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Kalamazoo River from New Richmond Bridge to Wiley Road Access

  • Jul 17, 2011 · 11:00 AM
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Dawn Patrol in the AM, then we'll reposition and meet-up with all the day paddlers for the trip down the deep and swift Kalamazoo. Don't let the size fool ya, this river moves a lot of water and does it at a swift clip. Plenty of wild land and marshes to provide a surprising array of birds and some mammals. 

I'm changing this paddle slightly so that 1) we don't have to pay the parking fee at the take-out and 2) in order eliminate a part of this paddle that I really don't care for.     As a result, the paddle will only last about two hours.

There are two routes on the river that paddlers can decide on.  The good news is that when the routes come back together it's time to get out.  You can either take the main channel around to the north, or you can paddle though the Morrison Bayou with a slightly better chance of seeing wildlife.  Both routes are excellent, and I will include the particulars in my briefing.

How to get there:

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1:  From the South (Kalamazoo) follow M-89 a few miles past Allegan until it turns West towards Fennville.

2: Pass through Fennville and turn RIGHT on N 58th ST. 

3: Follow 58th St about 4 miles until you cross the Kalamazoo then around and up the hill on the right turn RIGHT on Old Allegan Rd until you come to the boat access park.

4: Unload your Kayak and move your car back to the road so others can get in the parking lot.  It's may be busy.

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1: From the North (Grand Rapids) follow I-196 South to Exit 34 and go East on M-89 towards Fennville.

2: At the edge of Fennville (5.2 miles) turn LEFT on N 58th St. 

3: Follow 58th St about 4 miles until you cross the Kalamazoo then around and up the hill on the right turn RIGHT on Old Allegan Rd until you come to the boat access park.

4: Unload your Kayak and move your car back to the road so others can get in the parking lot.  It's may be busy.

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Pull-Out

We will pull-out at the Wiley Road Access Site.  I will lead a caravan of vehicles from the put-in at 11:30 and we will go Paddles IN! at Noon.


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  • Sally A.

    Couldn't ask for a better day or a better grp of people. Ready for the next trip
    Much thanks to Maryann & JC for organizing this

    July 22, 2011

  • Carol L.

    I was glad we did it.

    July 19, 2011

  • Carla

    Beautiful day and I stopped at cranes on the way home for cider. What more can you ask for

    July 19, 2011

  • JC R.

    The latter part of this section of the Kalamazoo flows through the Morison Bayou, which is can be kind of bland. I do not plan on doing this section again. Maybe we will do from the Dam to New Richmond.

    July 18, 2011

  • Brandon W.

    All four of us had a great time and everyone's was so nice and helpful

    July 18, 2011

  • Chuck W.

    We had a great time out there. Diana, Fran, Todd and I all thank you. Hopefully, we'll see you on another paddle soon.

    July 17, 2011

  • Brian F B.

    Sorry I had to leave after the Dawn Patrol. But if this paddle was anything like the Dawn Patrol, it was a joy and well worth it.

    July 17, 2011

  • Brandon W.

    Ok JC thanks for the info I really appreciate it. Can't wait to meet everyone on Sunday.

    July 15, 2011

  • JC R.

    Brandon, we drop off the boats at the put in and then take as many vehicles down to the pull-out (drivers only) and shuttle drivers back to the put-in. The system works very well, and we have polished it for two season now.

    July 15, 2011

  • Brandon W.

    This is my first time with you guys and girls so I was wondering about how to pick the car up or do we need to drop a car off earlier??

    July 15, 2011

  • Ryan L.

    We will be dropping off a vehicle at the pull-out earlier, and wil meet the group in New Richmond while your spotting cars.

    July 15, 2011

  • JC R.

    No Problem Chuck. We are all about paddling.

    July 13, 2011

  • Chuck W.

    I hope it's ok if I bring 3 guests. One was a member who was booted for inactivity in the group.

    July 10, 2011

  • JC R.

    I'm actually thinking about changing the pull-out to make it a little shorter, so it should be about three hours Sally.

    July 9, 2011

  • Sally A.

    JC how long of a trip is this one, sounds like a fun one.

    July 7, 2011

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