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  • Jordan D. Smith

Beacon Readers Share Favorite River Excursions


I recently got into kayaking. They say everyone needs a good hobby. I like the outdoors, and the water so it seemed like a natural fit. I bid on and won a kayak at the St. Pat’s Shamrock Auction and hit the water with little to no idea where I was going. After a very long (but fun!) trip on the Grand River I realized that while the joy of exploration is great perhaps it would be better to avail myself of the group wisdom of the Portland community and especially the readership of the Portland Beacon. Here are a collection of the best river excursions and wisdom from the residents of the “city of two rivers.”


Short Trips ~ 1.5 hours


Grand River from Thompson Field to the Portland Dam


Looking Glass from Community Lake to Two Rivers Park

Medium Trips ~ 4-5 hours


Grand River from Erdman Road to Thompson Field


Grand River from Charlotte Highway to Erdman Road.


Looking Glass River from Howe Road to Community Lake


Grand River from Jones Road to Charlotte Highway


Grand River from Okemos Road to Thompson Field


Long Trips ~ 6-8 hours


Grand River from Charlotte Highway to Thompson Field


Grand River from Charlotte Highway to the Portland Dam


Looking Glass River from Wacousta Road to Two Rivers Park


Grand River from State Street to Charlotte Highway





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