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Michigan Paddlers Rendezvous Weekend

Campground Info

It's official, although things have changed a bit since the last Rendezvous.  Mark Spurrier of Michiana paddlers, who has been the host of this event has not been available to organize it as he has in the past.  As a result, the huge potluck, and community campfire will not be a part of this year's event, nor will the T shirts and patches.

All that said, the date is still good, and many clubs are still planning to attend.  So we will plan to have our own potluck, and generally have the same fun we have always had.  

Remember that late September can see some cooler weather, so plan accordingly.  Call ahead to the campground and reserve your camping spot (Coolwater on the Pine Campground[masked]), and let us know what your plans are.

More to follow.

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If any smaller groups would like to break off and do a different paddle than those listed below -- feel free to do so if you can find other people that are interested in it.


T H U R S D A Y    &    F R I D A Y . . .

Anyone that will be there on Thursday and Friday will decide paddles amongst themselves or feel free to plan and head a paddle.


S A T U R D A Y . . .

Saturday, Sept 27 @ 10:30AM -  PINE RIVER Peterson's Bridge to Low Bridge
                                      11:00AM  Shuttle cars.  We hope to stop at MIKEY'S ROLLER FOR LUNCH and to play in the rapids , weather permitting. This 8 mile paddle should take about 3 hours to paddle, it will be longer with stops and playing.


S A T U R D A Y    E V E N I N G . . .

6:30PM POTLUCK DINNER dinner at the campground.  Bring a dish to share, and join us for a meal around the campfire.


S U N D A Y . . .

Sunday, Sept 28 @ 10:30AM - PINE RIVER Dobson's Bridge to Peterson Bridge.
                                   11:00AM  Shuttle cars.  This 6.2 mile paddle should take about 2 hours to paddle.

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  • Michelle P.

    Craig we do have ur chair with bag. We didn't know to whom it belonged and didn't want to leave at campground since last ones to leave. Just let me know when we might be going to the same meetup. Thanks!

    October 15, 2014

    • Craig B.

      Thanks Michelle, I appreciate it!

      October 16, 2014

  • Jim & Juli G.

    Sorry, this is late but we found a ring on the group site.
    If you lost one, contact us.

    October 15, 2014

    • Maggie

      Craig - we left the chair with Michelle and her husband. They were the last to pull out. I also have your extension cord. I'll keep it in my Jeep for the next time we bump into each other.

      October 15, 2014

    • Craig B.

      Thanks Maggie

      October 15, 2014

  • John A.

    I had a BLAST!

    1 · September 28, 2014

    • Robert D.

      Looked like a dip to me :-). I don't know what would have made the trip better.

      September 29, 2014

  • Carol L.

    It was great! Met more friendly and interesting paddlers. Thanks Jim and Julie.

    1 · September 29, 2014

  • Chris G.

    Anybody have a group pic from the put in Saturday?

    September 29, 2014

  • Brian F B.

    Great seeing everyone.

    1 · September 29, 2014

  • Vickie D.

    Three cheers to the event Host Jim and Julie!!!!

    4 · September 29, 2014

  • Mark L.

    couldnt have asked for better weather... great time!

    1 · September 28, 2014

  • Thad V.

    great weather, great people, and q fantastic potluck. The rivers were great. New rivers for me. Thanks for the organization... Thad

    September 28, 2014

  • Chris G.

    Had a great time this weekend, weather was perfect and plenty of food at the potluck, everyone was really nice. I enjoy going on the Pine, probably my favorite river. The Little Manistee was fun today as well. I didn't fall in today on the Little Manistee which was good!

    2 · September 28, 2014

  • Carla

    It was nice to see everyone again and meet a few new folks as well. Great weather, great company and an awesome river!

    2 · September 28, 2014

  • jim

    Great time thanks to all that made it happen

    1 · September 28, 2014

  • Vickie D.

    The best trip yet along with the best weather ever!

    September 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Many thanks to the Gallaghers for hosting a fabulous event. Plenty of different paddling options and some quick thinking for an alternate put-in, on the Little Manistee, like only Jim G. can provide.

    3 · September 28, 2014

  • Bob E.

    A big thanks to Jim & Juli, Michelle and Karen for all the help this weekend, and to everyone else for making it such a great weekend. Fantastic weather, wonderful friends, and beautiful rivers made for a great time. See you all on the river soon.

    2 · September 28, 2014

  • Maryanne K.

