Bozeman Sea Kayaking and Canoeing
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What We’re About
The only sound is the water lapping against the side of your kayak. Undisturbed waterfowl watch you glide past. Perhaps osprey or bald eagles dive for fish. We glide over sparking clean waters while being surrounded by great scenery and at the end of the day perhaps enjoy a campfire dinner and socializing. Sometimes we go down a river, but not intentionally on any significant white water.
We are not the typical just show up and go type of meetup.
Transporting kayaks or canoes typically requires coordination to get them to a distant site and, for river paddling, to arrange enough shuttles. (Two of us own trailers which can often carry an extra boat or two to a site.) Small local events can work with only a few days notice, but river trips depend on at least two vehicles, one at each end of the trip. Complicated events require advance planning (such as reserving places with a commercial sea kayaking company for February adventure in Belize or Florida).
Thus members in our group must be reliable; After signing up for an event, if something arises you may change your indicated RSVP, but otherwise we expect people who have signed up to follow through.
Because we incur costs of paying for this site and for sometimes renting campsites or other misc. expenses, in early 2016 we began charging via a “Season Pass” for $15 for a calendar year which can be paid via most credit cards through this group. “Season Pass Members” get an extra benefit of being invited to an end of the season evaluation discussion and social event Visiting paddlers are welcome to join us, as are beginning paddlers or others wishing to just try us out, via a $5 fee / contribution per event basis (paid in cash when arriving at an event – the credit card processing fee does not make sense for such small amounts).
Participants in events usually manage miscellaneous costs among themselves, such as chipping in for gas for the drivers. There is an automatic free trial period when signing up; you can decide later whether to become a Season Pass member.
The Leadership Team & what it does: Running this site and planning trips is a group effort by about six volunteers. Suggestions and offers to help are always welcome! We put together about a dozen local one day paddling meetups each year. In 2014 we organized a week long sea kayaking adventure in Baja (Mexico). Only 3 of us ended up going, but it was great! We swam with 20′ long whale sharks (largest fish in the world), snorkeled with sea lions, camped in tents for a week on an island beach with tropical fish only a few feet away and in the evening sipped margaritas while watching formations of pelicans wheeling in the air and dive bombing into the water for fish.
In June of 2015 and again in 2017 we did a four day paddle on Montana’s Smith River (for which it is difficult to get a permit). We tried to arrange sea kayaking in Belize for March 2016, but we just could not coordinate vacation schedules with enough members to make it work …but it’s a go for April of 2018 ! (We also hold some fun planning parties.)
For everyone’s safety and liability protection, we ask that you read and accept the following two items.
We focus on easy paddling, flat water trips, but we may encounter occasional mild rapids or strange currents or fallen trees or snags. We ask that members be alert to potential hazards and paddle safely and responsibly. Usually we paddle in a group; if some want to go in a different direction, that’s fine but we suggest using a buddy system. We urge everyone to follow safety regulations and guidelines, please see our Safety tips in our Pages section.
As with any athletic or outdoor event, an accident could happen and everyone should take precautions for their own safety and have appropriate insurance. Please know that this group is simply a series of individuals temporarily coming together for a specific outing; while some people volunteer to organize events or this website, this is not a formal organization and each person is responsible for his/her own safety and obligations.