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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 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 Boat Hits The Water


We had three Greenland boats on Little Portage, two were virgins, first time in the water to Start Kayaking. The later level was higher than I have ever experienced it.  We had to walk in water to get to the dock.  Getting in the Greenland boat was a little tricky, but with a dock it […]

Spring Kayaking – Start Kayaking


Hey the waters high, the temperature warm, time to start kayaking if you have been thinking about it.  I paddled early Saturday morning and it was very relaxing and peaceful.  The power boats are not out in force yet, many wait till after the Memorial Day holiday or until schools out before they get onto […]

Hot April 10th Sea Kayak Paddle – Start Kayaking


Southeast Michigan gave us over 80 degrees and sunny which made for a great day to paddle Sea Kayaks from Little Portage to Zukey Lake Tavern and back. This was the opening day to start kayaking.  The forecast was originally for thunder showers, then mostly cloudy so the sunny skies was a nice surprise.  The […]

Crossroads Group Huron River Winter Paddle 2011


The Crossroads Group held their annual winter paddle down the Huron River in SE Michigan. The Group just got it in under the wire just a short 6 hours before the official start of spring. Normally held in February, truth be told, this year there might have been frozen sections of the river. The 10 […]