(Big Rapids, MI 6/2019)
River-based recreation is a vital component of river communities. Safer interactions with the Muskegon River is the mission of the Big Rapids Area River Safety (BRARS) project. BRARS believes lived experience of the river is a great way to build awareness of river hazards, leading to prevention of river incidents and more effective response in the case of incidents. Using sunscreen, wearing life jackets, understanding currents, taking swim lessons, staying hydrated, and knowing access points are other examples in which you can engage in safer interactions with the Muskegon River.
A small crew representing BRARS is paddling the Muskegon River in early August. BRARS invites individuals, groups, and communities to join in paddling for a few hours or for a day! Follow the Voyage on Facebook @MuskegonRiverVoyage for the most updated information during the voyage. Individuals joining in on the voyage participate at their own risk and are responsible for their own boats, transportation, food, and safety gear. RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Day 1: Friday, Aug. 9th. 8:00am start | Crawford Park (M-66) north of Evart – Blodgett Landing Village Park (Hersey, MI)
21+ miles, est. 5-6 hrs @ paddling approx. 4 mph
Day 2: Saturday, Aug. 10th. 8:00am start| Blodgett Landing (Hersey, MI) – River Bend Bluffs (south of Big Rapids, MI)
24+ miles, est. 7-8 hrs @ paddling approx. 3-4 mph
Day 3: Sunday, Aug. 11th. 9:00am start | Croton Dam Tailwater Park Boat Launch – Anderson Flats DNR Landing
17+ miles, est. 4-6 hrs @ paddling approx. 3-4 mph
Day 4: Monday, Aug 12th. 9:00am start | Anderson Flats DNR Landing – Maple Island DNR Landing
17+ mile, est. 5-6 hrs @ paddling approx. 3 mph
*Subject to change if poor weather is expected or mishaps happen. The start times and locations will remain the same in the case of days being cancelled.
Follow the mighty Muskegon River Voyage on Instagram and Facebook @MuskegonRiverVoyage. #MightyMuskegon and #MRVoyage19. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the second Muskegon River Voyage by the project. Other BRARS projects include: life jacket giveaways, cell phone dry bag sales, and school presentations with local collaborators. The Big Rapids Area River Safety Project is a project of the Big Rapids Jaycees. For more information about the Big Rapids Jaycees, check out: www.brjaycees.com, and follow BRJaycees on Facebook and Instagram (@BRJaycees).