Days 2 & 3 “On the Job” as Kayak Hosts at Milo McIver State Park

Two more successful paddles – 0% capsize rate!  Yeah!


As volunteer camp hosts at Milo McIver State Park in Oregon we host multiple kayak tours during the week & on weekends when Lake Estacada is not too busy.  The lake is a popular fishing spot as it is stocked with Rainbow Trout every month – or more – so it can get busy with boats, hooks, lines, worms, and the occasional squirming fish.

The lake provides a great venue kayak instruction venue – a boat launch, fairly calm waters with slight winds and very polite power boaters on the lake.  These folks slow down for non-motorized boats – something we are not used to and appreciate.

Blue Skies, Calm Waters



We were able to get in two tours this week – one on Monday led by Boss-Man Ranger Andrew.  On Monday we were joined by Lauren & Luke.  Luke was new to kayaking world and looked like a pro by tours end.  

New Pro Luke


Donald & I led a tour later in the week – Donald & I only!  No Rangers! what?! 

Donald & I corralled three campers to do a maiden kayak trip with two novice instructors (us).   With permission and encouragement from the staff at Milo Mac.

 After promising safety and fun our volunteers agreed to a late morning paddle on the Lake.  

 Campers Kevin, Jessica & Terrance were pros and needed no instruction.  Terrance out-paddled all of us!


Both tours were a success since everyone returned without a swim in the lake.  We were happy to keep our 100% upright rate intact (or our 0% capsize rate – depends if you are a half-empty or half-full type person).

We had great folks join us on these trips.


One of 28 types of Waterfalls – this type TBD


Boss Andrew providing Lichen information.





Fishing had slowed down recently and the lake will be stocked again soon – so the fishing folks will be back when the fish return soon.  We hope to join them in the fishing frenzy!

Terrance & Water Dog


Happy Campers & Paddlers

thanks for two great couple of kayak runs and we are looking forward to more great trips on the Lake this summer!


Come Join us at Milo McIver before we sell out of paddling runs… call Reservations Northwest at 800-452-5687

4 thoughts on “Days 2 & 3 “On the Job” as Kayak Hosts at Milo McIver State Park

  1. Gail and Don, you were such wonderful hosts for me and Jason on our river kayaking trip. We enjoyed a beautiful evening, views and delightful conversation. Please keep in touch via email with pictures and we will keep checking your blog for your adventures- you a living the American dream. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks so much for your note, Ingrid. If you do decide on a return trip we hope you will consider visiting before 15 August as we head to Fort Stevens after that date. Or come see us at Fort Stevens! We enjoyed hosting the trip and hope to see you again. Gail

  2. Gail and Donald, Thanks so much for a wonderful experience of kayaking for the first time. You two are awesome! Sorry that one of our group spoiled your record of 100% no swims from the kayak, but it just added to the fun. Hope to come see you at Ft. Stevens.

    1. HI Becky & Wet Jim –

      we enjoyed meeting and hosting you Monday nite and hope to see you again here at Milo Mc or at Fort Stevens. Milo is a great park – I did a post on the park and some of the unusual aspects here –

      you pics may be found at the home page under 21 Jul 2014 or at the link here

      Have a great summer! gail & Donald

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