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:
$20 per person with your own equipment (kayak/canoe)
$30 per person including kayak rental (single kayak)
$40 per 2 people (tandem kayak)
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.
2023 Guided Paddle Schedule
This list includes our iKayak workshops as well as our Pedal to Paddles and Mindfulness Paddles.
Due to the chemical spill on the Flint River on 6/15/22, all activities have been moved upstream of Stepping Stone Falls or to local lakes, areas unaffected by the spill. Thank you for your understanding.
Wednesday June 21st River Kids 6-7:30 pm Buell Lake
Thursday June 22nd M-15 to Irish 5:30 pm 3.3 miles/2-2.5 hours
Saturday June 24th Pedal to Paddle 10 am 2 miles/2-2.5 hours Richfield to Irish *meet at Irish*
Wednesday June 28th River Kids 6-7:30 pm Buell Lake
Thursday June 29th Mindfulness Paddle 10 am Thread Lake
Thursday June 29th iKayak 4-8:30 pm Bluegill Boat Launch (timeslots are 1 hour and 20 minutes each)
July 29th Saturday 10am Pedal to Paddle Richfield to Irish
July 30th Sunday 8:00:00 PM Sturgeon Moon Float
August 7th-21 every Monday 6-7:30 river kids
August 11th Friday 5:30-8:00PM free fishing Pop up Bluegill
August 17th Thursday 10am Mindfulness paddle M15 to Irish
August 26th Saturday 10AM Pedal to Paddle Richfield to Irish
August 29th Tuesday 10am Mindfulness paddle Thread lake
September 1st Friday 8pm Blue moon Float
September 6th Wednesday 10am Mindfulness Paddle
September 12th Tuesday 10am Mindfulness Paddle
September 17th Sunday 10am Mindfulness Paddle
September 29th pm Harvest Moon Float
October 7th Saturday 10am Fall color paddle Irish to Mott
October 15th Sunday trick o T treat paddle family fun day
October 22nd Sunday Trick o treat paddle and family funday
October 28th Saturday 8PM Howl under the Hunter's Moon
Invasive Species Paddles
Join the Flint River Watershed Coalition and the Genesee Conservation District for our invasive species guided paddles. The coordinator for the GiLLS CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area) 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.