Here’s the details…
Date: Saturday May 28th
Location: Susitna Landing, 11.5 miles north of the Deshka landing turn off
The plan is to have a BBQ at noon on the 28th. We’ll have burgers and hot dogs donated by Marita Sea & Ski. If anyone wants to bring other dishes that’d be great, I’ll let you guys work out those details. After the BBQ we’ll do a drawing for a few door prizes. OzAk has done a great job getting a few items for prizes donated by local businesses, for example, a $150 gift certificate toward an impeller rebuild from Greatland Welding and some miscellaneous boating items from Compeau’s in Fairbanks.
Then it will be onto the water. I’m still not sure how we’ll coordinate everything, the best idea so far is to just have a sign-up sheet on the bow of each boat that is willing to take folks out. I assume we’ll stay on the water until everyone has had a chance to check out all of the boats they desire.
Some folks mentioned a desire to make a run somewhere with a destination in mind, for example the Talkeetna. That sounds like a great idea to me, but my primary goal is to let the folks check out the different boats in the afternoon and then make a run somewhere afterwards.
The gentleman up at the landing is doing a fantastic job trying to accommodate us. His name is Jeff, give him a buzz if you want to make camping reservation for the weekend. He is going to try his best to keep us all together in LOOP “C”. It is the quietest area of the campground but there is no hook ups for RV’s. The adjacent loop does have RV hookup’s.
There are 24 camp sites in LOOP “C” but there is a lot more room to “double up” in the sites or just pitch a tent. Jeff is willing to allow us to cram in all we want to, he just requests that all vehicles that are sharing a site pay the $6 parking fee, which is more than fair if you ask me. If you plan to launch a boat and also camp, Jeff said that he’d only charge the boat launch fee once for the entire weekend, so you’ll be able to pull your boat out of the water at no extra cost if you desire.
Here are the prices:
Campsite with full hookups $24 per night
Campsite with no hookups $12 per night
Parking only $6 per night
Boat launch $14
If you want to camp, I’d suggest calling Jeff sooner than later, spots are filling up fast. He even said that a guy from out of state has already reserved a spot to attend the event. Here’s the number to the landing, 495-7700.
** Be sure to have all of the required safety gear on your boat, ie life jackets, flares, etc… If you are unsure what is required you can find the list of items on the state website.
** Greatland Welding is performing Customer Safety Inspections free of charge on May 14th. There will be hot dogs, burgers, and balloons for the kids. They’ll be open from 10am to 4pm.
Another thing that isn’t quite worked out is the actual BBQ to cook on. We’ll probably need a couple. Any ideas?