Morning exercise

by  guest-paddler

A self-supported trip created by guest-paddler

Trip Overview

Because the Flint River launch chute sits so high out of the water this time of year, we decided to use the Big Cove Creek crossing to get to the Flint River for our two-hour morning exercise routine of paddling upriver to the new bridge on Old Highway 431 and floating back down, requiring some rapid paddling over low water gravel shoals where the water speeds up. Lots of mussels can be seen in the shoals. You can see kingfishers and otters on the Flint River in that section. The Big Cove Creek harbors some good-sized fish.

Safety Notes

Large loose rocks and broken concrete at the Big Cove creek crossing down into the water. Algae-covered rocks and sinking mud/sand in the creek.

Gear Notes

Racing kayak with single blade paddle.

Fishing kayak with single blade paddle.


Water level is average for this time of year, lots of shallow gravel shoals.

Portage Notes

One person carried a sit-inside kayak and the other person dragged a sit-on-top fishing kayak about fifty 50 from the gravel road to the launch point.

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 6/26/2022
  • Sport/Activity: Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Number of Portages: 1

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