A small group of paddlers decided to take a short run down the Muskegon river from Paris Park in Paris, MI to Highbanks Park in Big Rapids. It was a typical fall day with temps in the mid 60's and periods of light rain on a variably cloudy day.
I had not paddled this section of the Muskegon before. For the most part it is straight, wide and shallow with more than a few rocks. Several times we scraped the gravelly bottom, and a couple of times had to get out and walk.
There was a good current though, and kept us moving even with a brisk breeze most of the day.
Ron brought a cooler filled with freshly cooked corn on the cob. It is a bit difficult to eat while paddling, but with a wide open river such as this it was manageable, and did add a delicious distraction to the trip.
There are several spots with stretches of riffles, and one section where a dam was removed that provided some interesting although too short rapids.
We had a small group of ten paddlers today, a chance to paddle with some friends I don't see often enough, and even meet a couple of new ones.
Several small islands dot the river in this stretch. We used one to stop for a lunch break.
The leaves were slowly beginning to change, and with the breeze and cold rain definitely reminded us that autumn is here.
Not a bad section of river, but not one I will go out of the way to paddle. Any day on the water is great, though, after a tough week of work.
Miles paddled today: 9.3. Year to date: 210.5.
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