Stand Up For Great Lakes


Protecting, Educating and Standing Up for all Great Lakes

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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.

But why put in all the effort and energy?

It boils down to three reasons.

 

The Great Lakes are the

largest

collection of fresh water in the world.

Help Keep the Great Lakes Awesome

Paddling Across

Lake Superior

We crossed Lake SUPERIOR!!!!! Starting at Sinclair Cove, Ontario and ending at Whitefish Point, Michigan. We made the 60 mile crossing in just under 22 hours!

We started at the century old cliff paintings, crossed over the Edmund Fitzgerald and ended at the gorgeous Lighthouse at Whitefish. We could not have asked for better weather on this crossing.

Over the Edmund, we were able to place a wreath of carnations and do a special ceremony. Our documentary will be coming out in November!

The first French explorers approaching the great inland sea by way of the Ottawa River and Lake Huron referred to their discovery as le lac superieur. Properly translated, the expression means “Upper Lake,” that is, the lake above Lake Huron. Kitchi-gummi, a Chippewa Indian translation, signifies Great-water or Great-lake. A Jesuit name, Lac Tracy, was never officially adopted.

With your help, we can make a huge difference in preserving this amazing natural resource that we call home!!! All money raised will be donated to the The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society to help with their on-going underwater research. They operate the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, and the Historic Weather Bureau Building in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan.

The society for was founded in 1978 by a group of divers, teachers, and educators to commence exploration of historic shipwrecks in eastern Lake Superior

 

Donate here for funds to go directly to The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society




 

 

Explore and Protect

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society

Paddled Across

Lake Huron

In June of 2017 we crossed Lake HURON! It was a 90-mile paddle across the second largest Great Lake. It took us over 28 hours to complete and we raised over seven thousand dollars to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, headquartered in Alpena, Michigan,

Lake Huron’s cold, fresh water preserves many of these shipwrecks intact and in water depths ranging from a few inches to over 200 feet, making the sanctuary a popular tourist destination for divers, snorkelers and paddlers.

Check out our documentary here!

Help Preserve

Our Shipwrecks

Paddling Across

Lake Michigan

In 2015 the dream of crossing Lake Michigan was accomplished. We were able to make the 60 mile, open water crossing in just under 25 hours.

It was brutally cold sitting at 38 degree water and an air temp of 41. We had some of the most amazing stars and northern lights.

The journey Started at Algoma, Wisconsin and ended at Frankfort Michigan. Along for the journey were friends, Nick Darga, and J Mueller or Traverse City!

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WE DID IT!!! SUPERIOR CROSSING COMPLETE!

Traverse City – Three Michigan men have completed a daunting journey across Lake Superior by paddleboard. Joe Lorenz, Kwin Morris and Jeff Guy set off Tuesday from Sinclair Cove in Canada and arrived at Whitefish Point in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Wednesday morning. The 60-mile paddleboard trip is part of a goal to fundraise $20,000 […]

Superior Paddle!!!

Three Stand-up Guys to Cross Lake Superior on Paddle Boards Group plans to raise more than $10,000 for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society Traverse City, MI — This July three men, Joe Lorenz, Kwin Morris and Jeff Guy, will attempt something that has never been done—to paddleboard across Lake Superior, the largest, coldest, and […]

December Newsletter is Here!!!

Thank you everyone for your patients on the release of our SUFGL newsletter! Between planning our next lake crossing across Lake Superior, and doing speeches at local Elementary and Middle Schools, we have been pretty busy! Here is our newsletter, and we hope you enjoy it! Please consider joining our team by donating today! PS. […]

Lake Huron Crossing Complete!

After two years of planning and a 90-mile journey across Lake Huron, we can finally say we did it! Paddlers on the trip were Joe Lorenz, Kwin Morris, and Jeff Guy. The trip started at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan and ended in Tobermory, Ontario at the Fathom Five National Park. […]

We Crossed The Straits!

A group of Cherryland Middle School 8th grade students, along with SUFGL, successfully crossed the Mackinaw Straits, April 22nd. The paddle took us just under two hours. Gordie Lafontaine and Kadin Patterson were the students and raised just over four thousand dollars! With currents exceeding Niagra Falls and water temps below 40 degrees, training and […]

Group set to cross Straits with students

In late April, a group of Cherryland Middle School 8th grade students will attempt to cross the Straits of Mackinac by stand-up paddleboard. It all began with Cherryland Middle School’s (Elk Rapids Public Schools) International Baccalaureate 8th Grade Community Project program. Students Gordie Lafontaine and Kadin Patterson were inspired by their science teacher Kwin Morris’ […]

Torch Lake Post 4th Clean-up!

We are one week away from our Torch Lake Clean-Up. We are so humbled by the support of the community. It just shows how much people care about protecting this vital resource. Be at the DNR Boat launch at 9AM July 5th! If you cannot make the clean-up and want to contribute to the team, […]


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