Sipsey June Hangout - June 12-14
Hey everyone. Ihangnbankhead called me on the phone from work a few minutes ago and asked that I post some initial info about a late-notice June hangout in Bankhead National Forest (Sipsey).
This hangout will be a little different than the previous ones, given the time of year (HOT!!). The idea is to camp at the Brushy Lake Campground, and see about taking a day float-trip (kayaks and canoes welcome!) down either Brushy Creek or Rush Creek, depending on the water levels.
Aside from the float-trip, this will be mostly a car-camping type event so anyone that attends should break out the heavy gear (coolers, cookware, etc).
More details will be forthcoming in the next few days.
“I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt.” - Cormac McCarthy
Alabama Hangout Brushy Lake!
Nestled into a more remote setting in the Bankhead National Forest, Brushy Lake Recreation Area is a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A quiet, tranquil place, Brushy Lake offers everything from camping, picnicking, boating with no gas motor, fishing, to sanitary facilities including a bathhouse.
Brushy Lake Recreation Area offers an opportunity for relaxing or fishing on it's own 33-acre lake. Brushy Lake Recreation Area has 13 campsites that accommodate very small recreational vehicles and tents. Campers occupy sites on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fees: Fees are charged for Brushy Lake, Campground List
CAMPGROUND NAME: Brushy Lake
VISIT DATE: 04/24/97
UPDATE DATE: 1/30/2008
RANGER DISTRICT: Bankhead
NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Wren
In Wren, AL, take State Rt. 33 south 5.4 miles to Pine Torch
Church Historic Site sign (County Rt. 70). Turn left onto Rt. 70
and go 5.3 miles to Brushy Lake sign (Forest Rt. 245). Turn left
onto Rt. 245 and go 1.9 miles to campground.
The elevation is 640 ft.
The campground, situated in mature hardwoods and pines, is
tranquil and rustic. Most sites are adjacent to Brushy Lake.
Open Seasonal: Yes
Open All Year: Yes
No potable water 11/1 through 3/15
RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: $5 per day
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14
CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 0
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 13
Total Sites: 13
Tent Pads: Yes
Group Tent Sites: Yes
Open Sites: No
Wooded Sites: Yes
No. Tables on Sites: 13
No. Grilles on Sites: 11
Group RV Sites: Yes
No. RV Pull Throughs: 0
Waste Station: No
Largest Parking Apron Size: 13' X 51.5'
Parking aprons are gravel.
BATH AND SHOWER FACILITIES
Flush Toilets: No
Hot Showers: No
There are flush toilets and wheelchair friendly hot showers
in adjacent day-use area.
Public Phone: No
No. Water Spigots (non-site): 0
No. Threaded: 0
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes
Swimming (provided): No
Boat Ramp: No
Boat Carry Down Access: No
Power Boating: Yes
Boating (no power): Yes
Water Skiing: No
Rafting (whitewater): No
Kayaking (whitewater): No
Brushy Lake is 33 acres. Power boats are limited to electric
Brushy Lake Trail (paved) - 0.25 miles
Bream - wheelchair friendly fishing pier
The last time I was there!
The last time I was there was back in the early 90's and the last time I canoed down Brushy Creek was in the 80's. You can tell by the pictures. These are in the 90's pictures, who knows what I looked like in the 80's? The map is showing 7.4 miles from Brushy lake to takeout bridge. My friend that's in the Huntsville canoe club, Is telling me that is all-day trip and would be a good overnight-er trip depends on the water level - log jams? So if everyone that shows up and wants to do that let me know. But I will leave No one behind at the campground over night, NO ONE! We will all hang together! Rush Creek looks like 4+ miles and maybe a good short day trip? This is a start and we got 3 weeks to plan! Thomas
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Moulton, AL
Hammock: HH Explorer Ultralite w/Zipper Mod
Tarp: HH Silnylon Hex
Insulation: HG Incubator
Suspension: Straps/Dutch Clips
Wish I could make it, I'm sure it will be a great trip. Oh and I had forgotten how much you looked like one of the Bee Gee's back then. Ha Ha.
Thomas, I hate that I won't be able to make it. I leave for Maine on June 7 for three weeks on the AT. I will be thinking of you guys while up in those cool and not so humid mountains.
Have a blast. Catch ya next time.
I know this may come as a shock to you guys, but what the heck, I'm in
Live by the sword, die by the arrow
I'll be back Monday
I'm not sure Hetairoi! I think they call that the Shemp Howard hairdo! But it seems to be working for you! I think I heard you say that your girlfriend is in her twenties! I'm leaving town in about 10 Min's heading over to Townsend in the Smokies. I will be back Monday night! This is the last time that I will on HF till Monday! You guys have a Great weekend! Thomas
Join Date: Oct 2007
Hammock: Bear Mountain Bridge
Insulation: Old Rag Mtn
I will be in Fla. attending a wedding. I'll catch back up with ya'll later
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: NE Alabama
Hammock: Clark NX-200
Tarp: Clark XL-Fly
Insulation: KAQ NR UQ/AHE KAQ
Suspension: Strap/cinch buckle
Will have to miss out on this one........I have plans for the weekend, I will miss out on seeing how the new yak handles the water.
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