Pine River 2012

My dad and I have been going to Michigan kayaking the last several years.  We take a few friends and have a great time.  I am reinvigorated by the natural smell of fresh air that finishes with a crisp pine scent.  The sticky Michigan sand always makes its way home to Ohio.  The weather was sunny but refreshingly cool.  We cooked all our meals over the open fire and enjoyed treats like homemade kettle corn and homemade hot apple cider.

The Pine River flows with a fun quickness and swerves through a scenic natural forest.  On the first day, we arrived in time to run the Pine River (before night curfew).  We paddled from Dobson Bridge to Coolwater Campground.  This was a shorter trip than we anticipated.  Next time, we need to start at Coolwater Campground and paddle to Peterson Bridge. We paddled our favorite sections of the Pine River twice. We also drove North and paddled the Boardman River, first Beitner Road to Shumsky Road and second Brown Bridge Dam to Beitner Road. We could have done one longer trip of Brown Bridge Dam to Shumsky Road but we weren’t sure the distance and time required. Brown Bridge Dam was being removed and after our trip, the dam collapsed releasing water in hours instead of days. Below Shumsky Road is a 1/2 mile of class II rapids (Keystone Rapids) that I want to try next time.

My GoPro camera caught some great HD video.  If you play the videos below, click the gear icon and increase the quality to a full 1080P for the best video.