Monthly Archives: December 2008

18th Annual New Year’s Day Paddle


The 18th Annual New Year’s Day Paddle will be at Kruger Landing off Aurelius Road on the Red Cedar River at 10:00 a.m. January 1, 2009.  Due to winter conditions, the river is only reliably open from Potter Park just downstream up to the Kalamazoo St. bridge.  We will launch from the landing and paddle upstream as far as we can go and then float back.  Please review past blogs for cold-weather paddling tips.  If you don’t know – don’t go.

Jay Hanks

15th Annual Christmas Eve Morning Float

The 15th Annual Christmas Eve Morning Float will take place on Wednesday, December 24, 2008.  Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Kruger Landing at Aurelius Road and the Red Cedar River ready to go.  If the river is not frozen from Ferguson Park down to Kruger Landing then we will shuttle upstream and float back.  If it is frozen we will launch from Kruger Landing and paddle upstream as far as we can go and float back since that section stays open.  I will scout the river on my way to the 10:00 a.m. rendezvous so I will know what the river conditions are by then.

All of the normal warnings about cold weather paddling apply.  Refer to the Turkey Float blog for more details.  Sooner or later everyone falls in during the winter paddling months (twice now for me) so appropriate preparation is your only protection.  Never under rate the conditions or over rate your abilities.

Jay Hanks

Huron River Whitewater Public Hearings

Dear Fellow Paddlers,

The City of Ann Arbor will hold public meetings to discuss changes to
Argo Dam, future management of the Huron River, and a proposal from
the firm, Recreation, Engineering, and Planning (www.wwparks. com).

The meetings will occur In Ann Arbor on the following dates:

– Wednesday, January 28, 7 – 10 pm – Location: TBD

– Saturday, January 31, 9 – 12 am – Location: Cobblestone Farm

– Thursday, February 5, 7 – 10 pm – Location: TBD

It will be essential for members of the local paddling
groups–especially RSCK, EMU, and LAWWP–to attend these meetings.
Your help is needed to raise awareness for the sport of whitewater
kayaking and to show support for new, sustainable whitewater resources
in Ann Arbor. Participation in whitewater kayaking continues to grow,
but few people know that the paddling community in lower Michigan has
used the Huron for practice and training for over 40 years! Now we may
have the opportunity to paddle close to home, improve our river’s
ecology, and share our sport with hundreds of new paddlers. Stay tuned
for more details, including locations for the evening sessions.

For more information, including an active link to Cobblestone Farm,
please visit: http://www.huronriverpaddl ers.blogspot. com

Best regards,

Jonathan E. Lutz
http://www.huronriverpaddl ers.blogspot. com
(517) 290 – 9901

December Events in our area…


Happy Holidays Paddlers,
Just some info on upcoming events and possible stocking stuffers.
This Saturday, December 6, Suzie and I  share our sea kayaking experiences in southeast Alaska, using a converted trawler as a base.  While exploring magnificent fjords and the rugged coastline of this splendid wilderness, we saw whales and dolphins and otters.  Bald eagles soared overhead.  At times a pod of seals escorted their kayaks.  We paddled up a tidal rivers, viewed mountains and glaciers and visited a hot springs.  Each night found us warm and comfortable aboard the converted trawler Home Shore as we motored to new adventures daily.  Presentation will start at 4:00 pm.

Free, space is limited.  Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Riverside Kayak Connection at (734)285-2925 or

Sunday, December 7th.  Open Pool Session, Brighton High School Pool, 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Call (734) 878-3689 to reserve a spot.  Cost: $30 with your gear, $40 with our gear.
Sunday, December 14th.  Kayak Rolling Class.  Brighton High School Pool.  2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  We’ll work on hip snap development, low and high bracing and developing a solid kayak roll.  Cost $70 with your gear, $80 with ours.  Call (734) 878-3689 to reserve your spot.  This will be our last rolling class for 2008.
For that paddler on your Christmas list…
Gift Certificates!  We’re offering gift certificates on all our 2009 classes at a 20% discount over 2008 prices.  All the classes haven’t been scheduled yet but give us a call and we’ll put together a package for you.  You’ll receive a certificate suitable for stocking stuffing or placing under the tree.
“This Is The Sea” DVD’s.  Versions 1, 2 & 3 your pick, $10 each or bundle all 3 for $25.  Shipping and handling $5.00.
Black Parrot Paddling, LLC henley shirts.  Black, grey, beige and red.  Medium to XXL sizes.  Some long sleeve, few short sleeves.  Your choice $10 with $5.00 shipping and handling.
Black Parrot Paddling, LLC fleece pullovers.  Black, red or grey.  Sizes run large.  Medium to XXL. $15 with $5.00 shipping and handling.
Call us at (734) 878-3689 with your orders.  We don’t take plastic so allow enough time for your check to reach us.  All orders will be shipped UPS ground so allow plenty of time to make it for Santa’s delivery.
Have a safe and joyous Holiday everyone,
Ron & Suzie,
 and the gang at Black Parrot Paddling, LLC
Your place for the best in sea kayak instruction in the Mid-west

2009 LOAPC Winter Programs at Summit Sports

Winter Programs presented by Summit Sports
2650 E. Grand River at Park Lake
East Lansing (517) 332-4000
All programs are at 7:00 p.m.

January 20             “Paddling the Au Sable River from Grayling to Oscoda”
                             Loretta Crum

February 17           “Kayaking in Alaska”
                             Lynn Dominguez

March 17               “Ontario’s Killarney Provincial Park”
                             Jay Hanks

April 21                 “Recreational Kayak and Canoe Safety Basics”
                             Jay Hanks

May 19                  “Favorite Places to Paddle in Michigan”
                             Ron Smith