Michigan kayak shops
Posted by: RavenWing on Apr-14-13 5:41 PM (EST)
all the ones named by slushpaddler are very good. Over at RKC I've noticed a few of their expert paddlers (on Team P&H, instructors) have rotated on to other things. For ww boating I'd definitely go w. Dana Corbett at Kayak Corral - he got into that over 30 years ago. They're also pretty smart about fishing SOTs.
About half of MI's kayak shops of 10 years ago went out of business. There are several reasons for that, but mostly the big E for the Economy and the big I for Internet.
Grand River Outfitters goes back ~25 years. Stan Chladek at that time was the sole importer of Valley/NDK boats in Michigan. He got the BCU program established in the state and trained many of the elder instructors who are now approaching retirement. And he kept the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium going 2006-2009 when Riverside Kayak Connection took over. It's now run by Downwind Sports, which has locations in Houghton and Marquette (Upper Peninsula). They are also very good w. product knowledge and advice and deserve mention here.
Seakayakers in Michigan owe a lot to Stan Chladek. And hopefully they will continue to support the remaining independently owned shops.
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