Monthly Archives: May 2008


We are pleased to announce that we will be encouraging and promoting the return of Monday evening paddles on Lake Lansing.  Starting at 7:00 p.m. from the North Boat Launch, anyone who wants to bring their kayak or canoe can come out and join old friends and new ones for some social time on the lake.  There are no rigid format or rules other than following proper safety practices and good etiquette on the water.  It is a great opportunity to dust off that boat if you haven’t gotten it out yet this year or bring the one you just paddled on the weekend.

Please do not arrive earlier than 7:00 p.m. on Mondays as the power boaters will be still loading up their trailers and the gate will still be collecting fees.

Youth Sports Day Event Saturday, June 7

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.


Summit Sports in East Lansing is sponsoring an evening paddle at Sleepy Hollow State Park this Thursday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m.  Bring a boat and something to throw on the grill for dinner and paddle with your friends to kick off the beginning of a new paddling season!  Contact Summit Sports at (517) 332-4000 for more information.

Presentation on Sea Kayaking May 20

“Sea Kayaking Destinations Around the Great Lakes,” will be presented on Tuesday, May 20, 7:00 p.m. at Summit Sports, 2650 East Grand River, East Lansing.  Todd Leigh will show pictures, charts, and discuss trip planning logistics for sea kayaking destinations around the Great Lakes.  This event is free and open to the public.

Trip Report: Au Sable River 2008

Ever wanted to paddle the Au Sable River from the headwaters near Grayling all the way to Lake Huron at Oscoda? Canoe racers in the annual Au Sable Marathon do it in 14 hours, but mere mortal paddlers take somewhat longer, so this year we’ve broken it up into four weekends. Part I of the trip took place this past February 23-24 as the 27th Annual Au Sable River Overnight. Part II of the journey went from Parmalee to FR 4001 on April 26-27, and Part III went from FR 4001 to Five Channels Dam on May 10-11. Part IV will go from Five Channels Dam to Oscoda on June 21-22. Click “keep reading” for story and photos.
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