Monthly Archives: October 2008

18th Annual Turkey Float on Red Cedar River

The 18th Annual Turkey Float is planned for the Friday after Thanksgiving (or  November 28 for non-holiday observers) and is a rain or shine event on the Red Cedar River. 

We will meet at Ferguson Park in Okemos at 10:00 a.m. Friday morning to run shuttle up to the park at Grand River Blvd. and Meridian Road.   Pack some turkey sandwiches and we should be done by 2:00 p.m. or so.  It is really cool to hear all of the traffic out there busy shopping as you approach Okemos Road and know you were out paddling and no one made a profit on your time and money except you!

Jay Hanks, President

November 18 Club Meeting

The LOAPC will be having a Pizza Party and Club Meeting on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Caesarland (Little Caesar’s) in Okemos. It is on the north side of Grand River between Best Buy and the Meridian Mall. Buddie’s Pub on Lake Lansing Road at Hagadorn in East Lansing.  There is a $5.00 cover charge per person and the Club will pay for the total balance.

Bring any pictures you took this summer paddling and lots of stories. This is a social event to share what each other has been doing as well as continuing to plan for 2009. We are working on establishing more local paddling events on the Grand, Red Cedar, Looking Glass, Maple and Shiawassee Rivers.

Jay Hanks, President

Paddling trip Saturday, Oct. 25 on Huron River

Subject: Cider paddle Saturday on the Huron River

Hello fellow paddlers,
Join us Saturday for a fall Cider paddle from Hudson Mills metropark  to Delhi Metropark.
We’ll put in at Hudson Mills about 10:30 am.  If you wish to run a shuttle, arrive before that time.
A couple of hours downstream of Hudson Mills we’ll stop in Dexter at the Cider Mill.  We can purchase cider and yummy donuts, haul back to our boats and then paddle down stream another 30 min to Delhi Metropark for lunch (bring your own) and cider/donuts.
BONUS!  A winery from Jackson County is on site for wine tasting and purchase at the Cider Mill.
Another hour after Dexter Huron we’ll arrive at our take out at West Delhi Park.  Bonus is walking over to Delhi Bridge to checkout the progress in bridge replacement.
Look forward to your joining us, let me know to keep an eye open for you if you want to do a shuttle.
Please feel free to contact me for additional info.

Looking Glass River trip Saturday, Oct. 25

Forward from Bob Bishop of the Friends of the Looking Glass:
Subject: FLG Canoe Trip Sat. Oct 25 — Vol 5, No 9
Admit it…you’ve been planning this for a while now (or, in case you haven’t checked the calendar lately) ( Saturday is the FRIENDS of the Looking Glass annual fall canoe/kayak trip.  Be at Babcock Landing — on Babcock Lake Rd @ the LGR bridge (north of East Lansing, East of DeWitt) ready to go @ 10AM.  Have your car spotted at DeWitt’s Riverside or RiverTrail parks.  Trip duration is 3.5 hours give or take, to DeWitt.  Bring a shore lunch and take it leisurely if you like, and bring a plastic bag to bring out your trash and whatever you find along the way (there will be darned little).  This will be a glorious color and wildlife tour of the neatest canoeing river and watershed in lower MI.   Open to the public, rookies and pros alike.  Free of charge, no stamps, coins or Disney coupons. BYOF&D. No squatting on the poison ivy – a candidate for the state’s new designated flower.  Sarah Palin look-alike Gloria Miller is organizing.  ph: 626-6625 or  for questions or hot ideas. 

Bob Bishop

FLG Communications
881-1758  –  cell
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Looking Glass River bank stabilization project postponed

Updated October 17: Bob Bishop has just let us know that the City of DeWitt has had to postpone this project until spring 2009 because of some last-minute details to be worked out with its DEQ permit. We’ll post more news on this project as it becomes available. The design plan can be reviewed on the Friends of the Looking Glass website:

Hello Everyone, As some of you may have read in the DeWitt Insider, the City’s Newsletter, Sat, Oct 18 has been set for volunteers to help with the project, to keep the costs down. The work site is the south bank of the Looking Glass River at Riverside Park (main bridge/park in downtown DeWitt). City crews and engineering consultants will spend several days prior preparing the site, and volunteers are needed to help actually lay the fibrous material at the “toe” of the eroded bank and “engineer” several layered steps of it while it is backfilled with rock and soil.

We need several dozen able-bodied teens and adults throughout the day. You can start arriving @ 8AM or whenever you can get there. Several people have already expressed interest in helping. Please consider giving some time back to this great community cause – a once in a lifetime opportunity. Please let me know if you or someone in your sphere of influence can help. We’ll build the list and turn it over to the City. This work will reestablish the eroded riverbank, save the remaining trees that line the river, narrow the expanded stream channel and improve aquatic habitat, as well as provide an environmental educational experience for residents and students. FLG has been advised that area teachers will give extra credit for middle school and high school student participation. To save space in the park for equipment and construction materials, you can walk to the worksite or get dropped off, park your bike/vehicle next door at RiverTrail park, or canoe/kayak to the jobsite. Please bring any of the following if you have them: chest or hip waders, gloves, spades/dirt shovels. Put your name on the shovel handle in indelible ink such as from a “Sharpie” pen. On behalf of the Board of the Friends of the Looking Glass River, thank you everyone for helping make this community project a huge success! Bob Bishop FLG Communications ph: 881-1758 – cell

Annual LOAPC Meeting Tuesday, October 21 @7:00 p.m.

The Lansing Oar and Paddle Club is conducting its annual business meeting on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Summit Sports in East Lansing. There will be a business meeting from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m and then a media presentation from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. at which time the meeting will conclude.

Agenda includes:

  • Report on past year’s activities
  • Financial statement
  • Approval of current open budget items
  • Election of 2009 officers
  • General discussion

During this entire time we will be accepting dues payment for 2009 membership for $10.00. 2008 members will be allowed to vote on any proposals without renewing at this time and new members who join on this evening will also be allowed to vote as it has been our policy to count next year’s members in the last quarter of the current year.

As this makes for a very full evening, we will be planning a social event for Tuesday, November 18 at a venue TBD to discuss ideas and plan activities for 2009.

Stay tuned and we hope to see you there!

Jay Hanks, LOAPC President