Monthly Archives: May 2010

Dobie Road Bridge closed til October

The Dobie Road Bridge over the Red Cedar in Okemos is already closed at water level as of mid May 2010. Catch nets have been placed across the upstream and downstream channels, apparently to keep debris from falling into the river during construction. There is no downstream passage during the construction.

My May 29 Red Cedar trip from Van Atta Road to Ferguson Park is canceled, and no more Red Cedar trips will be scheduled on this stretch until the bridge repair is finished in mid October. The bridge will close to vehicle traffic in both directions starting June 11.

2010 Rivers and Lakes

2010 LOAPC Trips – Rivers and Lakes 


June 4-6  Paddle to Hell and Back with Charlie Parmalee.

July 3-5  Ottawa River and maybe others in vicinity (Madawaska, etc.), Ontario.  Class III whitewater.  The Ottawa is tons of fun.  Contact/organizers:  Todd Leigh and Linda Savage

July 17 – 20 Grand River Expedition 2010 – Eaton Rapids to Lyons

July 24-25.  Middle Island, Lake Huron.  Paddle to Middle Island (sea kayak with sealed bulkhead, ~3 mile crossing), or have your smaller kayak transported to the island.  Stay in the restored Keepers’ quarters, complete with kitchen, plus lighthouse tour. Cost $~50.  Contact/organizers:  Todd Leigh and Linda Savage

July 31 – Aug. 4.  South shore Lake Superior, Grand Marais to Tahquamenon River mouth.  Wilderness and campground camping.  Need a kayak with sealed bulkheads and a willingness to paddle 10-15 miles a day in some wind and waves up to 2 feet if necessary.  Contact/organizers:  Todd Leigh and Linda Savage

August 6 – 8.  Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario.  Camping at Cypress Lake campground and day paddles TBD depending on weather.  For paddlers with any type of boat and any experience.  Cliffs, sea caves, lighthouses – the Bruce Peninsula is spectacular!  Those interested need to make campground reservations soon, this park is filling up fast.  Go to  Contact/organizers:  Todd Leigh and Linda Savage. 

August 14-15  Yough whitewater trip (we can coordinate this trip instead of Jay on these dates).  Class III whitewater.  Camp at Ohiopyle State Park.  Contact/organizers:  Todd Leigh and Linda Savage.

Aug 28 – 29 11th Annual Family Canoe Trip – Manistee River.  Camping at CCC Bridge Campground west of Grayling off M-72.  M-72 access to CCC Bridge on Saturday, and CCC Bridge to Smithville Landing on Sunday.  Jay Hanks.

Sept. 11-19.   French River wilderness trip, French River Provincial Park, Ontario.  Contact/organizers:  Todd Leigh and Linda Savage,,  Multi-day wilderness camping with some easy rapids (likely some portages or lining due to low water).  Best for canoes but other craft possible.  Contact/organizers:  Todd Leigh and Linda Savage.

September 24-26.  Long Point Provincial Park, Ontario.  Camping and day paddles.  For paddlers with any type of boat and any experience.  Great bird-watching.  For campground reservations go to  Contact/organizers:  Todd Leigh and Linda Savage.

Oct 2 – 3  4th Annual PRiBCO.  Pine River Base Camp Overnight with camping at Coolwater Campground (prvt)

Oct 9 – 11 Killarney Provincial Park – Canada Thanksgiving

Nov 26 20th Annual Turkey Float (Friday)

Dec 24 17th Annual Christmas Eve Morning Float (Friday)

Email: – Jay Hanks – Todd Leigh; – Linda Savage

Jay is no longer organizing the following trips, but someone else can certainly organize them:

• Wisconsin whitewater trip: June 4 – 6

• Batchawana wilderness trip: June 24 – 27

Paddling at Lake Lansing on Monday nights

LOAPC members and others will meet informally at Lake Lansing to paddle on Monday nights throughout the summer. Launch time is now 7:00 p.m. (NOT 6:30) at the north boat ramp off Lake Drive.

