Lake Lansing, Michigan

located a few miles east/northeast of Lansing, Michigan is a 485-acre lake named Lake Lansing (strangely enough!).  the lake is home to 2 sailing clubs and a collegiate sailing team:

Lansing Sailing Club (website here) – a couple quotes pulled from their “about” page:

The Lansing Sailing Club is the club for you – regardless if you are an old salt or have never sailed before. It’s the club for you if you own your own boat, are trying to decide what boat to buy or just want to go sailing….

If you don’t sail yet, we will teach you how. If you have kids, they can learn to sail in our Junior Sailing program offered every summer….

LSC’s current club boat fleet includes Sunfish, Lightnings and Lasers.

the Lansing Sailing Club will be hosting the “Lake Lansing Regatta” on June 19, 2010.  the race is open to Sunfish racing, but does not count as a qualifying race for the Sunfish Worlds.

Michigan State University Sailing Center (website here and also here) – the sailing center is part of the intramural sports program at Michigan State University, open to all students, and also open to the public.

The Sailing Center has taught more than 1,500 people how to sail to date through the “learn to sail” classes, about half of which have been MSU students…

The Sailing Center has a wide variety of sailboats, approximately thirty-five, ranging from family day-sailboats to high performance racing sailboats. Student staff learn to repair, refurbish and maintain the boats throughout the entire year. Many of the center’s sailboats were donated.

The Sailing Center offers “learn to sail” classes for adults and youth, the center also offers a variety of affordable memberships that include use of the center’s sailboats.

Michigan State University Sailing Team (website here) – a couple quotes pulled from their “about” page:

The MSU Sailing Club is a group of students engaged in both recreational and competitive sailing. We compete in the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association (MCSA) which is a district within the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA). Each weekend the sailing club competes against other universities in regattas held throughout the midwest and occasionally regattas on the east coast and the southern United States. Membership to the team is open to all Michigan State students with an interest in Sailing.

Don’t know how to sail? No problem, we can teach you! Many of our members have coached junior sailing, so we can provide excellent instruction in learning to sail as well as racing techniques and rules.

the Lansing Sailing Club has put together a custom map using Google Maps, and I have to say it is fantastic!  graphically display showing shallow areas of the lake, the location of the public boat ramp (6271 East Lake Drive, Haslett, MI) and prevailing wind information are all very valuable to someone who is new to the lake.

the Michigan DNR map can be found here (.pdf file).  it is pretty old (as usual), but will give you a general idea of the water depths you’ll encounter while sailing there.  I haven’t tried sailing on Lake Lansing yet, but it’s rapidly climbing up the list of lakes I’d like to check out this summer.


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