What we're about

The West Michigan Kayaking Club was founded in April, 2010 to bring together friends and fellow kayakers to enjoy and explore Michigan's beautiful rivers.

There are no dues and no fees to join us. We do accept donations to help the club run smoothly.

We are an exciting and dynamic group of individuals who have common interests. We welcome experienced kayakers, as well as beginners with the goal in mind to help you become a better paddler.

We are very safety conscious. Our member base is very experienced. We make every attempt to make your paddling experience one you will remember for a lifetime.

We have an excellent leadership team, who work hard behind the scenes to provide a blend of paddling opportunities that spans the realm of kayaking from the Great Lakes to the fast creeks.

Please join us if you love the idea of discovering Earth's natural beauty in settings you'll never forget.

Kristina Begley - Organizer

Michal Ann Enders -Co Organizer

Kim Sears - Co Organizer

Susan Sears- Co Organizer

Mike Coykenall - Co Organizer

Roger Starring - Co Organizer

AND our team of 21 additional Event Organizers.

West Michigan Kayaking Club

Upcoming events (5+)

Burt Lake/Wolverine #1 STURGEON PIGEON JORDAN Rivers

GET YOUR RESERVATIONS QUICK. IF THE PARK IS FULL, KEEP CHECKING THE SITE BECAUSE OTHER PEOPLE CANCEL Many of us will be at Burt Lake State Park • What we'll do This is for the camping portion. Rivers are posted separately. NOT for River Beginner Kayakers. Please have some faster river running experience Camp at Haackwood Primitive or Wolverine Semi Primitive or Burt Lake State Park, Hartwick Pines State Park. Camp one or all or more days. Please post which campground you are staying at and if you have room to sit/cost share on your site. POTLUCK SATURDAY EVE at 6:30PM (I (Kristina) will announce place at the put in on Saturday) We will Kayak the Sturgeon River, Pigeon River and Jordan River. • What to bring Your own beverages, lots of water, and your own food. Bring your potluck dish too. PFD, Paddle, Kayak Smile, it will be sunny and 80 (bring a raincoat in case it rains in your kayak or on your site) • Important to know Rivers , Potluck, Friends and Campfires

Paddle the Sturgeon River

Wolverine Park

Skill Level: Intermediate SPOTTING TO COMMENCE AT 2:05 Fastest river in lower Michigan? (https://www.google.com/map:s/@45.2777468,-84.6052323,1392m/data=!3m1!1e3)The access is between Straits Rd and I 75 (http://www.bing.com/maps/#Y3A9NDUuMjIzOTg3fi04NC44ODc5MzgmbHZsPTEwJnN0eT1yJnJ0cD1wb3MuNDUuMjc0OTg1Xy04NC42MDM4MjBfbmVhciUyMDU3MTAlMjBDZWRhciUyMFN0JTJDJTIwV29sdmVyaW5lJTJDJTIwTUklMjA0OTc5OV9fX2FffnBvcy40NS4wMzMyNDlfLTg1LjA2NDI0Ml80NS4wMzMyNDklMkMlMjAtODUuMD) 2 hour paddle. Sturgeon River: Wolverine Park The Sturgeon drops 10 feet per mile and offers some very fun twisty/turny dodge the tubers action. It's a fun river, but not recommended for first year river beginners. Put-In: Wolverine Park (GPS coordinates[masked],[masked]) Map to Sturgeon River access in Wolverine (https://www.google.com/maps/@45.2777468,-84.6052323,1392m/data=!3m1!1e3) Pull-outs: 2 hour paddle to Rondo Rd Please be a little early and stage your gear at the put-in. Drivers be prepared to roll once boats are unloaded. Volunteers for shuttle drivers are highly appreciated, and earn the "Guide" title in your profile. Once the drivers return, we will provide a safety brief, then do a group photo before anyone goes on the river. Due to the speed , twists and turns of this river, This river is not recommended for first year river paddlers, or those who have only paddled slower rivers or those who have only paddled lakes. Please remember you are responsible for your own safety 1. PFD Required 2. Dry clothes optional but recommended 3. ****we enjoy our alcoholic beverages off-river only due to safety and other concerns. Please respect the event host (It's awkward approaching someone mid-trip) and the clubs position on this matter. We’ll enjoy one with you after the trip.**** 4. We leave on time to make sure that those who have to drop out with out contacting us can do so. We also can't wait for those who will be running late to keep the paddle in order. Please be on time or early. 5. We leave together after the safety talk and picture. Please remain on land until the host has completed their duties in this regard. Your event host is authorized to accept donations that help keep WMKC running smoothly.

