MPC interactive Launch Site maps
(NEW!!  If your GPS is turned on here, these maps may show a blue dot at your exact present location)

We live in a time where to more and more people - if it doesn't exist online, it doesn't exist- (David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, 28 March 2011).  But effective real time navigational use of online smartphone maps, like those listed above, while paddling or biking day-long or multi-day trips, will often require an auxiliary smartphone battery or a solar or thermal or plug in power source. These power sources are finally available in major stores, such as the Meijer sporting goods department.

Kayak & Canoe News

The UIX has released an article about those working to keep the Grand River alive here.

PA public meeting to explain the Kalamazoo River PCB cleanup in the Otsego area and from Kalamazoo to Allegan is Thursday, September 13 2018, at the Otsego City Hall, 6 p.m.

MICHIGAN PADDLER'S RENDEZVOUS 2016 was Sept 23 - 25 near Wellston. See https://www.facebook.com/groups/360964961348/  

Web site with news articles, lessons, and articles on sea kayaking. http://gokayaknow.com/   Reports on recent fatalities.

The West Michigan Kayaking Meetup Group is at http://www.meetup.com/West-Michigan-Kayaking-and-Canoeing-Meetup-Group/  Also, the Gold Coast Paddle Club is a Grand Rapids Meetup group that had its first paddle June 18, 2011.

The Freep has an article on clearing water trails. 

The Lake Michigan Water Trail became a National Recreation Trail June 4, 2011. 

 Ann Arbor is trying to building a whitewater slide. And Petoskey has opened a mile long whitewater park.

The MPC is constantly adding paddling club events to its Michigan 2018 calendar. Send in your club's events to spread your news.

Ken Crowne is advocating the removal of the Pucker St dam in Dowagiac. See the newspaper article HERE.

The Grand River Expedition 2010 has a Facebook page. link

MPC has added an MPC Facebook Group page that links to this web site. Please join!  Members can comment on a FB Group page

October 5, 2010. The Department of Natural Resources and Environment today announced the reopening to the public of the Kalamazoo River immediately above Plainwell. 

The Nature Conservancy will remove two dams in Maine. Article in the summer NC magazine.
The MDNRE is now promoting paddling. Info on the MPC calendar page and at the MNDR web site.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment  makes it's Handbook of Boating Laws and Regulations available online and also in downloadable PDF form at
More river trips have been added to the trips page. Write up your favorite trip and send it in.
Kalamazoo River trips documentation has been added to the River Trips page.
Our mission.

1. To facilitate communication between the various Michigan paddling clubs.

2. To educate the public and all paddlers about safe and effective paddling, especially of canoes and kayaks.

3. To promote paddling and other non-motorized water sports and water trails in Michigan.

4. To make educational material available to paddlesports clubs and the public about effective ways of improving water trails and getting more safe fun with paddling.

5. To sanction races and publicize events.

Annual day-after-Thanksgiving Paddle Your Stuffings Off on the Rogue River near Rockford.

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Mike Lambert,
Mar 11, 2010, 12:13 PM