KAYAKING


Betsie 9/12/2017

Betsie River 9/12/2017.

Pine 9/19/2017

Pine River 9/19/2017

Crystal River 9/27/2017

Crystal River trip 9/27/2017


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Hello kayak buddies

We had such a wonderful time kayaking last fall that we want to make it even better this fall. This website page will hopefully make it easier for everyone to figure out what is going on.

This year, we want to setup a schedule and a fixed day(s) of the week for the kayak trip. Our idea is that if you can plan ahead for kayaking you will be able to participate more.

Every Tuesday we will go kayaking. If the weather looks better for Thursday, we will switch to Thursday for that week. If both days look bad, we may try for some other day.

You can “sign up” below and each Monday we’ll send an email to everyone going on that week’s trip to confirm rides and details.

Even though this seems awfully organized and regimented, our intention is that last minute changes are welcome. We want to be inclusive.

If you need to make changes call Susan Walter or Bill Cotsworth or email kayaking@clyc.cotsworth.net

Typically we will meet at clyc and go to dinner somewhere after kayaking

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THE SCHEDULE

8/24 CRYSTAL LAKE – WALTER NORTH SHORE BEACH

Where: Walter Crystal Lake North Shore Lot – 667 Crystal Drive (this is unmarked, but is the lot directly north of Steve and Hallie Christian’s home at 613 Crystal Drive).

When: Thursday, August 24

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Paddle Plan: Paddle along the north and/or west shores of Crystal Lake, beginning from and returning to the Walter North Shore lot.

Food and Drinks? BYO food for a very casual dinner. A grill will be available. Bill and Susan will provide beer, wine, and water.

Back-Up Plan:
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Where: Manistee River (from Tippy Dam to High Bridge Road – about 2 hours via kayak). (FYI: the Manistee River is rated for strong beginner to intermediate paddlers.)

When: Tuesday, August 29. Meet at CLYC at 1:00 p.m.

What’s the Paddle Plan?: Meet at the CLYC at 1:00 p.m. Drive to Tippy Dam access point, unload kayaks, and transport cars to take-out at High Bridge Road. THEN . . . paddle from Tippy Dam to High Bridge Road.

For more Manistee River route details, click here.

What about Food and Drinks? BYO snacks, water, etc. for the river.

Dinner Plans: Eat at the Bluefish in Manistee.

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9/5 Little Platte Lake
Details
Where: Little Platte Lake. Little Platte Lake is the third largest lake in Benzie County. It is a fairly shallow lake, and the east side of the lake is mostly undeveloped. Little Platte has a shoreline length of 6.2 miles and is home to many swans and other wildlife. This should be a relatively easy paddling adventure. (FYI: This replaces the Upper/Lower Herring Lakes trip that was previously listed on the kayak web page. Since few of the Kayak Buddies have paddled on Little Platte Lake previously, we thought we would pursue this new adventure . . .)

When: Tuesday, September 5. Meet at the CLYC at 3:00 p.m.

Back-Up Plan: Same plan, different day (if weather is undesirable): Thursday, September 7.

What’s the Paddle Plan?: Meet at the CLYC at 3:00 p.m. Drive to the Little Platte Lake access point on Saffron Road, unload kayaks, and paddle the perimeter (or part thereof) of the lake.

What about Food and Drinks? BYO snacks, adult beverages, water, etc.

Possible Dinner after Paddling – TBD while yakkin’ before and after paddlin’. Possibilities include: Joe’s Friendly Tavern in Empire, Manitou, Mayfair.

Additional Suggestions/Information: 1) Since there is no seating at the Saffron Road put-in/take-out, you might want to bring lawn chairs to provide pre- and post-paddle relaxation, 2) a new kayak check-list has been added to the website. This list include suggestions and reminders for things to bring on the kayak trips in order to have a more enjoyable paddling experience.

