Monthly Archives: March 2008

Charlie Parmalee Reenacts Hugh Heward’s Legendary Voyage

Nancy Anderson passes this message along to LOAPC members. WKAR-FM ran a very nice, detailed feature on the morning news including interviews with Charlie Parmalee and Jim Woodruff: click here to listen.


Jim Woodruff, Historian, asked me to pass this information along to you. Please keep Charlie in your thoughts and prayers. He launched this morning after camping in the snowstorm last night.
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Shiawassee River Event in May

WilliH2O has asked LOAPC to publicize this upcoming trip. The Shiawassee River group is very active and has done a lot of work to make the public aware of this great river.
May 18, 2008 Shiawassee River Paddle Event If don’t own a boat – Heavners Canoe rental will be on site !!

Compete against other adventure racers in a 7 mile Paddle Race,
or do the leisure paddle with friends and family after racers depart.

Put-In = WaterWorks Park on Broad Street (Milford Rd) in Holly,MI
Take-Out = Strom Park in Fenton,MI

A river in Oakland County many have yet to paddle !

Highly Detailed map – Mileage markers

Icebreaker Paddle

From: Douglas Lanyk

Subject: Ice Breaker Paddle.

Hi All: I’d like to organize a paddle down the Shiawassee From Holly to Fenton,
on Sunday the 16th of March. The river will be very high and the water
quite brisk. The end of the trip may have some Ice on the Fenton Mill
Pond, so we may have a short walk across the ice. I’d like to launch at
11:00 AM from Waterworks Park in Holly. It will be a 3 to 3 1/2 hour
paddle. Just in case I’m bringing a chain saw and other emergency gear.

Headwaters Trails Inc. is putting a down payment on the future public
access point in Oakland County. We have 7 months to raise the next 10K
to buy the property. So I will be doing a sales pitch as we pass the
property. I’ll even throw in some goodies donated by concerned

Give me a shout.
Douglas Lanyk

Douglas Lanyk

Youth Sports Day Event

The Lansing Oar and Paddle Club will be participating in the Youth Sports Day Event organized by the Mason Optimist Club. The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 7, 2008 at Grovenburg/Wm Burchfield County Park. It will run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on that day only. There are many volunteer programs going on there at that time, and LOAPC has been asked to assist with kayak instruction in a beginner setting on the lake near the Grand River.

If any members wish to bring their own kayaks for display or demonstration purposes that is encouraged. There will be beginner-level kayaks available at the lake that are provided already. The main role of the Club is to provide basic instruction and to make sure that all participants are paddling with PFD’s, and to assure that nobody uses the kayaks without anyone’s knowledge.

We will have a Club display up and information about the Club to share during this time. Please feel invited to come out and have a good time sharing our love for the water and the youth in our community.

Please contact Jay Hanks or Gary Barker for further information.

Jay Hanks, LOAPC President.

Spring Fling 2008

The Spring Fling is being held at Bishop Lake in the Brighton Recreation Area and is hosted by the DNR. LOAPC will be present there with any boats that members can bring for display or test paddling. I have invited folks from the Kruger Memorial to also be there with us.

It is Sunday, May 4, 2008 from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. It is at the Bishop Lake Day Use Complex, 5700 Bishop Lake Road, Howell, MI.

There will be many other activities there besides the Club presence, including horseback trail riders, kite fliers, geocaching, the Sierra Club, canoe liveries, and mountain biking. We are only one item on the list of things to see and do.

I will have a modified version of the release form in the event that someone wants to borrow one of our boats. I will bring a solo canoe and solo kayak with PFD’s and paddles. Any other equipment brought will be put to good use, even if only for a display.

Further information can be found by contacting the park directly at (810) 229-6566. Please contact Barney Twigg or Jay Hanks to let us know if you are coming and what you would like to bring.

It is a good excuse to get outside and get paddling if you haven’t already done so this year. I have the complete flyer I can email to you if you contact Barney or myself.

Jay Hanks, LOAPC President

Lansing Oar And Paddle Club Receives Award

LOAPC received a certificate of appreciation from the Meridian Township Parks Commission recognizing LOAPC as a Friend of the Year for its efforts to keep the Red Cedar River in Meridian Township clean and clear. LOAPC organizes annual clearing efforts, and this year’s event will be announced soon for a date in June, 2008. LOAPC intends to coordinate its efforts with American Rivers to provide greater awareness of the efforts to keep the Red Cedar River clean and clear.


“Paddling in the Florida Everglades” Slide Show March 18

Loretta Crum will show slides from the 2004 kayak and canoe trip in the Florida Everglades on March 18, 2008, 7 p.m. at Summit Sports in East Lansing. If you’ve been thinking about doing this trip yourself (or if you just need some images of sunshine and warm temperatures), be sure to attend. All are welcome.motrin-for-breakfast.jpg