Louisiana Spring 2013 Gathering?

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  1. Seeker

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    All right you lot... The holidays are over, deer season ends next weekend for me, bow the weekend after that. Squirrel season's over the end of February, and it's gonna get hot again by April... anyone up for a trip anywhere in the February/March timeframe? i'm headed over to meet some of the TX bushcrafters the weekend of 25-27 JAN... I think i'm spoken for (wife wants a trip, city-camping) over Presidents Day Weekend... any other definite yeses or noses?

    KajunKat, you and I discussed a canoe trip at some point. All i know is the Neches, Sabine, Calcasieu, and WhiskyChitto rivers... you got any good ones you want to try over your way?

    SwampRat, you mentioned some lake up by you (not bayou) as well, a place you and The Hunter had gone, and maybe NELA Bushman...

    What say ye?
     
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    Funny i was just thinking about a trip this morning. Great minds (or fools) think alike! I am booked until the third week of Feb. with 4H livestock stuff. I am also booked first three weeks of March (turnaround) and weekends of April 25-28 and May 23-26. Geez, I got a lot going on already.

    I was wanting to do a "man's weekend" type of canoe outing because I can't fit my tribe in one canoe and the last time I took only one they almost burned down the reservation. Just about all the water around here is slack water, no current but seeing how my canoe is one of those Pelican plastic tubs with no keel and weighs about a ton that might be ideal for me!
    I could go with camping again either car camping or some light duty back packing (couple miles in and out) Would probably bring the family for that and leave the old dog. He was kinda getting in peoples way last time.

    In summary, I am pretty much up for anything (time permitting) and would really like to see everyone again (plus hopefully so new faces!)
     
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    so, you're only free that last weekend in February? or are you free the 3rd weekend too? either way, that's a start and helps focus the effort.

    i'm not too big on 'current' when it comes to canoeing... it's nice if you're trying to cover any distance, or aren't coming back the same way. but for a weekend, you're generally talking about out and back (though two of us could shuttle), so you're fighting the current at least one way...
     
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    I'd be down for a gathering whenever. It'd be nice to meet some of you guys in real life so I could put a face to those names! Me and my dad have a few mad river canoes and a couple kayaks as well. I'm always ready to get out in the woods more. If yall would be up for a trip, there is always the Bogue Chitto if moving water is your thing. Not sure how far of a drive that is for you guys though.

    If ya'll can settle a date I'll be there!

    Thanks,
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    I'm about 4 hours from Covington. Where on the Bogue Chitto are you thinking?
     
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    Now were talking, Covington area. I'm in Abita. The bog would be an excellent choice. I work for a local outdoor shop. We rent kayaks, I can get 10 or 12 at a very very cheap rate. Just trowing that out there.
     
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    Yeah, I'm just thinking about the Bogue Chitto, we'd have to get someone to shuttle us back up river to get to our vehicles. I know canoe and trail outpost and a few others shuttle you up river and you paddle back to their place, but that only makes for a day trip. If we'd call one of the shops I'm sure they could arrange something, but it'd be nice to find a loop trail somewhere. Any cool plces around you seeker? North is always nice. Covington is always an option though.
     
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    As long as there were two of us, we could do our own shuttling.

    My neck of the woods is better for hiking/car camping. The Neches over in TX is nice, but out of range. The Sabine is crazy and crawling with camps. The WhiskyChitto and Calcasieu are pretty popular in summer with the party crowd, not so bad now.

    Any Atchafalaya River Basin suggestions? Guy i know lived in there for a few years, studying the LA Black Bear for his doctorate. He said it was nice, but that you'd better keep track of where you are and how you got there.
     
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    dont think yall can plan something without me now ! haha iam down for anywhere any time really i got one of those things to carry my kayak on my car for christmas iam only about 30 min from covington soo its up to yall
     
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    Oh yeah, I didn't even think about shuttling like that. That'd work perfect. If we were to do a BC paddle, the state park is a great place to put in or take out, safer to park a vehicle there too. The 2 spots they have would barely make for a day trip. We would just have to take out further south or put in further north.

    Also, I'm gonna talk to my dad about the Atchafalaya Basin. I know he's paddled there a few times.

    Deer island is also an option. I think it'd be alot of fun to do a paddle around the island. It's not very far of the coast either. You could probably swim to the island actually.

