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Monday, January 03, 2011

... which is north of Belews Creek

Piedmont Environmental Center
Kayak Breakfast at Belews Lake
Saturday, January 15, 7:30 AM - noonish
launch directions upon registration

Being a power plant lake where water is used to cool energy-producing turbines, the heated water at Belews Lake is much warmer than ambient air temperatures. The result is a three-foot deep blanket of warm air - perfect for the kayaker!

Ethereal images are created as a warm fog hangs over the lake and “steam devils” dance across its surface. Wildlife including birds, deer and beavers are frequently seen as you paddle to breakfast.

Kayaks and all required gear will be provided, as well as instruction, nature guide, and a hot, mid-morning breakfast along the shoreline.

This trip is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced paddlers. Your natural history guide is a Certified Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor.

Members: $40/Non Members: $50

I've never kayaked. Canoed, yes (albeit a thousand years ago), but kayaks have always terrified me. Rationally I know this is a lake, a smooth, calm surface, but I still picture myself plummeting into white water rapids and flipping over, wildlife on the banks pointing and tittering as I flounder helplessly, unable to right myself. Especially the raccoons.

Piedmont Environmental Center
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