Monthly Archives: April 2011

Events coming up in May (and June)

May 7   We’ll meet at Looking Glass Valley Park, on Wacousta Rd about 2-1/4 miles north of Grand River Rd.  The easiest way to get there from the Lansing area is to take exit 90 from I-96 westbound at Grand River, go west about 1-1/2 miles to Wacousta Rd, and north to the park.  You can arrive any time starting at 11, and we’ll eat at about noon.  I’ll provide burgers, hot dogs, and/or bratwurst to grill, as well as buns, plates, utensils, cups, etc.  Please bring a dish to pass, and whatever you’d like to drink.  Folding chairs would be handy, as would a cooler, too.

After lunch, we will haul the boats across the street and launch from the neighbor’s back yard.  The route is about 15 miles on the river.  I expect this to take about 4 hours, more or less.  We will need someone to drop a few vehicles in Portland to help people haul boats back to the starting point.  If you have a truck or a way to haul multiple boats, or a van who can carry multiple paddlers, I would be in your debt if you volunteer for this.  tkuhlman56@gmail.com

May 14 – 15                                           Indian River, U.P., MI.  Frontcountry camping Friday night.  Backcountry camping Saturday night on the river.  Trip coordinator:  powell_mm@hotmail.com

May 17, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Club Meeting on Tuesday @ Jimmy’s Pub 16804 South Chandler Road, East Lansing between State Road and Lake Lansing Road 517-324-7100
Map to Jimmy’s Pub

The DVD “Recreational Kayaking:  The Essential Skills and Safety” by Ken and Nicole Whiting will be shown.
 
Please arrive at 6:30 pm to order food prior to the meeting and presentation

 
Jay Hanks, President  witewtr58@aol.com
 

May 21 – 22                                          Slippery Rock Creek, PA (Class II-III whitewater).  Car camping with day paddling.  Trip coordinator:  toddleigh@hotmail.com

 

May 21 – 22                                          Manistee River from M-66 to Baxter Bridge, MI (part 2 of 4).  Frontcountry camping Friday night at Baxter Bridge State Forest Campground.  Backcountry camping Saturday night on the river.  Trip coordinator:  jayhanks@aol.com

 

May 28 – 30                                          Whitewater weekend.  Class II-III whitewater. Destination:  Wisconsin or Kentucky/Tennessee depending on weather and water levels.  Day paddles.  Car camping.  Trip coordinator: toddleigh@hotmail.com

June 11                     The Lansing Oar and Paddle Club will again be participating in the Youth Sports Day Event organized by the Mason Optimist Club. The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Grovenburg Rd./Wm Burchfield County Park. It will run from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on that day only. There are many volunteer programs going on there at that time, and LOAPC has been asked to assist with kayak assistance and instruction in a beginner setting on the lake near the Grand River. 

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Annual Youth Sports Event June 11

The Lansing Oar and Paddle Club will again be participating in the Youth Sports Day Event organized by the Mason Optimist Club. The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Grovenburg Rd./Wm Burchfield County Park. It will run from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on that day only. There are many volunteer programs going on there at that time, and LOAPC has been asked to assist with kayak assistance and instruction in a beginner setting on the lake near the Grand River. 

If any members wish to bring their own kayaks for display or demonstration purposes that is encouraged. There will be beginner-level kayaks available at the lake that are provided already. The main role of the Club is to provide basic instruction and to make sure that all participants are paddling with PFD’s, and to assure that nobody uses the kayaks without anyone’s knowledge.

We will have a Club display up and information about the Club to share during this time. Please feel invited to come out and have a good time sharing our love for the water and the youth in our community.

Please contact myself or post a reply for further information.

Jay Hanks, LOAPC President.  witewtr58@aol.com

 

Project Lakewell on Lake Lansing

May 7, 2011 – Calling all non-motorized boats to the water – Project Lakewell Leads International Invasion of Lake Lansing…

 

Join the Launch – Add your boat to the flotilla – join our 24’ – 26’ & 34 foot canoes.

