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.

JAN 1:   23rd Annual New Year’s Day Float

MAR 1:   Quietwater Symposium

MAR 8-9:   33rd Annual ASRO (Au Sable River Overnight)

MAR 29-30:   Manistee River – M-72 to Smithville

APR 26:   Hugh Heward Challenge (not organized by LOAPC)

APR 27:   Grand River, McNamara Landing to Grand River Park

MAY 2-4:   Jordan River Valley Surf-N-Turf

MAY 3:   Paddle to Hell and Back

MAY 10:   Grand River, Portland to Webber Dam

MAY 16-18:    Huron River Sojourn Part I – Proud Lake to Placeway

MAY 17:    Looking Glass River – Dewitt to Wacousta (Tony K.)

MAY 24:   Grand River, Fitzgerald Park, Grand Ledge to Charlotte Highway and Picnic following the event.  Club provides the grill, you bring your lunch!

MAY 24-26:   Memorial Day Whitewater Beginner Trip Class II-III – Destination TBD depending on water.  Day paddles, car camping

JUN 6-8:   Backpacking Waterloo Recreation Area

JUN 7:   Grand River, Eaton Rapids to McNamara Landing

JUN 14:   Grand River, Webber Dam to Lyons

JUN 14-15:   Southeast Whitewater Class II-III – Destination TBD depending on water.  Day paddles, car camping

JUN 20-22:   Huron River Sojourn Part II – Placeway to Argo Pond

JUN 28-29:   Lime Island.  Open water overnight with cottage or camping.

JUL 12-13:   Paddle the Straits:  Round Island Lighthouse and Mighty Mac Bridge.  Open water day paddles, car camping.

JUL 18-20:   Huron River Sojourn Part III – Argo Pond to Lower Huron River Metropark

AUG 1-3:   Backpacking Pinckney Recreation Area

AUG 2:    Jordan Lake to Tupper Lake and back (Tony K.)

AUG 9:   Full Moon Paddle, Sleepy Hollow State Park

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 Picnic and Paddle 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 27-28:   6th Annual Pine River Rendezvous (not organized by LOAPC)

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 8:   “Lewis and Clark Reach the Sea”  Commemorative Paddle

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

DEC 20:   21st Annual Christmas Float

Learn River Kayaking A to “W”

Learn River Kayaking A to “W”

“W”hitewater, that is. This course is intended to teach students the fundamentals of safely paddling moving water and novice-level whitewater rivers. The class is appropriate for both paddlers with some experience who want to try a new type of paddling activity, and for eager beginners who are interested in trying river paddling. Five Wednesday evening sessions will be held in the classroom and the pool. Classes will focus on river kayaking strokes and maneuvers, recovery skills (balance, bracing and rolling), safety & rescues, appropriate gear and clothing, and trip planning. Pool classes are followed by two all-day Saturday trips to local rivers.

All equipment is provided. Students should be comfortable in the water and bring a towel and swimsuit. A synthetic top for warmth and water shoes are recommended. Each class starts with one hour “dry” classroom subjects, followed by one hour on the water instruction and one hour free practice time in the pool. More information about the river trips will be presented in the classroom.

TIME: 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

COST: $150

LOCATION: East Lansing High School pool, Wednesdays April 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7; all day river trips Saturdays May 10 & 17 location TBA.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: email lainstkayaking@gmail.com or call 517-333-9716

[LOAPC] LAINST Kayaking Classes Fall 2013 at the East Lansing High School pool


Below find information about fall kayak pool classes.  Please share this information with anyone who might be interested.  Note that free open pool time for all paddlers is 8:00-9:00 pm on any class date! 


LAINST Kayaking Classes

Fall 2013 at the East Lansing High School pool


All equipment is provided.  Students should bring a towel and swimsuit.  A synthetic top for warmth and water shoes are recommended.  Each class starts with one hour “dry” classroom subjects, followed by one hour on-the-water instruction and one hour free practice time.  Classes are taught by American Canoe Association trained and certified instructors.


Kayaking I: Paddle Safe, Paddle Right

This three-session course will introduce you to kayaking in a fun, safe, and warm environment and help you develop basic skills and safety awareness.  You will increase your comfort in the water, learn about boats and appropriate gear, and how to maneuver your boat with basic strokes.  Also good for paddlers with some experience but no formal instruction who want to improve their skills.  Tuesdays, Nov. 12, 19 & 26. 6:00-9:00 pm.  $75. 


