Category Archives: LOAPC

Dobie Road Bridge closed til October

The Dobie Road Bridge over the Red Cedar in Okemos is already closed at water level as of mid May 2010. Catch nets have been placed across the upstream and downstream channels, apparently to keep debris from falling into the river during construction. There is no downstream passage during the construction.

My May 29 Red Cedar trip from Van Atta Road to Ferguson Park is canceled, and no more Red Cedar trips will be scheduled on this stretch until the bridge repair is finished in mid October. The bridge will close to vehicle traffic in both directions starting June 11.

Spring Fling 2008

The Spring Fling is being held at Bishop Lake in the Brighton Recreation Area and is hosted by the DNR. LOAPC will be present there with any boats that members can bring for display or test paddling. I have invited folks from the Kruger Memorial to also be there with us.

It is Sunday, May 4, 2008 from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. It is at the Bishop Lake Day Use Complex, 5700 Bishop Lake Road, Howell, MI.

There will be many other activities there besides the Club presence, including horseback trail riders, kite fliers, geocaching, the Sierra Club, canoe liveries, and mountain biking. We are only one item on the list of things to see and do.

I will have a modified version of the release form in the event that someone wants to borrow one of our boats. I will bring a solo canoe and solo kayak with PFD’s and paddles. Any other equipment brought will be put to good use, even if only for a display.

Further information can be found by contacting the park directly at (810) 229-6566. Please contact Barney Twigg or Jay Hanks to let us know if you are coming and what you would like to bring.

It is a good excuse to get outside and get paddling if you haven’t already done so this year. I have the complete flyer I can email to you if you contact Barney or myself.

Jay Hanks, LOAPC President

Launching the LOAPC Blog

Greetings to everyone–to LOAPC members and non-members; paddlers and potential paddlers; canoeists and kayakers; recreational paddlers and aquaholics. As you might have already seen, the LOAPC website is back up on the internet, and we have a core group of volunteers (Jay Hanks, Nancy Anderson, and me) to continue LOAPC’s great tradition of leadership in mid-Michigan paddlesports.

Blogs are a great forum for outdoor people. One of my favorite things to do after a trip is to come home and read (or write) impressions of that trip from the people who were there. It lets me savor the best parts, laugh at the worst, and hold an ongoing conversation with others who share my love of the outdoors. Plus, it beats washing up all that stinky gear.

On this blog, the public can view what club members write, but only registered blog members can post comments. Registered members are also encouraged to submit their stories to the
Blog Administrator

If you’re uneasy about posting your real name on the internet, this blog allows you to post under a pseudonym, or nickname, of your choice. However, we require you to register your nickname with us under your real name. We respect our members’ privacy and do not share this information with anyone. Also, just because you register doesn’t mean you have to post. Many blog members are “lurkers” who remain invisible and simply enjoy reading the work of other members.

The launching of a new blog is a bit like launching that new boat–will you like it? Will you paddle it, or will it sit in the garage? Will it work in all kinds of water and weather? We’re just getting started on this project, and we expect that it will evolve quite a bit as time goes on. Please post your suggestions, or e-mail them privately to the blog administrator. More posts are coming soon, so check back often.