That’s right – we are launching 3 canoes that collectively are 84 feet long to kick off our Spring Season of Fur Trade Encampment Programs. (This is the preview before we begin our programs for Mid-Michigan Elementary Schools the following week). Adults & Kids Are Welcome – The event is Free !!!

 

NEWSFLASH… The Windsor Essex County Canoe Club from Windsor Ontario will join us with their 34’ Montreal Canoe. The Windsor Essex Club has been in existence for over 30 years. Devoted to the health and clean up of the Detroit River, the club is involved with efforts to preserve current and future access points for paddlers. Also an advocate for safe paddle sport practices, we are honored to have them join us as we paddle across Pine Lake (Lake Lansing)  Their info is:  http://www.weccc.org/   &  http://www.facebook.com/WECCC

 
Event Date: May 7, 2011
 
Time: 1:30 Shuttle from Lake Lansing Park South – 1621 Pike Street (off Marsh Rd.) Haslett, MI 48840 to shuttle to North Park Boat Launch.  Launch Time: 2pm from North Park Boat Launch – 6260 E Lake Dr. Haslett, MI 48840
 
Please arrive to South Park at 1:30pmTo shuttle to North Park Boat Launch
 
This will also be the debut of our renovated 24’ French Bateau.
 
Please RSVP to Projectlakewell@aol.com, or robin.barfoot@gmail.com, or Phone 517.202.0812
 
Many thanks to those of you who have responded letting us know you will be coming and requesting a seat in one of the Project Lakewell boats. We still need paddlers who will bring their own boats and provide an escort across Lake Lansing. Also, some of you lucky “maybe I’ll show up folks” can still get a berth in “Gabby” or “Squatek” – (our 24’ French Bateau) – but you have to show up and be on time.
 
Fellowship Potluck Following… Remember to bring a dish to pass after we finish the paddle. We will decamp to the Lake Lansing Park South – Lakeview Pavillion and celebrate our successful journey and welcome spring. To make this event as green as possible – bring your own china and silver. In other words, we prefer NO paper or plastic – Miigwech! Thank You
 
Event Organizer:
Project Lakewell’s Website: www.projectlakewell.com

Project Lakewell’s Facebook:

Project Lakewell Facebook for the event:http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=197423103612614

Windsor Essex County Canoe Club Website:http://www.weccc.org/

Windsor Essex County Canoe Club Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/WECCC
 
Friends of This Event:
Event Host Email & Phone: 
Robin Barfoot, robin.barfoot@gmail.com & Pat Harrington, pathemail@yahoo.com Phone us if you need to at 517.202.0812
Mike Smith Crew Chief: www.mikesmithsavedthedayagain.com
Mike Kiefer Bateau Builder: www.greatwoodboats.com

 
Please RSVP to Projectlakewell@aol.com, or robin.barfoot@gmail.com, or Phone 517.202.0812

Looking Glass BBQ and Paddle

Saturday, May 7 – We’ll meet at Looking Glass Valley Park, on Wacousta Rd about 2-1/4 miles north of Grand River Rd.  The easiest way to get there from the Lansing area is to take exit 90 from I-96 westbound at Grand River, go west about 1-1/2 miles to Wacousta Rd, and north to the park.  You can arrive any time starting at 11, and we’ll eat at about noon.  I’ll provide burgers, hot dogs, and/or bratwurst to grill, as well as buns, plates, utensils, cups, etc.  Please bring a dish to pass, and whatever you’d like to drink.  Folding chairs would be handy, as would a cooler, too.

After lunch, we will haul the boats across the street and launch from the neighbor’s back yard.  The route is about 15 miles on the river.  I expect this to take about 4 hours, more or less.  We will need someone to drop a few vehicles in Portland to help people haul boats back to the starting point.  If you have a truck or a way to haul multiple boats, or a van who can carry multiple paddlers, I would be in your debt if you volunteer for this.

This river is more suited for shorter boats that are more maneuverable.  Sea kayaks are still welcome, of course.  If you would rather have something else, Harlowe’s Canoe Livery is just down the street a quarter mile away.  You can reach Betty Harlow at 626-6873 to reserve a boat.

