Monthly Archives: January 2011

Club Meeting and Presentation on “Cold Weather Paddling”

Tuesday, February 15, 7:00 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 a presentation on “Cold Weather Paddling” by Jay Hanks on Tuesday, February 15 at 7:00 pm.  The basics on being out in cold weather in a kayak or canoe will be discussed.  Following the presentation there will be a Question and Answer period regarding the upcoming 30th Annual Au Sable River Overnight (ASRO) paddling trip.

Please arrive between 6:30 – 7:00 pm to order food and beverage prior to the presentation.

Jay Hanks, LOAPC President

30th Annual Au Sable River Overnight (ASRO)

The 30th Annual ASRO will be taking place as scheduled on February 19 – 20, 2011 on the Au Sable River.  The rendezvous Saturday morning the 19th 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

Also, the following information was sent to me by George Stockman:

In a message dated 12/30/2010 9:00:16 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, writes:

Hi Jay,

I plan to join you again this year on the AuSable, providing is isn’t raining.  I might have a couple friends coming with me.

We just bought a chalet 4 miles south of Grayling and I plan to be there Friday night. You’re welcome to join me; same for our other regulars.  The place can be heated and is pretty nice, but has little furniture, so sleeping mats will be needed. I may stay there another day after. I might not turn the water on, but we can use the stove to heat water and can have a bucket in the bathroom!

Paddlers should email me at if they want to stay over with me on Friday night and should send a phone number as well. If there is a lot of snow, I may have some other logistics to worry about — we should easily be able to park six 4WD vehicles, but may have trouble with 2WDs if the snow is deep. 

The chalet is at 3149 5 Mile Road and is about 1.5 miles due east of the junction of HWYs 75 and 127.  Take the 4 Mile Rd Exit, 30 yards east, then south on Old 27 to the 2 big billboards, turn east on 5 Mile to the Chalet on the right, about 50 yards south in the woods. If you see Merro Rd going off to the right, you have gone 100 yards too far.

I have a 5 canoe trailer stashed at the chalet that we can use for the shuttle if you like.  2″ ball I think.



Spring Kayaking Class Schedule

Kayak classes winter/spring 2011 Kayaking classes are taught by American Canoe Association certified instructors. All equipment is provided. Students should be comfortable in the water and bring a towel and swimsuit. A synthetic top for warmth and water shoes are recommended. Each class starts with one hour “dry” classroom subjects, followed by one hour on the water instruction and one hour free practice time. Register through Okemos Community Education ( Contact or 517-333-9716 for more information.

Kayaking I: Paddle Safe, Paddle Right This three-session course will introduce you to kayaking in a safe and warm environment and help you develop basic skills and safety awareness. You will learn about boats and gear and how to maneuver your boat with basic strokes. 6:30 – 9:30 pm. $65. Monday January 24 & 31; Feb. 7. or February 28; March 7 & 14.

Kayaking II: Tipping, Staying Upright, & Rolling This two evening course is for students with some kayaking experience who want to work on recovery skills (balance, edging, and braces) and learn how to roll. 6:30 – 9:30 pm. $45. Monday April 4 &11.

River Kayaking This course is intended to teach students the fundamentals of safely paddling moving water and whitewater rivers. Two Monday class sessions will be held in the classroom and the pool, focusing on river safety, trip planning, river maneuvers and rescues. The third class will be an all-day trip to a local river and the fourth class will be an all-day trip to a slightly more challenging local river. Students taking this course should have taken Kayaking I &II or the equivalent. 6:30 – 9:30 pm. $100. Monday April 25, May 2; river trips Saturday May 7 & 14.

Contact or 517-333-9716 for more information.

Eaton Rapids Paddling Club Calendar






Eaton Rapids Paddle Club

2011 Calendar of Events

New Years Day – Saturday, January 1

st Noon at Mill St. Launch Wooden Canoe Heritage Assoc. Program on Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area on

January 29

th 10:00 a.m. Johnson’s Work Bench in CharlotteQuite Water Symposium – MSU Pavilion March 5

th 9:00 a.m.

Meetings/Work Sessions – 3

rd Thursday 7:00 p.m. at City Hall January 20

th – February 17th – March 17th – April 21st – May 19th – June 16th – July 21st

August 18

th – September 15th – October 20th – November 17th – December 15th

Weekly Paddle Dates – 5:30 p.m.

Monday, April 4

th – Tuesday, April 12th – Wednesday, April 20th – Thursday, April 28th

Monday, May 2

nd – Tuesday, May 10th – Wednesday, 18th – Thursday, May 26th

Monday, June 6

th – Tuesday, June 14th – Wednesday, June 22nd – Thursday, June 30th

Monday, July 4

th – Tuesday, July 12th – Wednesday, July 20th – Thursday, July 28th

Monday, August 1st – Tuesday, August 9

th – Wednesday, August 17th -Thursday, August 25th

Monday, Sept. 5

th – Tuesday, Sept. 13th – Wednesday, Sept. 21st – Thursday, Sept. 29th

Monday, October 3

rd – Tuesday, October 11th – Wednesday, October 19th – Thursday, Oct. 27th

First Saturday Paddle

April 2

nd Mill St. Launch to Dimondale – Kim ByerlyMay 7

th __Grand River Portland ______ – Reuben GreenJune 4

th __Kalamazoo River__________ – Reuben GreenJuly 2

nd __Battle Creek River Bellevue__ – Russ HicksAugust 6

th __Mt. Pleasant ___________ – Mike McGhanSeptember 3

rd_Ausable @ Roscommon__ – Kim ByerlyOctober 1

st _______________________ –

Special Events

Classic Boat & Car Show – Saturday, May 14

th @ Howe FieldDam Festival – Saturday, August 27