Monthly Archives: December 2007


The 17th Annual New Year’s Day Float will be (of course) on January 1, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Kruger Landing on the Red Cedar River. Depending on river conditions in the winter time, we could float down to the confluence with the Grand River and take out at Sweeny’s Landing or the Brenke Fish Ladder. If it is frozen downstream, we will launch and paddle upstream as far as possible. The river remains open year-’round up to the Kalamazoo Street Bridge, after that it will ice over if the weather is below freezing.

So, ring in the new year properly with a short paddle trip. Always bring a change of clothes in a dry bag and anything else you think you need if there is an unexpected cold-water swim. I have only fallen in twice in my lifetime in the winter and both times were on the Red Cedar River. I was well-prepared both times, which is why this is the 17th Annual trip and not the “Jay Hanks Memorial Float.” #:).

Jay Hanks

Christmas Eve Morning Float

The 14th Annual Christmas Eve Morning Float will meet at 10:00 a.m. on December 24 at Kruger Landing on the Red Cedar River and Aurelius Road. If the river is not frozen above the MSU campus by then, we will shuttle upstream to Ferguson Park and paddle back down to Kruger Landing. If it is frozen at Ferguson Park, we will launch from Kruger Landing and paddle upstream to the Kalamazoo Street Bridge and beyond if it is open.

I will check out the condition of the river when I drive to Kruger Landing on the 24th. We should be done around 3:00 p.m. so everyone will have time to make it back home for their Christmas Eve activities. I hope everyone’s schedules allows them to get out and have a few hours on the river.

Jay Hanks