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Lower Boardman River

When:
Friday, January 1, 2021, 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM
Where:
Hull Park
Traverse City, MI  
Additional Info:
Contact(s):
Mitchell Treadwell
231-409-4819 (c)
Category:
Difficult River
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No Fee

I'm hosting host a trip on New Year's Day to kick the paddling calendar off to a good start.  It will be just a casual trip on the Lower Boardman River, which is calm and gentle enough that even people who haven't done much cold-weather paddling will be able to do without incident.  Also, between FishPass and the reconstruction of multiple bridges downtown, this could be the last chance for people to paddle this stretch for another year or two, if not longer.  The trip will start at Hull Park near the library, going downstream (portaging the dam) to the Bay, before returning back upstream to the start so no shuttles are necessary.  As an easy paddle (total length ~4 mi), it can be done in under two hours, and the mouth is only 5 blocks from the start, so people could walk back to their cars if they didn't want to paddle upstream (though the current isn't too hard).

People may want to paddle more on Boardman Lake, or we could go from the mouth over to Clinch Park, though wind and waves could make that unsafe at this time of year and just the river portion would be an adequate trip.  It would be a great chance for people to meet and enjoy some time on the river.