2015 LOAPC Paddling Schedule

All trips will have coordination information posted 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                          24th Annual New Year’s Day Paddle – Jay Hanks

MAR 21-22                 34th Annual Au Sable River Overnight – boat camping at White Pine – Jay Hanks

APR 18                       Chippewa River – Class II Whitewater – Mt. Pleasant – Joe Lessard

APR 25                       Grand River Annual Hugh Heward Challenge

MAY 1-3                    Cheat Fest and Cheat Narrows – Class III Whitewater – West Virginia – George Stockman

MAY 2                        Looking Glass and Grand Rivers – Wacousta to Portland on the Looking Glass and Charlotte Hwy to Portland on the Grand – refreshments to follow at a local establishment – Tony Kuhlman and Jay Hanks, Loretta Crum

MAY 8-10                  Pine River – Walker Bridge to Low Bridge.  Base camping at Pine River Paddlesports Center Campground – Jay Hanks

MAY 9                        Trip postponed – new date TBA)

MAY 16                      Rogue River – Class II Whitewater – Grand Rapids – Van Braatz

MAY 23                      3rd Annual Memorial Day Paddle and Picnic in the Park – Grand River, Grand Ledge to Charlotte Hwy, picnic at Fitzgerald Park – Jay Hanks and Loretta Crum

MAY 28-31                Manistee River Surf-n-Turf – Hiking on the Manistee River Trail on Friday.  Baxter Bridge to M-115 on Saturday, then Hodenpyle Dam to Red Bridge on Sunday.  Base camping at Seaton Creek National Forest Campground – Jay Hanks

MAY 31                      Grand River, Eaton Rapids to McNamara Landing – Loretta Crum

JUN 5-7                      Casselman and Lower Yough – Class III Whitewater – Pennsylvania – George Stockman

JUN 6                          Grand River, Portland to Webber Dam – Loretta Crum

JUN 13                        Slippery Rock Creek – Class II-III Whitewater – Pennsylvania – Todd Leigh

JUN 13                        Youth Sports Event at Burchfield Park – Jay Hanks

JUN 19-21                  Manistee River – M-72 to M-66. Base camping at CCC Campground – Jay Hanks

JUN 20-21                  Negwegon State Park – overnight backcountry camping & coastal paddling – Linda Savage or Steve Lidia

JUN 27-28                  Grand River Overnight, location TBA – Loretta Crum

JUL 10-12                   Boardman River – Forks Campground to Beitner Road – base camping at Forks Campground – Tony Kuhlman and Jay Hanks

JUL 24-26                   High Country Pathway – Backpacking 1 of 3 in Pigeon River State Forest – Jay Hanks

AUG 2                        Grand River, Webber Dam to Lyons – Class II Whitewater – Loretta Crum

AUG 7-9                     High Country Pathway – Backpacking 2 of 3 in Pigeon River State Forest – Jay Hanks

AUG 14-16                 Lake Superior in Eastern UP – camping at Tahquamenon State Park and coastal day paddles – Linda Savage

AUG 22                      Lower Yough – Class III Whitewater – Pennsylvania – Todd Leigh

AUG 28-30                 Huron River – 16th Annual Family Paddling Trip – Base camping at Proud Lake State Park – Proud Lake to Dawson Road on Saturday, and Dawson Road to Placeway on Sunday – Jay Hanks

AUG 29                      Howl at the Moon Paddle at Lake Ovid in Sleepy Hollow State Park – Tony Kuhlman

SEP 5                          3rd Annual Labor Day Paddle and Picnic in the Park at Lake Ovid in Sleepy Hollow State Park – Jay Hanks & Loretta Crum

SEP 18-20                   Dunes and Vines – camping at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, coastal day paddles, and wine tasting tour Saturday! – Linda Savage

SEP 21-27                   Flack Lake/Dunlop Lake/10 Mile Lake – Mississagi Provincial Park, Ontario.  Self-contained wilderness travel – Rich Bailey and Jay Hanks

OCT 3                         Red Cedar River Scouting Trip – Rich Bailey and Jay Hanks

OCT 10                       Red Cedar River Clean and Clear Project – Rich Bailey and Jay Hanks

OCT 15-18                  Manistee River – Deward (Co. 612) to M-66 – Base camping at CCC Campground – Rich Bailey

