December Full Cold Moon Paddle, Banks Lake, 2018-12-22

Join us for a leisurely sunset paddle to watch a cold Full Moon rise over Banks lake, the day after the winter solstice, the first day that is longer.

Plan to arrive early enough to prep your boat so that we can launch on time, so we can paddle around most of the lake before dark while we look for birds, gators and bats.

This is a leg of the Alapaha Quest, since Banks Lake is in the Alapaha River Water Trail.

When: Gather 4:45 p.m., launch 5:00 p.m., Saturday, December 22, 2018
Sunset will be at 5:36 p.m., and on the lake is usually spectacular. If the sky is clear we will see the full moon rise at 5:51 p.m.

Put In: Banks Lake Boat Ramp, 307 Georgia 122, Lakeland, GA 31635, in Lanier County.

GPS: 31.035097, -83.097045

Take Out: Banks Lake Boat Ramp

Bring: Bring a light for your boat or some type of light to have on yourself (glow stick, head lamp, or flashlight), and bring a rope for your boat. You must wear a PFD. A whistle is not required, but it’s a good idea in the dark. Mosquitos can be bad at the ramp but bugs are usually not a problem on the water. Don’t forget boat, paddles, anacks, drinking water, warm clothes, and first aid kit. Also trash pickers and trash bags: every WWALS outing is also a cleanup.

Free: This outing is free to WWALS members, and $10 (ten dollars) for non-members. We recommend you support the work of WWALS by becoming a WWALS member today!

Event: facebook, meetup

Shirley Kokidko, On the water
A previous Banks Lake paddle, 2018-07-27.

Host: Shirley Kokidko

Contact: Shirley Kokidko

Backup: there is none. If the weather is too bad for Banks Lake, it’s too bad for anywhere.

More Full Moons: Here are the full moons for the next year:

WeekdayDate Name Sunset MoonriseEtc.
Monday January 21, 2019 Wolf 5:59 p.m. 6:45 p.m.
Tuesday February 19, 2019 Snow 6:23 p.m. 6:39 p.m.
Wednesday March 20, 2019
March 19 alternate date
Worm 7:44 p.m. 7:23 p.m. Spring Equinox
Friday April 19, 2019 Pink 8:03 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
Saturday May 18, 2019 Flower 8:23 p.m. 8:20 p.m.
Monday June 17, 2019 Strawberry 8:38 p.m. 9:06 p.m. 4 days before Summer Solstice
Tuesday July 16, 2019 Buck 8:37 p.m. 8:41 p.m.
Thursday August 15, 2019 Sturgeon 8:15 p.m. 8:41 p.m.
Saturday September 14, 2019 Corn 7:40 p.m. 8:19 p.m. 9 days before Fall Equinox
Sunday October 13, 2019 Hunter’s 7:04 p.m. 7:22 p.m.
Tuesday November 12, 2019 Beaver 5:37 p.m. 6:02 p.m.
Thursday December 12, 2019 Cold 5:32 p.m. 6:10 p.m. 9 days before Winter Solstice

Monthly: The WWALS Outings Committee will hold a full moon paddle at each of these dates, provided that one of their number signs up to lead the paddle two weeks in advance.

Levels: There’s also a bit of an issue that we hear Banks Lake will be drawn down in late 2018 and early 2019, so we’ll need to see if there’s enough water first.

More Outings: For more WWALS outings and events as they are posted, see the WWALS calendar or the WWALS outings and events web page. WWALS members also get an upcoming list in the Tannin Times newsletter.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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