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Grand River in Michigan

Trip Overview

Grand River

1st Trip with new 15'6" Nigel Foster Seaward. Average speed was 6.5 MPH with lots of 7+ speed. Active water stage with peak forecast next weekend minor flooding.

Saw six eagles with a pair leading my way down the river for over six miles. Each time getting closer to perch before he flew. Just past Saranac I coasted and one let me float right under them almost taking flight but held steady. Three with white heads and must be a young one all brown. Eagles 5-6 were just outside of Lowell about 7 miles past last sighting. Not sure if it was a pair that followed me or two more.

Geese and more geese.... maybe a thousand all told. over a dozen swans and tons of other ducks.

All in all an incredible 3 hours and 15 minute trip.

Distance: 17.00 mi
Time: 3:15:00
Avg Pace: 11:32 min/mi
Avg Speed: 5.2 mph

Directions:

Ionia Fairgrounds Launch (Ionia, MI):

www.paddling.com/launches/showLaunch.html?lid=17660

  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

Locations on this Trip