Our crew of Ambassadors from Stand Up for Great Lakes has completed their second crossing of Great Lake waters. This time, Lake Huron was the target. The paddlers left from Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan and finished in the Fathom Five National Marine Park in Tobermory, Ontario.
In the summer of 2015, they completed a 60 mile stand up paddle across Lake Michigan. That crossing raised funds for the Alliance for the Great Lakes, whose recent campaigns include keeping invasive species out of the Lakes, and fighting the Microbead Menace to keep plastics out of the water.
The straight Rum Line on the Lake Huron crossing would have been 90 miles, but GPS totals were a few more than that. In all, it took 28 hours to complete the trip and the gang saw a little bit of everything out there. Joe Lorenz, Jeff Guy and Kwin Morris battled fatigue in the final hours due to a persistent side wind that wears down your legs.
From Kwin Morris:
“The overnight portion of the paddle was truly amazing. There we were, standing on our paddle boards in 490 feet of water, drinking Traverse City Coffee, that's pretty magical! Jeff caught a Steelhead along the way, we paddled in torrential downpours and saw a brilliant rainbow. Its gets a bit emotional out there during something like this, so its great to have such good friends by your side. We really want to motivate others to stand up for their own backyards and preserving the natural environment for generations to come.
We would all like to thank Tahoe SUP for providing the incredible TALLAC Expedition board. Without this board that can handle anything, this journey would not have been possible!”
ABOUT STAND UP FOR GREAT LAKES
It all started as a dream to cross Lake Michigan. Once that mission was completed, we soon realized the impact we could make on not only the Great Lakes but all rivers, lakes and streams. Our goal is to cross each Great Lake by stand up paddle board while raising funds/ awareness for this amazing natural resource. We also hope to educate, protect and advocate. We are a non profit charity that would love your support.
ABOUT THUNDER BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY
The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) is a marine sanctuary in the Great Lakes and encompasses 4,300 square miles of northwestern Lake Huron. TBNMS works to protect one of America’s best preserved and nationally significant collections of shipwrecks found in the sanctuary. Through research, education and community involvement, TBNMS works to ensure that future generations can enjoy these underwater treasures. All funds raised for the Lake Huron crossing go directly the the TBNMS.
ABOUT FATHOM FIVE NATIONAL MARINE PARK
Fathom Five National Marine Park is a National Marine Conservation Area in the Georgian Bay part of Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada. The Park seeks to protect the shipwrecks and lighthouses in the conservation area, and conserve the freshwater ecosystems. The park has become a popular spot for scuba diving on the wrecks and there is also a glass bottom boar tour to see the wrecks without getting in the water.
Stay tuned to Stand Up for the Great Lakes for info on the next crossing!