Southeastern Outings Easy River Float, Picnic, Swim on the Locust Fork River to the Mount Olive Bridge in Jefferson County
Float in the river about 3.8 miles downstream to the new Mount Olive Road Bridge possibly stopping at river beaches along the way. Bring something to float on such as an inflatable vinyl float or tube. See float note below for information about flotation devices.
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Also please bring a picnic lunch with you from home or pick your lunch up BEFORE you arrive at the meeting place. Please do not make lots of people wait while you take time to buy lunch or have your lunch prepared after you arrive at the meeting place at 9:15 a.m. Also please bring your drink, towel and sunscreen. Pack these items in 2 plastic garbage bags with twist ties, one bag over the other. Then put the bags in your daypack and tie your pack to your float. This keeps your things dry and prevents them from floating away. Wear swimsuit and sturdy foot protection. Old sneakers work well. Bare feet, flip-flops, slip-ons and thin-soled “beach shoes” are not acceptable!
Lunch will be at a convenient stopping place along the river. Have fun swimming in the pools in the river along the way. We will walk for about 15-20 minutes through the woods to get from River Road to the start point of our float. We will provide a shuttle for drivers from the end point back to the start point before we start paddling. You must be able to swim to participate in this outing!
Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and up able to swim welcome, but parents are responsible for all risks to their children.
Spring floats and inflatable boats are not permitted on SEO river floats! A spring float is a flotation device consisting of an inflatable outer oval with a small, few inch diameter cross section and a large mesh interior. Those spring floats are meant for floating in swimming pools and on lakes in still water, not for floating the Locust Fork River. They are difficult to steer and therefore unsafe for use on Southeastern Outings river floats.
Please bring a friend or several if you wish. Please meet at the Wal-Mart Gardendale parking lot no later than 9:15 a.m. ready to depart promptly at 9:30 a.m. Arriving 15 minutes before departure time will allow time to use the restrooms in the Wal-Mart, purchase a float from Southeastern Outings if you want to buy one, hear announcements concerning the day’s event, and form carpools from the Wal-Mart.
Please note that reservations are NOT requested or required for this event!
Info: Dan Frederick, email@example.com or 205/631-4680
DIRECTIONS TO MEETING PLACE
Wal-Mart Gardendale parking lot-890 Odum Road, Gardendale, Alabama. Take I-65 North 9.5 miles from junction of I-65 and I-59/I-20 to exit number 271, Fieldstown Road. Bear right at end of ramp and drive 3/10 miles to first traffic light at intersection of Fieldstown Road and Odum Road. Turn right on Odum Road and drive 3/10 miles. Turn left just past the Murphy’s gas station. See the Wal-Mart Supercenter on your far right. Southeastern Outings people will convene in the Wal-Mart parking lot away from the store itself and out close to the edge of the parking lot near Odum Road.
River Float Note
Substantial, fabric-covered, inflatable, vinyl, rectangular floats like you use to ride the waves at the Gulf work best. Trip leader Dan Frederick now has 60- inch floats for sale for $15 each ONLY at the start of the river floats. Please pay either with exact change or a check made out to SEO. First come, first served.
At this time we have not yet been able to buy the 72-inch long, canvas-covered floats. Since we have been unable to locate a source for the 72-inch canvas surf riders for the past 5 or so years, recreational vinyl tubes and truck tire tubes may also be used as your flotation device on this trip.
We are very pleased to report that on May 10, 2022, our float supply source informed us that a container load of 72-inch long floats are due to arrive at their warehouse in June of this year. Please stay tuned, and we will keep you posted. We promise you that we will purchase a sizable quantity of these canvas rafts for sale to our people just as soon as they are available from our supplier.
Dan will provide hand float pumps to pump up your float or tube at the start point of the river float.
DESCRIPTION OF SOUTHEASTERN OUTINGS
Do you wish you had friends who share your active lifestyle and enjoyment of outdoor activities? Then become active with Southeastern Outings (SEO), a nonprofit organization committed and created to serve people who enjoy being active in the outdoors. The organization plans, organizes and leads outings such as dayhikes, easy kayak and canoe trips, stream and waterfall walks, bicycle rides, lake events and other fun activities to beautiful sites in our natural environment. From time to time we also sponsor potluck suppers and other socials. All events and activities of the group are open to the public. Participating in SEO activities is a splendid, simple way to make congenial new friends who enjoy the outdoors.
NO DOGS OR SMOKING ALLOWED, PLEASE, ON ANY SOUTHEASTERN OUTINGS EVENTS.
The organization currently has about 300 members. We have scheduled forty-six fun events for you to enjoy in the first six months of 2022. This is an average of EIGHT fun outdoor events per month. We enjoy the outdoors in all seasons throughout the year.
SEO does not charge for participation in any of its outings. You do not have to be a member to participate in one or two SEO activities. Dues are only $10 per family or household. Please contact Dan Frederick, President, 205-631-4680, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to obtain three free monthly newsletters with membership application and a complete description of all our outdoor events.
Southeastern Outings now has a website. Just go to seoutings.org to find announcements of all our upcoming outings scheduled plus some brief, general information about Southeastern Outings, a membership application and 1500 lovely photographs from most of our outings.