Sharp Lake to E. High St
Starting at Krupa's Boat Mart, 38 paddlers ventured out on on a crisp, but beautiful day on Sharp Lake, which empties into the Grand River. Less than three hours later, the trip finished at East High St. just beyond US 127 and where the North Branch of the Grand River which drains the Center Chain of Lakes, joins the main branch.
E. High St to Elks Club
A joint paddle of GREAT and Dahlem, a record of 81 paddlers participated. Weeks of preparation by GREAT members removed tree debris in major logjams downstream of Monroe Street. Elks members cleared bush and small trees to create an outstanding trail on their premises to the river of which Seth Monroe's truck drove his truck most of the way to transport participants boats to the parking area. Participants enjoyed a well earned nice cookout at the Elks Pavilion.
Hosted by the Great Lakes Paddlers (GLP), 37 GREAT paddlers participated in this annual GLP holiday event. The river had dropped some but was still flowing briskly at the Delhi Park put-in, which was preceded by a nice picnic. Paddlers encountered some rapids, a low bridge, a fawn, an egret, nesting swans, fisherman, a noisy dog, and a portage at Barton Dam before taking out at Argo Dam.
Chain Of Lakes Lenawee County
No traffic problems from the nearby MIS NASCAR race, but a glorious day to paddle this beautiful, pristine, and quiet chain of lakes in the historic Irish Hills. While enjoying the wonders of nature, a squadron of fighter jets and Goodyear Blimp circled above. These lakes are the begriming of Wolf Creek which fills Loch Erin and then Lake Adrian for its water supply before joining the River Raisin.
Mill to Manchester
A near record of 60 paddlers on this lovely day participated in this multi-activity event beginning on the beautiful grounds of the Sharon Mills Washtenaw County Park. After placing vehicles at the take-out, participants enjoyed good cookout food and conversation, followed by a tour of the fascinating old mill, before departing in their boats for a paddle on pristine River Raisin still running high and swift from recent rains.
to Grand Lake
This trip offered options to paddle the pristine headwaters of in the Grand River. Some paddled the Liberty Pond which is the first dam on the Grand River on its way to Lake Michigan. Others progressed up the river which had the challenges of upstream paddling, two major dead falls and two bridges to portage around and some wadding. Thirteen, including two tandem canoes, made it all the way to Grand Lake which is the natural beginning of the Grand River, the longest river in Michigan.
In spite of unfavorable weather, the Jackson Area Outdoor Coalition's Earth Day event drew a good crowd to participate in Earth Day activities of local outdoor and environmental groups. GREAT had 76 paddlers of all ages use our 16 canoes and kayaks on the lagoons of the Cascade Park.