About the East Coast Paddlers

We are a loose but active group of kayakers in the Tri-Cities area of eastern Michigan - Bay City, Midland, and Saginaw. We have no membership dues or specific requirements; if you think you may be interested in joining us, simply come to a monthly meeting or send an email to "eastcoastpaddlers@gmail.com" and we'll add you to our list for notifications of upcoming trips.

Some of our trips are great for beginners and our members are happy to help with pointers on equipment and instruction on the basics of kayaking, especially safety. A PFD ("life jacket") is required for all our trips.

When you're up for more of a challenge, some of our members like to go on extended wilderness trips, camping from their boats. Some of these trips are around the Great Lakes area, some may go to more exotic locations like Alaska, Cost Rica, or Baja.

See you on the water!

New to Kayaking?

Don't know how to get started? Which boat to buy? How to learn without embarrassment? What if it tips over? Do I have to roll the kayak?

We were all beginners once and we'd be happy to help you with the basics. Before you even buy a boat, why not stop in at our monthly meeting (see the Paddlers Calendar) for some friendly advice from experienced paddlers. Whether you're interested in calm afternoons on one of Michigan's beautiful lakes and rivers or two weeks in the wilderness, we can help - we've been there.

To ask any questions or to contact the group for any reason, please send an e-mail to Eastcoastpaddlers@gmail.com