September 2015 Edition
Updated August 30
 
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Bike at Lake Wilhelm

Wednesday, September 2

Meet at the car wash on Railroad Street, Youngsville, PA at 9:00 a.m. to drive to Goddard State Park. Alternately, meet at the parking lot on the right at Goddard State Park at 11:00 a.m. Lunch at a local restaurant. . Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331, evenings.

 

Bike Audubon Center to Akeley, PA and Return

Thursday, September 3

Ice cream stop in route. Meet at the Jamestown Audubon Center at 5:30 p.m. Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331, evenings.

 

Kayak Float on Chautauqua Lake

Sunday, September 6

Meet at the Celeron Boat Launch at 1:00 p.m. Float to McCray Point. Leaders, Dennis Anderson, 716-969-9772 and Debra Young, 814-730-8388.

 

Bike from Russell to North Warren and Return

Thursday, September 10

Meet at the Russell Post Office at 5:30 p.m. Ride Big Four Road to North Warren and return on Route 62. Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331, evenings

 

Hike Cook Forest State Park

Saturday, September 12

Liggett, Brown Run, Deer Meadow and Hefren Run Loop. Five miles of easy, flat walking with slight inclines. Meet at Log Cabin Inn/Environmental Learning Center on Forest Road between Vowinckel and Cooksburg at 10:00 a.m. Leader: Charlene James, 814-463-7394 home, 814-516-6595 cell.

 

Bike Oil Creek

Sunday, September 13

Meet at the Petroleum Center at 1:00 p.m. Leader: Dennis Anderson, 716-969-9772.

 

Trail Maintenance for Trail Summit Conference

Monday, September 14

Meet at the Heart’s Content Recreational Area Parking Lot at 9:00 a.m. Bring gloves, water, chain saws and safety gear. Leader, Bill Massa.

 

Bike Starbrick Boat Launch to Garland and Return

Wednesday, September 16

Meet at the boat launch at 10:00 a.m. The group will stop at Richards Restaurant in Youngsville for lunch. Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331, evenings.

 

Hike Tom’s Run

Sunday, September 20

Meet at Musante Street at 1:30 p.m. or at the Heart’s Content Recreational Area parking lot at 2:00 p.m. Leader: John Young, 814-730-2915.

 

Hike, Picnic and Planning Meeting

Sunday, September 27

Meet at the home of John and Debra Young at 1:30 p.m. Bring a dish to pass. Hot dogs, beverages and smores provided. There will be a short hike in the area. Leader: John Young, 814-730-2915.

 

Overview of PA Grand CanyonTwo-days of Bike Riding at Pine Creek Being Planned

September 20 – 23

Pat Spicer plans to lead an outing combining camping with bicycling the length of Pine Creek from near Riders at Pine Creek TrailWellsboro to Jersey Shore. Pine Creek is the stream running through the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. An excellent bike trail with fine-crushed stone surface follows the creek.

Plans are to travel to Pettecoat Junction Campground the afternoon of September 20. The next two days will be spent riding the trail. Participants will return the 23rd. All three nights will be spent at Pettecoat Junction. Pat has arranged Pettecoat Junction Campgroundfor a rate of $28.00 per night for a campsite with up to three person. There is a cabin option while vacancies last. Persons wishing to stay in a cabin should contact the campground directly for a reservation.

If you plan to go call Pat Spicer at 814-757-8331 in the evening and let her know as she will need to coordinate camping space and other details.

 

Cleanup canoes and volunteers

It's Cleanup Time on the Allegheny, Brokenstraw and Conewango

Help keep our streams a source of high-quality experiences - and have fun at the same time - by taking part in the Allegheny River, Brokenstraw and Conewango Creek Clean-up.

This year's cleanup will take place from Saturday, September 12th until Saturday, September 19th. People in their canoes and shore helpers are needed. Volunteers need to pre register at the project's web site. Check out the details and register here.

One more thing. Sue Nielsen, CCWA Secretary and River Cleanup Committee, writes to us: "We are also in desperate need of someone/s with a truck & trailer hitch who can pull the trash/ recyclables trailer to the pick up spots along the Conewango Creek for trash to be loaded onto as volunteers unload kayaks/ canoes along the route the days of Sat., Sept. 12, Monday the 14th & Tuesday the 15th. Our usual person is out of town those days this year. If you know of anyone who can fill this spot, it would be much appreciated if you could send their contact info. If you have any questions, let me know."

The clean-up is a project of Allegheny River Cleanup, an organization sponsored by Allegheny Outfitters of Warren, the U.S. Forest Service, Warren County Chamber of Commerce, Whirley, Project A.W.A.R.E. Allegheny Site Management and many others.

 

DCNR-Sponsored Canoeing-Camping Adventure

Saturday-Sunday, September 26-27

Emily Borcz of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources sent us an email announcing this two-day event hosted by Cook Forest State Park in partnership with Clear Creek State Park. Canoes, paddles, PDFs and tent are provided. Also included are four meals and transportation. Cost is $125 per person due at registration (Sept. 11 deadline). For more information see here.