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Manistee River/Boardman River Camping Weekend June 22 - 24

UPDATE: 06/06/12 The Green Lake side of Interlochen State park is full so we've had to book spots on the Duck Lake side, North Campground. I have site 9, Brian has 53, Valerie has site 55 and JC has site 4. We are pretty much next to each other. We need more people to reserve sites. I looked last night and sites 1, 2, 3, 62, and a few others were still available. We have 39 attending and NOT enough spots available for people to camp in. Step UP Paddlers! Us organizers can't do it all!! Thanks

Paddling the Manistee River on Saturday and the Boardman River on Sunday. Camping at Interlochen State Park (Rustic side)

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Equipment: Summer Paddle atire/PFD

Manistee River: Hodenpyl Dam Access to Red Bridge/Saturday, June 23, 2012/3 to 4 hour paddle 11:30 am put in. Leave Interlochen State Campground at 10:00 am

This stretch of the Manistee follows along the north country trail, primarily through wild areas, with a peppy current, and a few Class I ripples. It's a favorite with many paddlers because the the beautiful forest with steep cliffs. The river is wide, and can easily accommodate large groups. The Manistee is a very easy river to paddle but it does have several tricky eddy currents around the tight turns. This is easily overcome by properly attacking the turn and paddling a bit harder to overcome the current. Easily done by even the most inexperienced paddler.

If you are not camping at Interlochen State Park for the weekend follow the directions below to Hodenpyl Dam Access:

Follow US 131 to exit 176 (M115) west towards Frankfort. Take M115 through Cadillac and on through the town of Messick. Counting from the railroad tracks in the center of Messick continue 1.5 miles on M115 to Hodenply Dam Road on the left. You can recognize Hodenpyl dam road by the big trout picture up on the south west hillside. Follow Hodenpyl Dam road for 4 miles to a dirt road on the left. Look for the WMKC signs! Turn onto the dirt road and drive another 1/4 mile to the Put-In parking.

Boardman River Paddle: Brown Pond Dam to Beitner Bridge Access/Sunday, June 24, 2012/3 to 4 hour paddle Leave Interlochen State Campground at 10:00 - 10:30

The Boardman River is one of Michigan's most senic and beautiful rivers. The water is crystal clear. We'll put in at Brown pond Dam at 11:00 am after spotting our vehicles on our way to the put in. This is an approximately 10 mile paddle. Time: 3 plus 1 hour depending on the number of stops we make. Shorter trips are possible and we can sort that out as we go. There are several access sites. To me....the Boardman is one of Michigan's most beautiful rivers. You don't want to miss this paddle!! Skill Level: - Beginner/Intermediate. Beitner Rapids below Beitner bridge is class II. Whoever wants to do that section can. A few plan too. If not, then Beitner bridge is the pull-out. - Average gradient approx 8 feet per mile. Fast but not overwhelming. Anyone can do the Boardman with no problems but if you don't like about 15 minutes of fast and challenging water then Beitner bridge access is where you'll get out.

If you are not camping at Interlochen State Campground and coming up for the day then follow the directions to the put-in:

Brown Pond Dam 3270 Brown Bridge Road, Traverse City, MI 49686. Take-Out Beitner Bridge How to get to the Brown Pond Dam access on Saturday morning: 1. Drive north on US131 to exit 176 on M115 and go west towards Frankfort. 2. Just before to get to the town of Mesick turn right onto M37 and head north for 20.4 miles to Chums corner. 3. Chums corner is where US31 and M37 meet. 4. Turn right onto Beitner Rd. Look for the West Michigan Kayaking Club signs 5. Follow Beitner Rd 1.6 miles until you reach the Keystone, Beitner, W River Rd intersection. 7. Turn right on W River Rd. and follow for 6.6 miles to the put-in at Brown Bridge Dam. 8. Note within the 6.6 miles W River becomes E River and finally crosses Garfield Rd and becomes Brown Bridge Road. 9. If all else fails, just look for Brown Bridge Pond signs.

Interlochen State Campground: June 22-24, 2012/7:00 PM

Camping will be at Interlochen State Park in Interlochen. Cost is $12 per site per night and is on a first come, first served basis. Interlochen State Park, M-137 Interlochen, MI 49643.

You'll need to call the state park[masked] or visit this website to make your reservation: http://www.midnrreservations.com/ Two tents per site and with 4 people on each. You'll need a State Vehicle pass to get into the park. When you call to make your reservation be sure to choose the Green Lake Campground. This is the rustic side of the campground and there are showers available across the road on the Duck Lake side. We camped here last year and the view overlooking Green Lake was amazing. This year I'd like to have an evening paddle on Green Lake with lights attached to our boats.

