2014 LOAPC PADDLING SCHEDULE

All trips will have coordination information posted on this blog and on the Club Meetup page (registration required) prior to the activity with contact info.  Scroll down to see posted trips. Note that a few trips require more advance commitment due to ferry or lodging reservations needed.  Participants are responsible for having appropriate equipment and ability.  Non-members must sign a Club waiver prior to participation.

Wearing a properly fastened Life Jacket is mandatory while on the water during all Club activities.

AUG 9:   Full Moon Paddle, Sleepy Hollow State Park

AUG 8-10:   Huron River Sojourn Part III – Argo Pond to Lower Huron River Metropark

AUG 14-18:   Ontario Whitewater Class II-III – Day paddles, car camping.

AUG 22-24:   Huron River Sojourn Part IV / 15th Annual Family Paddling Trip – Lower Huron River Metropark to Point Mouillee State Game Area

AUG 23-24:   Leelanau State Park.  Open water day paddles and car camping.

AUG 30:   2nd Annual Labor Day Paddle and Picnic in the Park

SEP 5-7:   Manistee River Surf-N-Turf version 2.1

SEPT 6:   Grand River, Charlotte Highway to Portland

SEPT 13:   Grand River, Grand River Park to Old Town

SEP 20:   Red Cedar River Clean and Clear Scouting Trip

SEP 26-28:   6th Annual Pine River Rendezvous (not organized by LOAPC)

SEP 26-28:    Backpacking in the Waterloo-Pinckney Recreation Area Part II

OCT 4:   Red Cedar River Annual Clean and Clear Project

OCT 11:   Fall Color Tour, Grand River, Old Town to Jaycee Park, Grand Ledge

OCT 15-19:   Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario

NOV 28-29:   24th Annual Turkey Floats I & II

DEC 20:   21st Annual Christmas Float

Share thoughts on Huron River recreation at Wednesday meeting in Milford

Written by Laura Colvin, Staff Writer

The Village of Milford wants to know what’s important to local residents and business owners when it comes to Huron River recreation.

The Village Parks and Recreation Commission, along with the Huron River Watershed Council and the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs will host an asset mapping meeting next Wednesday to help identify amenities, resources and future economic development opportunities related to the river.

The meeting is the next step for Milford in the HRWC’s Trail Towns program, initiated last year as part of the larger RiverUp program. The program designates five towns along the Huron River Water Trail as destinations where river users can venture off the waterway to enjoy the scenery, services and heritage of a community that identifies with the river but is infused with its own character and charm.

Milford is situated at the north end of the 104-mile trail, followed by Dexter, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Flat Rock.

Part of the program’s goal is to help stimulate local economies while also improving recreational access and opportunities to make rivers and communities healthier.

Planning for the future

Organizers of next week’s meeting are hoping for a robust turnout.

“It’s an opportunity for us to look at the Huron River and how it relates to the community,” said Anita Twardesky, HRWC Trail Towns coordinator. “We want to give people an opportunity to provide some input on how (Central Park) can be developed, how we can connect with businesses and how we can connect with the downtown.”

Discussions will cover possible improvements that can be made within the community to best benefit the businesses and residents of Milford and tourists who use the Huron River Water Trail.

Future developments could include infrastructure improvements, signage, marketing and promotion, for example.

“The plan will have lots of (layers) to it,” Twardesky said.

Village Manager Christian Wuerth is also involved in helping to develop a plan and will attend next week’s meeting.

“There are a lot of positives that can come out of this process,” Wuerth said. “We’re looking for feedback from residents and businesses people in the community; what does the Huron River mean to them, and, going forward, what is their vision for how the village and the community interact with the river? What’s important to people? What are their concerns?”

The meeting, he said, will help shape the next several years of planning from a parks and recreation standpoint.

Currently, he added, members of the Parks and Recreation Commission are looking at ways to enhance kayak and canoe access in Central Park, while also taking into account erosion issues that call for stream bank stabilization measures.

“I hate to use the words ‘boat launch,’ because I don’t envision it ever being steel and concrete,” he said. “We’re talking about a much more natural looking feature, but something that can handle that (canoe and kayak) traffic.”

Members are also considering picnic areas, as well as enhanced opportunities for bird watching, fishing and enjoying the view in various spots along the river.

“We want to look at how those things fit,” Wuerth said. “What are the priorities of the community?”

The group is also looking at ways to make Milford’s downtown area accessible river-users staying at Camp Dearborn or Proud Lake, or paddling to or from a different destination.

Information to those visitors, he said, could be disseminated through use of a kiosk.

“One of the things we want to do is emphasize how close downtown is,” Wuerth said. “If someone canoes from Proud Lake they can spend an afternoon, maybe stroll into downtown grab lunch, hop back into their canoes. We want to make it easier for them to access downtown, support the businesses and restaurants and enjoy Milford.”

Next week’s meeting takes place 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Milford Senior Center, 1050 Atlantic St. Beforehand, from 5-6 p.m., volunteers from the Village Parks and Recreation Commission will be in Central Park to talk with visitors about the program.

