WMCKA Event Calendar
This is a list of both WMCKA and Non-WMCKA events. *Indicates a Non-WMCKA Sponsored Event. Non-WMCKA events are listed in order to help you connect with other paddlers. We cannot gaurantee the accuracy of the information for non-WMCKA events. If you have a question about any WMCKA event, see the officer`s contact page.
Click on any event to see a more detailed description.
WMCKA requires a PFD (lifejacket) to be worn by all paddlers while they are on the water during WMCKA events.
Want to list your event? Send details to karl[dot]geisel[at]wmcka[dot]org.
Beach Day at the Franks
When: Aug 17, 2013
Where: Grand Haven
We'd love to have you join us at our home just south of Grand Haven this Saturday, 8/17 at 1pm for a paddle on either the Pigeon River or on Lake Michigan which is accessed through a channel from the Pigeon River (Port Sheldon) out to the lake. We also have a private beach (owned by our neighborhood and just a short walk across the street from our house ) which is perfect for a beach day if you'd rather not paddle. It looks like it will be a BEAUTIFUL DAY!!
We will re-gather around 4 - 4:30 to share a potluck - Tom & I will provide the meat to grill and are asking everyone to bring a dish to pass and whatever you'd like to drink.
We'd appreciate knowing if you plan to join us so we know how much meat to have on hand for grilling.
All family members are welcome - plenty of room to change, play on the beach, join the Corn Hole Challenge or just relax!
Hope to see you Saturday!
montellefranks at gmail dot com
6one6-285-2 eight 8 nine
10562 Lakeshore Ave, West Olive, MI 49460
Yellow 2 story house on the NE corner of Lakeshore Ave & Sandgate Rd, 1 mile south of where M45/Lake Michigan Dr dead ends into Lakeshore Ave
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4th Annual Twinkie at Interlochen SP
When: Aug 23-25, 2013
Where: Interlochen, MI
This is our fourth annual Twinkie at Interlochen State Park on Green Lake Outing.
*** New 8/5/13 ***
We will be camping at the Rustic Campsite at Interlochen State Part the North side along the bluff next to Green Lake if possible. Meet at 10:00 to paddle Duck Lake at the Duck Lake Lauch Site at 10:00 AM Sat.. This is at the Interlochen Campsite on the Full Hookup side. We will be having an informal dinner at my campsite between 5:30 for discussion of what people want to do on Sun. and then Dinner at 6:00 PM. Bring a dish to pass of comfort food.
Make reservations at this web site or by calling 231-276-9511 or 800 447 2757.
Hope to see you. Jack and Winnie.
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The Big Push
When: Aug 31, 2013
Where: Allegan Lake to Lake Michigan
27 mile marathon paddle on the Kalamazoo River from Allegan Lake to Lake Michigan.
More Details will follow in early summer.
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When: Sep 20-22, 2013
Where: Platte River CG, Sleeping Bear Dunes NL
Platte River Campground 5685 Lake Michigan Road, Honor, MI at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
We will have an option between paddle trips scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. More information will be posted as the date draws near.
Usually the WMCKA members rendezvous at the picnic loop on Lake Michigan Road in the late afternoon for a caravan departure to a local restaurant for dinner.
If camp sites are not available, please email Kenneth at TillWeDance [at] acd [dot] net for suggestions.
For more information about the park and reserving a campsite, go to: http://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/platterivercamp.htm
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WMCKA Annual Meeting
When: Oct 4-6, 2013
Where: Northern Exposure Campground,
ASAP you'll want to reserve sites #71-105 in the WoodyWorld (East Area).
The fall outing and annual meeting takes place at Northern Exposure Campground, Mesick, Michigan. The business meeting will occur at 6pm with a meal to follow.
Saturday Night's Dinner (at 6pm) will be a repeat of 2011-12's SOUPER MEAL which was will received by the membership. WMCKA will provide a variety of soups and breads, you provide the appetite. If you'd like to bring something for the table (appetizers, salad or dessert) it would be appreciated.
Feel free to bring a friend! You do not need to be a current WMCKA member in order to attend - although we encourage memberships to help support our efforts to promoted safe kayaking in West Michigan!
There will be several groups paddling throughout the weekend, most of the day trips will leave by 10:00am Saturday or Sunday, so you will need to be ready to paddle by then.
About The Area: Northern Exposure Campground is located north of Grand Rapids, traveling US 131 to M-115, then northwest to Mesick, Michigan. From Grand Rapids, it is approximately a 2-hour drive to Northern Exposure.
The campground is located on the lake formed by the Hodenpyle Dam, which is on the Manistee River. The lake is approximately 6 miles long and about a mile wide. It is surrounded by beautiful pine and hardwood forests. The lake’s waters are clean and clear.
In addition to paddling on the lake, there is an opportunity to paddle on the Manistee River above or below the dam. This would be an option in the event of extremely windy or inclement weather. For anyone interested in paddling on Lake Michigan, it is approximately 25 minutes to a launch site.
The campground itself will have numerous open sites. During October, very few other campers will be found at Northern Exposure. The campground manger has reserved an entire section of the campground exclusively for the WMCKA event. Each site has piped-in water and electric. Typically they give us a break on campsite fees, check back later for exact amounts! There are excellent launch opportunities at every single waterfront site. This campground has newly paved blacktop access roads, and numerous hiking trails on the camp property, as well as access to the North Country trail nearby.
Northern Exposure still prefers advance registrations, but will handle last-minute visitors. When you call for a reservation, please be sure to say you are with the WMCKA group so they reserve a site in the WMCKA area for you. Normally, there is a $4 fee for day visitors, BUT this fee has been typically been waived for the WMCKA event. There are no parking restrictions at Northern Exposure, so we should have no problem accommodating any day visitors.
The campground phone numbers for reservations are toll free: 1-800-563-7425, or 231-885-1199. Please refer any questions about the event to Bill and Anne Keith at eakeith1[at]gmail[dot]com
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When: Dec 14, 2013
Where: Grandville Middle School
3535 Wilson Ave SW, Grandville, MI, 49418
FREE Pool Session for WMCKA Members!
Yes, that's right. As part of your paid WMCKA Membership, you're invited to attend any ONE of the 2013-2014 pool sessions FOR FREE! (2014 Pool Dates will be announced soon).
All sessions are held at Grandville Middle School from 3pm to 5pm. FREE basic instruction is available for the asking. We do have a limited number of spare boats, so if it's at all possible, it's best if you bring your own, very clean boat (no dirt, mud, sand or leaves).
You must be a current WMCKA Member to use the pool. If you're not a WMCKA member, you can become a member at the pool for $15 ($20/family) and then enjoy your free pool session right away! After you've used up your free pool session, we will ask that you make a donation of $10/person to help pay for the cost of the pool.
As always spectators and kids under 12 are free. You only pay if you get wet.
Want to help us out? Please email Roger Starring (rlstarr@charter [dot] net) if you are interested in helping instruct for about 20-30 minutes in exchange for having the rest of the time free in the pool.
We hope to see you there!
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