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Winter Kayaking On The Huron


A friend and myself spent 7 hours on the Huron this last weekend in sea kayaks. We paddled 5 miles against the river current and 10 miles with the current. The section of the river was from Kent Lake Dam to Placeway Picnic Area in the Island Lake State Park. Saturday’s weather was windy and […]

After Thanksgiving Day Paddle


Many people have Friday off after thanksgiving so the Great Lakes Paddlers had a paddle from Proud Lake to Milford with a meal at the end.  I considered going since it’s a great group of people and it is a scenic part of the Huron River.  I chose instead for a solo paddle and a […]

Only Kayak


Being the only kayak.  It’s November and it’s amazing how many people think kayaking is done for the year. I have been able to get out on the weekends and have some nice peaceful paddling. Sure it’s not 70F degrees and the water temp is cold which needs to be respected, but even paddling alone, […]

Fall Kayaking – Huron River


Last weekend was supposed to be a big paddle weekend, with 3 paddles that I wanted to do, one of them I was leading up the Huron River.  Well Saturday had winds forecasted to gust to 45 MPH, don’t know how strong the gusts actually were, but I had to cancel my paddle with the […]

Huron River Fall Paddling – Start Kayaking


Fall can be a great time to paddle, few power boats, can be warm, and the trees can be in full fall color.  Can also be a time to start kayaking if you have been putting it off all summer. Such was the case for a Huron River Paddle from Little Portage Lake to the […]

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 […]

Kayak Rescue Greenland Style


Getting caught up on some of the videos I recorded at Qajaq Training Camp.  Greenland kayaks can be difficult to get back into with a wet exit due to the tight fit, so the best way to recover from a roll is to have a your paddling partner do a rescue assist.  The video shows […]

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 – […]

This Week is QAJAQ Training Camp


Busy this week getting ready for my first QAJAQ training camp event.  This is specifically for Greenland Kayaks and traditional paddles.  Taking my Greenland Kayak now ready for paddling after some adjustments were made to sitting position and added some deck lines.  For more information about the yearly event which is limited to just 30 […]

Kayak Rolling Demo GLSKS


While I was attending the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium I watched a kayak rolling demo put on by Doug VanDoran (hope I spelled his last name right).  His day job is a Paster, so he does not get much kayak paddling time and has adopted rolling as his past time.  I have uploaded three […]