Grosse Ile Yacht Club Paddle
The Grosse Ile Yacht Club (GIYC) hosts a bi-weekly group paddle from their beautiful location on the southeast end of Grosse Ile. GIYC's location on Hickory Island at the confluence of the Detroit River and Lake Erie provides for numerous paddling opportunities. The route varies based on the group and paddling conditions. Join us after the Thursday paddles for dinner at GIYC.
Dates: Group paddle every other Thursday, May 25 - August 31, 2017
Time: Please be prepared to launch at 6:00 p.m.
New 2017 Paddle: Group paddle every other Tuesday, May 30 - August 22, 2017
Time: Please be prepared to launch at 10:00 a.m.
Grosse Ile Yacht Club
29677 East River Road
Grosse Ile Township, MI 48138
Directions to GIYC
A Grosse Ile Yacht Club membership allows for use of the club ramp and launch facilities and there are kayak racks that are available to rent for members to store their kayaks for the summer. If you would like information about GIYC membership you can complete the form on their website.
If you are interested in joining GIYC they hold a New Member Open House every spring. This year's New Member Open House will be Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Paddling Time: Averages 1.5 hours
Route Classification: Beginner/Intermediate Paddle
Requirements: We ask that all kayaks used on the Detroit River and Lake Erie be at least 12' long and be double bulk-headed or sit-on-tops. If you paddle with RKC, you must have your life jacket on and zipped for the duration of the paddle. These requirements are for your safety and the safety of the group.
Route: Varies with wind and waves. Possible routes include paddling through the GIYC marina into Gibraltar Bay and then around Round Island, Swan Island, Elba Island or Hickory Island, around Sugar Island, or around Celeron Island.
Parking: You may unload your kayak in the circle drive, please pull to the side so others may drive around. After unloading, or if you are renting a kayak, parking is available in the parking lot.
Post Paddle Dinner: After the Thursday evening paddle, join the GIYC kayakers, in the club for dinner and drinks. Before you launch, reserve your dinner seat with the RKC representative and then join the group after the paddle to talk about your latest adventure! (You are on your own for the cost of dinner, GIYC only accepts Credit Cards for non-GIYC members.)