Through the cooperation of the Nature Conservancy, Lafayette Paddle Club, and the Lafayette Kayak Fishing club a new launch for paddle craft at Lake Martin is nearly complete! This is huge news for Lafayette area paddlers who prior to this did not have a designated paddle craft launch for this beautiful paddling estuary.
The launch required the installation of timbers to stair step the bank down to lake level – making launching much easier. Both clubs teamed up to dig the steps and install the timbers. The last step remaining is the addition of sand and limestone on these steps.
The ongoing maintenance of this site will be a community responsibility. Pack & Paddle, along with both clubs have committed to picking up litter and doing light weed eating when we are out there for trips. We ask all paddlers that are out enjoying this new facility to please pick up any litter you see and report problems to the Nature Conservancy.
On behalf of Pack & Paddle, we would like to thank Kacy King from the Nature Conservancy for backing this much needed idea. Also Carl Schexnayder and Greg Sonnier for spearheading the project. And both clubs for building the launch supporting this community resource in the future!
Here’s the location of the launch. To get there, continue down the gravel road past the boat launch until you reach the parking area near the Ruth Canal. The launch will be on your left.
Here’s an aerial view of the launch location:
Here’s some design work done by Carl Schexnayder in preparation for launch installation:
Some photos from the installation of the launch by members of the Lafayette paddle club, and the Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club: