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Ausable South MI camp/paddle

We are planning a trip from PaddleBrave Canoe Livery (about 1/2 hours from Wallace Park) to Rainbow Bend Campground (overnight) to Camp 10 Bridge for take-out. We were estimating no more than 6 hours on the water. We're experienced kayakers. Is this itinerary doable, assuming OK water conditions? We did one 35 mile stretch of the upper Missouri last fall (2 1/2 mph water flow) in less than 8 hours.
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  • yes, but
    I suggest getting an early start the 1st day and take your time to soak in the magic of the South Branch.
  • It's about 20 miles on the first day
    And that's the best part of the river. I'd agree with an early start so you can slow down & enjoy. The South Branch is intimate and you are not likely to be running the same speed as on the Big Missouri. Dennis & Date do show 6 - 9 hours for that trip though. You shouldn't have any problems on the Main stream.

    Enjoy.
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