Concur about shuttles on a day trip when in a sea kayak. Too much time shuttling. Lots of coastlines to explore in most estuary systems, especially the Chesapeake.
A week ago an upwelling sent those coastal Lake Michigan temps down to the 40’s and 50’s. Take a look at the thermal gradient map on this report from August 3. I used to swim and paddle along that entire coastal strip that is blue, from Frankfort to Saugatuck during my years in Grand Rapids (and during summers when I was a kid and had grandparents in Muskegon). Also lost two family members to drowning due to a sudden storm off Pentwater. Not a lake to underestimate.
You sound like someone I need to know. New to this site but I live in Hamlin.
I’m in the Hamlin area as well, lol! Looks like we should organize a local paddle sometime.
I live in Big Rapids. I started canoeing in 2019. I am 56 years old and have canoed mostly rivers in the lower. The Pine, Pere Marquette, Manistee, and the Muskegon. Most of these paddles have been multiple overnights. I seem to like to do the whole river from its’ beginning to where it empties.
You would be someone good to know for my proximity to the Ludington area.
Hi there thedes,
Do you winter paddle? There’s three of us from the Ludington/Scotville area that have been hitting up those rivers over the winter season.
Tundrawalker from this site is one of the guys I paddle with. He started a Facebook page called Michigan Canoeing that is a great place to connect for random paddles.
I have not winter paddle, though I am open to it. I will be sure to check out Tundrawalker’s Facebook Page. I see Tundrawalker earlier in this thread. I need to catch-up with these and other posts. Thank you so much for the information!
I have a YouTube channel. It is called My Life’s Reward for anyone that is interested. It covers paddling, ATV riding, backpacking, and two-tracking. Here is the link:
The people on this paddling forum have been friendly and helpful. I enjoy reading everyone’s adventures!
Also, my apologies for taking a year to reply to your post. I will try to monitor this forum more often.