Manistique River July 23, 2014

2014 Upper Peninsula Trip Day 3 

The wind continued on Wednesday forcing us to look inland again for another river to paddle. We had crossed the Manistique River passing through Germfask on the way up to Munising, and it looked like a promising river to paddle. Steve had recommended it also, so even though it was close to an hour away, we decided to give it a try.
Sally decided to sit out this trip due to some back pain, so she dropped us off at Northland Outfitters Campground. She drove to the take-out for some quiet time reading and hiking, and Carla and I set out alone on the river.
 Once we were out of the town of Germfask, we entered the Seney Wildlife Refuge and paddled through it for the rest of the trip. The few houses there were in town and sparse traffic noise gave way to a mix of open banks and thick forests.

The Manistique is a lot wider than the Indian River was, so we didn't have any downed trees to worry about. We encountered a few other kayakers and canoeists, so the solitude wasn't quite the same as Tuesday. A group of scouts planning a multi day paddle to Lake Michigan left the launch as we were unloading our gear. But for most of the way we were alone with just the sounds of the river and the wilderness to relax us.

A beautiful warm sunny day made the experience all the more enjoyable. Even though the river wasn't quite as inspiring as the Indian River, it was a most enjoyable and relaxing day.

Some trees appeared to be changing colors already.

A worthwhile trip on a beautiful river with a good friend. Days like this are why kayaking provides some of the most relaxing and memorable moments of our lives.

Miles paddled: 12.2 Year-to-date: 170.5.

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