Kayaking in the ocean has its surprises, and this is a big one. Check out this video from outside the harbor in Moss Landing, CA. A humpback whale decides to catch some air time and lands on two kayakers….. It’s amazing that they survived. I’ll stick to my lakes and rivers.
If you’re looking for new places to paddle check out this great resource from paddling.net. Each dot on the map represents a launch site in the United States. Navigate the map by clicking and dragging it to any part of the country, zoom in and explore.
Click on any red dot to see basic information about that launch site. Red dots are verified launch sites and blue dots are unverified launch site. This is an interactive map that’s being updated weekly from the paddling community across the country. You can add a new launch site if you use one that's not listed. They also have this as an App at the App Store and Google Play. To learn more check out paddling.net
On this outing I set out to do some kayak fishing at Stonelick Lake in Clermont County, just East of Milford, Ohio. Boats with electric motors only are permitted on the 200-acre long and narrow lake. This is a great lake for beginner kayakers or for a few hours of paddling and casting.
Over the years I’ve had luck with bass and crappie at Stonelick, but on this trip the weather was not cooperating. The weather conditions changed quickly, dark clouds moved in, the temperature dropped and the wind picked up. This is a reminder to always be aware of weather when heading to the water. The weather report for that day was a 20% chance of rain and slight chance of storms. I picked Stonelick to kayak that day because of its size and if the weather did change I could quickly get to the boat ramp.
At no point did I see lightning, if so, I would have left the lake immediately. This outing turned into a scouting trip looking for new fishing cover, a chance to grab some extra exercise and take a few pics.
If you live in the Cincinnati Tri-State area or are just passing through, you gotta paddle Cowan Lake in late July and early August for the American Lotus. It’s a water lily that grows in the lake’s shallow areas, mainly on the East side of the lake. The plant leaves are huge, up to two feet in diameter, with large beautiful yellow flowers. I’m going to date myself, but for those that remember the show “Lost In Space” and the crazy plants on that show… it’s like that.
Boats with a ten horsepower limit are permitted on lake, which makes Cowan great for kayaking and it’s very popular with sailboats. On this outing, I left the fishing gear at home for some exercise and site seeing. Here are a few pics…….
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