Monthly Archives: January 2010

Club Meeting and Presentation Tuesday, February 16

Tuesday, February 16, 6:30 p.m.
Jimmy’s Pub
16804 South Chandler Road, East Lansing
between State Road and Lake Lansing Road
Map to Jimmy’s Pub

There will be Club announcements followed by a presentation by Rich Bailey on canoeing the Upper Missinaibi River in Ontario at 7:00 pm.  Rich and friends spent 14 days canoeing the Missinaibi River from Hawk Junction to Mattice, Ontario last summer.  Please arrive at 6:30 pm to order food and beveraages prior to the meeting’s start.

Jay Hanks

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Newaygo lands 2011 Canoe and Kayak National Championships on Muskegon River

By Brian McVicar | The Muskegon Chronicle

January 21, 2010, 6:49AM


Popular with kayakers, the Muskegon River will play host to the U.S. Canoe Association’s Canoe and Kayak National Championships in 2011.NEWAYGO — For six days in August 2011, Newaygo will be transformed into a national epicenter for canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts.

The U.S. Canoe Association on Tuesday announced that the Muskegon River in Newaygo has been chosen as the site of its 2011 Canoe and Kayak National Championships. The event is slated for Aug. 9-14.

Organizers say the competition could draw hundreds, if not thousands, of people to Newaygo for events that range from father-daughter canoe runs to professional-level kayak racing.

“It will be the biggest event ever held on the Muskegon River,” said Gabriel Slominski, co-owner of Powers Outdoors in Newaygo, the event’s lead sponsor. “This is a huge victory for Newaygo.”

Newaygo County, which has more than 230 lakes and 350 miles of rivers and streams, has long been a prime tourist spot for boaters. Slominski said the event will only add to the county’s stature.

“To be able to promote our whole community nationwide, it’s really going to put us in the spotlight,” Slominski said. “It will bring a lot of dollars into the community.”

A Web site for the event, where paddlers can register for races and other events, soon will be operational, he said. People interested in participating in the advanced events must meet a specific skill level and pay a registration fee; amateur events will be open to the public, he said.

“We’re trying to get some sponsors so we can have the amateur racers enter at no cost,” Slominski said.

Event organizers also are planning live music and street vendors during the event.

“We want to make it family friendly,” he said.

The races, depending on skill levels, could range from a quarter mile to 16 miles, stretching from the Croton Dam to Newaygo.

Business and tourism leaders in Newaygo were thrilled when they learned their city would be hosting the event, said Scott Faulkner, chairman of the Newaygo Area Chamber of Commerce.

He said he hopes the event will benefit local businesses and showcase the area’s tourism attractions.

“The businesses,” he said, “are very fired up about this.”

Upcoming meetings for Grand River Expedition 2010

From: Gary <>
Subject: [GRE2010] Upcoming Meetings
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 12:46 PM


Next GRE2010 steering committee general meeting: 6:30pm Mon Feb. 15, 2010 at Impression 5 Science Museum, 200 Museum Drive, Lansing

Next regional Upper-GRE2010 meeting: 6:30 – 8pm, Feb. 21, 2010 at Blackman Charter Twp Hall, 1990 W. Parnall Rd, Jackson

Next regional Middle-GRE2010 meeting: 6:30pm Mon. Feb. 8, 2010 at Woldumar Nature Center, at 5739 Old Lansing Rd, Lansing

Next regional Lower-GRE2010 meeting in Grand Rapids Jan 27, contact  Andy Bowman

These meetings are open to anyone interested in the Grand River Expedition 2010 event.

29th Annual ASRO – Au Sable River Overnight

The 29th Annual ASRO will be taking place as scheduled on February 20 – 21, 2010 on the Au Sable River.  The rendezvous Saturday morning the 20th is at the Big Boy Restaurant in Grayling at 8:30 a.m.  From there we will unload at Old Au Sable Fly Shop (formerly Ray’s canoe livery) on the river and run shuttle down to Parmalee and check for ice at the landing.  We should be launching on the river by 11:30 a.m.

We will be camping overnight so everyone going needs to be an experienced winter camper as well as an experienced paddler.  We have had night time lows down to -20 degrees but the average is typically around +10 degrees but that is still cold without the proper equipment. 

All paddlers are responsible for their own actions, equipment, emergency gear, and clothing as this is a self-guided and self-equipped trip.

Jay Hanks

Kayak Classes Available

KAYAK CLASSES:  Basic and Intermediate (three-session courses)

Basics: Develop basic skills and safety awareness, learn about boats, gear, hazards, basic strokes, and how to cope with a capsize.

Intermediate: Refine basic strokes (videotape analysis available), learn more advanced strokes (braces, moving draws), learn to roll.

These classes are offered by American Canoe Association certified instructors through Okemos Community Education.

First class: Mondays, January 25, February 1 and 8.

Second class: Mondays, February 22, March 1 and 8.

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Place: Kinawa Middle School, Okemos

Cost: $60 (all equipment provided)

Registration: Okemos Community Education (517) 706-5020.

For further information, contact Tom Conner (230-0343, , Linda Savage (333-9716,, or Todd Leigh (

Club meeting and presentation Wednesday, January 20

Wednesday, January 20 @ 6:30 p.m.
Jimmy’s Pub
16804 South Chandler Road, East Lansing
between State Road and Lake Lansing Road
Map to Jimmy’s Pub

A presentation will be made on the Big South Branch of the Pere Marquette River, the toughest little river in Michigan.  Food can be ordered at 6:30 with the meeting and presentation beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Jay Hanks, President

(Apologies for the change in date, but Tuesday was already booked, and we want to have consistency in the location.)