Monthly Archives: March 2010

Paddle to Hell and Back June 4-6

Paddle to Hell & Back (Come as you are and leave with what’s left)

When: June 4-6.  Camping at Bruin Lake, Pinckney Recreation Area (phone 734-426-4913)

Paddling trips daily to Hell.  Tour of Hell.  Lunch at Dam site Inn (or bring your own).  Campfires & comfort food.  Everyone welcome.  Daily paddlers welcome.  Fishing & Exploring encouraged

Friday evening “Stargaizer’s paddle” (after dark)  (Or please pass the cheese)

Campfire gathering after.  “Or Who’s got my Golden Arm”

Saturday 10:30 a.m.

Paddle to Hell.  Tour of Hell.  Lunch at Dam Site Inn (Or bring your own).  Lollygag on the way back.  Evening campfire.  Musicians welcome.  “Yes you may have to sing Koombya”

Sunday 10:00 a.m.

Paddle to Hell.  “Pick up the people we lost on Saturday”.  Tour of Hell.  “Paddlers Blessing at the Chapel”.  Lunch at Dam Site Inn (Or bring your own).  Lollygag on the way back.  Say goodbye to old and new friends.  “Then you can really say you have been to Hell & Back”

Hope to see you there!

For more info. contact Charlie Parmelee 517-589-5237


Whitewater trip to the Cassellman River

I am planning a whitewater trip to the Cassellman River in Pennsylvania for the weekend of April 24-25.  It is a Class II-III river that is a tributary of the Youghiogheny.  We will leave Friday, April 23 around 3:00 pm with rendezvous location TBA.  We will be base camping at Outflow Campground in Confluence.

This is NOT a recreational river run for the casual paddler.  If you have never run a Class II-III river before, this probably is not the trip for you.  Participants are expected to provide all of their own gear which includes but is not limited to:  a whitewater boat, helmet, paddle, wet or dry suit, and river safety knowledge.  If you are a Class II-III paddler or better, please feel free to contact me about joining us on this trip at!

Jay Hanks

Club Meeting and Presentation Tuesday, April 20

“The Lower Canyons—three words that convey a certain mystique, a feeling of awe and wonder not linked to any other Big Bend experience. Mention that you’ve floated Big Bend’s shorter canyons, Santa Elena, Mariscal or Boquillas, and you’ll find something in common to talk about. Sheer walls, thick mud, low water levels, tricky river cane, frigid morning air, inner peace…all universal elements of a Rio Grande float trip. ”


Join us Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm to see and listen to Pat Harrington’s presentation on his experiences on the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River in Big Bend National Park.  Food and beverage may be ordered prior to the meeting and presentation at 7:00 pm.

The meeting will be held at Jimmy’s Pub
16804 South Chandler Road, East Lansing
between State Road and Lake Lansing Road
Map to Jimmy’s Pub

4th Annual Big South Branch of the Pere Marquette River Overnight March 27-28

The 4th Annual Big South Branch of the Pere Marquette River Overnight will be on Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28, 2010.  We will meet at 9:00 am at the Custer Road Bridge parking lot at the mainstream of the Pere Marquette River on Saturday, March 27 about 1 mile south of Custer and US-10.  From there we will run shuttle upstream to the put-in and proceed downstream.

Please be prepared for paddling and overnight camping in potentially bad weather.  Good weather is always appreciated, but good raingear when the weather is bad is appreciated even more. 

This is a self-guided trip and all participants are expected to provide all of their own gear and be prepared to take care of themselves at all times.