Monthly Archives: April 2012

“Mug and Jug” Float Trip

Posted by Jay Hanks on behalf of the “Mug and Jug Club”:

The Jug & Mug Ski Club is hosting a Second Saturday Float throughout the summer.
The first float is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, NOON START TIME from Dimondale to Grand River Park, Lansing. Depart from Dimondale Lions Community Park on Jefferson Street, next to the Windsor township fire station, parking available at the back of the station. YOU MUST SUPPLY YOUR OWN CRAFT AND MEET AT THE STARTING POINT. There will be a $5.00 registration fee includes snacks and water. Depart river at Grand River Park off Lansing Road across from the Dispatch Bar. We will have ground support to get you back to your vehicle.

The remaining floats are
Dates: Time NOON
June 9, Moore’s Park to Dodge Park, Old Town
July 14 Dodge Park, Old Town, to Delta Mills
August 11 Delta Mills to Grand Ledge.

The group will meet at the arranged site and depart the river at the designated areas.
• Open to all adults and canoe and paddle clubs.
• Even if you do not participate on the water, members are needed on the ground for car pooling and other arrangements.
• You will need to sign a waiver and all safety regulations will be followed.
• You must have a flotation device. No Alcoholic beverages.

Please call or email if you have the slightest interest in these float.
Let’s visit our city and have a GRAND time floating the river through Lansing!
Thank you from the Jug & Mug Ski Club, Contact Rich Rybicki (517 663 1854) for more information.

(Note: This a non-LOAPC organized event)

Paddle to Hell and back Saturday May 12

Start at the Bruin Lake campgrounds, paddle the chain of lakes through Watson, Half Moon, and Hi-Land lakes in the Pinckney Recreation Area to Hell, where we will have lunch, and paddle back. The distance one way is about 3 1/2 to 4 miles on flat water, so this should be an easy and fun trip.

The launch point is at the Bruin Lake Campground in the Pinckney Recreation area. A DNR day pass or MI state park pass on your license plate sticker will be necessary to enter. Parking at the launch is somewhat limited, so I encourage carpooling on this trip.

We will meet at the park-n-ride at Okemos Rd and I-96 that Saturday morning at 9 AM. This is on the northwest corner of that intersection, behind the Cracker Barrel restaurant. Please arrive early, and be ready to leave at 9. Allow time to move boats and gear if necessary.

Once at the launch point, we will meet up with Jay’s canoe camping group, and paddle together to the Dam Site Inn for lunch, then back. The drive from Okemos to the launch point will take about 1 hour.

Directions to the launch point will be posted soon. In the meantime, the launch point GPS coordinates are N 42 25.338, W 84 02.450.

As with all LOAPC trips, PFDs are mandatory, and must be worn while on the water. All participants are required to sign a LOAPC liability waiver before participating. Please RSVP so that I have an accurate count of the people attending.  Trip Coordinator:   Tony Kuhlman

Intro to Overnight Boat Camping 101 and Paddle to Hell and Back

May 11-12. In conjunction with the Paddle To Hell and Back Daytrip on Saturday May 12, we will conduct an introduction to camping out of your canoe or kayak on Friday May 11 prior to joining the daytrip. Participants must register for this by Friday April 30 to receive packing instructions and camping permits. This is designed for someone who has never camped out of their boat before but would like to learn how. Trip coordinator: