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Banks Lake Full Wolf Moon Paddle, 2023-01-06

Join us for our first leisurely Sunset and Full Moon Paddle of 2023, on Banks Lake, our mini-Okefenokee just west of Lakeland, Georgia.

If you need a boat, reserve in advance! See below.

When: Gather 4:45 PM, launch 5:15 PM, moonrise 5:29 PM, sunset 5:46 PM, end 6:30 PM, Friday, January 6, 2023
You must arrive enough before the launch time to hear the safety lecture.

Put In: Banks Lake Boat Ramp, 307 Georgia 122, Lakeland, GA 31635, in Lanier County, on the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT).

GPS: 31.034824, -83.096725

[Banks Lake sunset, 2022-01-17 Photo: John S. Quarterman]
Banks Lake sunset, 2022-01-17 Photo: John S. Quarterman

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Banks Lake Full Frost Moon Paddle, 2022-11-08

Update 2022-11-18: Pictures: Banks Lake Full Frost Moon paddle 2022-11-08.

Leisurely Sunset and Full Moon Paddle on our mini-Okefenokee, Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge, just west of Lakeland, Georgia. There may also still be bats.

This Outing is honoring Veterans, who get free entry.

When: Gather 4:30 PM, launch 5 PM, moonrise 5:52 PM, sunset 5:39 PM, end 7 PM, Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Put In: Banks Lake Boat Ramp, 307 Georgia 122, Lakeland, GA 31635, in Lanier County, on the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT).

GPS: 31.034824, -83.096725

[Sunset and Moonrise, 2022-10-09, jsq & EB]
Sunset and Moonrise, 2022-10-09, jsq & EB

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Pictures: Banks Lake Full Hunters Moon 2022-10-09

Bonus Jupiter above and to the right of the full moon, at Banks Lake Saturday.

[Banners, paddlers, sunset, moonrise]
Banners, paddlers, sunset, moonrise

This expedition was honoring Farmers and First Responders, got in free. Phil Royce spoke up for First Responders, but he’s a WWALS member, so he got in free anyway. I’m a Farmer, but I had relatives back at the farm, so I didn’t paddle.

Thanks to novice expedition leaders Scotti Jay and Nic Cole for leading this one. And to Elizabeth Brunner for mentoring them.

Special thanks to Nic Cole for paddling back in with the key to get gear for three latecomers. Everybody please remember to show up on time. Continue reading

Banks Lake Full Hunter’s Moon Paddle 2022-10-09

Leisurely Sunset and Full Moon Paddle on our watery living room, our mini-Okefenokee, Banks Lake, just west of Lakeland, Georgia. The bats are still flying.

This Outing is honoring Farmers & First Responders, who get free entry.

When: Gather 6 PM, launch 6:30 PM, moonrise 7:17 PM, sunset 7:08 PM, end 8 PM, Sunday, October 9, 2022

Put In: Banks Lake Boat Ramp, 307 Georgia 122, Lakeland, GA 31635, in Lanier County, on the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT).

GPS: 31.034824, -83.096725

[Paddlers, Sunset, Moonrise 2019-10-13; Photos: Bobby McKenzie]
Paddlers, Sunset, Moonrise, 2019-10-13; Photos: Bobby McKenzie

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Pictures: Banks Lake Full Harvest Moon 2022-09-10

A dozen people, neighbors and new-found friends, paddled in the coral dusk to see bats fly and the Full Harvest Moon rise through clouds, at Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge, our mini-Okefenokee west of Lakeland, Georgia.

[Banners, boats, sunset, bats, moonrise, shore]
Banners, boats, sunset, bats, moonrise, shore

Thanks to Elizabeth Brunner for leading this outing, and most of the other Full Moon paddles this summer. If you want to help organize WWALS outings, you can apply to join the Outings Committee.

The WWALS Water Quality Testing Committee was well-represented, with Elizabeth and Michael and Jacob Bachrach. Continue reading

Banks Lake Full Harvest Moon Paddle, 2022-09-10

Update 2022-09-20: Pictures: Banks Lake Full Harvest Moon 2022-09-10.

