These two Kayak Queens braved the water on Lake Frances this week. Cathy Brandvold is on the left and Carol Green is on the right. Cathy is the encourager behind the Kayak Queens.

Open water on Lake Frances attracts waterfowl and Kayak Queens

The birds are back and they are noisy. As ice melts on Lake Frances snow geese and swans can be spotted hanging out as they await open waters further north. The birds aren’t the only ones anxious to get on the water. 

A group of local kayakers encouraged by Cathy Brandvold have dubbed themselves the Kayak Queens. They may not be as noisy as their feathered friends, but they are nearly as enthusiastic. Saturday’s warm weather found two of these ladies braving the cold waters for an afternoon paddle. Encouraged by Cathy, Carol Green joined her for an early season watery tour.

One might consider it a bit early in the year for water sports, but Cathy’s love for paddling found her on an open patch of water as early as February 12. The rest of the Kayak Queens were happy to wait until warmer days. Temperature in the upper 50’s and calm winds provided a perfect opportunity to dust off the kayaks and test the waters.

Why is kayaking popular? After the initial investment in gear, it’s relatively economical. As Cathy mentioned, “with the price of gas, you might as well spend your time on the lake.” Kayaking is an easy sport to learn and can be done at the individual’s skill and comfort level.

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