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9/12 betsie
Where: The Betsie River from Green Lake to Grass Lake Dam. Green Lake is the start of the navigable part of the Betsie River. Here, the river is slow moving and flows through wooded, wetland, and marshy areas. This will be an easy paddle and fun for beginners as well as experienced paddlers. Total length of the trip is 5.4 miles. Paddle time is approximately 2.6 hours.

When: Tuesday, September 12. Meet at the CLYC at 12:30 p.m. Back-Up Plan: Same plan, different day (if weather is undesirable): Thursday, September 14.

What’s the Paddle Plan?: Meet at the CLYC at 12:30 p.m. Drive to the access point at the DNR boat launch on Green Lake, unload kayaks, and paddle to the take-out at Grass Lake Dam. (The aim is to finish paddling at about 4:30 p.m. This should allow time for those planning to attend the Wood Pussy dinner to return home and prepare for the dinner.)

What about Food and Drinks? BYO snacks, adult beverages, water, etc.

Dinner after Paddling – Gino’s in Thompsonville (optional).


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9/19 pine

Where: The Pine River from Peterson Bridge to Low Bridge. This section is not recommended for beginning paddlers. Total distance is 8.6 miles. Approximate paddle time is 2.8 hours.
Jim Stamm, a local Northwest Michigan rivers/lakes/creeks writer, says this about paddling the Peterson Bridge to Low Bridge section of the Pine River (edited/condensed version): A fair amount of maneuvering is required. Experienced paddlers will enjoy “playing” here. Faster and deeper than the Upper Platte or Upper Boardman. Fast water, light rapids, and occasional tight bends..

There’s tree-fall, but most has been swept to the sides. So the river appears clearer than other sections. However, there’s some “bumpy” water here, some patches are even rated Class I and approach Class II in high water. There are larger rocks and boulders, bushel-size and larger, along with bedrock ledges that create standing waves, especially in spring. There are a few risky chutes. Most “bumps” in the water have a large rock or boulder beneath them. Many are usually pretty easy to avoid with basic skills. Expect to get a bit wet from water splashing directly into the cockpit. There’s more likelihood of a spill on this section than in other sections, especially if you hit one of the larger rocks “just right.”
What will you see on this section of the Pine River? “From Peterson on down to Low Bridge, stream side cottages almost disappear and high banks line much of the river. Hardwoods and pine predominate. The narrow chutes created by the bedrock ledges become more numerous. Coupled with occasional large boulders in the middle of the stream, it will keep you on your paddling toes. This section is also great for spotting hawks and eagles soaring overhead. Eagles also will often be perched high in trees along the river searching the waters for a quick snack” (from Northern Express, https://www.northernexpress.com/news/feature/article-5902-a-ride-on-the-pine-is-always-fine/).

When: Tuesday, September 19. Meet at the CLYC at 12:00 p.m. Back-Up Plan: Same plan, different day (if weather is undesirable): Thursday, September 21.

What’s the Paddle Plan?: Meet at the CLYC at 12:00 p.m. Drive to the access point at Peterson Bridge on M-37 south of M-55 (access site is on the north side of the river, and the east side of M-37), unload kayaks, and paddle to the take-out at Low Bridge (on Low Bridge Road off of M-55 east of Wellston and west of M-37).

What about Food and Drinks? BYO snacks, water, adult beverages, etc.

Dinner after Paddling – Grille 44 in Bear Lake (optional).

Additional Information: A daily use fee of $5.00 is required to park at the USFS access points at Peterson Bridge and Low Bridge. Road map of the Pine River area: http://www.fishweb.com/maps/manistee/pine_river/index.html. Want to read more about the Pine and other Northwest Michigan rivers, lakes, and creeks? Check out Jim Stamm’s website: http://www.aticonsult.com/river_log.html
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9/26 crystal river
Where: The Crystal River from Fisher Road to the M-22 access near the gas station in Glen Arbor. From novice to expert, all paddlers will enjoy this trip down the shallow, sparkling waters of the Crystal River. This trip will include two easy portages and a fun opportunity to “shoot the tube” through the culverts on the Crystal River. Total kayak distance is 4.7 miles. Approximate paddle time is 2 hours.

