Rediscover Our Flint River in a Kayak or Canoe
Bald eagles, great blue herons, kingfishers, dragonflies, turtles, walleye, bluegills, smallmouth bass, and more awaits you! Thanks to the generous support of the Genesee County Drain Commissioner and the Genesee County Community Water Quality Consortium’s “Our Water” program, the Flint River Watershed Coalition hosts Flint River Paddles from May through September, and each one is a uniquely beautiful journey down a different part our Flint River. Paddle with us to explore the beauty and wonder of our healthy thriving Flint River on a guided tour.
Guided Paddle Pricing:
$10 per person with your own equipment (kayak/canoe)
$20 per person including kayak rental
Price includes shuttling, water, snacks, and guides but there may be additional charges for some events depending upon shuttle service. PFDs are required to be worn at all times on the water. All trips are scouted ahead of time. A limited number of canoes and kayaks are available to rent, so register early! Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to launch time to allow for check in, unloading, and equipment handout.
2021 Guided Paddle Schedule
This list includes our iKayak workshops and Mindfulness Paddles.
Thursday, June 3rd 5:30 pm - 8 pm iKayak volunteer training
Monday June 7th 5:30 pm Lapeer Paddle, Millville to Stanley Road
Thursday June 10th 5:30 pm Mitson to River Road
Sunday June 13th 9:30 am Pedal to Paddle Bray Road to VVP
Tuesday June 15th 5:30 pm Mindfulness Paddle at Thread Lake
Thursday June 17th 5:30 pm Mindfulness Paddle at Thread Lake
Tuesday June 22nd 5:30 pm Lapeer, Rotary to Saginaw Invasive Species Paddle
Thursday June 24th 4 pm - 8:30 pm iKayak Workshop
Friday, June 25th 8 pm Full Moon Float Grand Traverse Launch to Mitson Blvd
Saturday July 3rd 9:30 am Pedal to Paddle Grand Traverse Launch to Mitson Blvd
Wednesday July 7th 5:30 pm M15 to Irish Road Invasive Species Paddle
Saturday July 10th 9:30 am Mindfulness Paddle at Grand Traverse Launch
Sunday July 11th 9:30 am Mindfulness Paddle at Grand Traverse Launch
Thursday July 15th 5:30 pm Thread Lake Invasive Species Paddle
Saturday July 17th 9 am - 4 pm iKayak Workshop
Friday July 23rd 8 pm Full Moon Float Grand Traverse Launch to Mitson Blvd
Sunday August 1st 9:30 am Holloway Dam to Irish Road Invasive Species Paddle
Monday August 2nd 5:30 pm Mindfulness Paddle at Thread Lake
Wednesday August 4th 5:30 pm Mindfulness Paddle at Thread Lake
Saturday August 7th Flotilla
Friday August 13th 9 am – 4 pm iKayak Workshop
Sunday August 15th 9:30 am Irish Road to Mott Lake
Thursday August 19th 8 pm Full Moon Float
Friday September 10th 6 pm - 8 pm Mindfulness iKayak Workshop
Sunday September 12th 9:30 am Riverview to Flushing Township Nature Park Invasive Species Paddle
Thursday September 16th 5:30 pm Lapeer Rotary Park to Saginaw Street Landing
Saturday September 18th 9:30 am Mindfulness Paddle at Grand Traverse Launch
Sunday September 19th 9:30 am Mindfulness Paddle at Grand Traverse Stretch
Monday September 20th 8 pm Full Moon Float at Grand Traverse Launch to Mitson Blvd
Saturday September 25th 9:30 am Mott Lake Paddle at Stanley Road Fishing Launch
Sunday October 17 9:30 am Flushing Township Nature Park to Montrose Fall Color Float
Saturday October 23 2 pm Lapeer Farmers Creek to Rotary Park
Invasive Species Paddles
Join the Flint River Watershed Coalition and the Genesee Conservation District for our invasive species guided paddles. Patrick Scanlon is the coordinator for the GiLLS CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area) and will be joining our trip to provide some information on what invasive species are, why they are a problem, what you can do to help stop their spread, and lots of other interesting information as well as how to identify some of the common invasive species in our watershed. We look forward to having you join us for a fun float as we chat about some of the insidious invaders in our area!
Pedal to Paddles involve twice the fun! For those wishing to participate in both biking and kayaking, we will meet at 9:30 at the listed location and bike from where we have parked to our launch location. Once at the launch, we will kayak back to our vehicles. For those who wish to only bike OR kayak, that works too! Just let me know so we can let you know when to meet us if you are only kayaking.
What are Mindfulness Paddles?
Mindfulness is a basic human capacity that everyone can cultivate to support health, humanity and performance. Mindfulness supports health and well-being for all. Mindfulness Paddles let you learn mindfulness practices while experiencing nature right here in our own backyard by kayaking local waterways! We partner with mindfulness instructors from the Crim Fitness Foundation and stop along the paddle to have mindfulness instruction and moments of awareness in nature.