The Lansing Oar and Paddle Club (LOAPC, pronounced “lop-see”) was founded as a canoe, kayak, and rowing club in 1987. Over the years, the club has played a leadership role in promoting human-powered watersports in mid-Michigan. LOAPC’s committees (recreation, open water, whitewater, and power paddlers) function as “clubs-within-clubs” with their own leadership and programming. LOAPC’s activities include arranging paddling trips to destinations as close as Lansing and as far away as Arkansas, North Carolina, and Canada; river cleanup activities; and winter seminar programs with travelogues and safety information. LOAPC was also the original sponsor for the tremendously popular Quiet Water Symposium.
In 2007, both the Quiet Water Symposium and the LOAPC Rowing Committee had grown to the point where they needed to form their own organizations to comport with the rules for nonprofits. The mission for LOAPC remains unchanged–to help people in mid-Michigan get out on the water in human-powered boats.