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The Clinton River is shallow so you need to make sure it hasn't been too dry. We had a great time, but did have a parts where the river widened out to where it was too shallow to float, we did occasionally have to get out and drag a few steps, but nothing major. It's a clear little river, with sand/mud and rocks on the bottom. The rocks go from little pebbles right up to toaster and suitcase-sized boulders. Sometimes bumpy under the boats. Very twisty-turny river, with some downed trees, but someone must work to keep the river clear, we never had an impassable part. Some fun shallow rapid-y areas. I don't think it was ever deeper than 3'.
It's very pretty scenery, lots of woods and meadow grasses, surprisingly very few houses considering it's in Oakland County. You go under M-59, Adams Rd, and Crooks. We never saw another person on the river that day.
We were amazed to see a huge variety of wildlife! Maybe no one goes down this river and the animals are not expecting people. We saw at least 6 doe deer and a fawn, a beaver, crayfish, many herons, kingfishers, and the best was a huge brown owl, up in a nearby tree, awake in the daylight (probably disturbed by us). That was the best part of the day. Take some binoculars! Our day was cloudy and it did rain on us lightly. We had a pleasant breeze, and were not bothered by any mosquitoes or bugs.
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