Blog - Outdoor Connections
The long anticipated Mountain Recreation Paddleboard Race Season will begin Wednesday evening June 18th Scott’s Flat Lake at 6 pm. You can call us for details and questions at 530-477-8006.
Scott’s Flat Lake Kayak and Paddleboard rentals will begin weekdays Monday June 16th. Check our Rental Page for more information. We have received a new rental fleet that includes Ocean Kayak’s latest designs, the Venus and Tetra Series.
Don’t forget Father’s Day June 15th We have a great selection of Men’s Clothing, Paddleboards, Kayaks, Wakeboards and Watersport accessories.
Spring Fever has set in here at Mountain Recreation. Paddleboarding and Kayaking time is just around the corner. Get your gear ready for those warm weather adventures. Come in and check out our selection of Spring Clothing and Footwear or talk to us about Camping or Paddling Gear. Our selection of Oakley, Maui Jim, Smith, Zeal and Suncloud sunglasses is the best in town.
Grab a pack and hit the trail. Its perfect weather to go hiking. Mountain Rec has topo maps and water bottles too. We rent kayaks and paddleboards here at the store and at Scott’s Flat Lake beginning this Memorial Day Weekend. So stop by before you head out on the next adventure!
This year’s annual No Motor Day at Scott’s Flat Lake is Sunday April 27th. Mountain Recreation will be there from 10am to 4pm with free demos of kayaks and paddleboards. Come try out a kayak or paddleboard and see why it’s America’s fastest growing recreational activity. Vehicle admission to Scott’s Flat Lake has increased this year to $8.00 but launch fees that day are free. There will also be sailboat rides and lunch available from the boy scouts. A fun day for the family!
New at Mountain Recreation! The PowerTraveller line of adventure solar powered chargers. Unlike simple solar chargers, these systems store the solar charge in batteries for later use. Starting at $99 for the PowerMonkey Explorer capable of charging devices like smart phones, iphones, ipods, and gps units. The PowerMonkey Extreme at $199 can charge all of that and more like ipads, tablets, and camera batteries.
Here are some interesting details from the manufacturer.
“When adventurers finally stop after a day’s exploring the solarmonkey adventurer can carry on charging itself and other devices efficiently in low light conditions thanks to the maximum power point tracker (MPPT) technology within it and, when the sun finally sets, the internal battery can also keep your devices powered through the night.”
“The PowerMonkey Extreme houses a massive 9000mAh capacity Lithium Polymer battery and offers users real power in a compact, durable shell. The unit is capable of recharging most 5V devices, (including an iPhone/smart phones up to 4 times, a Garmin Edge 800 up to 6 times, standard mobiles up to 8 times and iPad up to 2 times depending on the model), but it is the 2013 model that really pushes the boundaries. The standard 5V USB socket remains but the DC port has been upgraded to output 12V (previously 5V), meaning that the powermonkey extreme is now capable of charging SLR camera batteries, portable DVD players and much more directly from the unit.”
A great power solution for the adventurer who spends their time off the grid. Stop by Mountain Recreation and check them out.
With the first snowfall in the Sierra Mountains it is time to start thinking about gearing up for winter.
Top ten things to think about before heading up to the hill.
1. Do you have all your gear? Stop by Mountain Recreation to outfit your entire family with the latest skis, boards, helmets, outerwear and accessories.
2. If you’re not looking to buy, think about renting gear, Mountain Rec’s youth season rentals are only $99, but hurry, limited supplies.
It’s never too late to add a few squats to your weekly agenda!
4. Buying a pass? Look for pre-season discounts.
5. Check out the latest PowderWhore’s film “Elevation”, screening at
Mountain Rec on Tuesday, November 12th
6. Get your skis and board tuned.
7. Find your ski socks.
8. Pray to the Snow Gods.
9. Get your winter travel bag organized (water, flash light, snacks, blanket)
10. Make sure you find your helmet.
Come out on Wednesday evening for FREE & FUN Stand Up Paddleboard races! Family friendly and encouraged! Bring your own boards or try some of ours. All levels welcome! Fun is the focus! Registration at 5. Race begins at 6:30.
Take advantage of our rental program this summer at Scott’s Flat Lake right here in your own backyard. Mountain Recreation has a trailer full of paddle boards and one person or two person kayaks with everything you need to have a great time out on the water.Try paddle boarding and rent by the hour to see if the fastest growing Watersport is for you. Stop by the Day Use Area just past the Campground Monday through Sunday 10:00-7:00 pm at Scott’s Flat Lake.
Here are our rental rates by the hour.
- $20 Per Hour Single Kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards
- $10 Additional Hours
- $30 Per Hour Tandem
- $15 Additional Hours
- All Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) rentals include paddles and lifejackets.
See you there!
As Summer approaches here in Gold Country, we begin to dream about lakes and rivers to cool off from the heat. At Mountain Recreation we have everything you need to have a great time on the water: Kayaks, Paddle Boards, Wakeboards, Tubes, Towables and all the Accessories. Not to mention Yakima Rack Systems to get it all there in perfect condition.
Our Summer Rental Program includes single or tandem kayaks and paddle boards available from the store at 491 East Main by the day or longer.
Rentals by the hour are available at Scotts Flat Lake Day Use Area beginning on the weekends.
Other events coming soon:
SUP Fitness Class with our own Stephanie Adams -Pilates Instructor
Saturday June 8th, 29th, and July 13 at Scotts Flat Lake Day Use Area.
$15 bring your own board or $25 includes rental board and lifejacket.
Call us for details and reservations. Class limited to 8 people.
SUP Stand Up Paddle Board Repair
We now offer paddle board repairs. Here is a list of services.
Fiberglass $50 and up
Paint Match Finish $5-10
Call us for information and details!
See you on the water!
Looking for a family friendly outdoor adventure, consider walking or biking out to Hirschman’s Pond. The trailhead starts at the bottom of Cement Hill Road, a mere mile from downtown Nevada City. The first ½ mile of the trail is wheelchair accessible and perfect for an easy family bike ride or walk.
Stop and check out the interactive signs to learn about the mining history and wildlife, or sit by the pond and check out the views. Follow the winding dirt path to the pond where you can sit on a large wooden bench and soak up the scenery. For a longer hike continue down the trail to either the Woods Ravine Trail or the end of the Hirschman Trail.
The pond was named for two brothers who owned a cigar shop in Nevada City in the 1850?s and left a wasteland from hydraulic mining in the late 1800?s, but Nevada City with some help from the Bear Yuba Land Trust have done a fabulous job of cleaning up the area and making it available to the public. The Outside Inn has a map in our office of the trail system around the pond, but you can also find a great detailed report on the Bear Yuba Land Trust‘s website, click here.
Erin Thiem is the owner of Outside Inn, a small hotel in a quiet neighborhood in downtown Nevada City. Erin is a passionate supporter of everything Nevada City. She publishes articles on many local sites in town, including her own blog Innside Nevada City.