I am coordinating the Lansing Oar and Paddle Club trip on the Au Sable River coming up in about two weeks. The plan is to meet Friday evening August 12 at Parmalee State Forest Campground. There are only five vehicle sites but ample walk-in sites for participants. If you can get up there early that’s fine, and I plan to arrive about 8:00 pm.
Parmalee is the take out for the weekend and the concept is to leave our takeout vehicles there on Saturday morning. We then just drive into Grayling and launch the boats. The reason for this is to get in front of the boat rentals on the river that will occur during the day.
This is an overnight paddling trip and you will be camping out of your boats. Since it is summer you will only need a light sleeping bag and clothing, but raingear is always an essential. You will need your own tent or other personal shelter unless you are sharing. You will need your own food. PFD’s are mandatory.
Plan on a quick breakfast in camp Saturday morning with an early lunch at Burton’s Landing about 11:00 am. Since we will arrive at White Pine State Forest Campground ($6.00/person camping fee) fairly early you may wish to bring a snack before dinner. We will have a grill to cook over the fire but you should bring a small amount of legally procured firewood to bring in your boat if you want a fire. All adjacent lands are private property and there is essentially no firewood to be found at the site.
Sunday we will pack up and float down to Parmalee and run into Grayling and get our cars, return to Parmalee, load boats and head home.
I hope we meet new friends as well as old friends!
Jay Hanks, LOAPC President
The Michigan Paddler’s Rendezvous 2011 website is finally up and running. With exception of the 2011 T-shirt emblem (my graphic artist has been a bit indisposed, but should be available in a week or two). Last year we had 67 people participate at least one day. Let’s make it bigger and better this year. The dates will be Sept. 23 – 25. The Rendezvous will again feature a Saturday night potluck. And we will have an Earlybird Special paddle for anyone who comes up Thursday a.m. Go to http:// michiganpaddlersrendezvous. blogspot.com/ for full details and to make your reservations! Hope to see ya for a great time on the Pine! yours Mark (Great White Bear) Spurrier p.s. As always t-shirt orders must be received by Sept 1 __._,_.___
Note: LOAPC is not organizing this event and is sharing this as information only.
Gull River – July 16-17 The Gull River at the Minden Wild Water Preserve is a natural river bed with engineered and natural features. It has everything from flat water to class IV whitewater, with good class II and III whitewater and a terrific play wave for freestyle boaters. See their web page at: http://www.whitewaterontario.ca/about-minden-wild-water-preserve.html We’ll be car-camping at the preserve campground ($15 Cdn/night), but there are local hotels available if you’d rather go deluxe. We plan to eat breakfast and dinner in camp, but there are some local restaurants if you’d rather eat out. We’ll meet on Saturday morning in the campground to go paddling. The venue has opportunities for all skill levels and all kinds of whitwater boats, from freestyle to tandem open canoe and even flat water at the bottom to work on strokes and rolls. Participants are expected to provide all of their own gear which includes but is not limited to: a whitewater boat with adequate secure flotation, life jacket, helmet, paddle, and spray skirt for kayaks. The water temperature is relatively warm, as the release comes from the top of the dam, but adequate clothing for being in the water is still required. Contact Todd Leigh (517-712-9083, firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.