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The WV Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) and WV Association of Professional Soil Scientists (WVAPSS) are sponsoring a

FLOAT TRIP THROUGH THE SMOKE HOLE SECTION OF THE SOUTH BRANCH OF THE POTOMAC RIVER

Friday and Saturday, May 7-8, 2010

All are invited to participate in a day long float trip on Saturday, May 8, 2010, through the beautiful Smoke Hole section of the South Branch of the Potomac River, from the Big Bend Campground to a take out on River Road located about 3 miles west of Petersburg, WV, off of State Route 28.

Optional camping is available at the Big Bend Campground located on the South Branch of the Potomac River, south of Upper Tract, WV, on Friday, May 7, 2010.

Last year the attendees camped close to one another and shared a covered dish meal on Friday evening. If anyone is interested in another evening of good food, music, and fellowship please bring something to share and an instrument.

Participants must make their own arrangements for canoe rental, transportation, etc. Likewise everyone is on their own for meals and other lodging arrangements.

We plan to leave Big Bend Campground by 9:00 A.M. on May 8, 2010 and be on the river all day.

This float trip is dependent on adequate water levels so determine for yourself if conditions are favorable. In the event of high water or extremely low water levels, please contact Steve Ritz (steve.ritz@wv.usda.gov; 304-822-3020 ext. 101 [work], 304-822-5818 [home]) by 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 6, 2010, to confirm that the float trip is still on.

Check river levels here.

This trip is a social outing sponsored by both professional groups and intended to provide an opportunity to enjoy the resources we are working to conserve. Some participants may choose to camp together and transport their boats together. The Eagles Nest Outfitters provide shuttle services but may not be able to get folks and boats to the put in location by 9:00 A.M.. This is a fairly loosely organized event where participants show up and bring all they need for a day on the water. Appropriate equipment includes a sun hat, sunscreen, lunch, drinking water, a change of clothing, rain gear, fishing equipment, and a camera if you have a dry bag or box for it.

Big Bend Campground Details

Campsites are suitable for tent or trailer camping. Each site has a picnic table, tent pad, lantern holder, and fire ring. Water, a dump station, and toilets are available.

Single Campsites (River)* 11 sites $20
Single Campsite (Upper)** 30 sites $18
Double Campsite (Upper)** 4 sites $30
*these must be reserved; we may do so depending on RSVP    
**these are available on first-come, first-served basis    

You may consider staking out your campsite prior to coming to the WVAPSS Annual Business Meeting on Friday.

If you plan to join the float trip on Saturday, we can organize a group shuttle Friday evening or early Saturday morning, to be ready to put-in at the campground by 9:00 AM.

 
   
 
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