Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

FW/SK: Summit Lake 1st of Spring Paddle

  • March 23, 2019
  • Summit Lake State Park



(Preliminary Trip Details - Taken from 2018 Announcement)

Trip Sponsor: Jim Eckert 

The annual spring paddle at Summit Lake is fast approaching. Please come and join this group of hearty paddlers and celebrate the departure of hard water (AKA Ice) and the beginning of SPRING !

Sponsor: Jim Eckerty rentbsu@comcast.net

Schedule: Launch time: 11:00 AM From Main Boat Ramp (read on)
Length: 2-3 hours, 6-8 miles

* Please let me know via email by 6:00 pm on the Friday before the paddle if you plan to attend,

Registration: Please register on the club web site

Equipment Requirement: ≥14’ Boat recommended. Wet or Dry suit and spray skirt HIGHLY recommended. Appropriate clothing plus Dry clothing in water tight bag.
Sit on top boats, SUP’s are not appropriate for this trip. .

Skill Requirement: Experience with Cold Weather paddling. Please review Hypothermia Charts, getting wet could be lethal (see chart below). Many past trips have seen the ice dissipate just days before our arrival and sometimes we have encountered “HARD” water.

Water Temp Index Unconsciousness Survival Time
32.5 to 40 degrees SEVERE 15 to 30 minutes 30 to 90 minutes

GENERAL: Rest rooms at the dock/put-it have been open for this tri trips and we assume they will be available again this year. Since we are meeting at the boat ramp (pass the gate house and turn right at the first “T”) you will be able to launch your canoe or kayak from the concrete ramp or shoreline. This early in the season there will be no gate fee but you will need a 2018 State Park Boat Permit, sometimes available at the park but I would not depend on that. We will probably stop about half way a brief lunch. The past few years we have had good weather and a great day so cross your fingers and dust off your gear........

SUMMIT LAKE: Summit Lake is the major feature of Indiana's 19th state park. Established in 1988, 800 acre Summit Lake was formed by damming Big Blue River and other smaller tributaries. Summit Lake is very near the highest point in the state (hence the name Summit) so please be aware that wind and waves can be moderate...1-2 ft depending on the weather so a spray skirt is required.

Directions: Summit Lake State park is located northeast of New Castle and southeast of Muncie. From Mt Summit, IN (Highway 3 and 36 intersect here) travel 4 miles east on Highway 36 to Messick Road and then north 1 mile to the park.

Getting There: GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude): 40.02097, -85.30126 40°1'15"N, 85°18'5"W

Mailing Address: Summit Lake State Park 5993 N Messick Road New Castle, IN 47362

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