BrassWind Landing New Owners For 2020

7 Apr

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Be safe and be healthy. BrassWind Landing is going through some changes for 2020. We are excited that one of our kayak customers is taking over the rental side of the business.  An announcement about the building will be coming soon. Thinking ahead to the summer season and thinking of Indian River and all of our kayaking fans during this Covid-19 pandemic we want to wish you well and share that we are pursuing other adventures. We had a lot of fun and appreciated meeting all of our guests.  You can read more about what Lincoln and Sheree are doing this year on our .

stacie scherman bob scherman and the lincolns

Stacie Scherman on left with her Dad, Robert Scherman, Sheree Lincoln and Richard Lincoln – 2015 IR Kayak Biathlon.

For 2020 bike, kayak, canoe or paddle board rentals and deliveries to your  cottage or the beach please call new owner Stacie at Nor’East Outdoors. The BrassWind Landing reservation line at 231-753-8029 and the former land line, 231-238-4843 now ring to her. Visit her website at – click here.

Paint and Sip Classes in Indian River Michigan

15 Nov

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Paint and Sip Classes Painting Events Indian River Michigan

Paint and Sip at BrassWind Landing on Saturday November 19th. 7pm to 9PM. Artist Sheree Lincoln will be teaching you how to create a contemporary and somewhat abstract painting using complimentary colors, brushes, palette knife and textures with techniques you can use for future painting on your own. Class is $35 and limited to 20 people. Cash, check or card at the event.

You will go home with an abstract, contemporary painting of the Aurora Borealis and the Mackinac Bridge. Teresa Newby of Wicked Fun Creations will help lead the paint and sip class. Contact Sheree at 231-335-7278 to make a reservation and learn more.

Earlier in the day there is another class for the Aurora Borealis Bridge painting as a fundraiser for the Mackinaw City Area Arts Council and is at the Mackinaw City Library from 1pm to 3pm. Non-Alcoholic Mimosas will be provided. The 1:00pm class is NOT BYOB.

Fireworks Paddle Board Kayak Adventure

24 Jun

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Burt Lake Indian River Fireworks Adventure

Watch Fireworks from front row seats on a paddle board or kayak!

Watch the Independence Day Fireworks from Front Row Seats!

The beach crowd maybe be fun for the fireworks display but this is even better with no crowds in the swimming area. We start off with an hour of pre-fireworks paddling  on Burt Lake. Next we all tie up to a tether line in the swimming area at DeVoe beach to enjoy the show. The fireworks are shot off right along the Indian River Channel.

Please reserve 1 week ahead! Limited boards available.

$25 per person including Stand Up Paddle Board  or Kayak rental. 2017 Fireworks are Saturday, July 1st, 2017 at Dark. Rain Date, Sunday, July 2nd, 2017.

You can conveniently leave your car in our parking lot and avoid the hunt for a parking spot on the side roads!  It’s just a short 3 block walk to the lake.

Pre-register and Pre-Pay at BrassWind Landing 6240 Mack Ave., Indian River, MI.
Launch time 8PM at South Street Road End.


Kayak or SUP Meet Up - Sunset Paddle on Burt Lake

30 May

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Paddle Board Adventure on Burt Lake

Group Paddle at Sunset – Kayak or SUP Rental

Plan an evening Sunset paddle in Indian River, Michigan.  This is a group paddle boarding event on Burt Lake. We paddle at DeVoe Beach near the mouth of the Indian River. If you need to rent a board please call in advance or stop in on Thursday durnig the day to reserve the SUP or kayak and pre-pay so we can have it at the lake for you.

Kayak or SUP Meet Up

Have your own kayak or stand up paddleboard and want some other people to paddle with? Meet at DeVoe beach at 8:45 PM Thursday evenings for a sunset paddle.

 Waves and Weather

We plan to paddle on Burt Lake. However based on the wind and waves we may decide  head down the Indian River or even put in directly on the river at the ramp on Witt. 

We can also paddle from Burt Lake into the mouth of the Sturgeon River and paddle against the current as far as we can (About to M27). The cedar trees are beautiful and the water is well behaved in thus stretch. Then its a fast gondola like paddle back to Burt Lake.


Have a SUP or kayak? No Cost to Meet up.

Need a Sup or Kayak?  $20 for the Sunset Paddle.

Wooden Boat Show

21 May

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Wood Boat Show 2013 (this is a past event and not a current offering)

Display of fine hand crafted wood boats. Show off or sell your wood kayak, canoe, drift boat, dinghy, pram, race boat, run about  or Chris Craft at our Free Wooden Boat Show.

When: Sat. & Sun. 10:00am to 5:00pm
Weekend of the Top O’Michigan Races

Where: On the Grassy area* at BrassWind BoatWorks** at BrassWind Landing 6240 Mack Ave Near Christopher’s Cafe just off S. Straits Highway.

Who: Any wood boat owner can participate. See wood boats from Allen Deming of Mackinaw Watercraft, Richard Lincoln from BrassWind BoatWorks.

How: Trailer or Transport your boat here. Bring Saw horses or other way to display the boats if desired.  Some boats will be able to  be placed on the grass.

Free Event: No Entry Fee and No Selling fee.


Stop by BrassWind Landing at 6240 Mack Avenue, Indian River to register or call Richard Lincoln at 231-238-4843 Store or 231-760-0103 Mobile.

Richard Lincoln, of BrassWind BoatWorks, is a wooden boat builder and is your host for this new event in Indian River, MI.  Richard apprenticed, for four years, with Tim Fox of C Fox Wood Boats in Kent City Michigan. Richard specializes in tape seam or stitch and glue construction of kayaks and skifs from Chesapeake Light Craft designs. More than 20,000 Chesapeake designed boats have been built and are in use around the world.   The CLC boats are built by amateurs as well as professionals.  In 2014 we will be offering wood boat building classes for people who may not want to build their own boat but want to work on one and learn the technique.   We are currently offer private boat building instruction with the purchase of a wood boat kit and the boat materials. It takes about 150 hours to build a wooden kayak like the Millcreek 13 pictured here.  The kit and instruction for this particular boat is $1600. You will build your boat with Lincoln and have a beautiful heirloom kayak to treasure and enjoy for years to come.

*Some overflow to parking lot or along ledgestone wall for larger boats that need to stay on trailers.

Geocaching Kayaking Adventure for Earth Week Plus

21 Apr

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Geo Cache and Kayak Paddling Event Friday May 23rd 5:00-7:00pm

Kayaking and Geocaching Adventure with Sheree Lincoln.  Local geocaching enthusiast Jim Chimner of Straits Area Geocachers Club will have set up hidden geocaches along the Indian River and the Little Sturgeon River near Marina Park for this special paddling event. The Launch site for this event is DeVoe Beach on Burt Lake. The 18 GeoCaches added for this event will remain in place long after the kayaking event – for your geocaching enjoyment!

Weather permitting we will be heading into the Indian River from Burt Lake and paddling down river to the confluence of the Indian River and the Little Sturgeon River (past the Straits Highway Bridges near Marina Park). There will be geocaches that can be reached from land so anyone who wishes to participate without kayaking still can! If there is a lot of wind on the lake or snow in the parking lot we will proceed to an alternate launch site around the corner and head directly into the river.

After we find caches we will be paddling back up the Indian River to the launch site on DeVoe Beach on Burt Lake. If you are bringing your own kayak please meet at the launch site at 5:00 pm. If you are renting a kayak from BrassWind Landing Boat Rental then please meet at 6240 Mack Avenue, Indian River, MI 49749. EarthWeek special kayak rental fee is $15.00. To learn more about geocaching please visit or the Straits Area Geo Caching Club’s website at For details or kayak reservations, contact Sheree Lincoln at 231-238-4843 or email her at We will have some handheld GPS’s if you do not own one. Please note that you can download an AP for your smartphone from the website.

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Fall Color Tour by Kayak 2013

24 Aug

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Fall Color Paddling Trips

Why not see the Fall Colors from a Paddle Board, Canoe or Kayak and enjoy a relaxing paddle from a different view: the water trails.

Sturgeon River, Indian River, Burt Lake, Mullett Lake or Crooked Lake & Crooked River

The Autumn colors usually are in full color change in Indian River around the 7th of October. That means that it could be a week earlier or a week later.  Last year, in 2012, the colors were beautiful! Enjoy the photo gallery from with pictures taken by one of our customers. Photo credit to Joan Zeller Bonin! Thank you for taking a great fall color river trip on the Sturgeon River. What a great photo op and adventure with us at Arts and Adventure Paddlesports at BrassWind Landing.  Enjoy the fall colors twice; head to Northern Michigan and then paddle the Muskegon in West Michigan the next weekend.


Book Signing & Reading with Author Chris Weston During Summerfest

14 Jul

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Meet the Author

Award winning Author Chris Weston, from Petoskey, will be at DeVoe Beach reading from his popular book, Hawgeye!  Join BrassWind Landing at Summerfest for a book signing at DeVoe Beach on kids night during the Indian River Summerfest.  Join us Thursday night, July 18th down at the beach on Burt Lake at 7:pm.

About Hawgeye: The simplest things can bring the greatest rewards. Twelve-year-old Billy loves to fish. He always treasures the times he can sit by the water and wait for the fish to bite. But Billy longs for someone to fish with. His dad is busy with work, and his few friends don’t share his passion. However, Billy learns there is one person whose love for fishing equals his own-the mysterious W.R.R., whose trophies hang on the supermarket wall and whose brightly colored, handmade lures line the cases.


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Kayak Bike Biathlon 2013 Boat Rentals

14 Jul

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At BrassWind Landing we rent kayaks for the Indian River Kayak Bike Biathlon which is coming up Sunday, July 21st. The Biathlon Starts at DeVoe Beach on Burt Lake. During the Biathlon the Indian River is closed. We do not run Indian River trips during that time. Sturgeon River trips are by appointment only on the Day of the Biathlon.

Some people make reservations way in advance so I have 1 or 2 Paluski Spirit kayaks left for rental. Our 12.5, 13.5 and 14.5 Liquid Logic and Native Watercraft Inuits are all reserved and pre-paid. The rental fee for the race is $25. In exchange we ask that you wear one of our BrassWind Landing T-Shirts during the awards ceremony and pose for a photo with our kayaks and the other racers who rented with us please. You get to keep the T-Shirt. Last year in 2012 we had 3 Winners with trophies and Joan Rogers, who purchased a fiberglass kayak by Peregrine – Made in Michigan – took over 10 seconds off her time from the year before.  She would have placed had she paddled with her age group! All in all it is a fabulous race to watch or participate in.

I would suggest,  if you know you may want to race the following year, you please let us know this year and leave contact information with us so that we can call you to confirm in the Spring. That way those who have raced with us before get first dibs on the boats.

Native American Storytelling - Indian River Michigan

6 Jul

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Storytelling at BrassWind Landing

Teller of Stories, Anthony “Tony” Miron Anthony “Tony” Miron Teller of Stories was at BrassWind Landing over Memorial Weekend and part of June and July in 2013.  You can see his beautiful wood burned art. Tony is is one of the featured Artists, this month, at the BrassWind Gallery. The July 19th Storytelling Event has been cancelled due to illness. All future storytelling events have been postponed indefinitely.

Tony sometimes will be dressed in full Regalia as he tells the  Native American Stories passed down from the Elders. This Free event is 45 minutes to 1 hour and took place on the lawn just beyond the parking lot for BrassWind Landing.

The idea for this video was developed by Teller of Stories, Tony Miron, We are leaving it on Facebook and YouTube as a tribute to that effort and in recognition of the rich cultural history of Native Americans, Indian River and the Inland Waterway.

Next Storytelling Date


July 19 4:30pm  to 5:30pm at BrassWind Landing

*Remember to bring a chair or a blanket to the storytelling.  Rainy days we will move into the Paddlesports Show Room and Gallery or make use of the deck on our Boat House Shed.