    Just putting out ideas. I'm up for whatever.
     
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    I'm scared to death of the ocean. Don't really even like the coastal marshes for fishing. Have no idea how to schraft there. Like a desert to me... just not comfortable there.
     
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    Another option is the Maureupas WMA. They opened up two primitive camping areas there that are only accessible by boat. One is off of the reserve canal and the other is up closer to the Blind river area. Here is a map. Haven't been to either place yet so I am assuming that both of the sites are old spoil banks from when they dug the canals. We used to camp on similar places a lot when I was a kid. Long narrow strip along the waterway.

    http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/wma/2791-maurepas-swamp-wma/maurepasswamp.pdf
     
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    the Atchafalaya Basin sounds kinda fun ive never been really that far south though
     
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    The one to the east, i'm not sure what you're calling it, looks REALLY interesting... only a 3 mile paddle. assuming that channel is clear of blowdown, it would only be an hour or so paddle... far enough in to keep most folks away... wonder how much fisherman traffic there'd be? i'm going to have to google map that one and see. Thanks!

    Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to recon both sites, arrange for porta-potties, tote in a 5-gallon water jug per attendee, determine if there are enough hammock-able trees, photograph the sites, and return to this forum. this tape will self destruct in 30 seconds.
     
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    Here I am late to the party, AGAIN! I might be interested, but it would definitely be based on the location. Are there enough trees on the spoil bank in the WMA for all of our hammocks?

    The place I mentioned to Seeker is the Saline Bayou. It is in the Kissatchie north of Alexandria near a little place called Goldonna. Pleanty of trees for hammocks there and you can put in at a launch site just off the highway and paddle downstream (or upstream) as far as you want then paddle back to the same site to take out. Most of the time the current isn't too bad for paddling upstream.
     
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    Well, if you'd quit that sissy "outdoors all the time" job of yours, maybe you'd have time for your pretend online friends! (JK. for the general audience, Rat plays with nature all day. lucky dog!)

    Seriously, I really like that suggestion... I know where it is, but have never been there. Would be about a 2.5 hour drive for me, maybe closer to 2 if i left from work.
     
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    To find the launch site you can take Hwy 126 to N32° 07' 02.88"/W92° 55' 33.68" which is a bridge over the Saline Bayou. We could float/paddle down stream a mile or so and pick a location for the campsite and then paddle back when it is time to leave. Or if you want to float a stretch there is a take out point is approximately 5 river miles south and it is on Forest Service Road 513/PAR Road 925 again at a bridge at N32° 05' 00.97"/W92° 54' 18.96". I think it would be less hassle to paddle down and pick a spot to camp then paddle back due to not having to shuttle vehicles from launch to the take out point.

    You can down load a very crude map of the Winn District from http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5398469.pdf. Hwy 126 Runs from Readhimer east to the launch site. If you take Hwy 126 west from Dodson you can get to the launch site too.
     
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    Guys I am way late to the party! With the fire dept, filling knife orders and working for duck commander( I am mrs Kays man :3:) I just have not had the time to do much of anything other than the above. Dont count me out, I know I know I have missed everytrip due to work lol but I will make every effort to make it this time I promise or you can stake Nick to an antbed!

    PS I hate these damn ad's on my post! I would never stir the pot but I heard a lot of ruckus last year about not bowing to commercialism :4::3:
     
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    Hunter-Nice new avatar!

    Not sure what's going to happen... got two PMs saying "no, work is getting in the way", and after that, my own work began to intrude... i'm down to only being free the weekend AFTER presidents day, which i think is the 23/24th.

    SwampRat-any luck with your trees?
     
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    Thanks seeker. For future trips and events just have Nick tell me or call me but I am done here.
     
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    Hey guys, what's happening. Any decisions yet. I would like to make it to a get together with y'all again.
     
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    Hey Jazilla. nothing yet... can't really seem to land on a time when we can all meet... i'm leaning toward just heading to the Kisatchie Hills again, the 23/24th, and whoever can get there gets there. I know of one other guy who would go along on that one.
     
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    Any more movement on this trip? Or another. Currently live on gulf coast, but from the Baton Rouge Area. Someone mentioned Deer Island in a previous post... you can just about swim there, but illegal. Anyway its a short paddle if anyone wants to take a trip later. I'd like to get in on a trip either hike or paddle if possible.
     
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