Area Group To Paddle Waterways
Morgantown Dominion Post
2 November 2015
By Ann Kennell
A group of more than 100 people in the Morgantown area enjoys
putting a kayak or canoe on the water and paddling around.
Mary Wimmer is one of them.
Wimmer is starting a new flatwater paddling group — Morgantown
Area Paddlers (MAP). It’s open to anyone, regardless of
“I thought that having a loosely organized paddling group would be
a start,” Wimmer said.
Wimmer has been paddling on area waterways with other paddling
enthusiasts for the past 20 years. She decided to take those
70-plus people and form the group, which now has grown to more
than 100 people.
“It’s a safe and relaxing activity to do outside and be social
with people who enjoy the same things,” Wimmer said.
That’s what MAP wants to do — create a fun and safe group for
experienced paddlers and newcomers, get the MAP name out there for
visitors to know, maintain and upkeep launch sites, and also
fundraise for a new kayak/canoe launch.
The launch will be on the Monongahela River at the Van Voorhis
Trailhead parking lot. MAP plans to have the launch open next
Gwen Jones is a newcomer to flatwater paddling.
“I've thought about it for a long time and Mary had an extra boat
she let me use to try it out and I loved it,” Jones said, Jones
previously spent time white-water rafting, but wanted to be able
to do something more relaxed where she could enjoy the scenic
views and bird watch.
“The thing that sold me on paddling was being able to try it out
and make sure I liked it,” Jones said. “Now, I’m completely sold.”
For more information about MAP, visit the group’s Facebook page or
email Wimmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.