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Grand River
Tompkins to Onondaga

10/16/11

The weather held for the 55 participants to paddle along this classic route. GREAT and Dahlem members as well as many others from the public enjoyed a nice cookout at the Baldwin Park take-out.

 

 

South Br. Kalamazoo River
Goose Lake Rd. to Twin Pines Campground
8/217/11

A nice route through pristine woods, 43 participants enjoyed this paddle with nice weather.

 

 

North Br. Kalamazoo River
King Rd. to Albion

7/17/11

This is the first time, GREAT padled this route all the way to Victory Park in Albion, going through the culverts on 29 1/2 Mile Rd. The 65 participants really enjoyed being on the river on this hot day. To view Dahlem Nature Director, Ellen Rathbone's pictures and description of the flora and fauna:
www.adknaturalist.blogspot.com
. Many enjoyed the food and social interaction at Cascarrelli's Pizza after loading their boats.

 

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Stony Lake
6/122/11

Hosted by Bill and Irene Sonnett at their summer home on Stony Lake near Napoleon, 54 participants enjoyed the nice day for this event. Bill gave a nice talk about the history and natural features of Stony Lake, including the Toledo YMCA, Camp Storer who owns much of the property on and near the lake. Gary Siegrist, of the Dahlem Nature Center, talked about wildlife and pointed out various birds, plants, and insects to those interested on the paddle. Afterwards, many gathered at Aggie's in Napoleon to socialize.

 

 

 

Grand River
US 127 to Vandercook Lake
5//22/11

The second biggest turn-out in GREAT's history, 72 participants paddled from US 127 to Vandercook Lake. Also longer than most GREAT's Sunday paddles, a majority did the whole distance while a few took out early at Draper Rd. Participating on the trip was "Doc" Fletcher, author and speaker of canoeing Michigan & Wisconsin Rivers (http://www.canoeingmichiganrivers.com). Doc plans to use this route as one of his featured paddles in his next book.

 

 

 

Earth Day
4//30/11

GREAT was one of 24 participating organizations in the fifth year of this fine community event, put on by the Jackson Area Outdoor Coalition. With the best weather since 2008 for this event , GREAT had 163 people go out in GREAT's canoes and kayaks, including a record 127 minors. Many people picked up GREAT's brochures and other environmental information at our tent.

 

 

 

Grand River
Sharp Park to CMS Energy
4/17/2011

With winds up to 40 mph and temperatures in the low 40's, 31 paddlers braved the conditions for GREAT's 2011 inaugural paddle. A few even tipped, but bravely finished the trip. All ages were represented and some came from other counties.