RIVERS OF THE NORTH
Sarett Nature Center has organized another long weekend of river kayak paddling. After several years we are returning to old favorites the Pere Marquette, the Pine and the Manistee. Both the Pere Marquette and the Pine are designated National Scenic Rivers. These delightful streams meander through forests of pine, maple, and cedar. Our overnight accommodation for two nights will be the Comfort Inn at Cadillac.
Friday………..Please arrive at the nature center by 7:00 am. Remember to bring a sack lunch today. We should be launching at Bowman’s Bridge along the Pere Marquette by 11:30 in the morning. A four hour paddle will bring us to the Upper Branch take out. You will be transferred to the Comfort Inn and then we will find a place to eat.
Saturday…….. After breakfast we’ll drive north on highway 131 to a Manistee River access. We will complete the stretch between the highway and Baxter Bridge, a paddle of less than 4 hours. Our overnight stay will be back at the Comfort Inn.
Sunday……… Our final day of paddling will be on the famous Pine River. We will complete the three hour stretch between Lincoln Bridge and the Dobson Bridge access. High bluffs, and fast clear water makes for a great outing. We will be back to the nature center by 6 p.m.
Paddling Experience: You should have some experience paddling a kayak on a river. Though the Manistee River is easy the other two rivers will be more of a challenge. You should be able to back-paddle and do some maneuvering in a current. The main obstacles on the Pine are the odd boulder here and there. I would suggest that novices do some practicing before going on the trip.
Food: Lunch food (sandwich fixings, fruits and veggies) for Saturday and Sunday will be provided for you. You are responsible for all other meals. There are plenty of good restaurants including several downtown, a mexican place next to our hotel, Lakeside Charlie’s and Mcguire’s Resort. Bring your own snack foods (granola bars, trail mix) for your time on the water.
Equipment: Please let us know if you need a kayak to use.
Wildlife: There is always the possibility of seeing deer, bear, porcupine, mink, otter and beaver. Those interested in birds will be thrilled with hearing the songs of many including various warblers, black and yellow-billed cuckoos, and scarlet tanagers as you pass through their territories. We usually get a good look at a bald eagle.
Cost: $ 240.00 /person based on double occupancy. This includes river permits, two deluxe continental breakfasts, two days lunch food, transportation/shuttle service, use of Sarett kayak (if you do not have your own) and two nights’ accommodation.
Single Supplement: For someone wanting their own room the cost will be $ 325.00.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $50.00 is required to get your name on the list. If paying by check please mail to Sarett Nature Center, 2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor, MI 49022. Please pay the full amount by June 1 st.
Cancellation Policy: You will be entitled to a refund of money minus the deposit and any costs relating to accommodation that are not recoverable by Sarett Nature Center.
SARETT HOURS: Nature Center Building
Our trails are open dawn to dusk every day.
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