Muskegon River - Crawford Park to Evart Riverside Park Oct 5, 2013

A color tour paddle was scheduled for Saturday down the upper Muskegon River. Over thirty people originally signed up for the trip, but with the threat of rain only seven showed up. They missed a very relaxing, quiet paddle with great food courtesy of some good friends.
A trip was also planned for the Flat River again, but since I had done that trip the last three years, I decided on the trip to the Muskegon River. I had never been on this stretch and am always eager to paddle new rivers. It was a bit narrower than the lower sections, and somewhat shallow. The bottom was more sandy, and there were no problems getting stuck.
The day was a bit cooler than it was back home, with temperatures in the low 60s compared to low 80s at home. The rain held off, and the wind wasn't a factor as some feared it would be. It turned out to be a decent day.

Even though there are quite a few homes along the river it was a nice quiet paddle. The threat of rain seemed to keep everyone inside.

With the wide river and lack of rocks or trees in the water we could relax and enjoy the scenery more.

A break for lunch along a sand bar gave us a chance to try some chicken and crab meat wraps and cinnamon cheesecake provided by Cyndi and Ron. I may need to paddle with them more often if they are going to provide food like this.

 The colors were a bit disappointing for the most part, mostly yellow leaves with very few oranges and reds. The drive up on US-131 actually had better color than along the river. But the river was much more relaxing.

In the end it was a very relaxing and enjoyable paddle. We managed to stay dry, and afterward visited a local restaurant for some food and great conversation to finish the day.

Miles paddled today: 9.8. Year to date: 258.3.

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