I’m hoping that someone has some insight and experience on the Manistee River (Michigan) and can help me out. We’ve paddled CCC Bridge to US-131 in previous years… but we’re looking to go back this year and possibly try another section. We will have 3 full days on the river (Thu-Sat), plus a few hours on our take-out day (Sunday) in early October. My main question is about Hodenpyl Dam… particularly regarding the portage effort. We (4 adult male paddlers) will be using a Bris 15 ft river raft (one of our guys is dead-set on getting some use out of his river raft this year, so we’re humoring him - which we might end up regretting) - plus gear, of course. Can anyone give me a good description of the portage itself? Distance? Incline/decline (steps/bank/etc)? Just trying to figure out how much work we want to put in to a portage and if the return (Hodenpyl to Tippy) is worth the effort. Nothing is impossible - we can do the portage - but are we going to be doing it over a leisurely half hour or three miserable hours?
Also, if anyone has any comments / insight to using a Bris 15 ft raft on the Manistee from M-66 to Hodenpyl or Tippy Dam, I’d be interested in hearing that too.