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+)

Grayling/Hartwick Pines Weekend 2 paddles in 2 days

Hartwick Pines state park

Upper Ausable River: Friday, leave Hartwick Pines State Park Campground at 9:45, 10:00AM unload boats, 10:30AM Shuttle vehicles, 11:30AM Paddles in following safety talk and group photo. The Ausable through this section varies from very narrow with trees tight on both banks to open meadows with multiple channels to choose from. There are many obstacles to maneuver around so it will challenge your boat handling skills. I would not recommend boats over 12-feet unless you are skilled at maneuvering a long boat in tight spaces. You will encounter sweepers and a few strainers along the way but the current is just moderate at about 3 miles per hour so the are no real hazardous parts in this paddle. The scenery and technical boat handling will make this a fun paddle for experienced river paddlers and a real challenge for less experienced paddlers. Just West of N Kolka Creek Rd is a 2-track on the left when traveling West. Turn onto the 2-track and follow about 200 yards to an open area to unload boats and launch. GPS coordinates for launch site[masked], [masked] ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Saturday we will paddle the south branch of the Au-Sable through the Mason tract area from Chase Bridge to Smith bridge. About 3-4 hours. meet at the put in at 10:15 Chase Bridge, Roscommon MI[masked], [masked] Smith Bridge Grayling MI[masked], [masked] Open ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Saturday night potluck and bonfire. 6:15pm site 63 General Guidelines 1. PFD 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.

Upper Upper Manistee River

Mancelona Rd (C-38) where it crosses the Manistee River

Upper Upper Manistee River: SUNDAY, leave Hartwick Pines State Park Campground at 9:20, 10:00AM meet at put in on Mancelona Rd (7.7 miles west of Old Highway 27 on Mancelona Road/ C-38), 10:15 unload boats, 10:30AM Shuttle vehicles, 11:45AM Paddles in following safety talk and group photo. The Manistee through this section starts very tight with some logs and beaver dams to hop and a narrow channel around the root ball of a fallen tree. Boats over 11-ft may have to portage this obstacle. After about 1 mile it opens up but there are many man made fish structures to maneuver around so it will keep you on your toes. You will encounter sweepers and a few strainers along the way with current at about 3.5 miles per hour so the are no real hazardous parts in this paddle. The scenery and technical boat handling at the start will make this a fun paddle for experienced river paddlers and a real challenge for less experienced paddlers. The trip will cover approximately 10 miles and should take about 4.5 hours including a lunch stop. We will take out at County Rd 612 Bridge. Volunteers for shuttle drivers are highly appreciated, and earn the "Guide" title in your profile. (please text Kristina to remind her) 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 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.

Carolina Canoe Club Week of Rivers

Smokey Mountain Meadows

I have a beautiful mountain cabin rented from Saturday to Saturday (June 29 to July 6). I am looking for two couples to fill it up. But I will accept singles if no couples sign on. The cabin has a sitting area with a beautiful view of the mountains, a fire pit to gather around in the evenings, and a front porch with rocking chairs. Cost depends on how many people are in the cabin. But will be between $150 - $200/ person for the whole week. We'll share food cost, if you choose to (figure $10/day for that). The paddling event (short description): https://www.carolinacanoeclub.org/content/week-rivers-2019 This is a club event, so you'll need to join Carolina Canoe Club ($20) to participate. The event runs all week (Sat -Sun) and consists of meeting at a campground in the morning, choosing the river you want, and going out with a group to paddle each day. There are clinics and paddling trips for all levels of skill that will be lead by experienced local paddlers - every day. You can paddle as many, or as few, days as you want to. You will need your own gear, appropriate to the river type you want to paddle. This area is centrally located in some of the best scenic and whitewater river paddling in the eastern part of the country. Also, it is on the edge of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and 90 minutes from Asheville. So even if you only choose to paddle only a day or two, there are plenty of other things to do in the area: Like hiking, mountain biking, touring Fontana Dam, visit the National Park, ride the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad train, visit the Biltmore Estate, visit the casino in Cherokee, stroll Bryson City, or Asheville, or Dillsboro, or Silva, or Gatlinburg, or Pigeon Forge, or Dollywood, just to list a few. This is the most visited national park in the country. Anyone seriously interested should contact me by email at [masked], or call my cell (231)[masked]. Signing up on this Meet-up site means nothing - contact me directly if you want to go or have questions. You can expect a quick response from me - I expect the same from you. More detailed information will be provided to people who are serious. First come, first served, but couples trump everyone. This isn't the only place this opportunity will be listed. So....Ya snooze, ya lose.

Bicycle Betsie Valley Trail

Beulah Trailhead and Visitor Center

**Helmets highly recommended Please Meet at the Trailhead Meet at 12:30 helmets on and feet on the pedals at 12:45. This is about 8 and a half miles one way. Hang out in Frankfort a bit then ride back to Beulah. I am headed to 7117 South St Benzonia after the ride to the Hill Top Soda Shop for home made ice cream. It's 2 miles away. BetsieValleyTrail.org Beulah Trailhead and Visitor Center, Beulah, MI 49617 villageofbeulah.org

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