All posts in category kayaking

Paddle To Hell And Back


Hell Michigan that is on the chain of lakes in the Pinckney Recreation Area.  The launch site was on Bruin Lake at the state camp ground boat launch.  We had a very small turn out for a paddle sponsored by the Cross Roads Group of the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club.  They just don’t […]

Greenland Kayak Training Camp Weekend – Qajaq USA


Over a long 4 day weekend I had a very different and very enjoyable experience at the Qajaq (pronounced kayak) Training Camp.  It is called training camp because it is a training and learning event, with lots of mentoring, and I’m just guessing the camp part because it is held at a private camp – […]

We Did What Nobody Else Was Allowed To Do


We did not realize it until later but we did what the HCMA was not letting anyone else do – paddle down the Huron River on a hot summer day with a nice river water level.  The HCMA was making and enforcing restrictions to the river’s use, like they own the Huron River.  They closed […]

Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium 2011 in Grand Marias MI


Following up from my previous posting about the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium  I wanted to mention some more impressions about the event.   I arrived in Grand Marais Michigan  in the “UP” on Wednesday afternoon making good time from Dexter Mi area in six and a half hours of driving, with 30 minutes spent […]

Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium


I attended the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium July 13th through the 17th held in Grand Marais Michigan in the Upper Peninsula on Lake Superior. This is perhaps the reason I have not been able to blog for a week.  WIFI is available there but limited, motels may advertise it but have no signal, wireless […]

Zukey Lake Tavern Run – Again


Nine sea kayakers made the 14 mile trip from Portage Lake to Zukey Lake just to paddle for beer.  Two people had a Hell of A Ride the day before, riding 100 miles on their road bikes.  We had a good paddle, river down from last time, not much power boat traffic on the way […]

Kayak Rescue GLP


The Great Lakes Paddlers group held a kayak rescue and safety clinic on Kent Lake July 7th.  There were 17 people signed up and in addition Rob Taylor and his wife showed up to assist. The weather was great, hot and sunny, the water warm.  Patti Pape led the training and went through wet exits […]

Kayak Entry and Exit Techniques


Getting into and out of your kayak can be embarrassing if not done right and you end up in the water and not your kayak. You don’t have to look graceful doing it, just have to be effective at staying out of the water. Kayak Dock Entry or Exit If you have a dock for […]

Port Austin Sea Kayak Symposium


The second annual (and there will be a third) Port Austin Sea Kayak Symposium was held June 17 to 19, 2011.   There was a new visitors center in town for registration. Not many people made it up early Thursday as it is a 3 hour drive from Detroit for those that worked all day.  The […]

Greenland Build 2011 Launch Party – Start Kayaking The Huron


Well the Greenland Kayak build is officially over for 2011, now is the time to get the kayaks into the water and start kayaking. We took a paddle from Portage Lake to Zukey Lake Tavern and back on the Huron River chain. What made this more difficult is the water was just at flood stage […]