    Had to work this weekend. Hope you guys are having a great time!

    September 28, 2014

  • andre

    Damn. Don't think I can juggle things to make this. :/
    Have fun out there!

    September 26, 2014

  • Pete G.

    Sometimes things happen. A change in personal plans means that I can't attend this weekend and will miss you all. There's always the next time :-)

    September 26, 2014

  • Chris G.

    I'll be there Saturday, so I should be at the Cool Water Campground by 10:30 am then to follow the cars to the put in at Peterson's Bridge?

    September 24, 2014

    • Jim & Juli G.

      If the direction above are confusing, then come to the campground which is only 3 miles from the put in...

      September 25, 2014

    • Chris G.

      It's fine, I googled it. I'll just meet at the put in around 10:30 am Saturday.

      September 26, 2014

  • KRISTINA B

    I am not able to make it this time. My body is fighting off cold symptoms. Please have extra fun for me.

    September 26, 2014

  • Jackie J.

    Unfortunately I have to work part of this weekend and won't be coming to Wellston. I hope everyone has a great time!

    September 25, 2014

    • Brian F B.

      Boo Hoo.....I was coming just to hang with you.

      2 · September 25, 2014

  • Carol L.

    Looks I will see everyone on Saturday.

    September 25, 2014

  • Brian F B.

    My camper is now at Coolwater and set up. Saw Tom and Michelle who are set up on 1&2 South. I'm on Center South. Also saw Jim and Julie as we passed each other in Manistee. Will see everyone Friday evening.

    September 24, 2014

  • John A.

    But I'll be ready to paddle Sat morning!

    1 · September 24, 2014

  • John A.

    I'll be up there Fri night, kind of late. Hopefully not so late but knowing my job, it'll probably be around 9 or 10pm.

    September 24, 2014

  • Kathy S

    Who, besides me, is coming up tomorrow?

    September 24, 2014

    • Robert D.

      I am leaving at six am tomorrow to be up there in time to paddle.

      1 · September 24, 2014

    • Kathy S

      Well... I wish I could say that Id be there in time for that but, I probably won't get there till about 3. I've decided to do a hike on the MRT when I get there.

      September 24, 2014

  • Tom K.

    I just talked with Jackie at Cool Water and apparently nobody had requested a Group site for WMKC so I asked for sites 1 & 2 which we had last year. Last year we had 2 RV's, my T@B and several tents with no problem. The cost is $12 per person per day with no electric and $14 per person with electric. Just mention WMKC or my name when you get there. I'll be there on Wednesday and I'm bringing my bike. See you all there.

    4 · September 15, 2014

    • Kathy S

      Thank you Tom... I will see you tomorrow afternoon. Would you like to hike on the MRT a bit in the afternoon? I should be there by 3.

      September 24, 2014

    • Brian F B.

      My camper is now at Coolwater and set up. Saw Tom and Michelle who are set up on 1&2 South. I'm on Center South. Also saw Jim and Julie as we passed each other in Manistee. Will see everyone Friday evening.

      September 24, 2014

  • David and Julie B.

    Have fun everyone. Your going to have a awesome weather

    1 · September 24, 2014

  • Carolyn

    Karen and I are coming up on friday what time should we be there to catch a paddle that day? I have a pop up we might need help with also.

    1 · September 24, 2014

  • Carol L.

    I am driving up Friday morning. If I am to catch a paddle with the group, can you tell me how early I should meet you at the campground? Looking forward to a nice weekend

    September 24, 2014

  • Bill G

    Janie and I will be joining you on Saturday... we'll be putting in at Dobson's Bridge and trying to time it so we'll meet up with you guys at Peterson's Bridge.

    1 · September 23, 2014

  • Pete G.

    I just called the campground, and they said they have room for me with the West Michigan kayaking group.this is my first event of the year and I'm looking forward to seeing all of you.:-) Brian, hope you can make it.

    3 · September 22, 2014

  • Brian F B.

    There is a small chance that I still may be able to attend this. I will know more on Friday around 5. My camper is already in Manistee so it wouldn't be hard to get up there and head over to Coolwater. With my current arthritis issues, and the medication I'm on, it wouldn't be safe for me to paddle but I'd love to see everyone and help out with the shuffles. I do miss my kayaking family,.....after all this family is why I started WMKC in the first place.

    If I am able to come up; I'd arrive around 8-9 pm and set up the camper somewhere as I'm sure our sites will be full with no room for a 30 footer. We'll see when I arrive.

