Monthly Archives: February 2012

Club Meeting Tuesday March 20


Keith Wikle from the West Michigan Coastal Kayaking Association will be presenting on “Surf Kayaking” on Tuesday March 20 at 7:00 pm.  Keith  has instructed at the WMCKA Symposium  from 2003-2009, the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium from 2007-2009, and at the Wawa Greenland Symposium 2007-2009.  He has paddled extensively around the Great Lakes and the Pacific coast, and has received numerous awards.  This will be an exciting evening listening to Keith talk about this sport.

The meeting is at Jimmy’s Pub in East Lansing.   Please arrive early to order food prior to the meeting!

Jay Hanks


always wear your PFD

6th Annual Big South Branch of the Pere Marquette River Overnight

The 6th Annual Big South Branch of the Pere Marquette River Overnight will be on Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, 2012.  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 17 about 1 mile south of Custer and US-10.  From there we will run shuttle to the take-out and put-in before proceeding 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.  There is also a lot of portaging involved around downed trees that we have no way of knowing about in advance.  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.


Grand River Expedition 2010 Update

Long time no see, fellow GRE2010 paddlers!!!

I have some news that might be of interest concerning upcoming gatherings and events and an update on the progress of MGROW (Middle Grand River Organization of Watersheds).

Back in 2010 the committees which got together and organized the GRE2010 had a rough start getting the job done, but we got through those rough patches and pulled off a pretty good event, at least that’s what the folks who were on it said. They also said that they’d like to do another expedition almost EVERY year! The committee was pretty much exhausted at that point but heard the requests and went on to form an organization whose goals were to not only help with the regularly scheduled 10 year expeditions but to encourage tributary expeditions as well as help with environmental concerns which involved our middle Grand River watersheds… hence was born the Middle Grand River Organization of Watersheds, MGROW. The Upper and Lower sections of the Grand River are well represented by their own local organizations, but there was a hole where the middle Grand was concerned and MGROW aims to fill that gap. MGROW is progressing forward and has filed with the IRS for non-profit status, has met to elect a board of directors, established a web presence and is ready to start accepting members (it’ll cost ya!) to help with our goals. These can be viewed on our website: So please visit, sign up if you’d care to participate and check out the links and other info.

Now for the NEWS:

The Quiet Waters Symposium is being held this year on March 3rd and MGROW will have a booth there. We’ll be sharing that booth with the Thornapple River Watershed Council which WILL be hosting an expedition this upcoming August for a five day paddling trip down their beautiful river. The Thornapple Expedition 2012 will offer camping, paddling, hiking, education and camaraderie for all involved in the tradition of the Grand River events of past years with the benefits of a shorter expedition distance (for information go to: ).

Here are some other links and information:

for a brochure (which is still in progress) for the Thornapple Expedition 2012 go to:

for an article by Howard Meyerson on the Thornapple:

for more information on the Quiet Water Symposium (QWS):

for that link to MGROW again:

and finally some insight into QWS this year:

Outdoor Adventure, Indoors, at Michigan State University

The public is invited to attend the Quiet Water Symposium at:
Michigan State University Pavilion
Saturday, March 3, 2012
9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
The Quiet Water Symposium, the largest one-day show of its type in the nation, celebrates non-motorized outdoor recreation. This year’s program will include entertaining presentations on paddle sports, bicycling, camping, boat building and other outdoor skills.
Interactive displays manned by knowledgeable enthusiasts and experts on topics such as boat building, camp cooking, cycling, kayaking and protecting our watersheds and environment will also be featured. Speakers include Kevin Callan, Cliff Jacobson, Doc Fletcher, Gary and Joanie McGuffin and many others. Vendors will be available to help you chose the right gear or classes with which to get the proper start. For more information please visit

Hope to see many of you at QWS and on the Thornapple!
Lou (Ex-Registrar GRE2010)

Liutauras Gedvilas

17th Annual Quiet Water Symposium

The 17 Annual Quiet Water Symposium will be Saturday, March 3, 2012at the MSU Pavilion.  At the Symposium visitors will find presentations by world famous authors, photographers, and expedition travelers. Other presentations may cover skills, safety, local and distant destinations.  There may be presentations on bicycling, sailing, diving, and history.

Date: Saturday March 3, 2012

Location: The Pavilion for Livestock and Agriculture Education

(Farm Lane, south of Mt Hope – on the campus of MSU)

Time: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Admission: Adults $10.00 Students (with ID) $5.00 – under 12 Free

Sawyer Cruiser For Sale

For Sale: Never used, never outside, 1995 Sawyer 190 Cruiser, Superlite Kevlar, in red. It has a sliding bow seat, adjustable footbrace, and a “Yoke Shop” yoke with cushioned pads. It has been stored in a garage since its delivery.

Length: 15’9”, Beam at rails: 33″, Weight 42 lbs, Capacity, BIA rated: 660 lbs.

Price $1000.

Contact Elieen at

New 2012 Kayak Classes

Hi Paddlers,

We finally have our winter/spring pool class schedule set! Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested. Remember, if you have your own boat and gear, there is free open pool time from 8-9 pm on any class day. There are a limited number of extra boats that can be borrowed on any given night; ask ahead of time. Call or email if you have any questions.
Thanks! Hope to see you at the pool.

Todd & Linda.

LAINST Kayaking Classes
Winter/spring 2012 at the East Lansing High School pool.

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. Each class starts with one hour “dry” classroom subjects, followed by one hour on the water instruction and one hour free practice time. Preregistration required; email or call 517-333-9716.

Kayaking I: Paddle Safe, Paddle Right
This three-session course will introduce you to kayaking in a safe and warm environment and help you develop basic skills and safety awareness. You will learn about boats and gear, and how to maneuver your boat with basic strokes. Also good for paddlers with some experience but no formal instruction who want to improve their skills.
6:00 – 9:00 pm. $75. Two sessions available: Wednesdays February 15, 22, 29, or March 14, 21, 28.

Kayaking II: Tipping, Staying Upright, & Rolling
This two evening course is for students with some kayaking experience with basic strokes who want to work on recovery skills (balance, edging, and braces) and learn how to roll.
6:00 – 9:00 pm. $50. Wednesdays April 11 & 18.

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 classroom and the pool, focusing on safety, river kayaking maneuvers, rescues, and trip planning. The third class will be an all-day trip to a local river; 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 the equivalent.
6:00 – 9:00 pm. $125. Wednesdays April 25, May 2; river trips Saturdays May 5 & 12.