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  • Carol L.

    Thank you, organizers, for a great time on the Boardman and Manistee rivers. Your organizational skills for working with such a big group are commendable. Thank you, Valerie, for the use of your paddle.

    June 28, 2012

  • Valerie

    Thanks Michal Ann, Brian and JC for a wonderful weekend! Loved seeing everyone again! Great rivers! A very big thank you to some special folks for helping me out in that one spot...I'm sure glad you were there!

    June 25, 2012

  • Jim & Juli G.

    OMG! what another AWESOME weekend! You ALL added to the FUN by being there. Thanks Brian, JC and Michal Ann for making it happen...

    June 25, 2012

  • Jim & Juli G.

    OMG! what another AWESOME weekend! You ALL added to the FUN by being there. Thanks Brian, JC and Michal Ann for making it happen...

    June 25, 2012

  • Michal Ann Benedict E.

    Another fabulous trip!

    June 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you so much, JC, Brain and Michael Ann! It was a great weekend. Thanks to everyone for tolerating and welcoming my great nephew! Thanks to JC especially for sharing the site!

    June 25, 2012

  • Laurie U.

    We had a great time both days. Thanks to all the organizers for their hard work and all the participants for making it fun. laurie and greg

    June 25, 2012

  • JC R.

    Thanks to Brian and and everyone who made this another great! weekend.

    June 25, 2012

  • David C.

    Great paddle on the Manistee - great company - BUT the time just flew by. We just wanted to stay on the water.

    June 24, 2012

  • Jackie J.

    I want to thank the group for a terrific first float with them and for all the tips for newbies! Everybody was really nice. I look forward to many more trips with the group in the future!

    June 24, 2012

  • Marie J.

    Great paddle plans, great time, great company, great weather control and great food. Thank you all, esp. the organizers, for your planning, oversight and inclusiveness. We had a wonderful time and plan to share other paddling opportunities with you again.

    June 24, 2012

  • John C.

    Good job hosts and all who came.

    June 24, 2012

  • Jill C.

    I had a wonderful time hanging out and kayaking. Tipping only added to the adventure! When is the next trip?!

    2 · June 24, 2012

  • Pete G.

    I had a wonderful time and made some great new friends. Thanks to all involved to make my weekend very special:-)

    June 24, 2012

  • Larry H.

    Many thanks to all who helped organize this outing. Had a great time and looking forward to the next outing!

    June 24, 2012

  • KRISTINA B

    Thank you Organizers and assistant organizer.

    June 24, 2012

  • Elizabeth B.

    Very well organized! Thanks, guys!!

    June 23, 2012

  • David and Julie B.

    We had a wonderful time.....

    June 23, 2012

  • Elwyn & Sandy D.

    Plans have changed and we can kayak on Sat. after all. I tried to sign us up, but Meet -Up says it's too late to go! Well, we are coming anyway - party crashers!! See you at the dam.

    June 22, 2012

  • David and Julie B.

    Yes we will fine one for you

    June 22, 2012

  • Elizabeth B.

    Is there still space for another tent at anyone's site? Looks like I can come up this afternoon :-)

    June 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks guys but can't make it now. Next time.

    June 22, 2012

  • Mary

    I have an extra kayak if anyone can make use of it, let me know & I'll bring it along on Sat.

    June 22, 2012

  • Mary

    I'll be paddling, not camping this weekend. Looks like the weather will be great! I'll see you at the put-in sites on Sat & Sun. Happy Trails to You...

    June 22, 2012

  • David and Julie B.

    Hurry on up kids it's beautiful here, they sell the glow sticks here at the park...see you all soon,got to go we are heading out on the boats fishing. Have a safe trip up. :)

    June 22, 2012

  • BrianK

    I have an extra PFD, but no extra kayak. I also have room for another tent on my site # 53.

    June 21, 2012

  • David and Julie B.

    Sorry Jim Bereans took it

    June 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    [masked]

    June 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does any own an extra kayak that I could borrow Saturday?

    June 21, 2012

  • Michal Ann Benedict E.

    I have extra guests coming and my spot is full.

    June 21, 2012

  • Michal Ann Benedict E.

    David and Julie I have need for the tent spot on Saturday night.

    June 21, 2012

  • David and Julie B.

