20th Annual Quietwater Symposium

QWS_2011_auditorium20th Annual Quiet Water Symposium

Saturday, March 7, 2015
9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education, Michigan State University
4301 Farm Lane, Lansing, MI

The 20th Annual Quiet Water Symposium brings an exciting line-up of speakers to the 2015 show.
– Cliff Jacobson, winner of the American Canoe Association’s Legends of Paddling Award
– Kevin Callan, one of only four Patrons of Paddle Canada
– Mike Link and Kate Crowley, Going Full Circle – A 1,555 mile Walk around the World’s Largest Lake
– Jim DuFresne, author of over 20 guidebooks covering Michigan, Alaska and New Zealand
– Linda De Kock, Gary De Kock and Tim Muhich, Mississippi River paddlers, 2291 miles source to sea

QWS_2012_Leslie_Science_and_Nature_CenterLast year nearly 2,500 people participated in the Quiet Water Symposium. Over 100 exhibiters took part, representing outdoor clubs, watershed groups, outfitters, boat builders, trails supporters, fishing groups, cycling organizations, hiking clubs and nature centers.

QWS_2014_arenaTo celebrate our 20th event, a new, autographed Northstar canoe will be presented by Ted Bell as one of our door prizes. Show admission for adults is $10.00, students (with ID) $5.00 and children under 12 are free.

The Quiet Water Symposium is brought to you by volunteers from the Quiet Water Society, a non-profit Lansing based organization. The Society uses proceeds from the event to support a grant program that helps to fund environmental and conservation efforts in the Great Lakes area. Visit us at http://www.quietwatersymposium.org/ to learn more.


MeetUp contact – Gary De Kock

We are also looking for LOAPC volunteers to staff many positions during this event. Room managers are in high demand and staffing the information booth is very important. People available to move around and others to oversee the exhibitor entrances are also needed. There will be more information posted on how to sign up for these.   Jay Hanks, LOAPC President


2015 LOAPC Paddling Schedule

All trips will have coordination information posted on the Club Meetup page (registration required) prior to the activity with contact info.  Scroll down to see posted trips. Note that a few trips require more advance commitment due to ferry or lodging reservations needed.  Participants are responsible for having appropriate equipment and ability.  Non-members must sign a Club waiver prior to participation.

Wearing a properly fastened Life Jacket is mandatory while on the water during all Club activities.

JAN 1                          24th Annual New Year’s Day Paddle – Jay Hanks

MAR 21-22                 34th Annual Au Sable River Overnight – boat camping at White Pine – Jay Hanks

APR 18                       Chippewa River – Class II Whitewater – Mt. Pleasant – Joe Lessard

APR 25                       Grand River Annual Hugh Heward Challenge

MAY 1-3                    Cheat Fest and Cheat Narrows – Class III Whitewater – West Virginia – George Stockman

MAY 2                        Looking Glass and Grand Rivers – Wacousta to Portland on the Looking Glass and Charlotte Hwy to Portland on the Grand – refreshments to follow at a local establishment – Tony Kuhlman and Jay Hanks, Loretta Crum

MAY 8-10                  Pine River – Walker Bridge to Low Bridge.  Base camping at Pine River Paddlesports Center Campground – Jay Hanks

MAY 16                      Rogue River – Class II Whitewater – Grand Rapids – Van Braatz

MAY 23                      3rd Annual Memorial Day Paddle and Picnic in the Park – Grand River, Grand Ledge to Charlotte Hwy, picnic at Fitzgerald Park – Jay Hanks and Loretta Crum

MAY 28-31                Manistee River Surf-n-Turf – Hiking on the Manistee River Trail on Friday.  Baxter Bridge to M-115 on Saturday, then Hodenpyle Dam to Red Bridge on Sunday.  Base camping at Seaton Creek National Forest Campground – Jay Hanks

MAY 31                      Grand River, Eaton Rapids to McNamara Landing – Loretta Crum

JUN 5-7                      Casselman and Lower Yough – Class III Whitewater – Pennsylvania – George Stockman

JUN 6                          Grand River, Portland to Webber Dam – Loretta Crum

JUN 13                        Slippery Rock Creek – Class II-III Whitewater – Pennsylvania – Todd Leigh

JUN 13                        Youth Sports Event at Burchfield Park – Jay Hanks

JUN 19-21                  Manistee River – M-72 to M-66. Base camping at CCC Campground – Jay Hanks

JUN 20-21                  Negwegon State Park – overnight backcountry camping & coastal paddling – Linda Savage or Steve Lidia

JUL 10-12                   Boardman River – Forks Campground to Beitner Road – base camping at Forks Campground – Tony Kuhlman and Jay Hanks

JUL 24-26                   High Country Pathway – Backpacking 1 of 3 in Pigeon River State Forest – Jay Hanks