OCT 17                       Fall Color Tour, Grand River, Old Town to Grand Ledge – Loretta Crum

NOV 5 – 8                   Platte River Surf-n-Turf – Hiking on the Platte Plains Trail on Friday.  M-31 to Lake Michigan on Saturday and Sunday.  Base camping at Veteran’s Campground – Jay Hanks

NOV 27                      25th Annual Turkey Float – location TBD – Rich Bailey

DEC 4-6                      High Country Pathway – Backpacking 3 of 3 in Pigeon River State Forest – Jay Hanks

DEC 19                       22nd Annual Christmas Float – location TBD – Jay Hanks

2015 Woodruff Award Winner

Hello all! Karen Stock here (daughter of Jim Woodruff).

I wanted to share the written version of the remarks introducing Nancy Anderson as this year’s Woodruff Award winner.
My remarks:
Thank you Michael Doty, our Hugh Heward Challenge chair this year!
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And thank you to our sponsors and inspirations for so many years here at the annual Hugh Heward Challenge, the Verlen Kruger Memorial Committee, along with all their family members, that not only shared their loved ones with the work, but jumped in did the work alongside them. And still do.

Last year I was so thrilled when Stacy Smith and the others involved in making the Hugh Heward a success announced they had created an award in my father’s name, specifically to honor those in the paddling community who work behind the scenes to make things like the Hugh, the Quiet Water Symposium, and the Verlen Kruger Memorial possible.
This year’s winner has done all three, and many more. But unless you knew this person yourself, you might never pick them out of a crowd as one of the movers and shakers.
That’s what it means to work behind the scenes – quietly, without expectation of notice, applause, or rewards – and this year’s winner, Nancy Anderson, exemplifies these qualities perfectly.

She is a doer – quiet and reserved, a real get-it-done person. Charlie Parm​elee, who met Nancy when he was rec chair at the Lansing Oar and Paddle Club, talked to me about Nancy’s involvement in LOAPC and the many paddles they did together.

​Later, s​he became the rec chair for LOAPC, and her participation in the paddling community just took off. She was AVID, Charlie said. “They don’t call her ‘paddlemom’ for nothin’.”

Jay Hanks told me about a time LOAPC came close to dissolving with the break up of the rowers. Nancy called Jay – again, working behind the scenes – and together they were able to keep the club ​going.

Gary DeKock told me about the first time he met Nancy, at the second Hugh Heward Challenge.
“I did not know Nancy prior to that day and, in my ignorance, I assumed that she would soon fall behind our group. That was never the case. That morning it rained so hard that we couldn’t see where the air ended and the water began. John and I stopped under a bridge for some relief. Nancy stopped just to keep us company–she didn’t mind a little rain. Nancy knew the river well, and every time John and I took a shallow channel, we saw her up ahead in faster, deeper water.”
​Earlier today, Bud Hart used this expression

to describe Nancy: Still waters run deep. Think about that for a moment. How perfect it is​,​ ​both ​as a description of this year’s winner as a person, and the way she makes her contribution.

The Hugh happened because of a collaboration between Nancy Anderson and my father. I’d like him to tell you about that now.
Jim’s remarks, approximately:
When I had finished the hand-printed draft of the Hugh Heward story “Across Lower Michigan by Canoe 1790″ on yellow-dog paper I showed it to Charlie Parmelee and he said “Give it to me and I’ll get it word-processed.” Eventually I learned that he had conned  Nancy  Anderson into doing the job. Some time later I went out to  Nancy’s home in the boonies and consulted with her on the project.  I acknowledge  Nancy’s role in the “1790” introduction. Take a look.
I know  Nancy has been a vital cog in the annual Quiet Water Symposium for all the years I was active. I believe she also was one of the original 5 paddlers in the first Hugh Heward Challenge ramrodded by Verlen. (I think they had to take refuge under the Waverly Road bridge because of a lightning storm). Those were the days when the Hugh was from Burchfield Park to the dead-end of Erdman Road.  Nancy’s husband drove the traveling “Blue Loo” privy trailer at some of the early Hughs. I think I have seen  Nancy at every Hugh Heward Challenge.
So today, Nancy, I’m mighty proud.