August Course Offerings @ The Power of Water

AUGUST COURSE OFFERINGS

KAYAK BRACING $40 Level 1-3 6-8pm 8/4

- Scotty says “ just learn to hate swimming!” So how about not tipping over to
begin with. Braces and recovery strokes work. Learn them and use them.
Venue – Grand River

INTRO TO PADDLESPORTS $125 Level 1-3 6-8pm 8/5, 8/7, 8/12, 8/14

- This 4 day course is without a doubt THE best way to start or improve your paddling. We will be playing on, in and around Kayaks, Canoes and Stand Up Paddleboards. The idea is to develop a foundation of blade and body awareness to apply to any craft. Venue – Lake Lansing
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LEARNING TOUR $75 Level 1-3 8/3, 8/17 2-7pm 8/30 11-4pm

These trips are a great way to experience all aspects of a kayak or canoe
journey. We will look at the process as a whole and tailor to the needs and skills of each group. Venue – Grand River

FREE DEMO 8/8 Venue – Grand River 5-8pm

INTRO TO KAYAK SURFING $125 Level 2-4 8/10 10-4pm

Put a boost of adrenaline into your kayaking experience! Learn how to safely and CONFIDENTLY handle your boat in and on waves. For the first timers we will cover the Where, How and When. If you have surfed before, we can help dial in your timing and reading of the wave. Venue – Lake Michigan

KAYAK RESCUES 2 $60 Level 1-3 530-9pm 8/11

- You will get wet! So now what? Learn how to put yourself back in your boat and the rest of the group back in theirs. If you paddle a kayak this is a MUST skill. You will learn safe and effective techniques that anyone…regardless of body type, age or strength…can master. We will have “conditions” to take it up a notch. Venue – Lake Lansing

KAYAK QUICK START $60 Level 1 6-9pm 8/13

- An introduction to the sport of kayaking. We will cover boat selection,
getting in and out, basic control strokes and safety. Venue – Lake Lansing

KAYAK ROLLING $60 Level 1-4 7-9pm 8/18

- The one skill we all wish we had on lock down…and should.
If this is your first attempt or you need refining, we can help.
Venue – Lake Lansing

YOUGHIOGHENY RIVER ADVENTURE $325 Level 2-4 8/22-25

- Take your whitewater paddling to the next level with a long weekend Yough
escape. We’ll spend 1 half day and 2 full days on the Lower Yough developing river running and river play skills. Including reading rapids, rescue strategies and group awareness. Optional Falling Water tour on Monday. Price includes lodging.

STANDUP PADDLEBOARDING $60 Level 1-2

8/7, 8/21 6-9pm on the Grand River
8/14, 8/28 6-9pm Lake Lansing
8/2 1-4pm MSU Sailing Center

- Find out why this is the fastest growing outdoor sport.
Guaranteed to make you a better kayaker! Yes, kayaker.

LEVEL 1 – Little to no experience, open to learning.

LEVEL 2 – Ability to control your boat on flat water. Move sideways, forward, turn,
stop and reverse. Comfortable in water. Some exposure to rescues.

LEVEL 3 – Add wind (10-15 knots), waves (1-2 feet) and/or current (Class I-II). Still
smiling, comfortable and able to rescue yourself or your group.

LEVEL 4 – Kick it up another notch and add some solid navigation skills.

PLEASE CONTACT TREY (517-927-3859) OR SCOTT (810-217-4850). YOU CAN EMAIL US AT info@THEPOWEROFWATER.net. WE CAN PROVIDE GEAR FOR THOSE THAT NEED IT.

Huron River Sojourn Part III August 8-10

Argo Pond to French Landing Dam.  Base camping Friday and Saturday nights at Lower Huron Metropark (Walnut Grove Rustic Family Campground. Day paddle from Argo Pond to North Hydro Park (Ford Lake takeout) on Saturday. Day paddle from South Hydro Park to French Landing Dam on Sunday. Three portages at Dixboro, Superior, and Peninsula Dams on Saturday. 23 miles total distance (14.5/8.5)

Saturday there is the opportunity to run the Argo Cascades at the beginning of the trip or put in below them as the river makes it way through Ann Arbor and the Arboretum down to Gallup Park where the river gradually turns into flatwater. Shortly after passing under US-23 there is a short portage around Dixboro Dam and then into a quiet section of rural lowlands, surprisingly this close to the city. The rest of the day is lakes and short portages until Ford Lake where we exit before Hydro Dam. Back in camp is a potluck dinner and s’mores around the campfire.

Sunday we put in below Hydro Dam and relax on quiet water for the first half of the day until reaching French Landing Dam where we exit the river. Lunch can be left in the coolers at this takeout as we toast our adventure with cold beverages and a picnic before heading home for the weekend.

