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Shiawassee River - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Day Trip Report
Trip Dates: July 2005
Nearest City: Durand, MI
Difficulty: Easy
Submitted by: Mike Willits


I found a river close to home(45min from Highland Mi.)that reminds me of many rivers up north.Not many houses or people and lots of wild animals(Deer, Beaver, Turkeys, Mink, Ducks, Geese, Turtles, Fish, & on and on). I went on a 4hr trip with Cheff's canoe rental and can't wait to go on their 6hr trip. If you like an almost wilderness experience that's close to the Detroit area then this is it. There's even a campground(Walnut Hills) on the river. The people at Cheff's canoe rental were really nice they even get you into your canoe and started down the river(that's a first). I'm going the end of May 2006 and will update everyone.


$30 for a 2 hr trip and $1 for parking


I-69 to the Durand Exit, South on M-71 to Durand rd., South on Durand Rd. to Cole Rd., West on Cole Rd to Reed Rd., South on Reed Rd. to Walnut Hills campground.


Cheff's Canoe Rental: 1-989-288-7067

Walnut Hills Campground: 866-634-9782 (open 4/15 to 10/15)

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