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Anyways, Saturday morning the children woke my wife and I early in the morning and after breakfast and the others in our group emerged from their tents and ate we started off for the Rainbow Lodge. On the map it looks to be a short drive from Perch Lake but takes longer due to the dirt/gravel roads, which, when dry, kick up a lot of dust! We arrived and the others went in and rented a couple of canoes for the 4-6 hour trip at a cost of $40 per canoe. At those prices I'm glad I have my own canoe these days. After they found someone to drive the others to the Reed and Green Bridge put-in, I sped off to beat them there so I could get my canoe off my Durango and down to the river.
It was a beautiful day for canoeing, with the river running about 4-6 feet deep, which is normal. It seemed a little higher than last I remember from a few years back. The water temp is cool, perfect soaking your hat in on a warm day. Compared to other rivers I have canoed, this one has lots of zigzags. There was some dead fall in the river but nothing that required a portage. There are some shallow areas in the river that may require an exit of the canoe to speed the way across the river rocks. There are sand cliffs along the sides of some parts of the river and trees along the rest.
Less than a handful of houses reside alongside of what we saw of this secluded river. We only encountered one other party on the river, which was one more than last I was here, so we had the river pretty much to ourselves. Should one find the time, some large brown trout are pulled from this river every year. I had a good time taking my daughter down this river and watching the girls try their best to hit every obstacle in the river, which they mostly succeeding in doing. While the other couple made it more than halfway down river, when next I look back and see the bottom of the canoe facing skyward and their heads popping out of the water like a prairie dog pops up from the ground. After saving their stuff that was floating down the river we took a short break to laugh about it.
About 4 hours into our trip we were rained on briefly a few times, just a light drizzle mostly. About that time the biting flies decided to accompany us on our journey and literally bug the heck out of us. This year the only bugs that have really been bad are those biting flies I am trying to find some repellent that contains R-326 as Deet does nothing for these flies. After swatting at flies with my double duty hat for close to an hour we finally saw the small bridge that signified the end of our journey. I will look forward to canoeing this river again in the future.
Next up this year is the Manistique River through the Seney National Wildlife Refuge.
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