Michigan Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Program

The Michigan Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Grant Program (VRSCCP) began in 1998. This program provides small grants to local units of government to help implement volunteer cleanup efforts of rivers, streams and creeks to improve the waters in Michigan. Funds are specifically to pay for the cleanup and removal of trash and debris from rivers and streams and along their banks. Grant funds awarded under the program can pay for such items as disposal costs, hand tools, supplies, refreshments, and other volunteer appreciation materials for volunteers. Local units of government are eligible to apply for and receive funding and may, in turn, work with nonprofit organizations and grassroots groups to conduct the actual cleanup efforts.

Funding is provided from citizen donations collected through fees associated with the sale of Michigan’s Water Quality Protection License Plates under Public Act 74 of 2000. By law, these funds are to be used for water quality protection in Michigan Great Lakes, inland lakes, rivers, and streams.

The VRSCCP is managed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and is administered under contract by the Great Lakes Commission (GLC). The DEQ works cooperatively with the GLC staff, providing overall direction for the program. The DEQ makes the final grant award decisions under the VRSCCP. Additionally, DEQ staff provides advice and assistance to volunteers on technical issues and considerations for the proposed projects.
NEW Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Program Factsheet

Funding Process and Awarding of Grants

The grant application period for the 2015 grant cycle has now ended. Please check back in December for more information on the 2016 grant cycle. Future grant applicants may view the 2015 Grant Application Package as a resource to read more about the application process.

Annually (typically around mid-January), a Grant Application Package (GAP) is issued for the VRSCCP Grants. Information contained in the GAP is based on existing DEQ guidance, and indicates the total amount of funding available for a given fiscal year. Currently a total of $25,000 is available annually for cleanup grants.

Upon receipt of grant applications, the GLC, in conjunction with DEQ administrative staff, review and assess the merits of each proposed project. After funding decisions are made, the GLC requests a final workplan from each grantee. Upon approval of the workplan, the contract letter is sent to the grantee indicating the amount of the grant award and the terms of agreement between the grantee and the GLC for implementation of the project. The DEQ and the GLC reserve the right to remove parts of proposed projects which do not meet the program criteria as specified in the GAP, or which otherwise might impair water quality.

Cleanup projects can occur anytime after the award of the grant, but must be completed before the end of that year’s specific project completion deadline. Final reports are due within 30 days of project completion date. Communities are strongly encouraged to continue these volunteer projects in subsequent years. Many communities have expressed that their volunteers develop a clearer sense of what a watershed is, a connection to their watershed and a greater understanding of how their individual actions can help or cause harm to their watershed, and a sense of “pride of place and community.”

Thirteen projects were awarded stream cleanup grants for FY 2015. For further information on these grants, please visit http://www.glc.org/projects/water-quality/streamclean/sc-grants.

Questions

Contact Laura Kaminski at laurak@glc.org

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Kayak Classes

River Kayaking

Students in this class learn the fundamentals of safely paddling moving water and whitewater rivers. Two Tuesday class sessions will be held in the classroom and the pool, focusing on safety skills, water reading, river paddling maneuvers, and trip planning. The third class will be an all-day trip to a Michigan river with light rapids suitable for practicing skills learned in the pool. Students taking this course should have taken Kayaking I &II or the equivalent. Graduates of this class will have the foundation needed to continue practicing their skills by joining local club trips!
6:30 – 9:30 pm. $110. Tuesdays April 28, May 5; river trip Saturday May 9.

Also, new dates added at Mason High School pool through Mason Community Education!

Kayaking I: Paddle Safe, Paddle Right

This three-session course will introduce you to kayaking in a safe and warm environment and help you develop basic skills and safety awareness. You will learn about boats and gear, what to do in case of a capsize, and how to maneuver your boat with basic strokes.

6:00 – 9:00 pm. $84. Thursdays May 7, 14, 21.

Kayaking II: Tipping, Staying Upright, & Rolling
This two evening course is for students with some kayaking experience who want to work on recovery skills (balance, edging, and braces) and learn how to roll. 6:00 – 9:00 pm. $58. Thursdays June 4, 11.

Registration for the East Lansing class is through this email or 517-333-9716.

Registration for the Mason HS classes is through Mason Community Education, by calling 244-6416 or online at https://mason.revtrak.net.