Upcoming Classes at the Power of Water

JULY COURSE OFFERINGS

KAYAK QUICK START $60 Level 1 5-8pm 7/13

- An introduction to the sport of kayaking. We will cover boat selection,
getting in and out, basic control strokes and safety. Venue – Lake Lansing

INTRO TO MOVING WATER 1 $60 Level 1-2 2-5pm 7/23

- Looking at the river in a whole new way. Boat handling, hazard awareness and solutions, moving in and out of mild current and safety. Everyone needs these skills, plus it is FUN! Venue – Grand River

KAYAK RESCUES $60 Level 1-3 530-9pm 7/11

- You will get wet! So now what? Learn how to put yourself back in your boat and the rest of the group back in theirs. If you paddle a kayak this is a MUST skill. You will learn safe and effective techniques that anyone…regardless of body type, age or strength…can master. Venue – Lake Lansing

INTRO TO PADDLESPORTS $125 LEVEL 1-3 11-4pm 7/12 – 7/13

- This 2 day course is without a doubt THE best way to start or improve your paddling. We will be playing on, in and around Kayaks, Canoes and Stand Up Paddleboards. The idea is to develop a foundation of blade and body awareness to apply to any craft. Venue – Lake Lansing

INTRO TO MOVING WATER 2 $60 Level 2-3 6-9pm 7/23

- So now we look at river reading, trip planning and rescue
strategies. We will also focus on paddling in and out of current – eddy turns, peel outs and ferries. Venue – TBD

BCU WEEK at The Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium

- Join us prior to the Symposium for 4 days of BCU courses. Including: 2 Star
Training, Foundation Safety and Rescue Training, 3 Star Sea Training and
3 Star Sea Assessment.

MANITOU ISLANDS TRIP $375 Level 3-4 7/24-27

- Kayak Camping on North Manitou Island. True wilderness experience. This trip includes an 8 mile open water crossing and exposure to all the conditions Lake Michigan has to offer. This is a coached journey, learn from the best.

YOUGHIOGHENY RIVER ADVENTURE $275 Level 2-4 7/29-30

- Take your whitewater paddling to the next level with a mid-week Yough
escape. We’ll spend 2 days on the Lower Yough developing river running and river play skills.

RIVER RESCUE 1 – YOU $75 Level 1-3 9-1pm 7/12

- This is learning how to swim in the river. ALL members of
your group should take this class. Venue – Huron River

KAYAK ROLLING $60 Level 1-4 7-9pm 7/7 or 7/28

- The one skill we all wish we had on lock down…and should.
If this is your first attempt or you need refining, we can help.
Venue – Lake Lansing

LEARNING TOUR $75 Level 1-3 7/26 12-6pm 7/27 12-6pm

- These trips are a great way to experience all aspects of a kayak or canoe journey. We will look at the process as a whole and tailor to the needs and skills of each group.
Venue – Grand River

FREE DEMOS 7/25 Venue – Grand River 4-8pm

STANDUP PADDLEBOARDING $60 Level 1-2

7/3, 7/10, 7/31 6-9pm on the Grand River
7/12 5-8pm and 7/23 6-9pm MSU Sailing Center

- Find out why this is the fastest growing outdoor sport.
Guaranteed to make you a better kayaker! Yes, kayaker.

LEVEL 1 – Little to no experience, open to learning.

LEVEL 2 – Ability to control your boat on flat water. Move sideways, forward, turn,
stop and reverse. Comfortable in water. Some exposure to rescues.

LEVEL 3 – Add wind (10-15 knots), waves (1-2 feet) and/or current (Class I-II). Still
smiling, comfortable and able to rescue yourself or your group.

LEVEL 4 – Kick it up another notch and add some solid navigation skills.

PLEASE CONTACT TREY (517-927-3859) OR SCOTT (810-217-4850). YOU CAN EMAIL US AT info@THEPOWEROFWATER.net. WE CAN PROVIDE GEAR FOR THOSE THAT NEED IT.

Annual Red Cedar River Clean and Clear Project Saturday October 4

Join us as we work on the obstructions identified from the previous scouting trip from Grand River Blvd. to Ferguson Park. Please bring waders, wetsuits, and gloves and prepare to get your feet wet and your hands dirty. We meet at 9:00 am at the Harris Nature Center and assign responsibilities after a safety orientation. If you own a chainsaw please bring it but only owners are allowed to operate tham as a safety policy. We usually are done for the day by 2:00 pm.

For those using boats we will meet at 8:30 am at Ferguson Park to run shuttle.

Annual Red Cedar River Scouting Trip September 20

Join us as we prepare for our annual Red Cedar River Clean and Clear Project by paddling from Grand River Blvd. to Ferguson Park. Along the way we will clear obstructions that are straight forward and identify those that take more work. The latter are the ones we will focus on for the Clean and Clear Project on October 4. Bring waders, wetsuits, and a chainsaw if you own one. As a safety policy, only the owner of the chainsaw may operate it.

Meet at Ferguson Park at 9:00 am to set shuttle and we should be done by 3:00 pm.

River Clean Up Results with the Ingham Conservation District

group photoFinally, thank you to our Stream Cleanup Crew that helped remove almost 5 yards of trash from the Huntoon Creek in Leslie. A special thanks to the Lansing Oar and Paddle Club who came out in force to help with this project! Some of the items removed included 6 tires, a toilet tank, a car battery and a truckload of steel!

Huntoon Cleanup 2014