PaddleAway Tours:  2017 Schedule

 

When Lake Michigan’s water level was at near historic lows several years ago, a variety of shore-loving plants colonized a few small atolls near Old Mission Lighthouse.  We call them the “Lighthouse Islands” and they’re a great place to paddle in shallow water.  This tour will catch the sunset over the Leelanau Peninsula and a rising full moon over the tip of Old Mission Peninsula, while enjoying a complimentary glass of Old Mission Peninsula-produced wine to toast the beginning of summer. 


Details

Tour location:     Lighthouse Park at the tip of Old Mission Peninsula

Sart time:           8:15 p.m Friday, June 9

Tour duration:    approximately 1.75 hours

Amenities:          Complimentary glass of Old Mission Peninsula-produced wine       

Skill level:          all levels; paddling and safety instruction provided as needed

Equipment:         Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 or 140, paddles and PFDs

Cost:                  $70/person


Custom scheduling available; please contact us to reserve a time that fits your vacation plans.


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June

   9        Lighthouse Islands Full Moon Paddle:  Friday, 8:15 p.m.



August

    5       Sturgeon (Almost) Full Moon Paddle:  Saturday,  6:45 p.m.


          

September

    6      Harvest Full Moon Paddle:  Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.



   October

     5       Bowers Harbor Hunter’s Moon Paddle: Thursday, 7 p.m.



TO REGISTER FOR TOURS, SEE PARTICULAR TOUR DETAILS BELOW, then  click on this link to process your online registration.  You can also send a check to PaddleAway, LLC at 15763 Smokey Hollow Road, Traverse City, MI  49686 but please first confirm availability by  phoning/texting us at 231/715-1454 or emailing us at mary@traversebaypaddler.com or susan@traversebaypaddler.com.

Sturgeon Moon Paddle©

The August full moon is known around the Great Lakes as the Sturgeon Moon since August was traditionally the month when these ancient and venerable fish were most abundant and easily caught.  The Sturgeon family has been known to exist since the days of the dinosaurs.  Lake Sturgeon were a staple among Native Americans of the Great Lakes—a Sturgeon might live over 100 years and weigh as much as 200 pounds—but commercial fishing practices in the mid- to late- 1800’s almost eradicated the species.  Today, Lake Sturgeon are making a slow comeback thanks to conservation efforts, and this paddle under the full August Sturgeon Moon is both an appreciation of nature and a celebration of stewardship. 


 

Details

Tour location:    Lighthouse Park at the Tip of Old

                        Mission Peninsula

Start time:          6:45 p.m., Saturday, August 5

Duration:           approximately 1.75 hours

Skill level:          all skill levels; paddling and safety

                         instruction provided as needed

Equipment:        Wilderness System Tsunami 140 or            

                        145, paddle & PFD

Cost:                 $60/person


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MUST READ FOR EVERY PADDLER!

Advance reservations and payment required.  Limited to 6 paddlers.  Call us to reserve your boat  and confirm availability (231-715-1454), then book reservations on line at least 24 hours in advance using a credit card at:  https://squareup.com/store/paddleaway-llc.   If you prefer to pay by check, again, please call us (231-715-1454) to reserve your boat and mail your check to:  PaddleAway LLC, 15763 Smokey Hollow Road, Traverse City, MI  49686.  Checks must be received at least one day before the event. To register on the day of the paddle, please call us (231-715-1454) at least 4 hours before tour departure to confirm availability. We paddle rain or shine.  Sorry, no refunds.  If we cancel due to thunder storms or rough seas we will offer a substitute date.  When registering, please provide us with a phone number where you can be reached the day of the paddle.


PADDLER PREP

 Greetings Paddlers!  We’ve put together a great schedule of tours for this summer and we’re looking forward to paddling with you.  Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a great day on the water.

 

What to wear:  Dress in layers—it can get cool on the water even on the hottest days.  Bathing suits are fine as a base layer, but bring shorts and a t-shirt, and a fleece.  Wear shoes that can get wet.  If it looks like rain bring a rain jacket with hood (or a rain hat)—we paddle in the rain, as long as it’s not a thunderstorm or downpour.

 

Clothing tips:  Avoid wearing heavy cotton clothing like jeans—they get heavy when wet and don’t keep you warm.  You can get a nasty sunburn on your legs and shoulders while out in the boat so it’s a good idea to wear loose, comfy clothing to protect you when you’re paddling.

 

What to bring:  sunscreen, water bottle (we’ve got water if you forget), camera (if not waterproof then at your own risk)

 

What to leave in the car:  towel, dry clothes and shoes

 

What NOT to bring:  anything that will be ruined if it gets wet!

 

What we provide:  14’ or 14.5’ Tsunami touring kayaks by  Wilderness Systems, paddles, PFDs and safety lights for evening paddles.  The PFDs have pockets but they are not waterproof.  Your tour guides have cell phones so you don’t have to risk yours.

 

CUSTOM TOURS

Custom tours may be available on dates & times that meet your vacation or special event needs.  Please contact us for more information.  Custom tours have a minimum of 2 participants and start at $65/person.

Contact us by email (mary@traversbaypaddler.com or susan@traversebaypaddler.com) or phone (231-715-1454) for custom options.

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We guide paddlers of all skill levels on tours of northern Michigan waters.  Group size is limited:  tours include use of our 14.5’  or 14’ Tsunami touring kayaks by Wilderness Systems, paddles & PFD’s, complete livery and instruction as needed.   Custom guided tours  are available if arranged in advance.  We invite you to “just get in the boat!”

Lighthouse Islands Full Moon Paddle

T SHIRTS AVAILABLE WITH ANY TOUR

Order a Bowers Harbor Ladies Kayak T-shirt with any tour at a 40% discount.  See “Store” webpage for shirt details and pictures.

A Harvest Moon will illuminate this late summer paddle around the Lighthouse Islands and, depending on water conditions, around the tip of Old Mission Peninsula.  Savor a complimentary glass of Old Mission Peninsula-produced wine as the sun sets and the moon rises.


Details

Tour location:     Lighthouse Park at the Tip of Old Mission Peninsula

Sart time:           7:45 p.m., Wednesday, September 6

Tour duration:    approximately 1.75 hours

Skill level:          all levels; paddling and safety instruction provided as needed

Equipment:         Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 or 140, paddles and PFDs

Cost:                  $70/person


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Harvest Moon Paddle

Hunter’s Moon Paddle

Our last paddle of the season, and if we are lucky, we will relish the fleeting warmth of an Indian Summer evening as we watch an Autumn sun set and moon rise.  This tour departs from Bowers Harbor public launch, follows the shoreline out to Tucker Point and into the West Arm of Grand Traverse Bay to watch sunset and float until the moon rises, then paddle home by moonlight.


Details

Tour location:     Bowers Harbor

Sart time:           7 p.m., Thursday, October 5

Tour duration:    approximately 1.75 hours

Skill level:          all levels; paddling and safety instruction provided as needed

Equipment:         Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 or 140, paddles and PFDs

Cost:                  $60/person


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