Revised 10/30/14

Manistee River Tour

Skill Level: Beginner through advanced looking for a moving water experience

Manistee River -  Michigan ayaking

Many of you enjoy the relaxed pace of a river trip and the variety of shoreline that you pass along the way. Touring kayaks do just as well on rivers as they do on open water and provide a terrific platform from which to take pictures, look for wildlife and perhaps do some fishing. We are fortunate in Northern Michigan to have the Big Manistee River as a resource.  On this trip we get to share our very favorite section of this dear old friend of ours.

During our journey we'll acquaint you with self-rescue, basic paddling and bracing techniques to get you "immersed" in new skills. Kayaks are a quiet and peaceful way to explore this gentle but spirited river. By the end of the trip you will be a skilled novice kayaker, knowledgeable in the finer points of storytelling and backcountry feasting.

Day 1) Meet at Tippy Dam campground near Bretheren, Michigan by 6pm.  (Tippy Dam Recreation Area Rustic Campground, 5200 Dillings Road, Bretheren, MI 49619-) State Park sticker required. We’ll camp here the first night and go over our float plan over a hearty dinner. After breakfast the next morning, we will pack for the river, go over itineraries and set off for the put-in many miles upstream. We’ll leave your cars and your cares behind, and let the river carry us.

Day 2-3) Campsites along this lovely stretch of river are classic sandy river bars along the River Trail itself.  There will be no road access, so it’s strictly wilderness camping, but Uncommon style with great food, and great equipment to make for a comfy camp.

Day 4) After a big breakfast, we’ll break camp and head downstream as the river morphs into Tippy Dam Pond with its unique islands and abundant Eagles. We should arrive at our take out in the early afternoon for a shuttle back to the put-in and travels home.

Dates for 2015: TBA        Cost: $450

Trip fee includes: Expert instructor guides, all group gear (tents, kitchen gear, safety and camp gear), camping fees, dry bags and gourmet backcountry fare.

You do need a touring kayak at least 14 feet long, with front and rear bulkheads. High performance expedition-equipped rentals are available from us for $100 for this trip and $150 for one week trips with prior reservation. They include PFD, carbon hybrid paddle, spray skirt and pump. We will transport your rental boat for you. We offer a variety of sizes and models from Valley, Wilderness Systems, Hurricane and P&H...all with drop skegs.

Registration information: A $150 registration is required to hold your space. Be sure to check our equipment list and fill out a partcipant profile when you register. It is refundable until 30 days before the trip. The balance is also due 30 days prior to departure. Space is limited to 8, so plan ahead...

We're also offering a Backcountry Cooking Course on the Manistee - May 15 - 17!