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Two Hearted River (UP)

Friday, August 6, 2021
Reed & Green Bridge to Lake Superior
46°39'31.2"N 85°32'12.9"W
Additional Info:
Lois Goldstein
231-938-9655 (p)
Out-of-town trips
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The Two Hearted River is about 50 minutes north of Newberry, and runs into Lake Superior.  We have been on the Two Hearted several times over the past few decades (using both canoes and kayaks), and it has always been a delightful experience.  The water is clear, and the feeling of remoteness is wonderful.  Paddling is easier than most of the rivers we encounter near TC.  The Two Hearted is designated as a Michigan Wilderness River.
Our plan is to leave Newberry at 9, run the shuttle at 10, and be on the river as soon as the drivers return.  We'll stop for a lunch break along the way, and hopefully finish by 4 PM. 
Here is the description of the river lifted from the book Paddling Michigan by Kevin and Laurie Hillstrom.  The 12-mile stretch from the bridge to the river mouth is a 4 to 5 hour paddle thorough a beautiful valley that alternates between grassy lowlands bursting with ferns and wildflowers and towering, sandy bluffs topped with forest.  The river remains moderately narrow (40 to 60 feet) in this section, which might include tight bends and submerged logs.  This stretch is suitable for family outings.  Numerous sandy landing sites provide potential picnicking spots.  The water is clean with a reddish tint, offering good views of the bottom of mixed gravel and sand.  Water depth is mostly shallow (1-4 feet) with occasional deeper holes.
Jerry Dennis (Canoeing Michigan Rivers) adds this:  Dunes line the river near the end of this section.  The Lake Superior surf can be heard long before the river reaches it.
Since we are traveling to the U.P., John & I plan to stay an extra day, and will probably head to Tahquamenon Falls and/or the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum on Whitefish Point on Saturday August 7.  We plan to stay at a motel in Newberry on the nights of the 5th and 6th.

Come join us on our trip UP NORTH!  Contact me if you have any questions.