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July 2 Pere Marquette River

Linda Woodruff  | Published on 7/2/2020

Eight of us (Lois, John, Marlene, Jocelyn, Harold, Donna, Tom and Linda) paddled the Pere Marquette from Bowman to Upper Branch Thursday. It was a very relaxing paddle on a beautiful day. Blue skies and warm weather provided a great day for a paddle with swim breaks to keep us cool and a little help from Rainbow Rapids. Jocelyn and Harold got some great shots of us going through the rapids. Animal sightings started early. On the way to the put-in a black bear was spotted near M37 and 55.  Deer and an eagle were seen on the river.

We avoided injury from a fishing lure hanging from a tree at eye level. Thankfully Jocelyn was able to remove it to prevent future injury to an unsuspecting future kayaker.

Thanks Lois and John for hosting the trip. Thanks to Marv for a safe shuttle.

Linda Woodruff

Photos by Harold, Jocelyn and John
John in the back of Marv's truck during shuttle

Lois going down the river

A large family of geese

Jocelyn taking photos of people going through Rainbow Rapids

Harold exiting the rapids

Lois going through Rainbow Rapids

Donna going through Rainbow Rapids

Tom going through Rainbow Rapids

Linda going through Rainbow Rapids

John going through Rainbow Rapids

A swim break

A deer by the river takes off when it sees us