2013 Floatilla!! August 30-Sept 2, 2013

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2013 Floatilla is scheduled for Saturday August 31, 2013! Save the dates because we need to set the record this year and we need your participation!!

Sunday we will paddle the Boardman and Monday, (labor Day) we can paddle either the Manistee, Platte or perhaps even the Crystal if the water levels are higher than normal.

I believe we need over 1902 kayakers and canoeists to break the Guinness Book of World Records. Last year we had 1750 attendees. 152 short of the record! The 52 members who went last year all had a great time. So I want to encourage everyone to make an effort to attend this year. We can make a difference!! So please begin making your plans for the time off or make your schedules now for this weekend.

Ok......I'm suggesting we camp at Interlochen State Park since it's everyone favorite place to stay. I have secured site 55 on the Duck Lake Side. It's not too far of a drive to Suttons Bay and we'll need a place to rendezvous for our paddle on Sunday anyway. Perhaps on Monday we could head over and do a section of the Platt which goes out to Lake Michigan.

You'll need to call the state park[masked] or visit this website to make your reservation:   http://www.midnrreservations.com/ You'll need a State Vehicle pass on your license plate to avoid a vehicle pass.

Any questions, give me a call. [masked]

**UPDATE TO MY PLANS** I am planning on walking the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day instead of kayaking. Those interested in joining me for the 5 mile walk please let me know. Brian

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  • Jackie J.

    Woohoo! We did it! Thanks to the organizers for putting this weekend together making it easy to participate. Sooo....what record are we breaking next year? :)

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • Brian F B.

    We did it! We officially broke the world record! 2099 kayaks and canoes. Congratulations everyone and thanks for participating!

    3 · November 20, 2013

  • Mark L.

    The kids and i had a great time at the flotilla and camping. I would like to thank everyone for making my kids feel welcome.

    3 · September 8, 2013

  • Tom K.

    Another totally awesome weekend with the best people in the world. The Floatilla was a hoot with 2000 plus kayaks and canoes all bobbing together in Sutton Bay. Record or not, it was a total ball and a sight to behold. Of course the potluck was yummy as usual and the longer version of the Boardman River on Sunday was great. Thank you WMKC organizers and all the participants for making this a another very fun filled and memorable weekend.

    4 · September 4, 2013

  • Dina F.

    Roger and I enjoyed meeting everyone who paddled, camped or came to the potluck! Thank you for making us feel so welcome. We had a ball on the Boardman River and enjoyed Tom's company on the Upper Platte River. Looking forward to more adventures!

    2 · September 4, 2013

  • Kim Bishop Z.

    This was my first event as a WMKC member. What an awesome group of people! Thank you Brian for all of the work and organization you put into creating such a memorable time. Looking forward to sharing more!

    4 · September 3, 2013

    • Kim Bishop Z.

      Next time I will be bringing my own equipment! A huge shout out to Chris for sharing his this time around... and for Kristina B for helping coordinate that too!!!

      2 · September 3, 2013

    • Chris L.

      Glad to help out Kim.

      September 3, 2013

  • Pete G.

    I have been away for awhile but still felt connected and met some great new friends. To the organizers, well... thank you for what you do. You enable all of us to create and enjoy new memories together. It does not get any better than that.

    4 · September 2, 2013

    • Margie E.

      I agree! My hat off to those who planned a memorable time for all of us!

      2 · September 3, 2013

    • KRISTINA B

      Pete, It was great to see you

      1 · September 3, 2013

  • KRISTINA B

    Loved all the laughter this weekend!!

    3 · September 3, 2013

  • KRISTINA B

    Love all of our old and new friends

    1 · September 2, 2013

  • KRISTINA B

    I know we broke the record even if there were tech iCal ties that would not count all there. I am ready to do it again. Next year, beach balls, beer and bubble machine!

    2 · September 2, 2013

  • Jackie J.

    Great to see old friends and meet new ones! Hope the record is broken!

    3 · September 2, 2013

  • Mike C.

    I had a great time and can't wait for next years trips back to Interlochen. I would like to thank everyone for their patience on Sunday's paddle on the Boardman, that will teach me to suggest a paddle. LOL. For those brave souls who followed our tour guide Kathleen, I hope you had as much fun as I did and maybe next time we can catch the breweries we missed this year.

    5 · September 2, 2013

    • Brian F B.

      Awesome Mike....thanks for all your help and for helping set the record.

      3 · September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Paddled the Boardman Sunday with a fun and friendly bunch. My appreciation to Brian Burke for being so accommodating with my last minute plan to come aboard. The rapids past Beitner were exciting. Our micro-brew/pizza/ pickled eggs tour after the paddle in downtown TC with Kathy as tour leader was a real hoot! Man, we had some good laughs! I love this group of folks and can't wait to get together again at the Pine River Rendezvous later this month. See ya then. And, stay thirsty for life my friends.

