Fun Maneuvering in Slow Water Glassman Park to Red-Arrow Highway

by  Browns501

A self-supported trip created by Browns501

Trip Overview

We paddled two kayaks and a canoe from Glassman Park towards Lake Michigan. From Glassman Park to Red-arrow Highway Public Access Point there are areas of log jams. All log jams have openings cut through them. It had rained nearly 2" the night before our trip, the water was mud brown, but still flowing slowly. Maneuvering our 17' Grumman Canoe was no problem through the tight turns of the dozen or so log jam areas. We were also able to make it under the Red-arrow Highway Bridge (we had to lean back nearly flat in the canoe). We did not paddle all the way to the New Buffalo Public Access site, we turned around about halfway down the marsh water trail.

Current is very slow from Glassman Park towards the Red-Arrow Highway Public Access. From the Red-Arrow Highway towards New Buffalo there is no current. Keep in mind a north wind on Lake Michigan may raise the water level at Red-Arrow Highway and you may not be able to go under the bridge.

Safety Notes

Lots of submerged logs

Portage Notes

You may not be able to Portage future log jams due to steep muddy banks. However, the current is slow enough that you can paddle back upstream.

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 7/23/2022
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, River/Creek (Up to Class II)

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