Monthly Archives: March 2011

Indian River Trip Update

Indian River Canoe–postponed due to prolonged snow The new dates for this trip will be May 14th/15th. In the UP, and particularly this year, mid May is still early spring. The weather will likely be cool and the river cold and fast. The forest service brochure on the route notes, “there are many windfalls and, as a wild and scenic river, it is not cleared bank to bank” Actually in mid May, this years falls will not have been cleared at all. This trip is for skilled paddlers who can maneuver around obstructions in fast water and don’t mind getting out to pull their boat around some of them. We will be backcountry camping at a canoe campsite Saturday evening. Hopefully we will be able to camp the night before the trip at Widewaters Campground, though the official opening date is May 15th:will update those who are signed up when that information is available. In any case we will meet there at 9:00AM Saturday morning to do shuttle. At the paddler’s discretion, there are two possible end points. Those who must return to civilization will want to take out at Indian River Campground on M-94. Those with more time may want to continue through the spreads to the 8 Mile Rd takeout as this area often affords opportunities to see wildlife.

2011 Kayak classes

LAINST Kayaking Classes 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.  Pre-registration required.

Location:  East Lansing High School pool. 

Contact or 517-333-9716 to register or for more information. 

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. This class prepares students for the River Kayaking class that begins on April 27.

7:00 – 9:00 pm. $45.  Wednesdays April 13 and 20.

River Kayaking

This course is intended to teach students the fundamentals of safely paddling moving water and whitewater rivers. Two Wednesday class sessions will be held in 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 equivalent.

7:00 – 9:00 pm. $100.  Wednesdays April 27 & May 4; river trips Saturdays May 7 & 14.

Club Meeting and Presentation Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 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

“Join some Michigan paddlers in a voyage to the boundary between the North Pacific and the Bering Sea, the birthplace of the winds, the Adreanof group of the Aleutian Islands!” 
Please arrive at 6:30 pm to order food prior to the meeting and presentation

Jay Hanks, President