Paddle the Sturgeon Trowbridge-Burt Lk or between

Wolverine Park

Skill Level: Beginner from put in 1 to take out 1 ..Mid to upper Intermediate thereafter Pick your put in Pick your take out You must decide before vehicles are spotted PRINT YOUR MAPS Before YOU GO> Put in #1 MI DNR Canoe Launch & Parking 16305 Cornwell Grade Rd, Wolverine, MI[masked], [masked] Put in #2 is Wolverine Park 5564 Cedar St Wolverine, MI https://www.google.com/maps/place/45%C2%B016'31.5%22N+84%C2%B036'05.7%22W/@45.27542,-84.60159,552m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d45.27542!4d-84.60159 Take out option #1 Wolverine Park 5564 Cedar St Wolverine, MI https://www.google.com/maps/place/45%C2%B016'31.5%22N+84%C2%B036'05.7%22W/@45.27542,-84.60159,552m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d45.27542!4d-84.60159 Take out option #2 Rondo Road Access Latitude: N45°[masked]' Longitude: W84°[masked]' Take out #3 North White Road North White Road Latitude: N45°[masked]' Longitude: W84°[masked]' Take out #4 Burt Lake 1.5-6 hours paddle. The Sturgeon drops 10 feet per mile and offers some very fun twisty/turny dodge the tubers action. It's a fun river, but not recommended for first year river beginners. Please be a little early and stage your gear at the put-in. Drivers be prepared to roll once boats are unloaded. Volunteers for shuttle drivers are highly appreciated, and earn the "Guide" title in your profile. Once the drivers return, we will provide a safety brief, then do a group photo before anyone goes on the river. Due to the speed , twists and turns of this river, This river is not recommended for first year river paddlers, or those who have only paddled slower rivers or those who have only paddled lakes. Please remember you are responsible for your own safety 1. PFD Required 2. Dry clothes optional but recommended 3. ****we enjoy our alcoholic beverages off-river only due to safety and other concerns. Please respect the event host (It's awkward approaching someone mid-trip) and the clubs position on this matter. We’ll enjoy one with you after the trip.**** 4. We leave on time to make sure that those who have to drop out with out contacting us can do so. We also can't wait for those who will be running late to keep the paddle in order. Please be on time or early. 5. We leave together after the safety talk and picture. Please remain on land until the host has completed their duties in this regard. Your event host is authorized to accept donations that help keep WMKC running smoothly.

Bicycle Harbor Springs To Charlevoix

Zorn Park

Meet by the bathrooms. ***Helmets highly recommended Park anywhere in town and ride to the shore to meet. Text me. [masked] This is a beautiful trail. We will be riding on the road for the first portion so we can see the beautiful water. Average riding speed is 13. I have a crossover bicycle. This ride, we will ride there and ride back. It's 10 miles to Petoskey (you can start in Petoskey if you want) or 22 miles to Charlevoix. We will stop a bit in Petoskey. Bring your lunch/snacks or purchase in Harbor Springs. In Harbor Springs, there are many fine spots to rest and refuel Mastered the 10-mile trek from Petoskey to Harbor Springs? Try spinning along the wheelway’s entirety for 22 coast-hugging, woods-cruising miles from the northern tip all the way down to Charlevoix. It’s a long haul, sure, but one that merits an extra scoop of custard at trail’s end. We will of course have ice cream (maybe even twice because custard doesn't count. ;)) The Charlevoix Bay Harbor Venetian Festival begins this day

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