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Canoeing the Kalamazoo River: Goose Lake to Twin Pines Campground

Bess has this Grand Plan: to canoe the Kalamazoo River from its headwaters (more or less) to Lake Michigan, and to do it in parts. Yesterday, the Grand Plan commenced. She and I drove to the Twin Lakes Campground near Pulaski Michigan, waking the attendants at 10 am, who dropped us off up river. Our river canoeing skills are rusting (well, mine were never very good to start with), but we managed to stay dry.

It was a perfect day to canoe: not too hot or cold, and early enough in the season that there were no bugs. The river at this point is technically the South Branch of the Kalamazoo River, and seemed clean and clear, and free of major snags (we did get snagged up once, and though it was touch and go for a moment, we freed ourselves and never got wet).

And lots of wildlife: lots of deer (technically the South Branch of the deer–mostly we saw their white tails as the ran away); nesting geese and goslings including several pairs of domestic geese gone wild; an owl (that we think later was being attacked by a murder of crows); yellow warblers;a very flashy redwing; turtles; and (we think) muskrat dropping to the water from their sunning spots.

2 responses to “Canoeing the Kalamazoo River: Goose Lake to Twin Pines Campground

  1. Michelle June 17, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I am thinking of taking a church group of teenage girls on the Kalmazoo river on the Goose Lake to Twin Pines Campground Run. It sounds like you had a wonderful run. Can you tell me a little more about the river run. Is the river wide or tight and narrow? Is the water deep enough to not scrape bottom? Were there fallen trees in the way? How long did the run take? Were there places to stop along the way that were convenient?

  2. ken wyatt July 16, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Will, have you gone any further on the river since this posting last year? I’d be interested. ken wyatt, of jackson, mich.

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