This past weekend we held our second to last paddle trip of the summer. Early Saturday morning we set out to paddle up river from the Michigan Sailing Club (MSC) on Baseline Lake, through the chain of lakes, to our halfway point at Zukey Lake Tavern. Paddling up to the docks at Zukey Lake Tavern, we anticipated taking a break from paddling and eating a delicious lunch. After refueling at Zukey Lake Tavern we set out on our return trip back to the Michigan Sailing Club.


Setting out early proved to be a very calming experience as we paddled in the morning fog through the chain of lakes. The morning sun revealed a dramatic color scheme normally not witnessed in mid-August. The tree’s leaves had begun changing colors and portrayed a beautiful fall paddling experience.

After our lunch at Zukey Lake Tavern we experienced a very different return trip. The lake residents had came out to enjoy the beautiful weather, just as we were. Paddling through the chain of lakes felt like we were on an express way for watercrafts. Upon our entrance to Baseline Lake we were greeted by nearly twenty pontoon’s and circling speed boats. This produced a very different paddling experience than we had in the early morning. Chaotic at times, but we made it safely back to MSC with a very fulfilling paddling experience. Thanks to Barry Lonik and HRWC staff Paul Steen for providing a unique and educational paddling experience!

We have one more paddle of the season. Please join us as we say good-bye to summer! More information HERE.