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Traverse Area Paddle Club

Remember: all TAPC outings are listed on our event calendar and are color coded using this scheme:

 

Small Inland Lakes   

Great Lakes   

Easy Rivers 

Intermediate Rivers  

Difficult Rivers 
Clean-up Trips 

Out-of-town Trips 

If you need help using the website you may call the Club Express

Help Desk at

(866) 457-2582

Monday - Friday,

8:30 AM - 7 PM Eastern Time

HomeLinks Page

Links for the Traverse Area Paddle Club

 

Water levels for Michigan rivers

Easy links to water levels for the rivers we paddle: Local Rivers 

USGS gauges for river levels and volume Michigan river water levels

  

Local Outfitters (for renting watercraft or shuttle assistance)

Pine River http://www.thepineriver.com/

Jordan River http://www.jordanriverfun.com/ , www.jvoutfitters.com  
Betsie River http://www.brcanoesandcampground.com/ , www.crystaladventures.com

South Branch of the AuSable http://www.paddlebrave.com/

AuSable River http://www.penrodscanoe.com/ , http://www.canoeborchers.com/ , http://www.bearpawcabinsandcanoes.com

Sturgeon River http://www.sturgeonriverpaddle.com/ , www.artsandadventure.com

Upper Manistee River http://shel-haven.com/

Lower Manistee River www.wildernesscanoetripsonline.com, http://www.chippewalanding.com/, http://www.smithvillelanding.com/

Pere Marquette River http://www.baldwincanoe.com/
Boardman River  http://ranchrudolf.com
Cedar River in Gladwin http://www.ikeskayaks.com/
 

Other info on local waterways

River log for NW Michigan rivers  http://www.aticonsult.com/river_log.html

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore  http://www.nps.gov/slbe/

Online permit system for the Pine River:

Info on Michigan Rivers from local author www.canoeingmichiganrivers.com
Grass River Natural Area http://www.grassriver.org/
  

Businesses that offer free test paddles (call ahead)
Sailsport Marine
  http://www.sailsportmarine.com/
Bahnhof Sport (Petoskey) - They offer lessons.  www.bahnhof.com   

Northbound Outfitters (Grayling) 10% discount on all merchandise for TAPC members http://www.northboundoutfittersmi.com/  or  Facebook page
Kayak Corral (Ottawa Lake MI - just north of Toledo) - 15% discount on boats and merchandise (excluding trailers and Jackson kayaks) for TAPC members   http://www.kayakcorral.com/
37 North (Newaygo) - 10% discount, free shipping up to 7 lbs. for TAPC members http://the37north.com/
Power of Water (Lansing) They offer lessons for both open water and moving water
 
Other businesses that sell canoes and kayaks
Backcountry Outfitters  http://www.backcountrytc.com/ 

Bill & Paul's Sporthaus (Grand Rapids)  http://www.billandpauls.com/

 

General canoeing and kayaking information 

Paddling.net - great info on all aspects of paddling,  great for classified ads and product reviews  http://www.paddling.net/ 

Paddler's report http://www.paddlersreport.com/

Canoe and kayaking magazine http://www.canoekayak.com/

 

Paddling Organizations 

American Canoe Association http://www.americancanoe.org/
National Organization for Rivers http://www.nationalrivers.org/
Boardman River Cleansweep http://www.brcleansweep.org/

Other Paddle Clubs in the general area

West Michigan Coastal Kayaking Association  http://www.wmcka.org/  
West Michigan Kayaking Club http://www.meetup.com/West-Michigan-Kayaking-and-Canoeing-Meetup-Group/

 

Outfitters and Instructors  

Paddle Away (TC area) http://www.traversebaypaddler.com/PaddleAway/PaddleAway.html

Uncommon Adventures (Lake Michigan, Central America, Alaska) http://www.uncommonadv.com

White Squall (Georgian Bay Ontario) http://www.whitesquall.com

Living Adventure, Inc (Apostle Islands) http://www.livingadventure.com/

Sylvania Outfitters (Watersmeet MI)  http://www.sylvaniaoutfitters.com

Caribou Expeditions (Ontario) http://www.caribou-expeditions.com/

Northland Outfitters (Germfask MI)  http://www.northoutfitters.com/ 

Beaver Island  http://www.inlandseaskayaking.com 

Inland Sea Association (Lake Superior)  http://www.inlandsea.org/

Madawaska Kanu Centre (Ontario)  http://www.owl-mkc.ca/mkc/

Nantahala Outdoor Center (North Carolina)  http://www.noc.com/

Bear Paw Outdoor Adventure Resort(Wisconsin)  http://www.bearpawoutdoors.com/ 

Canoecopia (the biggest paddlesports exposition anywhere!)

http://www.rutabaga.com/canoecopia/page.asp?pgid=1001

 

Regional Paddling Events 

Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium; Ladies of the Lake Sea Kayak Symposium  http://www.downwindsports.com/