Thanks for supporting the LAINST pool class program!

Spring Kayak Class Sessions 2015

Spring Kayak Class sessions 2015, East Lansing High School pool.

 

The pool is a terrific place to be introduced to one of the fastest-growing recreational activities in America, or to refine the skills you already have and even learn the kayak roll.  These fast-paced, fun, and information-packed classes will help get you out on the water safely, whether you are interested in paddling Michigan lakes and rivers, or even whitewater!   All LAINST instructors are experienced ACA-trained and certified instructors who love to welcome new paddlers to the Lansing area paddling community.

 

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.  Preregistration required; email lainstkayaking@gmail.com or call 517-333-9716 to preregister or for more information.

 

Kayaking I: Paddle Safe, Paddle Right

This three-session course will introduce you to kayaking in a safe and warm environment and help you develop basic skills and safety awareness.  You will learn about boats and gear, what to do in case of a capsize, and how to maneuver your boat with basic strokes.

6:30 – 9:30 pm. $80.  Two sessions:  Tuesdays March 3, 10, 17, OR Tuesdays March 24, 31, April 7.

 

Kayaking II:  Tipping, Staying Upright, & Rolling

This two evening course is for students with some kayaking experience who want to work on recovery skills (balance, edging, and braces) and learn how to roll.

6:30 – 9:30 pm. $55.  Tuesdays April 14, 21.

 

River Kayaking

Students in this class learn the fundamentals of safely paddling moving water and whitewater rivers. Two Tuesday class sessions will be held in the classroom and the pool, focusing on safety skills, water reading, river paddling maneuvers, and trip planning. The third class will be an all-day trip to a Michigan river with light rapids suitable for practicing skills learned in the pool. Students taking this course should have taken Kayaking I &II or the equivalent.  Graduates of this class will have the foundation needed to continue practicing their skills by joining local club trips!

6:30 – 9:30 pm. $110.  Tuesdays April 28, May 5; river trip Saturday May 9.

 

May 9.

20th Annual Quietwater Symposium

QWS_2011_auditorium20th Annual Quiet Water Symposium

Saturday, March 7, 2015
9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education, Michigan State University
4301 Farm Lane, Lansing, MI

The 20th Annual Quiet Water Symposium brings an exciting line-up of speakers to the 2015 show.
– Cliff Jacobson, winner of the American Canoe Association’s Legends of Paddling Award
– Kevin Callan, one of only four Patrons of Paddle Canada
– Mike Link and Kate Crowley, Going Full Circle – A 1,555 mile Walk around the World’s Largest Lake
– Jim DuFresne, author of over 20 guidebooks covering Michigan, Alaska and New Zealand
– Linda De Kock, Gary De Kock and Tim Muhich, Mississippi River paddlers, 2291 miles source to sea

QWS_2012_Leslie_Science_and_Nature_CenterLast year nearly 2,500 people participated in the Quiet Water Symposium. Over 100 exhibiters took part, representing outdoor clubs, watershed groups, outfitters, boat builders, trails supporters, fishing groups, cycling organizations, hiking clubs and nature centers.

QWS_2014_arenaTo celebrate our 20th event, a new, autographed Northstar canoe will be presented by Ted Bell as one of our door prizes. Show admission for adults is $10.00, students (with ID) $5.00 and children under 12 are free.

The Quiet Water Symposium is brought to you by volunteers from the Quiet Water Society, a non-profit Lansing based organization. The Society uses proceeds from the event to support a grant program that helps to fund environmental and conservation efforts in the Great Lakes area. Visit us at http://www.quietwatersymposium.org/ to learn more.

QWS_2014_MGROW

MeetUp contact – Gary De Kock

We are also looking for LOAPC volunteers to staff many positions during this event. Room managers are in high demand and staffing the information booth is very important. People available to move around and others to oversee the exhibitor entrances are also needed. There will be more information posted on how to sign up for these.   Jay Hanks, LOAPC President

LAINST Kayaking Classes

LAINST Kayaking Classes

Fall 2014 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. 18, 25 & Dec. 2. 6:30-9:30 pm.  $80.

 

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. 9 and 16.  6:30–9:30 pm. $55.

 

Pre-registration required:

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