G.T. Humanists Paddle the Cedar River/Victoria Creek

Cedar River launch site off Kasson St. in Cedar
Sunday, July 19, 3 p.m.

Join the Grand Traverse Humanists for a paddle trip down beautiful Victoria Creek, aka the Cedar River! This is an easy trip appropriate for all skill levels. You can use a kayak or canoe, but not tubes (they’re too slow). Paddle boards would be acceptable, but you may not be able to keep up with those with kayaks/canoes.

The river has no current to speak of, so this will be an out and back paddle. No shuttle required, as we’ll paddle out and return the same way. It will be up to participants to decide how far they want to go. If you paddle all the way to Lake Leelanau and back, it’s a 7.2 mile round trip, not including two optional “secret” side lakes.

This river runs through the Leelanau Conservancy’s Cedar River Preserve. More info here: https://leelanauconservancy.org/naturalarea/cedar-river-natural-area/

A few pointers and safety tips are always good to keep in mind:

*Bring water, a change of clothes in a dry sack, sunscreen, a snack or sack lunch, and appropriate, securely fastened footwear. Flip flops not recommended, and bare feet are unacceptable.

*Bring your PFD/flotation device. Even if you don’t wear it, you’ll need to have one with you.

*Children and dogs are welcome, but must be controlled.

*Don’t forget your paddle (and kayak/canoe)!

*MOST IMPORTANTLY: THERE’S NOWHERE TO STOP ON THIS RIVER! Therefore there is nowhere to get out and go to the bathroom! Men may wish to bring a disposable bottle just in case. Women may want to curb their beverage intake if they think they’re going to have a problem! There is a porta-potty at the launch site.

We’ll meet at the launch site at 3 PM. The launch is in Cedar in a parking lot off Kasson St. (the main street going through Cedar). On the north side of the river, turn into the parking lot with the American Waste recycling dumpsters.

Email Linnaea at lmelcarek@gmail.com to RSVP. Hope to see you on the river!