PaddleAway Tours:  2016 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 and enjoy the beach at Lighthouse Park. 


Details

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

Sart time:           9:30 a.m. Saturday June 25 and 3:30 p.m, Saturday, September 3

Tour duration:    approximately 2 hours

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

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

Cost:                  $55/person


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


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June

  18       Anticipating Solstice Paddle:  Saturday, 7 p.m.


  25        Lighthouse Islands Paddle:  Saturday, 9:30 a.m.


July

  16        Power Island Circumnavigation Paddle:  Saturday, 10 a.m.


  19        Bowers Harbor Thunder Moon Paddle:  Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. 

               

   30        Lighthouse Park Shipwreck Paddle:  Saturday, 9:30 a.m.


August

    6        Bowers Harbor Sunset Paddle:  Saturday,  7:15 p.m.


   18        Bowers Harbor Sturgeon Moon Paddle: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.


   21        Old Mission Harbor Sunrise Paddle, Sunday, 6:15 a.m.

          

September

      3        Lighthouse Islands Paddle: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.


    16        Bowers Harbor Harvest Moon Paddle:  Friday, 7 p.m.


   October

    15       Bowers Harbor Hunter’s Moon Paddle: Saturday, 6 p.m.


TO REGISTER FOR TOURS, SEE PARTICULAR TOUR DETAILS BELOW AND THEN GO TO OUR TOUR REGISTRATION PAGE OR SEND A CHECK TO THE ADDRESS NOTED UNDER “MUST READ FOR EVERY PADDLER” SECTION BELOW.

***We are having temporary issues with the on line registration process.  Please email us at mary@traversebaypaddler.com or susan@traversebaypaddler.com or call us at 231/715-1454 or 231-632-5510 or 231-313-7765 to arrange a reservation.  Thank you!***

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.  For tour details see July 1 Thunder Moon Paddle, above.

 

Details

Tour location:    Bowers Harbor

Start time:          7:30 p.m., Thursday, August 18

Duration:           approximately 2 hours

Skill level:          all skill levels; paddling and safety

                         instruction provided as needed

Equipment:        Wilderness System Tsunami 140 or            

                        145, paddle & PFD

Cost:                 $55/person


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Shipwreck Paddle

For the more adventurous paddler: 

The sailing ship Metropolis ran aground during a snowstorm on November 24, 1886, and sank two days later during an attempt to refloat her.  No lives were lost and most of the cargo—Michigan white oak lumber and iron—was saved.  On this tour we paddle from Lighthouse Park around the tip of Old Mission Peninsula and southward to the shipwreck.  The keel and ribs are visible in approximately ten feet of water off the east shore of Old Mission Peninsula—if you know where to look!  Though most of this paddle is on open water, and we are never far from shore, “big water” can present some challenges even on a calm day so we recommend paddlers have some previous experience on open water.  Bring your own sack lunch to enjoy at a shore stop along the way.


Details

Tour location:  Old Mission Point Lighthouse Park

Start time:        9:30 a.m., Saturday, July 30

Duration:          approximately 4 hours

Skill level:         advanced beginner or higher skill level recommended; paddling and safety

                         instruction provided as needed

Notations:         Please bring brown bag lunch to enjoy at a shore stop on this Tour

Equipment:        Wilderness System Tsunami 140 or 145, paddle & PFD

Cost:                  $95/person


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MUST READ FOR EVERY PADDLER!

Advance reservations and payment required.  Limited to 6 paddlers.  Book reservations on line at least 24 hours in advance.  If you prefer to pay by check, 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 & CATERING OPTIONS

Any of the tours described in our schedule may be available as custom tours on dates & times that meet your vacation or special event needs.  Please contact us for more information about.  Custom tours have a minimum of 2 participants and start at $60/person.

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

Summer, at last!  Celebrate the beginning of summer from a kayak in Bowers Harbor.  An annual tradition, the Solstice Tour departs from the public launch at Bowers Harbor for a two hour evening paddle to soak in the lingering daylight of this season.


Details

Tour location:  Bowers Harbor

Start time:        7 p.m. on Saturday, June 18

Duration:         approximately 2 hours

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

Equipment:       Wilderness System Tsunami 140 or 145, paddle & PFD

Cost:                $55/person


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Anticipating Summer Solstice Paddle

Sunset Paddle in Bowers Harbor

Take in the sunset from the West Arm of Grand Traverse Bay.  The Sunset Tour departs from Bowers Harbor public launch and meanders along the shoreline to Tucker Point, then out into the Bay to catch the sunset.  Paddle home by moonlight through the gathering dusk, watching the stars come out.


Details

Tour location:      Bowers Harbor

Start time:            7:15 p.m., Saturday, August 6

Duration:              approximately 2 hours

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

Equipment:           Wilderness System Tsunami 140 or145, paddle & PFD

Cost:                    $55/person


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Power Island Circumnavigation Paddle

Power Island lies a short distance west of Bowers Harbor, a tantalizing back-country escape just an hour’s paddle from the world-class wineries and eateries of Old Mission Peninsula.  But strong cross-currents and prevailing westerlies make this trip more technically challenging than our shallow-water tours.  We circumnavigate the island with its diverse shoreline—Caribbean-like on the south end, glacial boulders on the northwest side, and everything in between along the way—with a stop for hiking and lunch.  Bring your own sack lunch to enjoy on the Island.


Details

Tour location:    Bowers Harbor/Power Island

Start time:        10 a.m., Saturday, July 16

Duration:         approximately 4 hours

Skill level:         intermediate; not recommended for beginning paddlers

Notation:          Please bring brown bag lunch to enjoy on the island

Equipment:        Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140 or 145, paddle & PFD

Cost:                 $95/person


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Thunder Moon Paddle

Catch sunset over the Leelanau Peninsula and a rising full moon over Old Mission Peninsula on this tour.  The July full moon has many names—Thunder, Buck and Hay are some—but we like Thunder Moon for the oxymoron:  What shows itself more quietly than the rising moon?  The 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

Start Time:         7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 19

Duration:           approximately 2 hours

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

Equipment:        Wilderness Systems Tsunami 105 and 145, paddle and PFD

Cost:                 $55/person


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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 full Harvest Moon will illuminate this late summer paddle around Bowers Harbor.  For tour details see July 19 Thunder Moon  and August 18 Sturgeon Moon Paddles, above.


Details

Tour location:     Bowers Harbor

Sart time:           7 p.m., Friday, September 16

Tour duration:    approximately 2 hours

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

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

Cost:                  $55/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.  For tour details see July 19 and August 18 Full Moon Paddle information above.


Details

Tour location:     Bowers Harbor

Sart time:           6 p.m., Saturday, October 15

Tour duration:    approximately 2 hours

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

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

Cost:                  $55/person


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Sunrise Paddle in Old Mission Harbor


A new offering for the early risers -- an inspiring way to start your Sunday.  We meet at Old Mission Harbor’s Haserot Beach/Public Boat Launch on the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay before sun-up, but in enough light to launch.  Then we paddle southeast to position ourselves to watch the sun appear in its glory and sparkle on the water.   Bring a breakfast snack and coffee if you wish, to indulge in while we watch the glow.  A relaxed, potentially-spiritual experience!


Details

Tour location:      Old Mission Harbor

Start time:            6:15 a.m., Sunday, August 21

Duration:              approximately 2 hours

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

Equipment:           Wilderness System Tsunami 140 or 145, paddle & PFD

Cost:                    $55/person


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