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Thunder Bay River in Michigan

Trip Overview

Pretty sure we were the first to go down this season. Water was pretty low in some parts. Fairly smooth and easy paddle. Quite a few downed trees and tricky spots though.

We had to portage twice. Which wasn't easy due to the muckiness of the banks (sometimes knee deep!). I don't think this stretch is highly traveled.

We set off from the damn at Fletchers Floodwaters and continued to the highway overpass. Took a little under 3 hours just strolling. Would be a lot better of the trees were cleared out.


We stayed at Paradise Lodge Resort on Fletchers Pond. They have modern and rustic camping. Facilities are OKAY. A bit pricey considering how old and run down everything is. If you're used to tent camping and stay in a cabin, you'll survive- but if you're used to hotel camping and stay in a cabin- you won't! However, I understand that it does pretty well as a hunt camp.


Not that I am aware of.

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

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