What will you see on the Crystal River? The Crystal River is home to many varieties of fish including bass, sunfish, and pike. The gentle current of the Crystal will provide ample opportunity to watch for wildlife such as deer, rabbits, muskrat, heron, beaver, fox and coyote.

When: Tuesday, September 26. Meet at the CLYC at 1:00 p.m.

Back-Up Plan: Same plan, different day (if weather is undesirable): Thursday, September 28.

What’s the Paddle Plan?: Meet at the CLYC at 1:00 p.m. Drive to the access point at Fisher Road, unload kayaks, and paddle to the take-out at M-22 access near the gas station in Glen Arbor.

What about Food and Drinks? BYO snacks, water, adult beverages, etc.

Dinner after Paddling – Good Harbor Grill in Glen Arbor (optional). We’ve been trying to select restaurants other than the typical “go-to” restaurants for our post-kayak dining. For this trip, we’ve selected Good Harbor Grill. Let us know if you have other suggestions!

Additional Information: Map of the Crystal River: http://www.aticonsult.com/water_maps/crystal_river.jpg. Want to read more about the Crystal and other Northwest Michigan rivers, lakes, and creeks? Check out Jim Stamm’s website: http://www.aticonsult.com/river_log.html

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10/3 upper platte

Where: The Upper Platte River from Veterans’ Memorial State Forest Campground to Deadstream Road. Intermediate paddlers and above will enjoy the opportunity to navigate the Upper Platte’s quick current, narrow passages, and some low hanging branches on the upper reaches of the river. Further downstream, the river widens and obstacles are less frequent. Total kayak distance is about 9 miles. Approximate paddle time is 3 hours.

When: Tuesday, October 3. Meet at the CLYC at 12:00 p.m. Back-Up Plan: Same plan, different day (if weather is undesirable): Thursday, October 5.
What’s the Paddle Plan?: Meet at the CLYC at 12:00 p.m. Drive to the put-in sight at Veterans’ Memorial State Forest Campground (approximately 3.5 miles east of Honor on US 31) and unload kayaks. Take-out will be at Deadstream Road. The distance from put-in to take-out is about 9 miles via kayak, approximately 3 hours.

What about Food and Drinks? BYO snacks, water, adult beverages, etc.

Dinner after Paddling – Joe’s Friendly Tavern in Empire (optional).

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10/10 boardman (Changed to Betsie)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION! PLEASE READ! After speaking with employees at Backcountry Outfitters in Traverse City, it appears that the section of the Boardman River (middle section) that we had planned to paddle on Tuesday, October 10, may be unpredictable after removal of the Brown Bridge Dam. Since we do not want to take a chance on traveling to the Boardman and then being unable to kayak, we have decided to kayak the tried-and-true Betsie River!

Details
Where: The Betsie River from Green Lake to Grass Lake Dam. Green Lake is the start of the navigable part of the Betsie River. Here, the river is slow moving and flows through wooded, wetland, and marshy areas. This will be an easy paddle and fun for beginners as well as experienced paddlers. Total length of the trip is 5.4 miles. Paddle time is approximately 2.6 hours.

When: Tuesday, October 10. Meet at the CLYC at 12:30 p.m. Back-Up Plan: Same plan, different day (if weather is undesirable): Thursday, October 12.

What’s the Paddle Plan?: Meet at the CLYC at 12:30 p.m. Drive to the access point at the DNR boat launch on Green Lake, unload kayaks, and paddle to the take-out at Grass Lake Dam.

What about Food and Drinks? BYO snacks, adult beverages, water, etc.

Dinner after Paddling – To Be Determined.

10/17 lower platt

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