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Saturday, October 7, 2017
Baxter Bridge to Harvey Bridge
S. of Kingsley, E. of Buckley, MI
The trip filled up by Labor Day, but I am taking a waiting list in case there are cancellations. Call me if you are interested in joining.
This is perhaps the prettiest section of the Big Manistee, just south of Kingsley, with majestic scenery on both sides. We will pass below the High Rollways and the observation platform above, alongside the North Country National Scenic Trail. There is little development along the banks and the views of the hills alongside the river are truly spectacular. Fall colors should be emerging on the surrounding hillsides.
We will be on the river for about six hours, including a stop for lunch. This means that we will actually be paddling (not just floating) for about five hours. This trip is for TAPC members who have spent lots of time paddling their boats all season long. In order to make sure that everyone has a good time, each person needs to bring a boat that is longer than 12 feet, so that we can keep the group together.
Here are a couple of trip reports from the same trip in previous years; note the fall colors!
The meeting time will be 8:45 AM.
Manistee River (Baxter Bridge)
Head south of TC to the town of Kingsley. From the main intersection in town (Garfield / County 611 and M-113), drive one mile east, then turn right (south) in Summit City Road. Drive five miles, and then follow the blacktop as you turn right (west) onto County Line Road. After ½ mile, turn left (south) onto 29 ½ Road. Within 1 ½ miles, you will see Baxter Bridge. Do not go across the river, but turn right to the river access just north of the bridge.
Map to Baxter Bridge