What we're about

The West Michigan Kayaking and Canoe 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
Rick and Theresa Peck- Co Organizers
Chris and Mary Harrington-Co Organizers
Michal Ann Enders -Co Organizer
Kim Sears - Co Organizer
Susan Sears- Co Organizer
Mike Coykenall - Co Organizer
***Roger Starring - Co Organizer \

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West Michigan Kayaking Club*** \

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Upcoming events (4+)

Sturgeon Valley Campground Pigeon/Sturgeon Rivers

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You can call the campground and reserve a site.
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We plan to kayak Pigeon River and Sturgeon River

This is for the camping portion. Rivers are posted separately.

This weekend, it would be good if you have some faster river running experience. Please call or text me if you are not sure.

Camp at Haackwood Primitive or Wolverine Semi Primitive
Camp one or all or more days.

Please post which campground you are staying at and if you have room to site/cost share on your site.
Bring your own food/Beverages for the weekend.
POTLUCK SATURDAY EVE at 6:30PM Sturgeon Valley Campground.
Please bring your own plate, cup and utensils.

We will Kayak the Sturgeon River, Pigeon River
If you want to post /host the Sunday Jordan River let me know.
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• What to bring
Your own beverages, lots of water, and your own food.
Bring your potluck dish for Saturday if you can.
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

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Pigeon River In Wolverine MI

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PIGEON RIVER

Bring Lunch, snacks, water for the day.

FUN CHALLENGES AND PORTAGES, some very narrow areas
PRINT MAPS BEFORE YOU GO NORTH, THERE IS NO CELL SERVICE
Skill Level: Intermediate River

There is also the option of cutting out the last 2 miles of faster water and taking out at Pigeon River road.

This section is always different. We've had as many as six portages, the last 2 miles plus has some faster water.

I will plan to leave Sturgeon Valley Campground at 9:14am. If you need to follow or you are willing to lead, please meet us at the front of the park at 9:05am.

We will leave to Shuttle vehicles at 10:13

When we get to the put in we will all help each other unload, together we will leave to drive to the take out, and get in as few vehicles as possible to shuttle back to the put in. (can you make room in your vehicle?)

Pigeon river: Webb Road to M-68

Put in: Webb Road(about 20 minute drive, lots of dirt/back roads)
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Take-out: M-68 (about a 25 minute drive)
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Fast water, and challenges. One or two portages.
About a 4 hour paddle through the remote Pigeon River Country State Forest Area. The lunch stop is really a portage spot.

River information from the Big Bear Adventures site (http://www.bigbearadventures.com/Home/RiverServices) below

“Flowing through the heart of the Pigeon River Country State Forest, the Pigeon is one of Michigan's most beautiful and remote rivers (and home to the largest free roaming Elk herd this side of the Mississippi River!) However, the remote sections and fast current make this river a poor choice for inexperienced paddlers. Though the Pigeon River is not the main river that we service, we do occasionally offer special paddling trips. The Pigeon River is a very narrow, winding stream that is swift and challenging at times and not regularly cleared, great for "die-hard" wilderness paddlers. Please Note: Low water levels can affect the enjoyment of this trip. There are portages and a few rather large beaver dams to contend with. It takes a certain kind of person to enjoy this kind of challenge.”

More Pigeon River information from Fishweb (http://www.fishweb.com/maps/cheboygan/pigeon/)

you might want to bring your bug spray

  1. PFD Required to be worn properly at all times
  2. It's a good idea to bring dry clothes in a dry bag and some in your car.
  3. Please be aware that 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.

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Paddle the Sturgeon River-plz read details

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SATURDAY EVENING POTLUCK/BONFIRE 6:30pm Sturgeon Valley Campground SITE TBD

Sturgeon River (Wolverine Park)
Some of us will put in at the Sturgeon Valley Campground 9:36 am, but please check with us at the campgrounds on Friday evening, as the time may vary

Bring your lunch and snacks and water for the day.

You may want to meet us at the Wolverine city park at 10:[masked] Cedar St, Wolverine Mi
The access is between Straits Rd and I 75

9:36AM Sturgeon Valley Campground
10:25AM Wolverine Park
10:49AM Shuttle vehicles
11:41AM After group photo and safety talk - Paddles in

(before the shuttle you may choose a 2 or 4 hour paddle)

Pull-outs: 2-3 hour paddle to Rondo Rd, Depending on your fast river experience, you may want to take out here. (Lunch stop is here)

4 hour paddle to Fisher Woods

The Sturgeon, fastest river in lower Michigan. Drops 10 feet per mile and offers some very fun twisty/turny dodge the tubers action.
Fun river, but not recommended for first year beginners or those who have only been on lakes or those who have only been on slow rivers, (i.e Upper Rogue, Flat)

If you have any questions about what take out is appropriate, or if you should attempt this river, please talk with an organizer or paddlers with more experience.

Put-In: Wolverine Park (GPS coordinates[masked],[masked])

Map to Sturgeon River access in Wolverine from Burt Lake. Haakwood is about 3/4 of the way there on the same road.

Drivers, meet before taking off to be sure no one is left behind, and let the organizers know what pullout you wish to park at. Volunteers for shuttle drivers are highly appreciated, and earn the "Guide" title in your profile. (please text me to remind me)

Once the drivers return, we will provide a safety brief, then do a group photo before anyone goes on the river.

Please remember you are responsible for your own safety.

  1. PFD Required
  2. Dry clothes, in a dry bag and some in your vehicle 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.

From Trowbridge(Sturgeon Valley campground) to Rondo is a nice, fun paddle..
From Rondo to White there could be some challenging areas depending on any previous storms
From White to Fisher is a fun paddle.

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SKILLS PRACTICE 10 bucks a person

Needs a location

coordinating with West Michigan Coastal Kayaker's Association
we are offering skills practice session.
bring your cash and learn/practice stuff
5.00 TO West Michigan Coastal Kayaker's Association-WMCKA
5.00 TO our club WMKCC
BRING: your kayak, PFD, paddle, bilge pump, spray skirt, beverage, towel, change of clothes. you will get wet.
You are still responsible for your own self.
Rolling, assisted rescue, T rescue, self rescue.

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SKILLS PRACTICE 10 bucks a person

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