Monthly Archives: March 2012

Chippewa River Whitewater – April 21, 2012

Let’s paddle Class I-II whitewater on the Chippewa. This trip will be great if you have river paddling skills and want to step up a little bit in difficulty, or if you have already tried whitewater and want to warm up for the paddling season. We’ll paddle the whitewater features at Mill Pond Park in Mt. Pleasant. This’ll be a good warm-up for the Pennsylvania trip on Memorial Day weekend.
We’ll meet at Mill Pond Park in Mt. Pleasant, MI in the parking area off of Leaton Rd. at 1:30pm. You can run the rapid as many times as you like, and carry back up to the top with no shuttle.
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.

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Huron River Whitewater – April 14, 2012

Come out for some easy Class I-II whitewater on the Huron. This trip will be great if you have river paddling skills and want to step up a little bit in difficulty, or if you have already tried whitewater and want to warm up for the paddling season. We’ll paddle the Trestle, Zeeb, and Delhi rapids. It’ll be a good preliminary to the Pennsylvania trip on Memorial Day weekend.
We’ll meet at Dexter-Huron Metropark near Dexter, MI at 11:00 am. We may drive from there upstream to Mill Creek in Dexter if water levels permit. We’ll take out at Delhi Metropark, probably finishing around 5:00pm at latest, and if you would like to we’ll get dinner at a deli in Ann Arbor afterwards.
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.

Club Meeting and Presentation Tuesday April 17

There will be a Lansing Oar and Paddle Club Meeting and Presentation on Tuesday April 17 at 7:00 pm at Jimmy’s Pub in East Lansing. Map to Jimmy’s Pub: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=16804%20Chandler%20Road%2C%20East%20Lansing%2C%20MI

Please arrive early to order food prior to the presentation.

Drowning Prevention “It’s up to you!”

More than 10 people drown every day in the United States. The lakes, rivers and open water areas we love so much account for 65% of the drownings of adults (14 years and older). Simple steps can prevent a needless tragedy where we recreate. Whether you are a seasoned paddler; charging class 5 rapids or a rank beginner in a backyard pond this session will better prepare you for an emergency. Paddling season is just around the corner; make this your safest season ever.

In this powerful 45 min. power-point presentation you will learn: Where people drown and why, more importantly; how you can prevent drowning. It will dispel the myth of hypothermia. You will learn what a drowning victim looks like (different than you probably believe).

About the presenter:

Bob Pratt is the National Drowning Prevention Alliances 2011 Lifesaver of the Year. He is a water safety expert who has spoken nationally about drowning prevention. A retired firefighter/ paramedic he is currently the educational director of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project. His lively and energetic presentation style makes even a morbid subject like drowning enjoyable.

Pine River Paddling and Base Camping April 14-15

LOAPC will be organizing a paddling trip on the Pine River the weekend of April 14-15, 2012. For those coming up on Friday night we are suggesting camping at Coolwater Campground http://www.coolwatercamp.com/ as many of us will be there. Camping fees are each individual’s responsibility. There are other campgrounds in the area if you prefer something different. This is a base camp weekend as all camping gear will remain on shore.

Saturday morning we will meet at the parking lot at the top of the hill at Dobson Bridge at 9:00 am to run shuttle upstream to Silver Creek State Forest Campground where we will launch.

Sunday morning we will meet at 9:00 am at the Dobson Bridge launch site to run shuttle downstream to Low Bridge.

Day paddling requires a lunch and water, and the wearing of a PFD. Depending on weather conditions you may need rain gear, and bring an extra set of dry clothes in a dry bag if you accidentally capsize your boat. The water is still cold this time of year no matter what the air feels like.

Jay Hanks

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always wear your PFD

Paddle Sunday on Huron River

From: toddleigh@hotmail.com
Reply-to: LOAPC-list@meetup.com
To: loapc-list@meetup.com
Sent: 3/15/2012 10:00:16 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: [LOAPC] Mill Creek/Huron on Sunday

Hi All,

Since the weather is looking good, we’d like to do a whitewater trip on Mill Creek & the Huron this Sunday, March 18. The plan is to meet at the Mill Creek parking lot in Dexter at 2pm and paddle to Delhi Metro park. The water is cold and high, so proper clothing, whitewater boats and equipment, and some whitewater skills are needed. The run should take around 2-3 hours. This will be a good trip to start your whitewater season and warm up for the Easter trip to Tennessee.

If you’re interested in going, please let me know so that we can plan the shuttle.

Thanks, hope to see you there!

Todd.
517-712-9083

This message was sent by Todd Leigh (toddleigh@hotmail.com) from Lansing Oar and Paddle Club.

Paddle on Lake Lansing

From: savage@msu.edu
Reply-to: LOAPC-list@meetup.com
To: LOAPC-announce@meetup.com
Sent: 3/15/2012 9:27:52 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: [LOAPC] “unofficial” paddle this Monday the 19th

All,

With temps in the 70s and sunset nearly 8 pm, looks like Monday will be a good night to dust off the boats and go out on Lake Lansing. Meet ready to paddle at 6:30 at the north boat launch. Remember the water is still really cold, so wear cold water clothing no matter what the air temp. As always, paddlers must have life jackets and boats with adequate flotation.

Hope to see you there!


This message was sent by Linda Savage (savage@msu.edu) from Lansing Oar and Paddle Club.

Easter Weekend Whitewater Trip

Cumberland Plateau Paddling, Eastern Tennessee, Easter Weekend (April 5-8)
Join us for some early season whitewater paddling in the Cumberland River watershed. On Easter Weekend (April 5-8) we’ll be leaving the Lansing Area on Thursday night after work in quest of whitewater, and returning on Sunday night. The rivers we plan to paddle are in the Obed/Emory National Scenic River area near Crossville, TN, and the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River National Recreation Area near Oneida, TN. Depending on weather, water levels, and the skill of the group, we could paddle anything from Class II to Class IV whitewater, so you should have some whitewater skills and experience. If you’ve got some experience, come along and we’ll try to tune the trip to your skill level.
Some of the possible rivers to paddle are:
· Clear Creek, Jett to Nemo, Class II-IV http://americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/1732/
· Obed River, Devil’s Breakfast Table to Nemo, Class II-IV http://americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/1775/
· Daddy’s Creek, Antioch to Devil’s Breakfast Table, Class III-IV http://americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/1740/
· Emory Canyon, Class II-III http://americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/2655/
· Big South Fork of the Cumberland, Burnt Mill Bridge to Leatherwood Ford, Class III-IV http://americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/1719/
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.
Our plan is to find a cheap cabin rental with some means to cook and clean up, but plain old car camping and some restaurant meals are also possible. We’ll work out lodging logistics when the trip coalesces.
Contact Todd Leigh (517-712-9083, toddleigh@hotmail.com) for more information.