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.
Test Your GPS Skills on the April 19 Geo Cache Trip on the Red Cedar
Rich Bailey is coordinating a geocache trip on the Red Cedar River near Okemos on April 19, 2008. This will be an all-day event for GPS enthusiasts, or GPS beginners who want to build their orienteering skills with guidance from more experienced users.
“Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for gps users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a gps unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.” http://www.geocaching.com(from the official geocache website). Click here for Specific website information on this cache
A multi-cache (“multiple”) involves two or more locations, the final location being a physical container. There are many variations, but most multi-caches have a hint to find the second cache, and the second cache has hints to the third, and so on. An offset cache (where you go to a location and get hints to the actual cache) is considered a multi-cache.
The trip plan is to meet at 8:00 AM at Ferguson Park in Okemos to start shuttle. This will let us split the shuttle & allow paddlers the option to bail at Okemos. We can also shuttle the vehicles from Williamston to Lansing at this break so we won’t have paddlers and gear waiting at Kruger Landing while we un-shuttle from there to Williamston and back. Note this will be an all day event and may take up to twelve hours including shuttles. A very rough estimate is 5 hours from Williamston to Okemos and another 3 to Lansing. If we leave Okemos at 8 AM the earliest I would expect to get to Kruger Landing is 6 PM. Be sure to bring plenty of food and water. Also be aware that this is mid April in Michigan, so the water will be cold and fast, and the weather can be unpredictable. Log jams and portages are expected features of this trip. The possibility of getting wet is very real and spare clothing in a dry bag should be packed. You should be an intermediate to advanced level paddler to go on this trip.
LOAPC received a certificate of appreciation from the Meridian Township Parks Commission recognizing LOAPC as a Friend of the Year for its efforts to keep the Red Cedar River in Meridian Township clean and clear. LOAPC organizes annual clearing efforts, and this year’s event will be announced soon for a date in June, 2008. LOAPC intends to coordinate its efforts with American Rivers to provide greater awareness of the efforts to keep the Red Cedar River clean and clear.