AUG 2                        Grand River, Webber Dam to Lyons – Class II Whitewater – Loretta Crum

AUG 7-9                     High Country Pathway – Backpacking 2 of 3 in Pigeon River State Forest – Jay Hanks

AUG 14-16                 Lake Superior in Eastern UP – camping at Tahquamenon State Park and coastal day paddles – Linda Savage

AUG 22                      Lower Yough – Class III Whitewater – Pennsylvania – Todd Leigh

AUG 28-30                 Huron River – 16th Annual Family Paddling Trip – Base camping at Proud Lake State Park – Dawson Road to Placeway on Saturday, and Proud Lake to Dawson Road on Sunday – Jay Hanks

AUG 29                      Howl at the Moon Paddle at Lake Ovid in Sleepy Hollow State Park – Tony Kuhlman

SEP 5                          3rd Annual Labor Day Paddle and Picnic in the Park at Lake Ovid in Sleepy Hollow State Park – Jay Hanks & Loretta Crum

SEP 18-20                   Dunes and Vines – camping at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, coastal day paddles, and wine tasting tour Saturday! – Linda Savage

SEP 21-27                   Flack Lake/Dunlop Lake/10 Mile Lake – Mississagi Provincial Park, Ontario.  Self-contained wilderness travel – Rich Bailey and Jay Hanks

OCT 3                         Red Cedar River Scouting Trip – Rich Bailey and Jay Hanks

OCT 10                       Red Cedar River Clean and Clear Project – Rich Bailey and Jay Hanks

OCT 15-18                  Manistee River – Deward (Co. 612) to M-66 – Base camping at CCC Campground – Rich Bailey

OCT 17                       Fall Color Tour, Grand River, Old Town to Grand Ledge – Loretta Crum

NOV 5 – 8                   Platte River Surf-n-Turf – Hiking on the Platte Plains Trail on Friday.  M-31 to Lake Michigan on Saturday and Sunday.  Base camping at Veteran’s Campground – Jay Hanks

NOV 27                      25th Annual Turkey Float – location TBD – Rich Bailey

DEC 4-6                      High Country Pathway – Backpacking 3 of 3 in Pigeon River State Forest – Jay Hanks

DEC 19                       22nd Annual Christmas Float – location TBD – Jay Hanks

LAINST Kayaking Classes

LAINST Kayaking Classes

Fall 2014 at the East Lansing High School pool


All equipment is provided.  Students should 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.  Classes are taught by American Canoe Association trained and certified instructors.


Kayaking I: Paddle Safe, Paddle Right

This three-session course will introduce you to kayaking in a fun, safe, and warm environment and help you develop basic skills and safety awareness.  You will increase your comfort in the water, learn about boats and appropriate gear, and how to maneuver your boat with basic strokes.  Also good for paddlers with some experience but no formal instruction who want to improve their skills.  Tuesdays, Nov. 18, 25 & Dec. 2. 6:30-9:30 pm.  $80.


Kayaking II:  Tipping, Staying Upright, & Rolling

This two evening course is for students with some previous kayaking instruction or experience who want to increase their water confidence, work on rescue and recovery skills – balance, edging, and braces – and to progress to the kayak roll.  Tuesdays, Dec. 9 and 16.  6:30–9:30 pm. $55.


Pre-registration required:

Email lainstkayaking@gmail.com, or call 517-333-9716

Jay’s Survival Camp: Ortonville State Recreation Area, MI December 5-7, 2014

Join us for a weekend focused on learning to survive overnight in the woods with just the basics. We will be staying in the Ortonville Recreation Area using a group cabin for a base to start from. Friday night in the cabin we will go over important personal survival information based on what we discussed during the Pre-Trip Meeting on Wednesday November 19.

Saturday we will hike through the woods with only our survival packs using traditional map and compass techniques to Pinnacle Point and then return. Saturdaynight we will improvise shelters following Leave No Trace techniques and spend the night.

Sunday morning we will return to the cabin for a well-deserved breakfast and debriefing of our experience before returning back to Outdoor Adventures in Ann Arbor.

This a University of Michigan Outdoor Adventures Trip and registration must be made at (734) 764-3967. Cost for this trip is $150.00.

Online viewing of this trip is available at http://recsports.umich.edu/content/jays-survival-camp-ortonville-state-recreation

We also teach fire making techniques on Sunday!

During this event we practice a “Challenge By Choice” ethic by which no person is required to do anything they are not willing to do.

