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There’s still time to get on the lake

By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

I haven’t been out on the lake at all this year, and only a handful of times since the baby was born. My last big kayak trip was the birthday before he was born, so it’s been three years since I’ve made a full day of being out on the lake with nothing but a fishing rod, a paddle, and no plans. 

But none of that makes me any less excited every time the Corps of Engineers announces a new event for Grayson Lake. As the warm days start growing shorter, and the fall season bears down on us, I keep thinking I might bust out the kayak for one quick paddle before the season ends for good. 

If you’ve been meaning to get out and haven’t, or just want to get one more day on the water before cool weather sets in, the Corps has two events coming up at the lake you might be interested in. 

The first is for veterans and their families, in conjunction with Operation Odyssey Outdoors. If you’ve ever been interested in checking out Grayson Lake’s famous Hidden Cove (aka the Grotto) – an area of waterfalls and gorgeous rock formations accessible only by kayak from the lakes surface – meet up with this group at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, at the Clifty Creek launch ramp, for a guided paddle to the site. 

Once you’re there, and know how to find it, you will want to come back. 

Hidden Cove isn’t the only spot on the lake with amazing rock formations and waterfalls though. You could spend hours, and days, exploring the lake’s nooks and crannies and still find interesting spots to visit and enjoy. But Hidden Cove is definitely an extra special location, and worth the effort. 

Participants in this event will need to bring their own kayak and lifejacket. 

If kayaking isn’t your thing, or it’s already getting too cool for you to think about being on the water, the Corps has some other weather appropriate activities coming up that don’t require getting wet. 

On Friday, October 22, the Corps of Engineers will partner with the Carter County and Elliott County Tourism Boards to host a pumpkin painting event from 4 – 7 p.m. at the number 4 Shelter, at the Grayson Lake outflow. Pumpkins and supplies will be provided on a first come, first served basis, or you can bring your own pumpkin to decorate. 

For more information on either event, you can contact the Corps of Engineers offices at (606)474-5815. Or email Alice Hall at alice.f.hall@usace.army.mil. 

You don’t necessarily need a guide. As long as you obey the laws on the lake, you can explore the waterways on your own. You can also hike the lake’s many trails all year round. 

We live in a beautiful county. Get out and enjoy it, in all it’s seasons. You won’t regret it. 

Jeremy D. Wells can be reached at editor@cartercountytimes.com

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