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CHRISTMAS FLOAT TRIP, Pacific to Allenton
December 23, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm EST
YOU WILL NEED APPROPRIATE COLD WEATHER CLOTHES FOR THIS ONE. Knee high waterproof boots, wetsuit-type clothes, waterproof pants if you have them to keep drips off your lap, gloves…dress to swim, not to paddle. Wear your Christmas hats and gear.
ABSOLUTELY NO FIRST TIMERS/BEGINNERS.
Okay, it’s a long shot to guess at the weather a month ahead of time. But this worked last year and it was a total blast. We did a little ice breaking, sang Christmas songs and had a ton of fun.
B.Y.O.BOAT, no rentals. Please! Comment below about your shuttle plans, don’t just show up.
A point-to-point float on a totally isolated and beautiful portion of the Meramec River. We will stop for lunch on the sandbar that we always see from the Glassberg overlook deck. Some really great scenery on this run. Maybe Kelly will sacrifice herself for another Asian Carp hit on the creek!
DOGS: Totally safe for dogs, if they have warm stuff to wear/dry towels. Be sure they are well behaved and not going to jump overboard in these temps. If they get wet, they will be really, really cold.
About 7 miles, allow 5 hours. We will finish when we finish, but we usually end in 3.5-4 hours after we launch. We are not going to power paddle through it, but you’re expected to keep up with the group. We stop to take pictures, enjoy the scenery, and stretch or legs/pee whenever we need to. Lunch around mid point. Probably not many other stops.
You won’t see a road, house or many humans for the first 6 miles. No cell reception at many spots. We are in the middle of nowhere. We should be the only ones on the water this time.
RATED EASY, but it is 7 miles, and not much current for the last 2 miles.
NO GREENIES and no SUPs on this one. You must have a hardshell or an upgraded inflatable kayak…and have some basic paddling skills.
Bring lunch, water/drinks. Wear knee high rain boots for launch/landings to keep your feet dry. Wear warm wool socks inside and bring a change of dry clothes/socks/towels in a dry sack….just in case.
SHUTTLING: Comment and communicate below. Be sure to specify if you have hardshell or inflatable kayak/sup and if you’ll have a dog. Inflatable people are not set up to haul hardshells, so there are 2 different sets of shuttle arrangements.
DOGS OKAY, if they stay in/on your kayak/sup.
LIFE JACKETS….Dogs & humans must wear PFD at all times when on the water. Water temps are at freezing temps.
We will meet at the Allenton Access at 9:10, load up and caravan about 15 minutes to the Pacific access to launch. Don’t be late, we should be loaded in cars by 9:20 and on the road to Pacific launch site….arrive there by 9:30. If you’re late, we won’t wait for you. We should be on the water by 10:00-ish, but we will leave when we’re all ready.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Use meetup mapping, it works well here for Allenton/take out ramp.
Take-Out ramp and INFLATABLES meet to shuttle:
Hwy 44 to the Allenton/Six Flags Exit (the next exit past Hwy 109). Turn LEFT on Allenton Road, going away from Six Flags and back under Hwy 44 to stopsign. You will go STRAIGHT at stopsign across a one-lane bridge and over RR tracks. Turn left onto road, go up about 1/4 mile to right at first stopsigh on Huntersford Road. Down a very big hill. Small sign on right for river access once you reach the level part of the road. You will turn left onto access road.
Put in ramp where HARDSHELLS meet to shuttle:
Hwy 44 to Allenton/Six Flags exit, go left at stoplight to Old Hwy 66 near the highway and go right towards Pacific. You will see the Pacific prison on your right. You will turn left at the sign for Pacific Palisades (right across from prison), cross the RR tracks and immediately right on paved road, to gravel road that leads to the boat ramp. There are signs.
Here is link, or google Pacific Palisades Boat Ramp for website.