Tag Archives: Paddling

Grand Rapids couple completes 70 day kayaking journey down the Mississippi River

By Howard Meyerson GRAND RAPIDS, MI — It was late September when Gary and Linda De Kock arrived by kayak at Mile Zero on the Mississippi River. The couple gazed at the signpost with relish and dismay. Seventy days had … Continue reading

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Out on the canoe trail: It’s good to stop and enjoy nature

By Howard Meyerson LUDINGTON, MI — It’s rare these days that I get a chance to just sit. Deadlines beckon and emails stack up. If not emails then other online demands, or family and home matters. Quiet moments, it seems, … Continue reading

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Lake Michigan water trail moving forward; Michigan playing catch-up

By Howard Meyerson The prospect of paddling Lake Michigan’s 1,600 mile shoreline isn’t something most take lightly though it’s been done in recent years by two young women in a dugout canoe. In 2012, Mary Catterlin and Amy Lukas, both … Continue reading

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Grand Rapids couple to paddle the Mississippi for clean water

By Howard Meyerson Every now and then we get an opportunity to express in life those things we hold dear – a point where we live our ideals. Gary and Linda DeKock are two such people who do that regularly, … Continue reading

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Rogue River Expedition Highlights West Michigan’s Natural Beauty and Promotes Water Quality

There is a lot to be said for seeing things first-hand and a group of 100 paddlers will do that in June. That’s when they will explore the upper and lower Rogue River during a two-day float called Rogue River … Continue reading

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Dress for Immersion: Lessons you don’t learn when buying kayaks, offered at clinics

By Howard Meyerson I was thumbing through a paddling catalogue the other night, looking for new wetsuit booties, when it occurred to me that a wetsuit top might also be in order. Lake Michigan is expected to be colder than … Continue reading

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Pure Michigan: On the way to becoming a trails state

By Howard Meyerson Michigan has had a number of nicknames: The Water Wonderland, The Great Lakes State, The Wolverine State, The Mitten State; and now it appears we may get another: The Pure Michigan Trails State. A five-bill package introduced … Continue reading

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Six state forest campgrounds to reopen: New access for equestrians, paddlers and anglers

By Howard Meyerson The start of spring is still 10 days out and deep snows in the north country could well mean a slow start for Michigan’s camping season, but state officials are moving forward this week to expand Michigan’s State … Continue reading

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The romance of the courting canoe era is alive and well at Ken Kelly’s place

The lore and romance of early 20th Century wood and canvas canoes, and a modern-day man who collects them,  is the subject of a feature story by me in the newest issue of Canoeroots Magazine. It is called “The Canoe Collector.” … Continue reading

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2014: The year ahead – for starters

By Howard Meyerson Last year was full of interesting developments: The endangered Kirtland’s warbler was reported to have made a comeback, Lake Michigan salmon were huge but proved less plentiful, the DNR moved to reopen some state forest campgrounds, camping … Continue reading

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