27th Annual Au Sable River Overnight

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

One response to “27th Annual Au Sable River Overnight

  1. O.K. so it’s Groundhog Day and the elusive little rodent didn’t see his shadow. That means spring is just around the corner so I guess it’s time to go paddling. Actually, all of the early winter rains and thaws extended the 2007 paddling season for the Michigan area quite a bit into 2008, but now the freeze is on. I’ll see anyone who is ready for it on the Au Sable.

    Fow those of you who haven’t already checked out my 2008 trips on the LOAPC website, I am paddling the Au Sable River all the way from Grayling to Oscoda again one weekend at a time over the next 4 months (Feb – June). I told the racers at the marathon I was trying to improve my time of 7 days and 14 hours, to 7 days and 13 hours. I figure I can cut an hour off the total time by just getting up early one morning…

    Jay Hanks

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