Dates: Friday, December 5, 2014 – 4:00pm to Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 6:00pm Price: $150 by Tuesday, November 19, 2014

What’s Included: Included: -Transportation -Some survival items -Meals Not Included: -Meals on the road -Personal Gear: Weather appropriate clothing, shoes, toiletries -Some survival items to be provided by participant

Good To Know:

Trip Start Time and Location: 4:00pm at Outdoor Adventures Rental Center on Friday, December 5, 2014

Trip End Time and Location: 6:00pm at Outdoor Adventures Rental Center on Sunday, December 7, 2014

Trip Duration (Days): 3

Pre-trip Meeting Date and Time: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center Registration

Deadline: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Price: $150 by Tuesday, November 19, 2014 Min/Max Participants: Min: 6 Max: 16

Itinerary: (Day 1) Hike into “The Pines Cabin” in the Ortonville Recreation Area for orientation and preparation for Saturday night’s survival challenge. (Day 2) Saturday we hike orienteering-style using map and compass to Pinnacle Point with only our survival packs. We will head back to the cabin but once we are near it we will bivouac for the night with what we have been carrying and what we can improvise on site following LNT guidelines. Personal safety plan is for individuals to fall back to the cabin in the event of a problem. (Day 3) Sunday morning we will meet in the cabin for a great breakfast and debrief before returning back to Ann Arbor.

The Power of Water September Newsletter

Lots of fun to come in September with The Power of Water

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September Courses

There’s lots happening this Fall! Come out and and join us for stand up paddleboarding, sea kayaking, flatwater kayaking or whitewater kayaking

Be sure to check out the Pictured Rocks Fall Colors and Tybee Island trips!
INTRO TO PADDLESPORTS $125 Level 1-3 3-7pm 9/5 and 9/12 Register Now ,
This 2 day course is without a doubt THE best way to start or improve your paddling. We will be playing on, in and around Kayaks, Canoes and Stand Up Paddleboards. The idea is to develop a foundation of blade and body awareness to apply to any craft.
Venue – Lake Lansing

BCU FOUNDATION SAFETY and RESCUE TRAINING (FSRT) $125.00 9:00-5:00pm 9/6 Register Now
FSRT is one of the most valuable courses offered in the BCU system. It is all about rescuing all types of paddlecraft from all paddlecraft. We’ll be using sea kayaks, recreational kayaks, canoes and SUPs
Venue – Island lake Park, Brighton.

BCU 3 STAR SEA AWARD TRAINING $125.00 9/7 10:00-5:00pm 9/7 Register Now
The 3 Star Training prepares participants to be competent members of a lead group in conditions we often find on the Great Lakes.
Venue – Lake Michigan, Holland

KAYAK QUICK START $60 Level 1 3-6pm 9/7 Register Now
An introduction to the sport of kayaking. We will cover boat selection, getting in and out, basic control strokes and safety. Venue – Lake Lansing

KAYAK ROLLING $60 Level 1-4 6-8pm 9/8 Register Now
The one skill we all wish we had on lock down…and should. If this is your first attempt or you need refining, we can help.
Venue – Lake Lansing

OPEN WATER RESCUES AND TOWING $60.00 Level 1-3, 5:00-8:00 pm 9/10 Register Now
If you’re paddling farther from shore than you want to swim then rescue and towing skills are essential. We’ll develop a variety of techniques for self and group rescues and work on the most effective methods for towing a kayak.
Venue: Lake Lansing

DISCOVERY TOUR $75 Level 1-3 1-6pm 9/14 Register Now
These trips are a great way to experience all aspects of a kayak or canoe journey. We will look at the process as a whole and tailor to the needs and skills of each group.
Venue – Grand River

RIVER RESCUE 1 $75 Level 1-4 10-2pm 9/15 Register Now
Learning how to rescue yourself in a moving water environment. We will cover swimming in the river, reading water, hazard identification and basic safety awareness. ALL members of your group should take this course.
Venue – Huron River

PICTURED ROCKS FALL COLORS $325 Level 3-5 9/19-21 Register Now
Experience one of paddling’s top destinations at its best….no bugs, no people and unlimited amazement.
Venue – Grand Island and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

RIVER RESCUE 2 $75 Level 2-4 9/24 Register Now
So now we look at how to manage your gear and your groups stuff in a rescue environment. Basic boat handling skills in current and self rescue required. Group dynamics and some rope work will be introduced.
Venue – Huron River

INTRO TO MOVING WATER 1 $60 Level 1-2 2-6pm 9/30 Register Now
Looking at the river in a whole new way. Boat handling, hazard awareness and solutions, moving in and out of mild current and safety. Everyone needs these skills, plus it is FUN! Venue – Grand River

ACA TRIP LEADER AWARD $195.00 Level 2-3 9/27-28 Register Now

9/4, 6-9pm on the Grand River Register Now
9/11,Register Now 9/25 Register Now 6-830pm Lake Lansing
9/6 3-6pm MSU Sailing Center Register Now

Tybee Island Ocean Skills Week Register Now for 5 days of coaching, 6 nights lodging and 13 meals all for $1,099.00
Join us for 5 amazing days on one of the most unique islands on the east coast. Tybee Island Surf Week takes full advantage of all Tybee has to offer paddlers. We will play and learn on her great surf beaches, back bays full of wildlife, and the world famous “Triangle” tidal race.

