Monthly Archives: July 2012

River Cleanup Event on Sycamore Creek September 1

Portage Park Paddlefest August 11

Safety boaters needed July 15 and August 5

Hello paddlers,

Jim and Joyce Donaldson of Elite Endeavors are looking for several kayakers to work as safety boaters at two of thier upcoming triathalons. Safety boating for tri’s is an excellent way for kayakers to support our fellow atheletes. Elite Endeavors is unique in that they pay kayakers for their time as well as welcome them to the food bar following the event. Kayakers are paid $65 for their time. This is a great way to earn some “gear money”!

The two upcoming triathalons that they need help with are:

July 15: Clark Lake Triathlon Clark Lake, MI (south of Jackson off 127) 1/2 mile swim course **** This is a hairy swim course and kayker support is greatly needed.

Race begins at 8:00 am. Kayak support should be on the beach at 7:30 to stage, get instructions, and go over plans.

Swim is usually done by 9:15, and you can play in the water, bring in the buoys, have a bite to eat…… or head home.

They need 6 kayakers.


They need four kayaks here in addition to Suzie and I.

Race begins this year at: 7:15 am, there will be two swims, a supersprint, 1/4 mile, and then 1/2 mile…..going off one after another.

To register for safety boating please contact Jim or Joyce Donaldson at 419-376-9496 or 419-340-6611.

When safety boating, I always keep a spare PFD on my front deck to throw in the event there is a swimmer in distress. This provides them with some emergency floation until I or a lifeguard can get to them. In nearly all instances the swimmer will merely ask to hang on your bow until they’ve caught their breath and then they’re on their way. On a rare occassion you may have to transport a tired swimmer to the shallow’s if their too tired to continue. For them, the race is over.

Hope to see you on the water,

Ron Smith
Black Parrot Paddling, LLC

Middle Grand River Daytrip 1 of 4

We will be paddling the Grand River through the portion that has been designated the Middle Grand from the past Grand River Expeditions. This is the first leg of the Middle Grand from Eaton Rapids to Grand River Park, and was Day 4 of Expediton 2010. As a consecutive series of Saturday daytrips over several weeks we will avoid the challenge of locating camping facilites, and still enjoy this section of river.
We will meet at 8:00 am in Eaton Rapids behind the Quality Dairy on Saturday July 28 to unload boats and run shuttle down to Grand River Park. Upon returning to the launch site we will paddle 23 miles and stop for lunch in Dimondale. There are restroom facilities at Burchfield Park prior to lunch. All participants must provide their own paddling equipment, lunch, and drinking water for the day. As always, the wearing of a PFD is mandatory during all Club activities.

Grand Island open water kayaking and backcountry camping, July 28-30.

Grand Island open water kayaking and backcountry camping, July 28-30. See for more information about the island, which is 1 mile offshore from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. You need a kayak with two sealed bulkheads and enough capacity to carry camping gear and food for two nights, and proper paddling clothing for cold water immersion. Contact me at the de-spammed email below for a list of other recommended and required gear. Participants must have the skills and endurance to travel 12 miles per day in winds up to 15 knots and waves up to 2 feet. If weather permits we will cross to the island Saturday morning and camp out two nights, finishing at the group campsite in Murray Bay, allowing a fairly protected crossing back on Monday. A club member has graciously offered the use of their family cottage in Munising as a rendezvous for Friday night, and as a base in case of bad weather. You must email me directly at savage(ampersand)msu(dot)edu to reserve your spot, get your skills and gear checked out, and get final details and location. Maximum group size is 10, including me and Todd.

Linda Savage

Michigan State University

Dept. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

603 Wilson Rd., 301 Biochemistry Bldg.

East Lansing, MI 48824


Overnight Paddle Trip on the Au Sable River July 20-22

We will be paddling on the Au Sable River from FR4001 to Five Channels Dam on July 21 and 22. This involves camping Saturday night in the woods along the river with no access by road. Camping in this area is by reservation only and on designated sites. I have pulled permits for 10 people, so group size is limited to the first 10 who sign up. You will need to bring everything in your boat down the river for 2 lunches, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast, along with camping equipment for Saturday night. I have reservations for us for Friday night at site #7D on the north side of the river just downstream from FR4001. The Friday night site is vehicle accessible off F32. If you need help with packing lists please let me know because I use packing lists all of the time (so I don’t miss anything). As always wearing a PFD while on the water is mandatory on all Club trips.