A typical gray November day in Michigan. This is my first paddle down the Pere Marquette River this year. The skies grew darker as I got closer to Baldwin, but except for a few stray sprinkles, the rain held off. Temperatures started out in the upper 40's, warming up to the mid 50's by afternoon, about 15 degrees above normal. The water was very clear and cold.
The upper stretch of the Pere Marquette is similar to the nearby Pine River - fairly narrow with a some quick turns. It is also similar in that it can be very shallow and rocky, with sharp drop offs. The shallow water tends to force you to stay to the deeper water in the outside of turns, with the strong current trying to force you into sweepers and deadfalls. It was just such a spot that made me take my fist swim in over a year. I got over too far to the outside trying to avoid a shallow spot, and got turned sideways against the butt end of a log. The cold water was a quick cool down since I had overdressed as usual. Luckily my dry bag worked as designed, considering the kayak was full of water. After a quick change of clothes we were back on the water, although with a little more caution and more attention to where the current was taking us.
Total miles paddled today: 11.5. Year to date 262.9 miles.