Every Memorial Day weekend a group gets together and Paddles the Gulkana River. The trip begins on Paxon Lake, then down the Middle Fork to the Gulkana. Sometimes Paxon Lake is still frozen over. Then, you drag your canoe over the lake's ice to the beginning of the river. Usually the ice is rotten and you end up falling through a few times before making the river. You wear a dry suit until reaching the river.