I need a head count of how many people plan to be here for this event.  Please e-mail me at tkuhlman56@gmail.com if you plan to attend, so I can plan accordingly.  E-mail works better for me than sending it to the blog, so just reply to this message if you plan to attend.

Oh, in case of really bad weather, I’ll still be happy to have a house full of people to help eat all this food.  We can skip that cold wet part and…  play cards or something, I don’t know.  I’m winging it here!!!  The point is to get a bunch of fun people together and have a good time, whether it’s paddling or eating or whatever.

Tony Kuhlman

PS:  Don’t forget the Banff Mountain Film Festival next Friday night at 8 PM at MSU’s Eli Broad Business Building, sponsored in the Lansing area by the MSU Outdoor Club.  Here’s a link to their site for details and a couple of short videos:

http://www.msuoc.org/

Paddling on Lake Lansing

OK.  The ice is off.  The weather forecast is moderate.  So, let’s do
it.  Monday night paddle around Lake Lansing Monday, April 18, start at
6:30 p.m. from the boat launch.  The water is still very cold.  So dress
for immersion.

See you there,

Tom


Tom Conner
Professor of Sociology
Michigan State University
office: 517 355-1747
cell: 517 230-0343
“What if there were no hypothetical questions?”

Newest Pool Times

For the next four weeks there will be pool time available at East Lansing High School pool, 509 Burcham Drive in East Lansing.  Pool time is on Wednesday nights, Apr. 13, 20, 27 and May 4 from 7-9pm.  Enter at the west drive, and drive behind the school building where there is a door directly into the pool area.

We invite anyone with any kind of boat to participate as a helper.  This is a big pool, so even sea kayaks will fit.  Students may use helpers’ boats during instruction time.  If you would like to participate, please bring your boat to the pool before 7pm. Make sure your boat is clean… this is our first time in this pool and we want to make a good impression.  Pool time for students is 7-8pm, for helpers 8-9pm.  The pool is big enough for people to paddle while we run the class, so if you have a boat that students usually use and want to paddle for the whole two hours, you might want to bring two boats: one for students and one for you.  We usually go out afterwards for food and drinks.

Boardman, Brew and Bear Trip Update

The Boardman, Brew, and Bear Trip – April 30 – May 1, 2011 We’ll meet at The Omelette Shoppe (1209 E. Front St.) in Traverse City at 8:00am on Saturday morning (April 30) to fuel up. Then we’ll head over to the Boardman River. The section we paddle will depend on the group and the water level, but it will include the Class I-II section from Beitner Road to Keystone Pond (see http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/3799/ ). We’ll drive up on Friday night; lodging suggestions include Traverse City State Park for campers or any number of cheap hotels along Highway 31/72 in Traverse City. Bring a lunch to eat on the river. On Saturday night we’ll go to the Shorts Brewing Company (121 N. Bridge St.) in Bellaire for micro-brewed beer and food. We’ll stay at the All Seasons Motel in Bellaire so we can walk back from the brewpub. There are lots of hotel choices in the area, and several state parks (Young, Fisherman’s Island, Petosky) for camping if you’d rather do that. On Sunday, we’ll explore the Bear River in Petosky which is reportedly “the best whitewater in the Lower Penninsula” (see http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/4330/ ). Apparently the City of Petosky has made improvements to the banks and channel, so this is one of the new breed of constructured whitewater that is coming to Michigan at Ann Arbor (Argo Dam) and Eaton Rapids. Of course, running this section this depends on the water level, so another option for Sunday is the Jordan River. This is rated as class II-III whitewater on the American Whitewater site, so it will probably be tougher than the Boardman. The rivers on this trip start with easier whitewater and progress to harder whitewater, but you should have some whitewater skills and experience for this trip. Participants are expected to provide all of their own gear which includes but is not limited to: a whitewater boat with adequate flotation, life jacket, helmet, paddle, spray skirt for kayaks, wet or dry suit for the cold water we’ll encounter, and river safety knowledge. The water will be cold and the air may be cold too, so cold temperature preparedness is essential. Contact Todd Leigh – 517-333-9716 home, 517-712-9083 cell, toddleigh@hotmail.com if you would like to join us, or if you have questions.