State Park, Cox Hollow Lake Boat landing.
I’ve been accosted by several people who have expressed an interest in the Paddle in the Park we’ve been doing for nearly a decade now.  I’ve lost the list of email recipients AND the memo I usually sent out, so I’m starting from scratch.  Please help me out by sending this to any people you think might be interested AND let me know if you want me to remove your name from my list.
Paddle in the Park just happened a few years back and is designed solely for your personal pleasure, though others may have fun too!  As in the past, I will get to the Cox Hollow Lake boat landing about 10 in the morning to “reserve” the grill and a couple picnic tables for our group.
I will bring a bag of charcoal and a rack (trailer) of assorted paddle craft (canoes/kayaks) and others will do the same.  If you don’t have a boat, no problem!  You are welcome to use one of mine, or try out someone else’s.  There will be paddles and life jackets too, though fitting small children has been an issue in the past.  If you’ve never been in a kayak or solo canoe and you want a little “guidance” first, we’ll be sure to help you out.  If you plan to start a water fight AND stay dry . . . . . . good luck!
The bag of charcoal should be self explanatory.  Bring something to cook on it . . . .IF you so desire.  Everybody brings something and I can’t recall how many times I’ve “stolen” food right off the table.  Some bring the standard burgers/brats and others get much more involved.  Bring what will make you and your family happy.  The Concession at the other end of the lake still sells frozen strawberry juice treats. Yum! Some people bring a couple beers (it’s OK, we live in Wisconsin), but it’s certainly NOT the focus of the day. Kids are always welcome and it truly amazes me how people watch out for them.  If you have lawn games like bean bag toss, bring them.
Daily admission to the park is $7 (I think) and you are responsible for that.  There’s plenty of parking at the boat landing.  There’s water and bathroom facilities there too.
Most of us paddle a little and hang out in the shade, talking smart (and eating, of course).
Come when you can, leave when you must, and feel free to bring others.

Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway (FLOW) will also bring extra kayaks, canoes and life jackets, (FLOW has several small child vests) Canoe and kayak tips, safety demonstrations and practice will be part of the fun also.

Invite your friends! Everyone is welcome. Please call if you have any questions: 608-575-0325

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