Leisurely Sunset and Full Moon Paddle. It’s a Saturday, and it should be cooler, so join us on our watery living room.

When: Gather 6:45 PM, launch 7:15 PM, moonrise 8:17 PM, sunset 7:44 PM, end 9 PM, Saturday, September 10, 2022

Put In: Banks Lake Boat Ramp, 307 Georgia 122, Lakeland, GA 31635, in Lanier County, on the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT).

[Sunset and moonrise, 2020-10-01]
Sunset and moonrise, 2020-10-01

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Banks Lake Full Sturgeon Moon Paddle, 2022-08-11

Leisurely Sunset and Full Moon Paddle, probably with bats.

When: Gather 7:15 PM, launch 7:45 PM, moonrise 8:33 PM, sunset 8:19 PM, end 9 PM, Thursday, August 11, 2022

Put In: Banks Lake Boat Ramp, 307 Georgia 122, Lakeland, GA 31635, in Lanier County, on the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT).

GPS: 31.034824, -83.096725

[Bat tree, sunset, moonrise, 2022-08-03, Photos: Bobby McKenzie]
Bat tree, sunset, moonrise, 2022-08-03, Photos: Bobby McKenzie

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Pictures: Banks Lake Full Strawberry Moon 2022-06-14

Many different paddlers and boats all had a fine time at the Banks Lake Full Strawberry Moon Paddle 2022-06-14.

Thanks to Elizabeth Brunner for leading that one.

[Banners, paddlers, gator, sunset, moonrise]
Banners, paddlers, gator, sunset, moonrise

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Banks Lake Full Buck Moon Paddle, 2022-07-13

Update 2022-07-12: Nic Cole has emergency work, but Elizabeth Brunner has agreed to lead this paddle.

Leisurely Sunset and Full Moon Paddle, probably with bats.

When: Gather 7:30 PM, launch 8 PM, moonrise 9:06 PM, sunset 8:38 PM, end 9:30 PM, Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Put In: Banks Lake Boat Ramp, 307 Georgia 122, Lakeland, GA 31635, in Lanier County, on the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT).

GPS: 31.034824, -83.096725

Take Out: Banks Lake Boat Ramp

Bring: the usual personal flotation device, boat, paddles, food, drinking water, warm clothes, and first aid kit. Also trash pickers and trash bags: every WWALS outing is also a cleanup. Mosquitoes can be bad at dusk so come prepared.

Safety: Each person in a boat, no matter how young or old, must wear a PFD. You must have a light for your boat or some type of light to have on yourself (glow sticks work well, or head lamp, flashlight, etc.) so other boaters can see you in the dark. It will be totally dark after sunset. A whistle is not required, but it’s a good idea in the dark.

Boats: Bring your own if you have it.
Thanks to Banks Lake Outdoors for free boat rental for these WWALS Full Moon Paddles.
Please ask for boats at least 2 days prior to the event: on the web form on https://wwals.net/outings, or on the facebook event, the meetup, or call 850-290-2350.

Free: This outing is free to WWALS members, and $10 (ten dollars) for non-members. You can pay the $10 at the outing, or online:
https://wwals.net/outings

We recommend you support the work of WWALS by becoming a WWALS member today!
https://wwals.net/donations

Event: facebook, meetup

[Moon boats]
Moon boats 2021-07-23

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Banks Lake Full Strawberry Moon Paddle 2022-06-14

Update 2022-07-11: Pictures.

Leisurely Sunset and Full Moon Paddle, probably with bats.

When: Gather 7:30 PM, launch 8 PM, moonrise 9:19 PM, sunset 8:37 PM, end 10 PM, Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Put In: Banks Lake Boat Ramp, 307 Georgia 122, Lakeland, GA 31635, in Lanier County, on the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT).

GPS: 31.034824, -83.096725

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Boats in Cypreas, Photo: Bobby McKenzie 2021-06-24

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