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Blanchard River Challenge: Self-Guided Float Trip #4
Start Date/Time: Saturday, May 20, 2017
End Date/Time: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Recurring Event: One time event
Importance: Normal Priority
Float Trips on the Blanchard River
Location: Blanchard Landing
This trip is an enjoyable, yet challenging adventure at approximately 37.6 miles with a primitive tent camping experience at Riverbend Recreation Area’s campground. This two-day float trip includes up to seven potential portages around dams and rock fields with six potential portages on the second day alone, including a long portage at the waterfall near Riverside Park. All food and camping gear will have to be transported in the watercraft unless other arrangements are made (e.g. food and camping gear can be left in a second vehicle overnight at Riverbend Recreation Area with a permit or dropped off by a friend or family member). Canoeists and kayakers will paddle 20.9 miles on the first day and 16.7 miles on the second day. If the water level is too low to support boating or if too many obstacles exist in the form of fallen trees or if the water level is too high, the trip will be cancelled. 
When: Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, starting at 7 AM
Storm Date: There is no storm date. If there is inclement weather, such as rain, thunder and lightning, and strong wind, the trip will be cancelled. 
Where: Meet at Blanchard Landing at 7 AM (located on S.R. 235, south of U.S. 224 West).
Who: Adults (youth under the age of 18 are welcome to participate if accompanied by an adult age 18 or older).
Prerequisite: Participants must have the ability to swim.
Maximum: 10 (maximum of two participants per canoe) 
Watercraft availability includes tandem canoes and solo kayaks.  
Registration: Register by Friday, May 19, at 4:30 PM.
Fee: $48 per person with a signed Assumption of Risk/Liability Release/Waiver of all Claims form and a Parental Consent form if applicable
Transportation: The shuttle will be at Blanchard Landing at 7 AM. Canoeists and kayakers will be transported to Blanchard River Nature Preserve via the HPD Shuttle Service.
Supplies: Wear tennis shoes that can get wet. Dress and plan accordingly for the weather. Wool, fleece, and fast drying clothes, and an extra set of clothes in a water resistant bag, such as a dry bag are recommended. Bring enough food, water, supplies, equipment, and clothes to support a weekend float trip (alcohol is not permitted). Canoes, kayaks, personal floatation devices, paddles, maps, camping permits, and shuttle service will be provided. 
Created by Hancock Parks On 2/3/2017

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