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.

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

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

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


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:


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:

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. 

3 responses to “Events coming up in May (and June)

  1. My friend and I are wondering if there is any place in the Lansing area where we could get some basic instruction in kayaking? We have never kayaked before and would like to have some basic skills and and safety info before we attempt this new activity.


  2. All,

    Thinking of learning some new skills? There are still lots of dates remaining for kayak classes on Lake Lansing:

    Friday, June 10, 5 – 8 pm: Beginner session

    Friday, June 17, 5 – 8 pm: Beginner session

    Wednesday, June 29, 6 – 9 pm: Women’s clinic

    Wednesday, July 20, 6 – 9 pm: Intermediate session

    Wednesday, August 24, 6 – 9 pm: Intermediate session

    Each class is a three-hour one-session workshop, including dry land topics and lots of on-the-water paddling. All equipment provided: the latest new demo kayaks from Summit Sports, paddles, and life jackets. $50. Held at the MSU Sailing Center, on Lake Lansing in Haslett.

    For more information and to preregister, email, or call 517-333-9716

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