13038 Hwy 61 North
Burlington, Iowa

phone: 319-752-1857 or 1-800-RIVER-12
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I PADDLED the SKUNK

Saturday, August 12, 2017

DESCRIPTION - I PADDLED the SKUNK will be a group paddle from Faulkner's Access near Oakland Mills to Stephenson Park in Lowell. This is a 14.3 mile paddle and will take approximately 5 hours. This is a self-paced, easy paddle. Beginners are welcome. This is not a race but a fun, social time to hit the water and meet other paddlers.
Click here for Registration form (please call for registration after 8/9)

SCHEDULE-
Parking: All participants will park at Stephenson Park (end of paddle). We will shuttle people and boats before the paddle.

Shuttle: Person shuttle leaves Stephenson Park at 9:30 to drive to Faulkner's Access put-in
Check-in: 10:00 Faulkner's Access near Oakland Mills

Launch: Approximately 10:30 a.m. from Faulkner's Access near Oakland Mills.
Lunch: We will plan to stop at a sandbar for mid paddle break and lunch.
Landing: Approximately 3:30 at Stephenson Park.

All people and boat shuttling takes place before the trip.
- Stephenson Park is the meeting place for parking and shuttle.
- We do not pick you up at the campground.
Please read carefully.

You can get a pretty good detail map by looking up Oakland Mills or Lowell on Mapquest, zooming in and then clicking aerial map. If you add Salem as a mid-point you can get a driving map. Mapquest doesn't find the exact street locations.

STEPHENSON PARK- click here for more info
Stephenson Park park is located under the river bridge in Lowell.

FINDING THE BOAT RAMP AT FAULKNER'S ACCESS
Drive to the Oakland Mills area on County Road W55. Leave W55 on the gravel road that is on the North side of the Skunk river bridge. Take this gravel road (253rd Street)staying to the right at any forks for 1 mile and you will eventually reach Faulkner's Access. It is a small park space with a circle loop and paved boat ramp. All people and boats start paddling at Faulkner's Access - not the main campground.

DRIVING FROM FAULKNER'S ACCESS TO STEPHENSON PARK- allow 35 - 40 minutes. Return to W55 and turn left. Drive south on W55 to Salem. In Salem you will turn left onto J20 (yellow & white carwash is on the corner). J20 comes to a stop sign at Interstate 218, continue across it another 8 miles to a T intersection where you meet X23. Turn left (North) 1 short mile into Lowell. Cross the river bridge and immediately look for a street to the left, you will see the park entrance.

REGISTRATION FEE - The registration fee for the event must be paid in advance and mailed in on the attached form. (Click here for Registration form)The fee includes people shuttle, bottled water for everyone and safety support. This year we have a special package - canoe rental and registration for 2 adults is just $70.

CHILDREN - Non-paddling children under 12 years old can ride for free. This means there are two adult paddlers and the child sits in the bottom of the boat. Please supply your own life jacket ( a few available for rental - please call).

RENTALS - River Basin will have canoes and kayaks available for rental for the trip.
Canoe rentals include equipment and registration for two adults for $70.00.
Please call for kayak rentals as numbers are limited to first come, first served.
We have 2 person recreational kayaks ($45), sit-on-top kayaks or single recreational kayaks ($35) and single touring ($45).

Registration fees are in addition to kayak rentals. You must register to participate in the group event.

If you have your own canoe or kayak, you are welcome to bring your boat and we will provide shuttle service. Pre-registration and fees still apply. Box store kayaks of a small size are strongly discouraged. We reserve discretion to refuse unsafe or undersized kayaks for large paddlers, due to safety risk. Your support of this full service shop by selecting better quality and correctly fitted kayaks here from paddlesport pros, means these trips may continue a while longer.

FOOD
- We'll have box lunches available by pre-purchase for $7 including turkey sandwich, fruit and cookies. See registration form. Bring your own cooler. You must pre-purchase a lunch if you want one.

THE SKUNK RIVER - This stretch of the Skunk river is a scenic stretch past several bridges. The river is shallow, ripply and lined by bluffs and trees. We expect to see wildlife this time of year. Click here for river gauge at Augusta

WHAT TO BRING - Cameras & cell phones should be in a waterproof bag with a way to secure them to the boat. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes and plan for the possibility of getting wet. Coolers for water or snacks are fine but no alcohol allowed. Sunscreen and water are recommended. There will be plentiful supplies of bottled water at the put in and on the route.

TRAVEL TIME - Driving time between Faulkner's Access and Stephenson Park is 35 - 40 minutes each way.

SAFETY:
- YOU MUST WEAR A LIFEVEST WHEN ON THE WATER
- THIS IS AN ALCOHOL-FREE EVENT
- PARTICIPANTS UNDER 16 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT/GUARDIAN. ONE ADULT MUST BE IN EACH CANOE.



For Henry County tourism click here. You'll find hotels, B&Bs, cabins and other events and activities.

For Henry County Conservation click here. You'll find more info on the parks and recreastional activities.

Oakland Mills Park- click here for more
Located 4 ½ miles south of Mt. Pleasant, Oakland Mills County Park is a multipurpose 104 acre area with a variety of terrain which includes the Skunk River, an evergreen plantation and deciduous forest. Hiking trails winding through the area form a class room for environmental education. The Oakland Mills Nature Center, which is open at limited times, provides a close-up view of nature’s many treasures. The wagon bridge across the river has been converted for pedestrian use, with canopies over picnic tables, allowing for picnics, fishing or just as a scenic overlook of the area. Three camping areas: Modern with electric and restrooms - $ 8, Primative with just restrooms -$5 or Rustic- no restroom $2. There is a showerhouse at the main area.
Oakland Mills Diner serves good homecooked meals and deserts.

Geode State Park - click here for more
Located 10 miles west of Burlington and six miles south of New London. A short drive to Lowell. The state park is loaded with activities such as: hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, picnicking, camping and many other adventures for you to enjoy. If that is not enough the park boasts a beautiful backdrop of nature and wildlife perfect for family gatherings and reunions. Lake Geode has 186 camp sites and a newer shower house. Electric $11, Tent $6.

Stephenson Park - for more info click here
Located in Lowell along the Skunk River this four acre area is a favorite spot for fishing, camping, and picnicking. A boat and restroom facilities are available. Camping is $2.

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