Lone Star canoe trips begin Saturday

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 14, 2006

For some alternative summer recreation, consider taking a leisurely canoe tour of some of the nearly 1,100 acres of Lone Star Lakes Park in Chuckatuck.

Canoe tours at Lone Star Lakes begin this weekend and run through October. Park Ranger Sergeant J.R. Ruggiero said the tour will be fun, with water guns and other games, but also a good chance to see wildlife.

The event is sponsored by Suffolk Parks & Recreation and the Suffolk Division of Tourism, and the first tour is Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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Ruggiero, who will be one of the tour guides, said this is the first summer they have hosted these types of tours. Anyone interested is welcome to participate, and no previous canoeing experience is required, he said.

In fact, the tour will teach people canoeing basics, from correct paddling and communication whistles to safety.

The cost per person is $35 and includes all equipment n from life jackets, canoes, paddles, water and snacks.

Ruggiero said even though snacks will be provided, they won’t stop the tour to eat, so people should be sure to have a meal before they leave.

Guides will have dry bags for people to place their valuables, such as extra clothes, cameras, cell phones and wallets, in during the trip. Folks are welcome to bring their own dry bags, too.

None of the canoes should tip, but depending on the skill of the boaters, the guides might demonstrate a boat recovery, Ruggiero said.

The event does have a dress policy and some stipulations.

nNo flip-flops

nSandals must have straps

nPeople should wear light-colored clothing

nChildren 8-12 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

nChildren under 8 years old are not permitted to participate

A bus departs from the Suffolk Visitor Center, 321 North Main St. at 8:45 a.m. Valencia Moore, Visitor Center Coordinator, said folks should plan to ride the bus to the park, even if they live closer to it. Not only will it help guarantee that everyone arrives on time, it will give those interested in filling spots of people who don’t show up a chance to make the trip.

Space is limited to about 20 or 25 people and reservations are required. Call 923-3880 for more information.

Other tour dates are: July 8, August 5, September 30 and October 21.