Betsie River

Thompsonville, Michigan

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The upper reaches of this pleasant stream encompass a range of paddling options, from sections of swift, twisting river to quiet marshlands teeming with wildlife. The Betsie River is navigable by canoe for its entire 50-mile length, from its origin at Green Lake to its terminus at Betsie Lake, just south of Frankfort. The finest segment of this river for paddling is probably the 27-mile, two-day stretch that runs from the Grass Lake Wildlife Flooding to Dair’s Mill Landing. Visitors who tackle this section of the Betsie will be rewarded with tranquil marshlands, abundant bird-watching opportunities, and obstacle-studded runs of faster water that will challenge but not overwhelm canoeists with basic skills. But the entire river is open to canoeing, and its lower reaches see a good deal of paddling traffic on summer weekends.
Paddling Michigan

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Paddling Michigan

by Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom (Falcon Guides)

The upper reaches of this pleasant stream encompass a range of paddling options, from sections of swift, twisting river to quiet marshlands teeming with wildlife. The Betsie River is navigable by canoe for its entire 50-mile length, from its origin at Green Lake to its terminus at Betsie Lake, just south of Frankfort.

The finest segment of this river for paddling is probably the 27-mile, two-day stretch that runs from the Grass Lake Wildlife Flooding to Dair’s Mill Landing. Visitors who tackle this section of the Betsie will be rewarded with tranquil marshlands, abundant bird-watching opportunities, and obstacle-studded runs of faster water that will challenge but not overwhelm canoeists with basic skills. But the entire river is open to canoeing, and its lower reaches see a good deal of paddling traffic on summer weekends.

©  Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Thompsonville
Distance: 41
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 15 - 18 hours
Season: Best May to September
Local Contacts: Pere Marquette State Forest
Local Maps: USGS Benzonia, Thompsonville, Karlin, Lake Ann
Driving Directions: Directions to Betsie River

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6/12/2009
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there were trees down except for the last 5 miles. if you do not mine prtageing every couple feet then you will enjoy this trip. please if any one has done this 41 trip update. would like to do again if trees are removed



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