Monthly Archives: April 2008

Au Sable River Overnight Part 3 (Reschedule)

Part 3 is being rescheduled one week earlier for May 10-11.  My work schedule and family responsibilities are already double-booked (sigh) so paddling takes the hit.

Anyone who wishes to paddle with me on May 10-11 on the Au Sable River from FR 4001 to the takeout at Five Channels Dam may do so.  If you wish to paddle the same section at a different date by yourself please contact me and I will share the logistics if you need them.

I will post further details in May.

Jay Hanks, LOAPC President

Spring Fling 2008 – May 4

This is a repost of an upcoming event.  I encourage all LOAPC and LAWWP paddlers and anyone else who is interested in supporting the Club to come out and be present here.

As your LOAPC President, I cannot be the sole voice and representative of the Club.  Let’s all get together, bring your favorite boat, and tell everyone who comes to the event why you love it.  Nothing would be greater then to have a SPRAWL of boats around our Club display.  Yeah!!!


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

Boat and Gear Swap

Whitewater Kayak, Booster 50, mild playboat/sporty river runner, good shape, 2000 model year outfitting, fits 100-150 lb. paddler, $350 or best offer. Email Loretta Crum


QCC Q500X Sea Kayak for sale
$1750.00 or Best Offer
16’10” long, 23” wide, paddler weight 160-300 lbs., yellow over white
I’ve had this boat for only a few years and am the original owner. Honestly, I don’t think anyone else has even paddled it. This is the most comfortable boat I’ve sat in. It tracks well, is very light weight, easy to roll and has a ton of storage space. I am leaving paddling behind due to a recurring shoulder issue that has kept me beached for well over a year. Please contact me if you’d like to stop by and see it in person. Manufacturer website for more specs. Chris Smith, DeWitt, Michigan, E-mail Chris

Au Sable River Overnight – Part 2

Ever wanted to paddle the Au Sable River from Grayling to Oscoda?  Unless you are a racer in the annual marathon, it takes more than 14 hours.  Part 1 of the trip took place this past February as the 27th Annual Au Sable River Overnight.  If you made that trip, you can continue on downstream to complete this river (in sections).  If you were not there in February, then feel free to join us under more civilized conditions on April 26-27.

Rendezvous is Saturday morning, April 26 at 9:00 a.m. at Parmalee Landing which is on river right upstream of the bridge.  Access can be found by taking M-72 east from Grayling and turning south at Red Oak or taking Downriver Road South east from Grayling and turning north at Luzerne.  If you are coming from the east from Mio then the same directions apply.

We will run shuttle downriver to FR 4001 and try to launch by 10:00 a.m. so be punctual.  All equipment must be taken downriver if you plan on camping overnight with us.  If you only want to paddle for the day then arrangements can be made to take out at Mio on Saturday.  Otherwise, we plan on camping at RiverDune Saturday night which is a river-access only campsite below Mio.

This trip should not require the level of cold-weather protection as many of my trips.  However, the water is still cold and you should still take a complete change of good clothing in a dry bag.  I would expect overnight temperatures for late April to be in the 30’s or 40’s, but be a wise scout and “be prepared”:

     You can always bring it home if you don’t use it, but you can’t use it if you don’t bring it.

     There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

Jay Hanks, LOAPC President



Geo Cache Trip Coming Up

Test Your GPS Skills on the April 19 Geo Cache Trip on the Red Cedar

Rich Bailey is coordinating a geocache trip on the Red Cedar River near Okemos on April 19, 2008. This will be an all-day event for GPS enthusiasts, or GPS beginners who want to build their orienteering skills with guidance from more experienced users.

“Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for gps users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a gps unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.” the official geocache website). Click here for Specific website information on this cache

A multi-cache (“multiple”) involves two or more locations, the final location being a physical container. There are many variations, but most multi-caches have a hint to find the second cache, and the second cache has hints to the third, and so on. An offset cache (where you go to a location and get hints to the actual cache) is considered a multi-cache.

The trip plan is to meet at 8:00 AM at Ferguson Park in Okemos to start shuttle. This will let us split the shuttle & allow paddlers the option to bail at Okemos. We can also shuttle the vehicles from Williamston to Lansing at this break so we won’t have paddlers and gear waiting at Kruger Landing while we un-shuttle from there to Williamston and back. Note this will be an all day event and may take up to twelve hours including shuttles. A very rough estimate is 5 hours from Williamston to Okemos and another 3 to Lansing. If we leave Okemos at 8 AM the earliest I would expect to get to Kruger Landing is 6 PM. Be sure to bring plenty of food and water. Also be aware that this is mid April in Michigan, so the water will be cold and fast, and the weather can be unpredictable. Log jams and portages are expected features of this trip. The possibility of getting wet is very real and spare clothing in a dry bag should be packed. You should be an intermediate to advanced level paddler to go on this trip.

Upcoming Presentation at Summit Sports April 15

presented by Summit Sports
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

Jay Hanks, President of the Lansing Oar and Paddle Club, will be showing an instructional DVD on recreational kayaking basics and then answering questions on getting started with paddling for the first time. There will be other members of the LOAPC present to also add to the discussion. If you have just started kayaking, thinking of starting kayaking, or have been at it a long time, feel free to come to this free, informal presentation!

TRIP REPORT: Big South Branch of the Pere Marquette River Overnight

The 2nd Annual BiSBotPeMRO took place as scheduled on Saturday, March 29. The promise of sunny skies and 40-plus degrees came true for the nine paddlers that rendezvoused for this little adventure. The presence of a fair amount of snow still covering the ground was surprising for those of us who have not been up north in the last month. We had been trying to get used to spring downstate.

The previous month’s Au Sable trip had the primary element of winter cold to deal with, otherwise the actual trip on the Au Sable is fairly straight forward. Not the BiSBotPeMRO. It is seldom paddled and is a relative unknown. That makes for lots of deadfall in the river and portaging when you can’t find a way to claw through the natural obstacles.

Many of the paddlers were only in it for the day, and just prior to the final stretch to camp they pulled off the river. The remaining four of us camped on a nice spot with a view of the surroundings. Night came with clear skies and the temperatures quickly dropped into the 20’s, but the weather changed around 2:00 a.m. and the wind came up with overcast skies.

Wildlife was active with sandhill cranes in abundance, along with the many ducks. Owls started chiming in at dusk and when we were all tucked in the coyotes let us know they were nearby. We saw beaver, muskrats and mink on both days in the daytime.

Sunday morning was a little warmer but windier so I think the chill factor balanced out. There was a little sleet like tiny styrofoam beads but nothing more and it didn’t precipitate the rest of Sunday.

Saturday’s portaging was physically draining but Sunday’s was a little easier. However, by the time we got to the last bridge and the slow, marshy section we were still having to jump out or limbo through the deadfall. Even 100 yards from the mainstream of the Pere Marquette River, we had one more portage to do.

The BiSBotPeMRO is not for the faint of heart. It is a tough little river that demands a high price of admission. However, you won’t find a more rewarding experience on a very wilderness feeling river in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan

Jay Hanks, LOAPC President