Paddling Humanists: Betsie River

Saturday, July 1, 12 p.m.
Grace Road River Access
44.605747, -86.112601

Join the Grand Traverse Humanists for a paddle trip down the Betsie River! Experienced river guide Linnaea will lead you down this section of river that is appropriate for beginners: it’s mostly slow and swampy, with lots of opportunity to view wildlife, relax, and enjoy a couple hours on the water.

We’ll meet at the Grace Road access (coordinates 44.605747, -86.112601) at noon and paddle down to Lewis Bridge aka River Road West/Adams Rd access, which doubles as parking for the Betsie Valley Trail (coordinates 44.618578, -86.168920). We’ll set up a shuttle before paddling to get most of the cars down to the end point.

Please bring your boat, paddle, sunscreen, snacks and water, and sturdy river shoes, as well as a change of clothes to leave in your car.

Please be advised that this section of river contains multiple “braids,” that is, there’s sometimes more than one way to go. But as long as you’re going downstream, it all ends up in the same place, so don’t worry too much if you get separated for a while! Just try to not pick a branch that looks like it’s going to be full of obstacles!

If we feel like it, we might get dinner afterwards (I nominate The Roadhouse in Benzonia).

Important!: RSVP to Linnaea at to attend. Rain date will be the following Saturday, July 8.



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