Let's Hit the River! Open Kayak / canoe trip on Terrapin Creek in Calhoun County near Piedmont, AL. The section we will paddle is relatively easy with no classified rapids. For this trip you may rent canoes for $50 each (two person canoe) or one person sit-on plastic kayaks for $30 each from Terrapin Outdoor Center. Rental fees include shuttle service, paddles, and life jackets. $15 kayak and $20 canoe fee for shuttle of private boats. If you wish to rent a boat from Terrapin Outdoor Center, please call the Terrapin Outdoor Center BEFORE JULY 28th-256/447-6666 to reserve your boat (they can run out). Please be sure you tell the Center you are boating with the Birmingham Ski Club. The kayaks offered for rent are open kayaks and are very easy to use even for beginners. Canoes should have two per canoe and one should have some paddling experience. There are four changing rooms and two restrooms with sinks and toilets, but no showers, for your use if needed. Terrapin has a website you can check out: www.canoeshop.net. Or google Terrapin Outdoor Center. Meet -8:15 Depart - 8:30 a.m. -APPLEBEE's. 4711 Norrell Drive, 35173. From B'ham turn right on North Chalkville Rd Exit 141 off 59 then left on Norrell just before the McDonalds. Park away from the building near Norrell Dr. We will carpool from there. The drive to Piedmont should take one and a half hours each way and the kayak/canoe trip should last around 4 hours. Reservations Required: You must call Randy Ray, 205/541-6581 if you plan to come on this trip. Please give me your name, telephone number, if you are bringing or wish to rent a canoe or kayak and whether you need a paddling partner. I will try to help you find a partner but cannot be guaranteed. Note: This outing is suitable for beginner/novice boaters. Life jackets should be worn at all times. You are responsible for arranging your own canoe or kayak. Bring one, paddle with a friend or rent from the outfitter listed. Bring your picnic lunch, sunscreen, hat, drinks, etc. in a waterproof bag. Wear water shoes or old shoes you don't mind getting wet. You may want to bring some string or rope to tie your bag to your boat.