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a helping hand

The Kerr Dam Tailrace launch is now complete. Designed to assist paddlers (disabled, or struggling) to enter the water safely using the pull-out board on the transfer bench. The 50' long kayak chute is often partly submerged by water but remains useful at all "normal stages" of power generation (water release). Paddlers can enjoy paddling the loop trail around Buggs Island at times of no current or can continue down to the US-1/Steel Bridge for take-out (5.3 miles). We are scheduled to install a similar launch at the Steel Bridge Fall 2013, enhancing access to over 25 miles of beautiful, diverse water trails. Unassisted take-out at the Kerr Tailrace is possible for those with more stamina by pulling onself up the chute but is made easier with a helping hand.

We are working with others on power assisted devices to make this easier but this is yet to come. Please submit you ideas. Programs such as Vets-On-A-Roll, Wounded Warriors and the three regional VA Hospitals will be able to promote recreational therapy usign these facilities.

Our thanks to the many supporters but especially to Bill & Wilma Poole for the use of the shop and Bill's time and expertise, Aluma-Dock for the donation of the IPE hardwood (this stuff is like gold), Vulcan Materials for all the stone, and Row-Boat Dock and Dredge for the silt-curtain donation. Thanks also to EZ Dock for the idea. A very special thank you to all our volunteers who gave their time and labor generously.

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US-1 Steel Bridge Launch

Handicap accessible! The launch serves as the takeout for paddlers launching at the Tailrace. Read More