Find out why this is the fastest growing outdoor sport. Guaranteed to make you a better kayaker! Yes, kayaker.

LEVEL 1 – Little to no experience, open to learning.
LEVEL 2 – Ability to control your boat on flat water. Move sideways, forward, turn, stop and reverse. Comfortable in water. Some exposure to rescues.
LEVEL 3 – Add wind (10-15 knots), waves (1-2 feet) and/or current (Class I-II). Still smiling, comfortable and able to rescue yourself or your group.
LEVEL 4 – Kick it up another notch and add some solid navigation skills.

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Mississippi River Voyage – Day 40

2.5_Beards,_Mississippi_River_Adventure,_Big_Muddy_Mike_and_MRV_meet_upFriends of Water For People,

Today the Mississippi River Voyage reached the half way point in the river near St. Louis, MO. In 40 days, we have completed 1148 miles of 2291. We still have a lot of river left to complete in the 30 days that remain before WEFTEC. We continue to receive pledges at the Crowdrise site and thank all for supporting Water For People.

The attached shows us at the Chain of Rocks near St. Louis with some of the many new friends that we have made on the river. Follow us on Facebook and via Delorme satellite.

Gary and Linda

Share thoughts on Huron River recreation at Wednesday meeting in Milford

Written by Laura Colvin, Staff Writer

The Village of Milford wants to know what’s important to local residents and business owners when it comes to Huron River recreation.

The Village Parks and Recreation Commission, along with the Huron River Watershed Council and the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs will host an asset mapping meeting next Wednesday to help identify amenities, resources and future economic development opportunities related to the river.

The meeting is the next step for Milford in the HRWC’s Trail Towns program, initiated last year as part of the larger RiverUp program. The program designates five towns along the Huron River Water Trail as destinations where river users can venture off the waterway to enjoy the scenery, services and heritage of a community that identifies with the river but is infused with its own character and charm.

Milford is situated at the north end of the 104-mile trail, followed by Dexter, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Flat Rock.

Part of the program’s goal is to help stimulate local economies while also improving recreational access and opportunities to make rivers and communities healthier.

Planning for the future

Organizers of next week’s meeting are hoping for a robust turnout.

“It’s an opportunity for us to look at the Huron River and how it relates to the community,” said Anita Twardesky, HRWC Trail Towns coordinator. “We want to give people an opportunity to provide some input on how (Central Park) can be developed, how we can connect with businesses and how we can connect with the downtown.”

Discussions will cover possible improvements that can be made within the community to best benefit the businesses and residents of Milford and tourists who use the Huron River Water Trail.

Future developments could include infrastructure improvements, signage, marketing and promotion, for example.

“The plan will have lots of (layers) to it,” Twardesky said.

Village Manager Christian Wuerth is also involved in helping to develop a plan and will attend next week’s meeting.

“There are a lot of positives that can come out of this process,” Wuerth said. “We’re looking for feedback from residents and businesses people in the community; what does the Huron River mean to them, and, going forward, what is their vision for how the village and the community interact with the river? What’s important to people? What are their concerns?”

The meeting, he said, will help shape the next several years of planning from a parks and recreation standpoint.

Currently, he added, members of the Parks and Recreation Commission are looking at ways to enhance kayak and canoe access in Central Park, while also taking into account erosion issues that call for stream bank stabilization measures.

“I hate to use the words ‘boat launch,’ because I don’t envision it ever being steel and concrete,” he said. “We’re talking about a much more natural looking feature, but something that can handle that (canoe and kayak) traffic.”

Members are also considering picnic areas, as well as enhanced opportunities for bird watching, fishing and enjoying the view in various spots along the river.

“We want to look at how those things fit,” Wuerth said. “What are the priorities of the community?”

The group is also looking at ways to make Milford’s downtown area accessible river-users staying at Camp Dearborn or Proud Lake, or paddling to or from a different destination.

Information to those visitors, he said, could be disseminated through use of a kiosk.

“One of the things we want to do is emphasize how close downtown is,” Wuerth said. “If someone canoes from Proud Lake they can spend an afternoon, maybe stroll into downtown grab lunch, hop back into their canoes. We want to make it easier for them to access downtown, support the businesses and restaurants and enjoy Milford.”

Next week’s meeting takes place 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Milford Senior Center, 1050 Atlantic St. Beforehand, from 5-6 p.m., volunteers from the Village Parks and Recreation Commission will be in Central Park to talk with visitors about the program.