Looking Glass River – Wacousta to Portland

Saturday, May 26, 2012, 10:30 AM

Looking Glass Valley Park

13450 Wacousta Rd., Grand Ledge, MI (edit map)

On this trip, we will paddle about 16 miles from Looking Glass Valley Park, near scenic downtown Wacousta, to Portland, the city of two rivers.  We will take out at the old mill site on the Looking Glass river, about 500 feet upstream of where it empties into the Grand River.  The take-out point is directly across the river from Duke’s Cajun Bar and Grill, always a popular place to celebrate a successful trip.

I am told that there are 3 or 4 snags on this stretch of the river that will likely require us to portage, so allow AT LEAST 5 hours to make this trip.  Pack a lunch and drinks, and we will stop somewhere on the river for lunch.  You may want to bring a snack or two also. You will also want to bring a change of clothes in a dry bag, too.  And always dress for the weather that day!



I will need some people to volunteer to leave a vehicle or two downstream to shuttle drivers and/or boats back to the put-in point.  Please let me know if you can help out, and how many people you can carry.  The drive from put-in to take-out is about 20 minutes, and maps will be available.  I would like to meet the shuttle drivers by 9 AM that morning, at the put-in, so that we have plenty of time to spot shuttle vehicles and be back in time for the launch.  I live nearby, so you can leave your boats, gear, etc at my house, rather than at the park, while dropping vehicles downstream.

GPS coordinates:

put-in:  N 42 49.286, W 84 42.038 (park entrance – turn left after entering, and drive about 500 feet to the launch point)

take-out: N 42 52.233, W 084 54.025 

As always, all LOAPC trips require that participants sign a waiver before participating, and ALL paddlers must have AND WEAR a USCG approved PFD.

Contact:  tkuhlman56@yahoo.com

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