Monthly Archives: July 2010

11th Annual Family Canoe/Kayak Trip on the Manistee River

Our 11th Annual Family Canoe/Kayak Trip will be Saturday and Sunday August 28-29, 2010 on the Manistee River.  Camping will be at the CCC Bridge State Forest Campground  Click here: CCC Bridge State Forest Campground Detail.  Most of us will meet there to camp on Friday, August 27.  Camping is on a first-come/first-served basis.  There are several other campgrounds nearby if it is full.

We will be floating from the campground down to M-66 on Saturday, with lunch at the Lower Sharon Bridge.  We will end Saturday’s trip at M-66 for a total of about 7 hours on the river.

Sunday we will float from M-72 down to the campground, which is about 4-5 hours, but we will make a day of it and have lunch on the river somewhere.

There are numerous canoe and kayak rentals in the area if you need boats, so just post a comment if you do, and I will list the liveries.  The river is suitable for all abilities and ages.

Jay Hanks

Lansing’s New Whitewater Course?


Does anyone know where this sign came from and who is working on a whitewater course at the Brenke Fish Ladder?

Jay Hanks

Grand River Expedition for the Club

Well, folks, it is getting close to the start of Grand River Expedition 2010.  It certainly is different this decade, compared to 1990 and 2000, but in many ways I think it is better.  Due to virtually no major sponsorship or funding, everyone has come together IN THEIR OWN WAY, and made this event a reality.

Dividing the river up into three sections has provided regional ownership that has made this possible.  The Lansing Oar and Paddle Club, under the exemplary direction of Pat Harrington, has been the clear choice to host the Middle Grand, but even so it is still an amalgamy of organizations, volunteers and dedicated individuals.

I will be contributing as rivermaster for the four days of Saturday, July 17 until Tuesday, July 20.  I plan to take some notes and post on this blog after next Tuesday so you can get an idea of what transpired.  The event going through downtown Lansing this coming weekend should be amazing. 

If you don’t have anything going on  and you wish you had thought of joining us, it still isn’t too late to throw that boat on the family vehicle and head out for either Saturday or Sunday.  Both days start early at 7:00 am so if you show up at 10:00 you can take a guess where WE are.

Saturday, Eaton Rapids Quality Dairy parking lot at 7:00 am

Sunday, Grand River Park at 7:00 am

See you on the river,

Jay Hanks, LOAPC President

GRE 2010 “Open Meeting for Registered and Non-Registered Paddlers” & Press Conference

July 8th / Free “Canoe Dogs” to all comers… in Downtown Lansing at Sweeney Landing 

6pm & repeat at 7pm / 1 hour presentation
At – The Grand Fish (Lansing’s newest riverside event center) 
Press and Paddlers encouraged to ask questions and become familiar with the final details of The Expedition coming through mid-Michigan as it paddles the length of the Grand River July 14-26.


183 Registered paddlers will begin the journey on July 14 from Michigan Center and paddle the length of Michigan’s longest river, ending at Grand Haven on July 26.
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Hope to see you at the river,

Grand River Expedition 2010