Monthly Archives: August 2012

Quietwater Summer and Portland Riverfest Saturday August 18

Ontario Whitewater – Labor Day Weekend

The Canadian Shield country near Algonquin Provincial Park has some great fun whitewater runs, so grab your paddle and your passport and let’s go. We’ll leave on Friday evening and paddle until Monday. Linda and I are staying all week, and competing in the Gull River Open Canoe Slalom the following weekend, so anyone who wants to is welcome to stay and paddle too.

The rivers we might paddle on this trip are:
• Madawaska River (Palmer Rapids, Middle, and Lower)
• Ottawa River
• Gull River

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.

“Whitewater skills and experience” means you can:
• Catch eddies, peel out, and ferry in class II-III whitewater
• Safely swim in rapids
• Attempt self-rescue (bow rescues or a roll)

We’ll be car-camping on this trip, and eating some meals in camp and some meals in restaurants. I’ll provide more information on travel and lodging as the trip comes together.

Contact Todd Leigh (517-712-9083, toddleigh ‘at’ hotmail ‘dot’ com) for more information.

Manistee RIver Surf and Turf September 28-30

We are going to paddle the Manistee River from Hodenpyle Dam to Red Bridge and then backpack our way along the Manistee River Trail and then camp Saturday night along the river. Sunday we will finish our hike back to the vehicles. Drive up and camp Friday night September 28 at Tippy Dam National Forest Campground. We will start running shuttle from the campground at 9:00 am Saturday morning September 29. We will eat lunch at Red Bridge on Saturday, and you will need to bring a dinner and breakfast with you in the backpack, along with appropriate camping equipment for an overnight sleep. Any camping questions please fee free to contact me directly at As always, a life jacket must be worn while paddling.

Red Cedar River Clean and Clear Project Saturday October 6

We will meet at 9:00 am at the Harris Nature Center on Saturday October 6 for a briefing and safety talk. Our goal is to remove the log jams in the river from Meridian Road and Grand River to Ferguson Park. Please wear rubber boots or waders, and some work gloves. Be prepared to get a little wet and dirty during the day. If you are bringing a boat please meet at Ferguson Park in Okemos at 8:30 am to run a shuttle before the 9:00 am meeting. A life jacket must be worn while paddling or standing in the river. We plan to be done by about 2:00 pm

Red Cedar River Recon Saturday September 8

We will meet at 9:00 am at Ferguson Park in Okemos to run shuttle upstream to Meridian Road and Grand River Blvd. Our purpose is to map out the log jams in preparation for the October Clean and Clear event. We will clear the small and easy log jams and record the others. The log jams we do not remove will be portaged around. Some people will have chain saws and the rule is only the owner can operate it. Wear rubber wading boots and bring some work gloves and be prepared to get a little dirty. Bring a lunch and drinking water, and as always a life jacket must be worn while you are paddling or standing in the river.

Grand Adventure Race Sunday September 30 

We have public safety officials, including watercraft from Eaton Rapids Sheriff, and Grand Ledge City EMS.  We intend to group paddlers in heats of about 20 and run downstream from Jaycee Park to 200 yards upstream of the trestle & return them upstream on river left.  Our crew will be in the center so they can assist if needed. 

Please contact Pat Harrington & Robin Barfoot  517.202.0812 is a local mini modified triathlon in Grand Ledge on September 30.  Net proceeds go to Friends of Eaton County Parks and City of Grand Ledge Parks. 

This is a family friendly event, focusing toward recreation & safety & fun ! 

This is the first year – sign up now to be a “charter participant” so you get admired in 30 years after doing all 30 of them, (when there are 3,000 participants at the event). 

And, planning and organizing help is always needed.  Let us know of your interest at  or 517.202.0812.