Looking for a river with flat to mild current water, clean and with bank or island camping anywhere in Ohio or Michigan for a few day getaway. nothing extreme may have young children or half naked coed afraid of spiders and snakes, haha. I live near the Maumee in Ohio, but it is rather shallow in the warm weather west of Maumee Ohio, which means a lot of walking in 3'' water. Please help!
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Couple of ideas for river trips in MI|
Posted by: QCHiker on Apr-13-14 10:24 AM (EST)
Two rivers in MI which are nice to canoe on are the Manistee river and the Au Sable river. The Manistee has camping almost anywhere along it's course except where there are residential areas. Fairly fast river, about 4-6 mph. Great scenery and pretty isolated. There are lots of campsites areas that others have used, just look for areas in the sand on the banks where people have gone up and down. Clean water and great fishing if you are into that. The Au Sable is another nice river. Again similar characteristics as the Manistee.
Posted by: emanoh on Apr-14-14 4:05 PM (EST)
Head to Barnes and Nobel, Amazon, etc. There are a couple of Paddle Michigan books that will list more rivers than you can paddle in a lifetime. Whitewater is a whole different beast. I own the first two.
Posted by: emanoh on Apr-14-14 4:06 PM (EST)
Also fill out your profile, it helps people respond appropriately to the kind of paddling you enjoy and your geographic area.
I have the third guidebook, the 1st |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-25-14 4:23 PM (EST)
edition, and it has been helpful without any of the serious lapses that afflict some guidebooks.
Posted by: Varmintmist on Apr-15-14 1:00 PM (EST)
.. if its not to far. The northern part is in national forest (Kinzu) and most of the islands are ANF, a few are private. There are a couple primitive campgrounds Danner in Kennerdale and Franklin (?)that offer a sitting position for a restroom. You need to haul water or filter it. Kennerdale (private access) to Emlenton (public access) is a nice day trip about 17 miles.
Sportsman, slow your pace|
Posted by: sapien on Apr-18-14 11:33 PM (EST)
Posted by: QCHiker on Apr-20-14 7:03 PM (EST)
I've done the Manistee river starting in at the Missaukee Bridge and going down to Mesick. Lots of nice places to camp along the river.
Posted by: ppine on Apr-23-14 11:46 AM (EST)
I would head for Michigan. The Ausable is hard to beat.
Trivia. The "big" and Middle F. |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-27-14 12:21 PM (EST)
Vermillion in Illinois start within a few miles of one another in farmed prairie. The big Vermillion runs NW past Pontiac, through the evolving Wildcat Shoals, to the Illinois. The Middle Fork Vermillion, Illinois' only wild and scenic river, runs SE past stripmine lakes to the Wabash.