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Little Muskegon River - Dagget Rd to Croton Pond

 *** Please note: This paddle is now on Sunday at 10:00am ***


Please meet at Dagget Rd access and be ready to shuttle no later than 10:00 am.

Cold weather / Cold water paddle – Please be prepared to be able to be in and out of your boat for potential portages.  A dry bag with a complete change of clothes will be required.

Please see the “More” tab then “files” at the top of the page for suggested cold weather dry bag contents.

As always, all WMKC rules apply.  Coast Guard Approved PFD required, and it be worn correctly while on the water. 

Put in at Dagget Rd river Access:   GPS   [masked], [masked]                                       https://www.google.com/maps/@43.4319696,-85.5388114,16z

Take out:   A. W. duChemin Park Boat Launch.     GPS   [masked], [masked]           https://www.google.com/maps/@43.4386165,-85.6669004,16z 

I have heard of paddlers taking out at Driftwood Bar & Grill ?  If you know something about this please let me know.


GPS Coordinates to the Private access we have permission to use for a take-out now:

[masked], [masked]


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  • Chris D

    What a beautiful stretch of river you picked Steven😊 - awesome paddle. Thank you for driving Marie and I home safely in the snow....

    1 · Yesterday

  • Shannon D.

    Would someone be willing to call me to discuss how winter paddling goes? I would like to participate in both scheduled events, but I have some questions as I have never been in the colder months . Nor have I paddled either of these rivers. My number is[masked]-9971. Thank you!!!

    5 days ago

    • Steven

      It was nice speaking with you, thanks for asking questions. We'll see you Sunday!

      5 days ago

  • Roger S.

    Well I got permission to use the private access at the mouth of the river. So now we don't have to paddle across the lake to take-out.

    2 · 6 days ago

    • Steven

      Great, thanks Roger !

      6 days ago

  • Roger S.

    I might be able to go, now that it's a Sunday. I'll check and see. I'll also see if I can dig up a contact for the private take-out so that we don't have to g across all that open water.

    November 28

    • Roger S.

      Make sure to read the Facebook postings about the pool. There are some new rules given to us by the pool director.

      November 28

    • Steven

      Roger, please give me a call[masked] I'm not able to see the info ? Thanks.

      November 28

  • Steven

    Thanks guys for the advice and direction !

    November 17

  • Bob E.

    A better option may be Long Road to Newcosta (County Line Road). It's only 7.5 miles but it is closer to Grand Rapids than most paddles.

    1 · November 16

  • Roger S.

    I can't go on this one. It's the first pool date for WMCKA. But the Driftwood is the normal takeout for reasonable sized groups. Call them and ask if they are OK with parking cars and taking out there. They've always said Yes to me. But be courteous and have lunch there when you get done paddling. There is also a private access (on the right), just before entering the dam backwaters pond. It looks like a small pond. Parking is somewhat limited. If you take a drive there in advance and knock on a few doors, you could ask permission to use that spot, it's WAY better. You don't have to paddle across any open water. This late in the year I'm sure someone will give you permission (as long as you ask nicely, and don't try to park a million cars there).

    1 · November 16

  • Bob E.

    Driftwood is where we usually take out. Be aware you will have to paddle about a mile across Croton Pond. You will more than likely encounter a headwind, and good sized waves if it is from the west. And if the weather gets colder there may be some ice.At the Driftwood you have to climb a 3' wall to get out of your kayak, and climb some steps to get to the road.

    1 · November 16

4 went

  • Steven
    Class II, River Rescue, Ranger, Rain Paddler,
    Event Host
  • Roger S.
    Principal Scout, Whitewater Instructor, Co-Organizer
  • Chris D
    Rain Ranger

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