Manistee River M-72 to M-66
July 14 - 16, 2017
I had been wanting to do another overnight trip on a river for some time, and decided on a three day trip on the Manistee River in northern Michigan for the middle of July. I invited my friends Sarah, Ron and Cyndi to join me, and thought we could use this trip to help us prepare for our upcoming trip to Isle Royale.
|Preparing to set out|
We started out Friday evening to try to get a few miles in before dark.
The Manistee River is one of the most scenic rivers in Michigan. It is a fairly wide river, but with a good strong current. It is largely undeveloped for much of it's 232 mile length.
This is one of the few sections of the river I have not kayaked yet, one of the reasons I chose this stretch of river.
Ron and Cyndi seemed to be in more of a hurry than they usually are, paddling ahead of us most of the time with their faster sea kayaks.
Sarah seemed content to paddle at a more leisurely pace, enjoying in the sights and sounds of the river and just taking it all in. This was her first overnight kayak trip, and she was in no hurry. I was just happy to be on the river away from the stress of life for a while, and so I was glad to keep her company.
Other than a few fishermen, we had the river to ourselves Friday night and much of the morning on Saturday.
Ron found a great campsite Friday night on a low bank on the river. The silence of the deep woods was astounding.
Saturday morning Ron and Cyndi again took off down the river. Sarah and I floated more than paddled, enjoying the day again. But we still managed to cover almost 28 miles down the river with the strong current.
River traffic did pick up Saturday afternoon as the day warmed. Tubers, swimmers, other kayakers, and a few drunk canoeists took away from the serenity of the river. But it all added to the experience.
This has been a great stretch of river, and it makes me want to see what the rest of the river has to offer.
|Saturday night camp|
Ron took his Dutch oven as usual, and treated us to pizza on Saturday night. He always makes the best meals, making these trips all the better.
|Beaver dam at our campsite|
Sunday morning we packed up camp and paddled the last few miles to the takeout near M-66. A great weekend filled with good times, good friends, and memories that will last a lifetime.
I am looking forward to our trip in a couple of weeks.
Totals miles: 38.5
Year to date miles: 363.9