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AM Boardman - Forks to BBL
Thursday, October 7, 2021, 9:15 AM
Forks Access to Brown Bridge Landing
Traverse City, MI
Come join us for a morning trip on the Boardman, only 30 minutes from downtown TC. You will marvel at the remote feeling you get without going very far from home.
We will begin at the Forks Access, take a short break for a snack at Scheck's, and proceed downstream through the new section of the river that has replaced Brown Bridge Pond (since the dam was removed in the fall of 2012). There is now 2.5 miles of free flowing river where we used to have a one mile slog across the sometimes-mucky pond. Scenery is totally unique, so if you have not seen the new landscape yet, it is quite a sight to behold. We should see some excellent fall colors. We will also paddle underneath the newly constructed (as of spring 2017) footbridge over the river, which connects the hiking trails in the Brown Bridge Quiet Area.
There are several fun riffles along the way. The current is quick, but the river is wide enough to be easily negotiated by adventurous beginners. This section is a good place to practice maneuvering in current and practicing those back ferries.
Paddling time should be about 3 hours. Bring your usual paddling gear, ropes for the bow and stern, a water bottle and a snack. If folks are inclined, we can all go out for lunch afterwards.