    Hopefully see you Friday!

    2 · September 21, 2014

    • Jim & Juli G.

      It would be nice to see you, hope you can make it.....

      1 · September 22, 2014

  • Kathy S

    What time will we paddle on Thursday? I'm coming up on Thursday, but probably wont get there until 2 or 3. Would I miss out on the paddle for that day? Is anything planned yet? Thanks all...

    1 · September 21, 2014

  • John A.

    AWESOME, been looking fwd to this! I'll be rolling in pretty late (9 or 10) Fri night. I'll be in a rustic sight. I just called the campground, they said they have plenty of space available for our group.

    1 · September 20, 2014

  • Roger S.

    unfortunately, I'll be working out-of-state until early October. So I can't make it.

    September 19, 2014

  • Tamara

    We will meet the group Sunday morning. I'll keep looking on this site for Sunday details

    September 18, 2014

    • Jim & Juli G.

      Sunday will be paddling from Dopson Bridge to Peterson Bridge. we will meet at Dobson Bridge at 10:30.

      September 18, 2014

    • Jim & Juli G.

      Sorry that's Dobson Bridge not Dopson....

      September 19, 2014

  • Chris G.

    Any starting times and river sections for Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th yet?

    September 17, 2014

    • Jim & Juli G.

      Anyone that will be there on Thursday and Fri will decide paddles amongst themselves or feel free to plan and head a paddle. We are planning to paddle Peterson to Low Bridge on Sat ... Shuttling cars at approximately 11 am have boats off and ready... We hope to stop at Mikey's rollers for lunch and to play in the rapids , weather permitting. Sunday will be a short paddle meeting at Dobson at approx 10:30 starting shuttle at 11am

      September 18, 2014

  • Jim & Juli G.

    Anyone that will be there on Thursday and Fri will decide paddles amongst themselves or feel free to plan and head a paddle. We are planning to paddle Peterson to Low Bridge on Sat ... Shuttling cars at approximately 11 am have boats off and ready... We hope to stop at Mikey's rollers for lunch and to play in the rapids , weather permitting. Sunday will be a short paddle meeting at Dobson at approx 10:30 starting shuttle at 11am

    1 · September 18, 2014

  • donna a.

    Tentatively interested if the paddles on either Fri or Sat could accomodate a SLOW paddler w/ 2 dogs (would have to be a nice, easy river; Betsie was a struggle for us!)

    August 25, 2014

    • Steve (Stephen) S.

      Leave the pooches at home and enjoy the paddle - or find a lake... ;)

      August 25, 2014

    • Bill A.

      I have paddled with my dog for years

      September 17, 2014

  • Kevin R.

    OK, my wife and I RSVP'd. What's next?

    April 14, 2014

  • Jim & Juli G.

    We will take over the hosting for this weekend.....
    Let the fun begin......

    3 · September 16, 2014

  • Brian F B.

    Just the way my summers been. Hope someone can take over the hosting duties.

    September 16, 2014

  • Brian F B.

    I have to work.

    September 16, 2014

  • Michelle P.

    I spoke with jeri. At coolwater campground. I will be up on Wednesday also. I will have travel trailer set up for me. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    September 16, 2014

  • elizabeth

    Is there kayaking on Thursday? I need to be back in GR Sat but would like to come up for 2 days possibly...Does anyone know which rivers are on the agenda???

    September 12, 2014

    • Bob E.

      I plan on being there Thursday, too. The last 2 years whoever showed up on Thursday just voted on what to do on when they got there.

      September 12, 2014

  • Michelle P.

    So if I'm tenting just call coolwater and tell them I'm with the group and it should be $12 a person? I'm hoping to bring my kayak trailer this time..not sure if I can get someone to come with me if not I got my bud trooper.

    September 10, 2014

  • gayle s.

    going to make my res. is there a section most of us are in??anyone want to share a tent space and cost?

    August 25, 2014

  • Kathy S

    Let's paddle the Pere Marquette on Sunday...! :-) There's a nice write up about it in the Dennis and Date book.

    2 · August 10, 2014

    • Tom K.

      Did it last year on Thursday with a small group. Great river , lotsa salmon and unfortunately lotsa of fishermen. A Sunday could mean even more fishermen.

      August 18, 2014

    • Kathy S

      Yeah, Or... maybe they will have all gone home by then.

      1 · August 22, 2014

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