    4 · September 2, 2013

  • Nancy S.

    Thank you to everyone for making me feel a part of the group. I had a great time. I can't even begin to tell you how much I missed going down the river. Thank you.

    4 · September 1, 2013

  • Margie E.

    I had a fabulous time with great people. Thank you for a memorable time.

    4 · September 1, 2013

  • Brian F B.

    Ok eveyone.....we have tentatively set a world record with 2,099 kayaks and canoes at Floatilla2013. The official count must be confirmed by ariel photos and an official from Guinness must cerify it. We may run into a bit of a snag because the Floatilla raft floated around one of the official Floatilla boats. If its determined anyone in a kayak/canoe touched or hu g on too the boat or mooring line.....we'll be disqualified. Stay tuned!!!

    4 · August 31, 2013

  • Nancy

    My boat is at the marina, waiting for the big day. At registration the count was 1845!

    August 30, 2013

  • Valdis Eriks T.

    Sorry Guys. Last minute change. Have a great weekend . See you next time.

    August 30, 2013

    • Brian F B.

      Ok....but you wont be part of the world record.

      August 30, 2013

    • Valdis Eriks T.

      I know life happens sometimes.

      1 · August 30, 2013

  • Vicki Alman G.

    Sadly I am not going to be able to make it. My husband has been called out of town. We reserved site #56. If anyone is interested in taking over the reservation let me know. I will wait until tomorrow evening to officially cancel. Hopefully we can make it to an event soon. We look forward to meeting everyone and becoming active in the group.

    August 27, 2013

    • Brian F B.

      Pete took 55 late last night. There are other sites available. We'll figure it out when everyone arrives.

      August 30, 2013

    • Nancy S.

      Kyle - I have site 58 and have just a small tent, there is probably room on my site.

      August 30, 2013

  • Jayne

    Brian, I will not be camping with you guys.. but will meet you in Suttons bay.. could you send me the information on where you are meeting in Suttons Bay? Thanks.. looking forward to seeing everyone!!

    August 29, 2013

    • KRISTINA B

      Looking forward to seeing you Jayne

      August 29, 2013

    • Brian F B.

      That's weak.....but ok! :-)

      August 29, 2013

  • Brian F B.

    Kristina and I are here at Interlochen......hurry up and get up here! The funs already begun!!!!

    2 · August 29, 2013

  • Michal Ann Benedict E.

    Wow. This is getting exciting. Can't wait to see everyone and be a part of this!

    3 · August 29, 2013

  • Dawn

    I will not be camping but will do the flotilla and maybe some other kayaking.

    1 · August 28, 2013

    • Brian F B.

      Dawn....did you receive my email about the day of the event?

      August 28, 2013

  • mike n.

    We have one all set up. Not sure of the number. Mike Cramer and O are sharing a site. I will hang my " one square mile of hope" T-shirt out front so anyone who wants to come talk to us about setting the Guinness record in NY id welcome.

    August 28, 2013

  • Brian F B.

    Kathy Smothers is on site 56 and looking to share.

    April 17, 2013

    • Kathy S.

      Mike you are welcome to squat on my site, jlmk. I will only be at that site on Friday and Saturday nights. However, I may be squatting on another friend's site for Sunday night. You could probably find someone else to squat with Sunday night too. Now that's a lot of squattting, Hahah.... :-D

      August 5, 2013

    • Kathy S.

      Hi Mike, Are you still in need of a site, or did you find one?

      August 28, 2013

  • Nancy S.

    I still have room on site 58 if anyone needs to share.

    August 28, 2013

  • KRISTINA B

    On Saturday after the float, Jackie and I will probably go on a winery tour, if anyone wants to go with, let us know.

    3 · August 26, 2013

    • Kim Bishop Z.

      ditto...i will just bring a dish even if we dont make it back

      2 · August 27, 2013

    • Kathy S.

      Are you guys doing the tour in Leland?

      August 28, 2013

  • Kathy S.

    Anyone want to go to Right Brain Brewery with me one night?

    August 28, 2013

  • Amy M.

    We are all set and have reservations for Campsite 47 for Friday and Saturday night. We are looking forward to meeting new people and the flotilla and the out of doors.

    1 · August 27, 2013

  • Susan

    It looks as though Amy Miller, Margie Erlandson, and I will be able to make the trip. We're hoping to share campsites and the fee with someone who's open to an extra tent on their lot. I think we'll have two tents, probably need two campers willing to share. We will play it by ear and figure it out when we get there.
    Another cutting edge event with WMK Meet Up!!

