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Kayak Meetups

Interested in kayaking? The Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance (LOWA) sponsors Kayak MeetUps on the second Saturday of each of the summer months at Ha Ha Tonka State Park. They are staffed by volunteers and members of the Lake of the Ozarks Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalist program. Chapter members earn volunteer service hours for this activity.

Mark your calendar for the second Saturday each summer month for a Kayak MeetUp. The dates this year are

  • 5-14-16
  • 6-11-16
  • 7-9-16
  • 8-13-16
  • 9-10-16
  • There will be a potluck picnic September 10
Time: 8:30 a.m. to noon. Place: The kayak steps and the shelter house located to the left of the spring parking lot, on the lake, at Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Camdenton MO.

The location is to the left of the spring parking lot, near the shelter house -- right on the water at the new kayak steps. The hours are from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The last one for this year will be followed by a potluck picnic. Bring a covered dish and your choice of beverages.

This is the fourth year for Kayak MeetUps. It is good exercise and encourages adults and children 10 or older to enjoy the natural world and learn new skills in kayaks that are quiet and do not pollute the water. No fees are involved, volunteers bring their own kayaks to loan and River Jim from River Jim's Kayaks in Buffalo provides kayaks for people to enjoy. On many meetup days, Going Coastal from Sunrise Beach brings stand up paddle boards to try out.

Coffee and sometimes other goodies are available and it is a great time to come and enjoy the day with others who love the out of doors even if you don't plan to kayak. If you do, wear clothing that can get wet, especially shoes because entering a kayak involves stepping into the water. Bring life jackets and lawn chairs. For more information call Barbara Fredholm, 573-346-2599, bfredholm@charter.net.

Here is a photo gallery of 2014 Kayak Meetups: Kayak Meetups 2014