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Kayak the Clinton River

 Kayak the Clinton River

Did you know that you can paddle your way down the Clinton River? No need to drive up to the Au Sable or Rifle River to have an awesome kayak experience! You can do so without leaving Macomb County. According to the Make Macomb Your Home website, “ you can kayak (or canoe) 42 miles of the Clinton River and with several local outfitters to choose from, getting out on this waterway is an easy, affordable and fun thing to do.” On the Clinton River page of the website, they go on to discuss that while it may be a fun trip, you should always be prepared for the dangers. To find the specific list of water safety guidelines, click here. Of course, it is very important that you not only review these guidelines before heading out but you chart and time your trip correctly!

According to the website, “some stretches of the Clinton River are NOT for beginners! Several sections, particularly between Dequindre Road in Rochester Hills and Van Dyke in Utica, should be paddled only by experienced kayakers. The lower river, from Budd Park in Clinton Township downstream to Mt. Clemens, is the best stretch for beginners.”

For more information about paddling the Clinton River Water Trail and to check current stream conditions and weather, click here. For a complete list of the launch sites, you can visit the Make Macomb Your Home website. Below is the Clinton River map with information that you will need!

Lake St. Clair Coastal and Clinton River Paddling Trail Maps_2

Don’t own a kayak or canoe? No worries! Many different businesses offer tours, rentals, or the complete package. Two that are mentioned in the article are Clinton River Canoe & Kayak and Simple Adventures. These companies are locally owned businesses whose main goal is to get you out and get moving on the water! Kayaking and canoeing are known to be excellent workouts, even in the beginner's stages.

Try it out today! Let us know how your kayaking trip went. Please share your stories below or on our social media outlets.

Cindy Knight

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