Alternate launch site is the parking lot behind the Mayfair Bar, which is a short carry to the beach.

Contact blog [at] loapc [dot] org if you have any questions. This is not an official club event and everyone is responsible for their own equipment and safety.

Sea kayaking trip to Middle Island near Alpena

We are looking for folks who would be interested in paddling to Middle Island (near Alpena) and staying in the lighthouse keeper’s house on it, which is for rent, on Saturday, July 24. 
See http://www.middleis landkeeperslodge .com/ for more information.
You can paddle the 2 mile crossing to the island, or you can have your boat taken across by Captain Mike and just paddle in the vicinity of the island.  In any case, anyone of any experience with any type of boat could do the trip, because if you tried the crossing and didn’t want to paddle back, or the weather got bad, everyone could just get taken back on the boat.  We paddled over there and camped on the island years ago when they were just starting to renovate the lighthouse, so it should be pretty cool to see what has been done.
The cost depends on how many people there are (sleeps 10) and whether or not we use the transportation boat, but it would be about $40-50 per person at most.  There is a completely furnished kitchen, and linens are included.  Just like the ski house, I think we could tuck a few extra people in here and there if the group got bigger.
There are a lot of places to do a neat day paddle on Sunday after leaving the island, too.
We need to know asap, because this is the only open Saturday left, and we need to send in a deposit.
Linda & Todd

Lansing Paddler Classes at MSU Sailing Center

The MSU Sailing Center on Lake Lansing in Haslett is offering kayaking
classes this spring.  Each class is a three-hour, one-session
workshop, including dry land topics and lots of on-the-water paddling.
All equipment is provided: the latest new demo kayaks from Summit
Sports, paddles, and life jackets.

Three classes are being offered.
Beginner sessions: For those with little or no experience, or who have
never had any formal instruction.
Women’s clinic: a uniquely supportive and fun special session taught
by and for women.
Intermediate session: for those who have taken the beginner session or
other formal instruction and desire more experience; emphasis on
paddling technique, recovery skills, and on-the-water rescues.

Wednesday, May 12, 5 –8 pm –Beginner session
Wednesday, May 26, 5 –8 pm –Beginner session
Saturday, June 5, 4 -7 pm –Beginner session
Friday, June 11, 5 –8 pm –Beginner session
Saturday, June 19, 4 -7 pm –Women’s clinic!
Friday, June 25, 5 –8 pm –Intermediate session

COST: $50 per one-evening three hour session.

Class location: MSU Sailing Center, Haslett

Students should bring: water shoes, a windproof jacket or raincoat,
and a synthetic shirt for warmth -no cotton, please. Be prepared to
get wet! Also recommended: sun hat and/or sunglasses, eyeglass
retainers if needed, and a water bottle.

Please pre-register: and for more information, email, or call 333-9716

Kayak Demo at Lake Lansing 

Whitewater trip to Slippery Rock Creek, PA May 22-23

We will be coordinating a whitewater paddling trip to Slippery Rock Creek in western Pennsylvania the weekend of May 22-23.  Although water levels have been fluctuating on the low side this spring, we are hopeful that normal rainfall will still provide a runnable level by the time the weekend arrives.  Otherwise, we may make a last-minute destination change.

The plan is to camp at Breakneck Campground, 1757 Cheeseman Road, Portersville, PA 16051 on Friday night, May 21, and Saturday night, May 22.  Their phone number is (724) 368-3405.

The Slippery Rock Creek is a Class II-III run and very popular with the Pittsburgh area paddler, as well as paddlers from Ohio and Michigan.  It is an excellent training river for advanced beginnners or intermediates, and is also a lot of fun for even advanced paddlers.

If you have all of the necessary equipment, such as a boat, paddle, helmet, wetsuit, and skill, then join us for this weekend playing in the river!  (A roll is not necessary but they taste great with butter).

contact:  Jay Hanks