Monthly Archives: May 2009

Boardman River Trip May 30-31

101_0527We will be paddling the Boardman River on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31.  Meeting time is Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. at Brown Bridge Dam on the Boardman.  We will run shuttle upstream and launch from the Forks Campground.  Sunday we will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking area by the river on Beitner Road above Beitner Rapids.  We will run shuttle from there.

Shiawasse River Paddle and Race June 7

Headwaters Trails, Inc.


Shiawassee River

Holly to

Fenton Canoe Race


Sunday, June 7, 2009


Seven River Miles from

WaterWorks Park in Holly,MI to Strom Park in Fenton,MI  

For more info and photos, visit our website


Questions? Call Sue Julian,

248-634-3513. Rain or Shine!



“Favorite Places to Paddle in Michigan” upcoming presentation Tuesday May 19

Ron Smith will be presenting “Favorite Places to Paddle in Michigan” at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at Summit Sports in East Lansing.  The address is 2650 East Grand River at the corner of Park Lake Road.  Their phone is (517) 332-4000.

Co-founder of Black Parrot Paddling, LLC., Ron is an ACA Flatwater, Moving Water and Coastal Kayaking Instructor. He is also one of a half dozen ACA Coastal Kayaking Instructor Trainers in the Midwest Region of the ACA. A BCU Coach 3 (Senior Instructor), Ron started kayaking in 1992 in Alaska. Ron and his wife, Suzie, migrated from backpacking, to whitewater rafting, wilderness canoeing, and long distance cycling before adopting sea kayaking as a mutual passion.

Please join us for this interesting evening with your friends from the Lansing Oar and Paddle Club!

Brief Report on Ontonagon River

Dennis and Date’s “Canoeing Michigan Rivers” has some mixed up information on the final rapids on the West Branch flowing into Victoria Reservoir.

The book said the last rapids dumps directly into Victoria Reservoir and that part was true.  But it only mentions two sets of rapid instead of three, with the first being more difficult than the second.  We had experienced increasing levels of difficulty, with the last one rating a big water Class III+.  The truth is probably to describe the entire three sets of rapids as the Sandstone Falls Section with a II, III, and III rating.

Sandstone Falls is actually on Schatt Creek which enters the Ontonagon at the top of the second rapids.  Since we were at relatively high flow with close to 2,ooo cfs coming downriver it is possible that everything could look quite different at “normal” water levels.

Scouting on the left is almost impossible although the book says to do so.  It is much better to eddy out on the right at the top of the last two drops so you can see the whole run.  It does require an aggressive ferry upstream to get back out in the main flow for the move to the left, but for the experienced whitewater paddler it is the best setup.




Kayak Demo at Summit Sports