It’s Labor Day Weekend and Hurricane Harvey has decided to crash the end-of-summer parties…

While it looks like there won’t be much fun time on the water for the next few days, we have started to prepare for winter activities — no we don’t have a secret sled hill or snowmobiles, but we are working on fundraisers, AOC projects, and various other forms of community outreach. 

Our Spaghetti Dinner is coming up on October 18th, and will be held at the Lorain Elks Lodge again. Also in October, we will be hosting two viewings of Bringing Back The Black River at the Lorain Historical Society. Check out the Events tab for details.

In September, I (Stephanee) will be attending an ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshop (APW) to add the Adaptive Endorsement to my teaching certificate. Robb obtained his adaptive endorsement last year. We (LoCo ‘Yaks) are working to secure a grant to provide adaptive paddling classes and adventures, free of charge, to physically disabled Lorain County residents. We hope to begin scheduling for this program in 2018.

The Black River AOC Advisory Committee’s (BRAOCAC) support grant has been extended through March 2018 and will include a few new projects: 

  1. Painting 300-500 Lorain County storm drains with “Lake Erie Starts Here”.
  2. Printing informational brochures on Black River history and restoration projects.
  3. River tours via kayak or river boat to see the restoration efforts first-hand and to learn about our MDPEP.

Additionally, we are still scheduling MDPEPs for any school, community, or youth group. We’ll even schedule one for your family or anyone who’s interested in learning how to prevent marine debris — book club, wine club, bowling league team, high school sports teams, 4H club, science class, student council, … We will also be scheduling a few public MDPEPs for smaller groups who are curious. 


Keep an eye on our website and social media for more information. We’ll keep updating as new details are established.


… And there we have it — blog #2 is in the books. Look at me go.


Hello Friends! Welcome to the LoCo ‘Yaks’ new website and blog. First & foremost, THANK YOU for being here. Whether you just found us, or you’ve been around since the very first BRCU, thank you for supporting the LoCo ‘Yaks. We couldn’t be who we are without the help of our amazing volunteers and donors. We appreciate every single minute of time and every penny donated to help us support our mission of promoting fun, safe, and eco-friendly open-water kayak instruction and educational adventures for all ages and abilities, while supporting the maintenance and preservation of our natural waterways. We hope to see you at an event soon. Whether it be a fundraiser, a clean-up, an awareness function, or educational workshop – we love getting to know our LoCo friends.


We are making edits and additions to this new site almost daily, so please check back often for updates… and, I’m going to try my hand at this blogging thing. I’m not sure what I’m doing, as I’ve never been much of a blog-follower, but I’ve been reading more parenting blogs and hoping it will inspire me here. We really appreciate your patience as we juggle the craziness of growing our non-profit and managing the LLC, while adjusting to new family life at home. (Who new an infant could consume us like this?! — Josephina really appreciates your kindness & understanding too.) I have a reminder on my calendar to get beck here regularly to let you all know what kind of fun stuff the we have coming up next. And if you should ever need more information, please don’t hesitate to comment on our posts or email/ text/ call us. We’re happy to help – that’s what we do, because we are LoCo ‘Yaks, after all.