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Muskegon River in Michigan

A self-supported trip created by 115railroad

Trip Overview

Muskegon River from 115 to downriver of 50th at River Road Campground

We put in at a campground where the Muskegon crosses highway 115. From there it was three hours to highway 66 bridge.

No rapids - one small portage between 115 and 66 over a midstream sandbar that had trees on both sides. Beautiful ride - sandy river bottom, clear water and fish. Almost no cabins on this section of the river.

We didn't see a single other kayak, canoe or tube until we turned the bend at the 66 bridge. There at Crawford park were a least 50 tubers. After that the river was still pretty, but crowded. Unfortunately lots of floating beer cans and wrappers. On a day other than a Saturday it would have been less crowded.

It took a little over an hour to go from 66 to the 50th bridge and another hour to the River Road Campground.

I recommend the trip. Start early in the day and not on a Saturday. We saw a huge bird - might have been an eagle, we were told there are eagles in that area.


It cost $30 to rent one kayak including transport for a 5 plus hour trip. It cost $15 to transport the kayak we owned. Friendly folks.


North on 66 to 115 then back south east a few miles. Coming from the West take 10 until 66 north and then 115 back south east a few miles.

Trip Details

  • Trip Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)

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