Trip Leader: Adam Belanger
Four members of the Northwest Voyageurs Canoe and Kayak Club ventured south of the city to meet Adam in his backyard at Coal Lake, which is located about 45 minutes south of Edmonton between Camrose and Wetaskiwin. The lake is long and narrow stretching from highway 13 in the south to secondary highway 616 in the North. Our put in point was on the south side of the lake near the Municipal Campground. The weather wasn't looking too good for the morning with rain, wind and otherwise uncomfortable weather for us to be on the water.
A quick email chain was able to push the start time from 10 am to 2 pm which turned out to for the best. We met at 2 pm and were on the water with 5 kayaks by 2:20 pm. We had a decent headwind for our trip to the North and it gave us some good rolling waves for us to play in on our way out. We were joined by a good group of Pelicans who let Stephanie get close enough for a really nice picture. (see Northwest Voyageurs Facebook page) After 2 hours headed into the wind we stopped for a snack on the West side of the lake. Due to the higher levels on the lake there weren't as many convenient take out places so if nature wasn't calling then most of us just stayed in our boats. We turned around and headed back to the South on our way back. Wes flipped open his Kayak sail and let nature power his way home....for all of 15 minutes anyway. Then the wind died and poor Wes was forced to pack up his sail and pick up his paddle again for the return trip. We even saw the sun, albeit briefly, as we closed in on the end of our journey. Harold let us know that we had traveled approximately 14.5 km according to his GPS watch. It was great to have the club come out to Coal Lake and I hope to do the trip again.