Monthly Archives: March 2013

Spring Kayak Classes

If you or anyone you know is interested in taking kayaking classes, please pass this along. These classes fill up fast, so respond soon if you are interested. Remember that free open pool time for community members is always available the last hour of class pool time, from 8-9pm. Hope to see you there.

LAINST Kayaking Classes

Spring 2013 at the East Lansing High School pool.

Kayaking classes are taught by American Canoe Association trained and 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 II: Tipping, Staying Upright, & Rolling

This three evening course is for students with some kayaking experience with basic strokes who want to work on rescues, recovery skills (balance, edging, and braces) and learn how to roll.

6:00 – 9:00 pm. $75. Wednesdays April 10, 17 & 24.

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 May 1 & 8; all day river trips Saturdays May 11 & 18.

Summit Sports Spring Paddle Sports Expo

From: Scott Fairty

Date: March 21, 2013 3:47:05 PM EDT


Subject: invite to Spring paddlesports Expo

From: Scott Fairty
Subject: invite to Spring paddlesports Expo

Message Body:
Summit Sports is hosting its First Annual Spring Paddlesports Expo the weekend of April 12-14.

We would very much like to help connect our local paddling clubs and stewardship organizations with new and existing paddlers at this event. We are offering each group space in our Expo tent to set up an informational booth to help you attract new members and to get your message out.

Here’s a link to the event:
The schedule for the weekend is:

Friday from 3:00-7:00 is a free on water demo of kayaks and stand up paddleboards with all the factory reps

Saturday from 10:00-7:00 is the tent event with clinics running throughout the day

Sunday from 10:00-12:00 is a free social paddle in the Island Lake Recreation Area

You are invited to attend all the weekend’s events but are especially encouraged to participate in the Tent Expo on Saturday. We would hope to have your booth staffed but understand if you can only provide a display or informational flyers.

If you have any questions and to RSVP please contact me at:

Scott Fairty

Grand River: McNamara’s to Grand River Park [RELOCATED]

Grand River: McNamara’s to Grand River Park
Sunday, April 28, 9 a.m.

We’ll meet at McNamara Landing on Columbia Road near the corner of Waverly Road on Sunday, April 28, at 9:00 a.m. After running shuttle, we’ll paddle down to the takeout at Grand River Park near the Michigan Princess riverboat. This is a recreational trip of about 15 miles and will take about 6 hours with a break in Dimondale to eat and stretch. Bring a lunch/water/snacks and a change of dry clothes in a dry bag. Expect any possible kind of weather at this time of year and dress accordingly! There are no portages on this trip. Life jacket must be worn and fastened while on the water, and a trip waiver must be signed if you haven’t signed one for 2013.

4-21-13: I just moved the location of this trip due to my concerns about the Bunker Road bridge north of Eaton Rapids at the current high water levels. The McNamara’s to Grand River Park stretch is safer, and we’ll enjoy having the extra push of high water to shorten the trip! Email me if you have any questions.

Au Sable River Overnight III May 3-5

We will be paddling on the Au Sable River from Federal Road 4001 to Five Channels Dam on May 4 and 5. 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 (counting me) 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 May 3 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, as well as signing a waiver if you are not a paid member for 2013.

Huron River Whitewater – April 13, 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 Wisconsin trip on Memorial Day weekend. 

We’ll meet at Dexter-Huron Metropark near Dexter, MI at 11:00am.  We may drive from there upstream to Mill Creek in Dexter if water levels permit.  We’ll take out at Delhi Metropark.

Because this trip is focused on practicing whitewater skills, participants are expected to have some river safety knowledge and 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, and wet or dry suit.  The water will be cold and the air may be cold too, so cold temperature preparedness is essential.  A recreational kayak is not appropriate for this trip.

Contact Todd Leigh – 517-333-9716 home, 517-712-9083 cell, if you would like to join us, or if you have questions.

Wisconsin Whitewater Memorial Day Weekend May 25-27

Let’s go to Wolf River Country! On Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-27) we’ll be leaving the Lansing Area on Friday in quest of whitewater, and returning on Monday night. This year we’re heading to Northern Wisconsin to paddle on the Wolf, Pike, Red, or Peshtigo rivers, depending on water levels. These rivers are Class II-III whitewater, so you should have some whitewater skills and experience.
Participants are expected to have river safety knowledge and 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, and wet or dry suit. The water will be cold and the air may be cold too, so cold temperature preparedness is essential.
We’ll be staying at the Bear Paw Inn, where they have cabins and camping available. Contact them to arrange your lodging ( Let them know that you are part of my group, and they’ll lodge us near each other. We’ll be eating meals in camp; some dining out is also possible in the area.
You must contact Todd Leigh (517-712-9083, if you wish to participate in this trip.


Au Sable River Overnight II – April 19-21


We will continue down the Au Sable River starting from where we left off in February at Parmalee Bridge to FR 4001 Bridge. We will meet Friday night at River Dune National Forest Campground, which is off F32/McKinley Road north and east of Mio.  Turn off at the sign for Au Sable Loop Campground and drive back about a mile on the dirt road.  

Saturday morning we will run shuttle at 9:00 am to Parmalee and launch. We will base camp overnight back at River Dune National Forest Canoe Campground so no gear needs to be taken down river. We will have to portage the dam at Mio Pond before camp on Saturday night.

Sunday we will run a downstream shuttle and continue on down river finishing the trip at FR 4001.

As always, wearing an approved Life Jacket while on the water, and either being a paid Club member or signing a non-member waiver form, are required to participate. All participants must provide their own equipment and have the skill level necessary for this activity.

If there are any questions regarding this trip please feel free to contact me!

Jay Hanks


always wear your Life Jacket when paddling