Wild Turkey Paddlers Trip Guidelines

Although we are a laid-back, mellow group of paddlers, we still need to follow some basic guidelines to ensure the enjoyment and safety for all involved.

"Standard Trip" proficiency requirements:

With the exception of occasional recreational trips, the following list is required for most trips that are posted on our site.

  • Ability to paddle at least 3 mph for the duration of the trip
  • Ability to perform solo and assisted rescues
  • Your boat must be at least 15' long with front and rear floatation and have a sprayskirt
  • Cold weather clothing and gear if the water temperature warrants it

Things to remember:

  • You will need your own equipment; Boat, Paddle, PFD
  • PFD is mandatory on all trips. PFD must be worn from September 15 through May 15. Children must wear a PFD at all times.
  • You are responsible for your own safety.
  • Arrive at the put-in at least 15 minutes before launch time.
  • Dress for the weather and bring a change of clothes in a dry bag.

Things to bring:

  • PFD (Life Jacket)
  • Bring plenty of fluids.
  • Rescue gear - paddle float, bilge pump, etc.
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Hat and Sunglasses
  • Snacks/Lunch
  • Camera (Zip lock bag will help keep it dry)
  • Safe place for keys or even a spare left with vehicles or another boater
  • Change of clothes in a dry bag if cool
  • Adequate footwear. It may be muddy or rocky at put in or take out.
  • Spare paddle
  • Two-way radio for communication
  • Rope for pulling boat or tying off.