Monthly Archives: September 2009

19th Annual Turkey Float Nov. 27 with the Great Lakes Paddlers Club

    Great Lakes Paddlers

~ Day After Thanksgiving Paddle ~

Date: 11-27-2009


Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter, MI


Hudson Mills Metropark.


Meet Time: 10:30 AM.

Pot Luck Lunch at Dexter Huron Metropark. Please bring

a dish to pass.

Details: Paddle from Hudson Mills to Delhi with a potluck

lunch stop at Dexter-Huron Metropark.

MUST wear a PFD and bring a full change of clothes in a

dry bag. This is a cold water paddle, no children or pets


Pot luck lunch – bring a dish to pass. If you don’t wish to
paddle, come and join us for the potluck at Dexter-Huron
Metropark. Don’t forget your Thanksgiving leftovers!


Delhi Metropark.

Difficulty Rating: Skill Level: Intermediate. Difficulty:


Contact: Please RSVP to Cathy Myles by email at, or by phone at 734-786-8424

Reminder: A Metroparks sticker is required for this event

 in order to enter Island Lake Recreation Area. The fee is

$4 for a daily pass and $20 for an annual pass. The sticker

 can usually be obtained at the entrance to the park or at

the park office.

Note from Jay Hanks:   Cathy needs to know how many of us are coming and what dish we are bringing, so once you have decided to go please email Cathy with your information so we can coordinate the potluck.

Sea Kayaking Garden Peninsula Oct. 2-4

Linda and I are going sea kayaking up at the Garden Penninsula in the UP.  If you don’t know where it is, look at Lake Michigan between Manistique and Escanaba.
We’re planning to drive up Friday night (2-Oct), pack and paddle to somewhere for overnight camping (weather permitting) on Saturday (3-Oct), and paddle then drive back on Sunday (4-Oct).
Weather is the big variable.  If it’s good, we might paddle out to Poverty Island or even as far as St. Martin’s island.  If it’s bad, we might just paddle in the bay at Fayette State Park, or on the east side of the pennisula, depending on the wind direction.  In any case, we expect fall colors, no bugs, few people.

Let us know if you want to join us.

Todd & Linda.

Land between the Lakes trip Oct. 28

We are planning a trip to paddle the coast of the Land Between the Lakes Recreation area – Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley – in Kentucky & Tennessee in late October-early November. 

This is a trip suitable for any paddler who can make some distance (average 17 miles a day).  We don’t expect to have any weather issues since the lakes are very protected, so any type of craft good for long camping trips would be suitable.  The total trip distance is about 85 miles. 

Proposed schedule:  Wed. Oct. 28:  travel.  Google maps says the trip takes about 9 hours.  Thurs. Oct. 29 – travel, shuttles, begin trip at Boswell Landing boat launch area, southwest end of the park.  Friday, Oct. 30 – Mon. Nov. 2:  travel around the entire coast, stopping at various campgrounds.  A couple campgrounds actually have hot showers!!!  Hiking opportunities, too.

Tues. Nov. 3 – end trip early in the day at Gatlin Point campground landing, southeast end of the park, drive home. 

Expect daytime temps 50-60 degrees, cold nights, and nice fall colors.  We checked all the hunting dates and timed the trip to avoid the hunting seasons. 

Let us know if you are interested! 

Todd & Linda

Friends of the Looking Glass publish trails book

 September 28, 2009 • From Lansing State Journal 

The Friends of the Looking Glass organization has published a 24-page, laminated and spiral bound Rivertrail Guide that contains historical information, color photos on the river and maps and information on six optional river trips of varying lengths. Starting upstream from Babcock Landing on the east and running downstream to Portland on the west, the rivertrail guide is intended for canoe, kayak and tube float trips.

Inspired by the Michigan Heritage Watertrail Initiative, FLG President Gloria Miller designed and drafted the guide; Doreen Fritz, DeWitt Schools Librarian provided the typography, and Gary Fritz and John Switzer from the Clinton Conservation District supplied the electronic layout and the maps, respectively. Miller said: “It’s been a great summer for paddlers on the Looking Glass due to the exceptional water volume in the river all year long — we got dozens of inquiries for the rivertrail guide before it even went to press.” She added: “It’s a true guidebook — it’s laminated with heavy plastic so it’s water proof and intended to be put right in the kayak or canoes and taken along on float trips.”

Sponsors from Wacousta, DeWitt and St. Johns made the first printing possible. Proceeds go to FLG’s general fund to help support the group’s work. The group sponsors two regional educational events each year, clears logjams and trash from the river, conducts water sampling and aquatic studies with school children, and promotes stewardship and safe, recreational use of the Looking Glass River.

The guides are available for $10 and can be purchased at Harlow’s Canoe Livery and the Wacousta General Store in Wacousta, at Sam’s Kitchen in DeWitt and from any Friends of the Looking Glass board member. Find the group’s activities by visiting

Ultimate Kruger Challenge

Hi Everyone! I wanted to let you all know about a small paddle trip we have going next week. In our efforts to raise money for the Verlen Kruger Memorial ( ) we have been organizing paddle trips/challenges that give folks a chance to get out and do some traveling.

Entry fees are small so we don’t make much on them, but we hope that in our travels we can get the word out on what we are doing and see if we might be able to drum up a few brick sales or donations. Next weeks trip will take us across the state of Michigan by way of the Au Sable and Manistee Rivers.

You can follow all the action at . Be sure to click on the SPOT trackers, if you have not seen Spot before it is a GPS broadcast unit that some of us carry that gives real time updates of our progress.

Thanks for all of your support, please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested. All the Best!!!

Mark Przedwojewski

LOAPC Annual Club Business Meeting

The Lansing Oar and Paddle Club will be holding its annual business meeting on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at Reno’s Eastside Sportsbar and Grill, 1310 Abbott Rd. East Lansing at 7:00 p.m.

Due to the expressed interest in Club members being able to order food and beverages during our meetings, we encourage everyone to arrive between 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to put their food orders in prior to the meeting.  The nature of our meetings will not interfere with any dining activities.

We will be having our annual election of officers, review of the past year’s Club activities, discussing support of Grand River Expedition 2010, and the Harris Nature Center Foundation.

We all look forward to seeing you on the 27th!

Jay Hanks, President                              Loretta Crum, Vice President

Nancy Anderson, Treasurer                Robin Barfoot, Secretary

Pine River Trip October 10 – 11

We will be camping at Coolwater Campground on Friday night, October 9, and Saturday night, October 10. It is located off M-37 about 2 miles south of M-55. Go east at the sign for Kestelwoods Campground about 2 miles and Coolwater is on the left where the road changes from pavement to dirt. Bring a tent, food, and cooking equipment for breakfasts and dinners.

Saturday we will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Dobson Bridge parking lot (on top of the hill, not at the launch site) to run shuttle. There is a daily self-service fee for any vehicles parked there so bring some small bills.  We will launch from Silver Creek Campground and float back to Dobson Bridge. Bring a lunch and drinking water, plus appropriate clothing for whatever nature decides to do.

Sunday we will meet at the Dobson Bridge launch site at 9:00 a.m. and run shuttle. We will then paddle from Dobson Bridge to Low Bridge, again bringing a lunch and drinking water. Expected time on the water each day is about 7 hours, unless the trip moves a little faster.  There are also camping opportunities at Pine River Paddlesports near Peterson Bridge. The Peterson Bridge National Forest Campground is closed for renovations.

The Pine River is considered by some to be moderately difficult. Beginners usually have trouble with it but intermediate to advanced paddlers will have no problems.