Trip Announcement Cataract Falls Full Moon Paddle
Paddle Date: July 8, 2017
Trip Sponsors: Sue Foxx, Jim Sprandel
On Saturday, July 8, we will have a Moonlight paddle on Cagle's Mill Lake. We will launch from Cunot Public Access Site and paddle up to Cataract Falls. the falls are interesting in twilight and moonlight. On this night, the sunset will be about 9:16 pm and the moon will rise at 8:04 pm. The moon will be nearly full since the Full Moon will be the next day.
Difficulty: Moderate - We will be paddling about 7 miles in the head waters on Cagle's Mill Lake at a moderate pace. This is an idle zone so we will have minimal waves or current issues.
Equipment Required: Kayak, Paddling Gear (Life jacket, safety equipment). Life jackets must be worn at all time while we are on the water. Whistle on your Life Jacket. White Light since we will be paddling at night. Each boat must carry a white light such as head light or flash light. Water to drink since the trip will take 3-4 hours.
Safety Procedures: We paddle as a group with a lead and sweep boat since it is possible to get turned around in the channels going up to the Falls. For addition safety, we will implement a “buddy” system where everyone has at least one other boat that they paddle with.
- - 6:45 pm – Meet at Cunot Ramp
- - 7:30 pm – Start paddling up to Falls.
- - About 11:00 pm – Return to Cunot Ramp
Directions: The put-in is about 90 minutes from where I70 and I465 meet on the west side of Indianapolis. Take I70 west from Indianapolis to Exit 37 (SR243 which is one exit past Cloverdale). Travel south on SR 243 until the road dead ends at SR 42. Turn right (west) on SR42 – drive about ½ mile past the bridge and take the right turn (Boat Dock Rd, small store on corner). Follow this road downhill to boat launch.
DNR Sticker Required: Boats will be required to have an Indiana DNR Sticker. These stickers are only $5/boat/year and you should pick them up before heading down to Cagles Mill since the gate house at Lieber SRA will probably be closed when we will be heading down there.
Contingencies: The ramp at Cunot is only usable if the Cagles Mill Lake Stage (http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?gage=cagi3&wfo=ind ) is below 647.5 feet. It is currently at 660 feet and dropping.