    I have room on my lot for a Tent now, Maryann and George cant make it...

    June 21, 2012

  • Brian F B.

    Pam is coming up on Saturday afternoon for Sunday's Boardman paddle. :-)

    June 20, 2012

  • Brian F B.

    Pete, Kristina and Jackie will be on site 9 with me.

    June 20, 2012

  • BrianK

    Room has just opened up on my site, # 53, for another tent this weekend.

    June 20, 2012

  • Pete G.

    Hey, I just wanted to say thank you very much for sharing your outing with me last night on the Thornapple. What a great group! I look forward to getting to know more of you Saturday night camping on the Boardman River this weekend.

    June 20, 2012

  • JC R.

    In case anyone was wondering, the Brown Bridge Dam removal project is scheduled to begin in July. This may be the last time we see the dam and the pond, but I'm 70% sure we can still launch there this weekend.

    June 20, 2012

  • Brad W.

    My wife and I have been planning a charity paddle down the Manistee River, we too will be putting in on Friday, June 22, 2012 in Deward and paddling thru to Lake Michigan, eta. June 30, 2012. We will be paddling Hodenpyl to Tippydam on Thursday, June 28, 2012. I hope you all have a great trip, if anyone would like to join us on any one of our days on the Manistee please email me. [masked]

    June 18, 2012

  • Marie J.

    I did reserve a site at the modern section of Interlochen State Park. It is site 72. I spoke to one of the Rangers who reported that lots of folks were having trouble trying to book the rustic sites at the campground. So there may be rustic sits available but they do not show up on the web site. So I booked a pricey one and hope to get a refund, since I did not have the option to book a rustic one online. (fat chance) I should be set so I hope to meet up with folks either Fri. nite. Marie

    June 17, 2012

  • Pattie

    I am doing a pontoon "redo" including making seats, reflooring, rewiring, etc... so.... It depends on how much I get done this week as to me actually going on the Kayaking trip. That being said, my in-laws are only 15 min. away from Interlochen, so if need be I can stay at their place. Anybody a wiring guru?

    June 17, 2012

  • Laurie U.

    Hi,
    greg and I will be driving up EARLY Sat AM in time for the paddle, but will be spending the night in Caberfae. We'll meet again on Sun for the second paddle before heading back to Lake Orion that night. Hope to do some camping with everybody when we have a little more time. laurie

    June 17, 2012

  • Brian F B.

    Here is the list of reserved sites: 1 Gayle, 2 Dave & Julie, 3 Jim & Julie, 4 JC, 9 Brian B, 39 Diane & Gary, 53 Brian K, 55 Valerie, 62 Larry Hoppe, 118 Barb & Glenn, 120 Mike, 153 Michal Ann, Bob Smallegan? Paddlers with possible availability at thier sites are Bob Smallegan, Diane & Gary, Gayle Sutton, Glenn/Barb, JC, Jim/Julie and Larry Hoppe. Please contact them via this site and make arrangements. If you do please update this comment section.

    June 17, 2012

  • Brian F B.

    Anne, Carol Lee, Chris Ritz, Connie, Jeff, Laurie Unertl, Lori, Marie Johansen, Mary, MJ, Pattie, and Susan Vanoort where are you camping at Interlochen? So far I havent heard of you reserving sites. I believe there may be others you could share with. But you all need to make a plan asap and update the comment section so you dont get there and have no place to camp. There are 13 paddlers who have reserved sites so far and most are sharing with others with a limit of two tents per site.

    June 17, 2012

  • Brian F B.

    No movie at the campsite. Not a good idea. Thanks John for your wise counsel.

    June 17, 2012

  • John C.

    I will bring an extra kayak for Jackie. Your idea of watching Deliverance at the campsite, however, is wrong in so many ways.

    June 16, 2012

  • Brian F B.

    I'm looking for someone who can bring a spare kayak for one of our members to use for Sunday's paddle. Contact myself or Jackie Johnson if you can help us out. Thanks

    June 15, 2012

  • gayle s.

    i have site #1 with room for a tent or 2 if someone wants to share let me know..

    June 12, 2012

  • Michal Ann Benedict E.

    @Steve - Jake will be there unless he's invited to something more exciting. LOL

    June 12, 2012

  • Bob S.

    I have room for two or three tents at my site, at Green Lake.

    June 12, 2012

  • Glenn/Barb C.

    Glenn and I have room on our lot Friday and Saturday, lot 118

    June 12, 2012

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