The 27th Annual Au Sable River Overnight will be on February 23-24, 2008. We rendezvous in Grayling, MI at the Big Boy Restaurant at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 23. After breakfast we run shuttle down to Parmalee takeout and launch from Ray’s at M-72 and the Au Sable River by 11:00 a.m. Camping is overnight at White Pine State Forest Campground and there is no access from the roads for this campsite. Everything you need for the weekend must be taken downriver such as sleeping bag, tent, food, and firewood.
I mention firewood because it is incredibly difficult to forage for standing dead timber in a State Forest Campground in the wintertime, and the ground is covered with snow. I usually bring a bundle of leftover building 2×4’s or other clean, dried wood not normally considered vulnerable to Emerald Ash Borer. Most of us have scrap construction wood laying around or can acquire it cheaply.
Anyone participating in this weekend paddling trip must acknowledge the risk of cold weather paddling and the risks of hypothermia and/or injury or even death in the event of a capsize and/or swim. Everyone is expected to provide their own equipment, and is therefore considered by everyone else to be self-sufficient for the weekend. THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER TRIP!!!!!!!!! Only those prepared to accept the risks inherent in cold-weather paddling should participate.
Jay Hanks – LOAPC President