    1 · August 26, 2013

    • Susan

      Hooray! Thanks Brian!

      1 · August 27, 2013

    • Susan

      I talked to Dina, she was willing to transport the kayaks from the campground to the Bay, but she's not equipped to transport them from Rockford to TC. I am about two miles off the 10 Mile Road Exit of 131 in Rockford. If you have any other connections, please let me know. Thanks, Susan

      August 27, 2013

  • Craig

    I have site #122 with room for two tents, if any one is need to hide out from Friday to Sunday.

    August 27, 2013

    • Kim Bishop Z.

      does that include my tent? if not, i will take a spot :)

      August 27, 2013

    • Craig

      Kim, sure just leave your tent on the site, feel free to stay too !

      1 · August 27, 2013

  • Jackie J.

    We'll make the potluck, it's one my favorite things WMKC does! We'll watch the clock so we make it back in time to enjoy the meal with everyone.

    1 · August 27, 2013

  • KRISTINA B

    Todd, well, I guess we Dont really know if we will make it back exactly on time. I am going to take my protien either way. And a dish. We will be back though.

    August 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Works for me.

      August 27, 2013

  • Pam C

    I will be in the Elk Rapids area and am considering joining in for just the Saturday event. Where should I meet up with you if I decide to do it?

    August 13, 2013

    • Brian F B.

      Pam....did you receive the email I sent out with all the info?

      August 27, 2013

  • JC R.

    Ok, this is a little embarrassing, but I can't remember if I have offered to share with anyone. I have Site#1 reserved for Friday and Saturday nights, and we can share with a camper or a tent. If I have already offered, please speak up.

    August 24, 2013

    • Pattie

      OK, I'll take it.

      August 27, 2013

    • JC R.

      You got it Pattie.

      August 27, 2013

  • Lee J.

    What time is dinner Saturday?

    August 27, 2013

  • Vickie D.

    Nancy: I will not be coming up at all, so someone else please feel free to set up tent?

    August 27, 2013

  • Michele

    For those people coming up Saturday morning and not camping Friday night, do you have any idea what time on Saturday the caravan will be leaving the campground for Suttons Bay?

    August 22, 2013

    • Brian F B.

      Leaving campground at 9:00 am sharp!

      August 26, 2013

    • KRISTINA B

      What he really means is we line up at 8:45 (unless your name is Kristina or Jackie, then line up is 8:30) We put the vehicles in drive at 8:58 am

      1 · August 26, 2013

  • KRISTINA B

    One more huge question, does anyone have an extra life jacket (prob a large) for our newbie Kim to borrow?

    August 26, 2013

  • Kim Bishop Z.

    I will join you on the bridge walk too!

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • KRISTINA B

    Does someone have an extra kayak to bring or stop at my house to pick up my extra that a new member would like to borrow for this event.

    August 26, 2013

    • KRISTINA B

      Yes it is in Byron Center.

      August 26, 2013

    • KRISTINA B

      Chris would you mind if Kim borrows your kayak for the flotilla?

      August 26, 2013

  • KRISTINA B

    Are we planning a Saturday night pot luck?

    August 19, 2013

    • Brian F B.

      Yes, on Saturday night. Bring a dish to pass and meat to grille.

      August 26, 2013

  • Brian F B.

    I just sent out several emails regarding this weekends events. Be sure to open your email and read them.

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • Terry T.

    I'm driving from home to Suttons Bay on Saturday. What time and where does WMKC plan to meet at Suttons Bay?

    August 25, 2013

    • Michelle Y.

      Please advise the time to stage kayaks on the beach. Sound like I need to register. Where is this at? Thanks!

      August 26, 2013

    • Brian F B.

      August 26, 2013

  • Dorie W.

    my husband and I will be at the floatilla Saturday. We are not camping. We are registered and we will see you there.

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • KRISTINA B

    If someone forgets to register on Lin, come anyway. You can register at up there!

    August 25, 2013

  • KRISTINA B

    Jackie, thanks for the reminder. I registered on line.

    August 25, 2013

  • Jackie J.

    Brian, I am planning to walk the bridge on Monday as well.

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • Brian F B.

      Sweet....we'll plan while at Interlochen.

      August 25, 2013

  • Jackie J.

    FYI - If someone hasn't registered for the Floatilla yet the latest time you can register online is midnight Monday. You can still register at the school for Floatilla after Monday but the price will be slightly higher. So get registered soon!

    August 25, 2013

  • ralph w

    I have 2 no frills kayaks if anyone needs them. I will not b on this paddle but u can pick them up in g.r. 6484342. Ralph

    2 · August 25, 2013

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