About the Club
About the Club
Hi, and thanks for paddlin
on down to the web page of the Marin Canoe & Kayak Club! First, wed
like to tell you a bit about the clubwhere weve been,
where we are, where were going.
We started waa-a-a-ay back in 1965, when a half dozen or so folks
got together at the Kentfield, California, home of Ann Dwyer,
canoeist extraordinaire, to talk about organizing a canoe club.
The clubs purpose would be to encourage and promote the
sport of canoeing and to provide instruction in order to improve
MC&KCs charter members included active and ardent canoeists.
Ann herself was teaching canoe classes at the time. She went
on to invent the Kiwi Kayak and led canoe and kayak trips
all over the world and wrote a book on canoeing waters of Northern California.
Elizabeth Terwilliger, another of the original organizers, was
leading canoe trips along with hikes and bicycle outings. She
would become practically world famous for her outdoor education
activities with kids.
Others who attended that first meeting were young couples who
thought canoeing would be a great, inexpensive way to have fun
with their kids. From that first potluck, MC&KC grew in numbers
and activities, drawing members of all ages who enjoyed an impressive
schedule of organized, volunteer-led trips on lakes, rivers,
bays and esteros all over California and beyond, canoe and kayak
races and skills contests, fun days, and canoe/kayak classes.
Ann Dwyer, along with Gordon Young, another charter member, organized
the Quentin Canoers for students of high school and college age.
Their canoe-camping expeditions took them on many of Northern
We hold our annual potluck dinner in January, a combined business
meeting and social event. Members share stories and show photographs
and slides of the previous years trips. We schedule "skills
days" through the canoeing season, combining canoeing and
kayaking instruction with races and other water fun, topped off
with a barbecue. Another tradition is our canoe-camping get-together
at Kidd Lake in the Sierra every summer. Over sixty kids, canoeists,
kayakers, and campers enjoyed the event last year.
A prime benefit of club membership is our trip schedule day outings
on local waterways, moonlight excursions where the lights and
images of the above-water world are magically mirrored all around
you, week-long canoe-camping adventures on more distant rivers
and lots more.
Want to join the fun? Click here!
For more about the old days of
the club see History and Memories