Monthly Archives: February 2011

Kayak Pool Time Update


For the next three weeks there will be pool time available at Kinawa Middle School in Okemos.  Pool time is on Monday nights, Feb. 28, Mar. 7, and Mar. 14 from 7-9pm.

We invite anyone with a shorter boat (13′ or less) to participate as a helper.  Students may use helpers’ boats during instruction time.

If you would like to participate, please bring your boat to the pool by 7pm. Pool time for students is 7-8pm, for helpers 8-9pm.  We usually go to Pizza House afterwards for food and drinks.

We look forward to seeing you there.


5th Annual Big South Branch of the Pere Marquette River Overnight

The 5th Annual Big South Branch of the Pere Marquette River Overnight will be on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27, 2011.  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 26 about 1 mile south of Custer and US-10.  From there we will run shuttle upstream to the put-in and proceed downstream.

Day trips are welcome and we can drop off vehicles while running shuttle for the overnight.

Please be prepared for paddling and overnight camping in potentially cold weather.  Good weather is always appreciated, but good gear 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.


LOAPC Recreational Opportunities

Posted by Tony Kuhlman:

16-20  – Grand Rapids boat show, at Devos Place, Grand Rapids
This will show mostly power boats, according to the organizers.  Still, it’s a pleasant way to spend a few hours if the ice is still on the lakes.

5 – Quiet Water Symposium
More displays and exhibits and presentations and books and booths about canoes, kayaks, paddling, camping, gear, and more.  Bring your sense of adventure!  Bring your credit card too, if you’re brave enough. 

Also – volunteers are needed to help work the show.  You can help out using the form at

19 – Basic bike tuneup clinic

Learn the basics of tuning up your own bike.  Bring your bike with you, and go home with a complete tune-up on it.  The cost is $70, but the cost of a tuneup here is $50.  So you are actually paying only $20 to learn a new skill.

The next session is March 19, and is limited to 6 participants.  I know that at least 2 spots are already booked, so if you are interested in this, enroll soon.

8 – Banff Mountain Film Festival
Presented by the MSU Outing club

Multiple films about anything and everything outdoors – climbing, kayaking, hiking, skydiving, skiing, high adventure, animated short films – if you like the outdoors, go see this.  Some are longer – maybe as much as 30 minutes, and some are shorter – maybe 2-3 minutes.  And since the films presented are chosen by the host organization, the films you see here may be different from those shown in other nearby locations.  If you can’t make it on April 8, check out the other presentations in Ann Arbor, Bloomfield Hills, Grand Rapids, or Midland.

30 – Hugh Heward paddle on the Grand River
12, 25, or 50 miles on the Grand River – a great way to get out and meet other paddlers, or to get on the water this year with old friends.

7 – Looking Glass picnic and paddle
Paddle from Tony Kuhlman’s house in Wacousta to Portland.  The route is about 15 miles on the river.  I have not been down this stretch before, so I don’t know if there will be snags, portages, wild beasts, or alien crop circles.  But it’s a chance to grill burgers, brats, etc, then portage across the street and paddle down the river.  If you need a boat, I’m just a quarter mile from Harlowe’s Canoe Livery.

Other events –

Lake Lansing Monday night paddles will commence when the weather permits and people are brave enough to go out.  Tom has offered to conduct both forward stroke and deep-water rescue clinics sometime during the summer.

Loretta plans to run short trips on the Red Cedar on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, from May 1 through Labor Day.  These will start at 9 AM, going from Van Atta Rd to Ferguson Park.

Quietwater Symposium March 5