Kayaking II:  Tipping, Staying Upright, & Rolling

This two evening course is for students with some previous kayaking instruction or experience who want to increase their water confidence, work on rescue and recovery skills – balance, edging, and braces – and to progress to the kayak roll.  Tuesdays, Dec. 3 and 17.  6:00–9:00 pm. $50. 


Pre-registration required:

Email lainstkayaking@gmail.com, or call 517-333-9716

Red Cedar River Access

  • Although the Red Cedar River flows from above Williamston, travel any further upstream can be discouraging.
  • Williamston to Grand River Blvd is about 2 hours and has downed trees as obstructions. Launch site is upstream of Putnam Street Bridge and then running the light rapids. Takeout is on the left above the Grand River Blvd Bridge.
  • Launching from the Grand River Bridge to Van Atta Road is about 1 hour. There will be a new landing on the river left upstream of Van Atta Road Bridge in 2014 but the old landing is on river left just downstream of the bridge. Downed trees are cleared but constantly falling.
  •  Van Atta Road to Ferguson Park is about 2-1/2 hours with the takeout at Ferguson Park on the left. There is still the ever present downed trees to contend with but they are worked on every year.  From Van Atta Road to Dobie Road is about 1-1/2 hours, and from Dobie Road to Ferguson Park is about an hour.  From Dobie Road to Ferguson Park it is usually clear.
  •  Ferguson Park to Kruger Landing is about three hours, and you need to watch for the rocky rapids at the old dam site near the stadium.  Portaging is usually required.  There are still logs potentially blocking the river after leaving campus.  Kruger Landing is on river left before Aurelius Road.
  • Kruger Landing to the confluence with the Grand River is about an hour.  From there you can continue on downriver and take out above the dam in north Lansing on river right.

Au Sable River from Grayling to Oscoda 2013

We traversed the length of the Au Sable River again from Grayling to Oscoda but we were well behind the racing pace of 14 hours.  We took 8 days and did it in weekend installments.  I have done the entire length in one week on previous trips but I can see the entire river more often by breaking it up.

We started in February for the 32nd Annual Au Sable River Overnight.  Here is that weekend’s camp:Image

We picked up the river again in April from where we left off in February, but it didn’t seem like the weather had gotten any warmer……Image

Our May installment gave us some kinder temperatures with the snow finally leaving and the black flies arriving (sigh).Image

June had all of the trees leafed out and the mosquitoes replaced the black flies.  We camped on the Summer Solstice with a full moon that night.  Wonderful!ImageSince we finished in June we technically beat the Marathon racers coming in July.Image

Batchawana River June 2013

Well it’s been a while since we have been up to the Batchawana River in Ontario considering all of the other rivers we have been running during that time.  It is one of my favorites in that the river acts like a river rather than a bunch of connected lakes we see inland and further north.

The Mile 38 Road we use for access is deteriorating due to lack of maintenance so this may be the last road trip in and we could be stuck with the train in the future to get into Batchewana Station.


The weather and water levels were awesome as we got underway.  It is only a few klicks to the first portage past the ACR trestle so we decided to have lunch below the falls on a sand bar.


We travelled about 12 klicks  downstream through the fun spashy rapids:


We camped at a wonderful gravel bar and enjoyed the rest of the day.


The next morning we continued downriver past the Chain Lake falls and the portage at The Gate.  This portage is always being overgrown due to a small spring coming down the hillside so it takes a little dragging around to get through it.



We saw a moose family as we progressed downstream after the portage:


Camp was made at the Tribeg Mine Road falls for the end of our second day.



Our final day we moved smoothly downstream to Batchawana falls and canyon.  The portage is long but easy along the old mine road.



After one more portage around the fifth and final falls, and a few more fun splashy rapids. it was just a peaceful float out through the quiet water to Batchawana Bay and Hwy 17.


Club Meeting and Swap Meet Tuesday June 18

Join us on Tuesday June 18 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm at Lake Lansing Park South. We will be hosting a Swap Meet of equipment that you bring to trade or sell, and cook some hot dogs and/or burgers. The Club will provide the charcoal for the grills so bring whatever food you wish to cook. Lots of good conversation and paddle talk for the upcoming summer season. Plus a chance to trade an extra item for something you want!
Link to the location: