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Traverse Area Paddle Club

Remember: all TAPC outings are listed on our event calendar and are color coded using this scheme:


Small Inland Lakes   

Great Lakes   

Easy Rivers 

Intermediate Rivers  

Difficult Rivers 
Clean-up Trips 

Out-of-town Trips 

If you need help using the website you may call the Club Express

Help Desk at

(866) 457-2582

Monday - Friday,

8:30 AM - 7 PM Eastern Time

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Links for the Traverse Area Paddle Club


Water levels for Michigan rivers

Easy links to water levels for the rivers we paddle: Local Rivers 

USGS gauges for river levels and volume Michigan river water levels


Local Outfitters (for renting watercraft or shuttle assistance)

Pine River

Jordan River ,  
Betsie River ,

South Branch of the AuSable

AuSable River , ,

Sturgeon River ,

Upper Manistee River

Lower Manistee River,,

Pere Marquette River
Boardman River
Cedar River in Gladwin

Other info on local waterways

River log for NW Michigan rivers

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Online permit system for the Pine River:

Info on Michigan Rivers from local author
Grass River Natural Area

Businesses that offer free test paddles (call ahead)
Sailsport Marine
Bahnhof Sport (Petoskey) - They offer lessons.   

Northbound Outfitters (Grayling)  or Facebook page
Kayak Corral (Ottawa Lake MI - just north of Toledo) - 15% discount on boats and merchandise (excluding trailers and Jackson kayaks) for TAPC members
37 North (Newaygo) - 10% discount, free shipping up to 7 lbs. for TAPC members
Power of Water (Lansing) They offer lessons for both open water and moving water
Other businesses that sell canoes and kayaks
Backcountry Outfitters 

Bill & Paul's Sporthaus (Grand Rapids)


General canoeing and kayaking information - great info on all aspects of paddling,  great for classified ads and product reviews 

Paddler's report

Canoe and kayaking magazine


Paddling Organizations 

American Canoe Association
National Organization for Rivers
Boardman River Cleansweep

Other Paddle Clubs in the general area

West Michigan Coastal Kayaking Association  
West Michigan Kayaking Club


Outfitters and Instructors  

Paddle Away (TC area)

Uncommon Adventures (Lake Michigan, Central America, Alaska)

White Squall (Georgian Bay Ontario)

Living Adventure, Inc (Apostle Islands)

Sylvania Outfitters (Watersmeet MI)

Caribou Expeditions (Ontario)

Northland Outfitters (Germfask MI) 

Beaver Island 

Inland Sea Association (Lake Superior)

Madawaska Kanu Centre (Ontario)

Nantahala Outdoor Center (North Carolina)

Bear Paw Outdoor Adventure Resort(Wisconsin) 

Canoecopia (the biggest paddlesports exposition anywhere!)


Regional Paddling Events 

Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium; Ladies of the Lake Sea Kayak Symposium