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Michigan whitewater, Boardman River

Grand Traverse county, 6 miles South of Traverse City section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     0.5 miles
We were the first in 2010 to kayak from Ranch Rudoph to Brown Bridge Quiet area; snow melt made it a fast ride. It was great. Says Ray

How long dose it take to kayak from Forks Campground to Beitner Road? Says Dennis Eade

The 6 miles South of Traverse City section of Boardman River is 0.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. The wonderful Grand Traverse County scenery and the playfulness
    of the water attract people from near and far. The average Michigan whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state
are good for beginners. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you won't find a large number of other places. The 6 miles South of Traverse City stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. This is an extremely short stretch  
so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Traverse City, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
At Boardman River you always meet someone from Grawn; Boardman River is close to Interlochen State Park which is a striking location. You beyond doubt have to check out Traverse City State Park since you're here at Boardman River. Through the warmest time of the year at Boardman River highs are commonly in the 80's, and throughout summer nights temperatures are in the 50's.

Boardman River, 6 miles South of Traverse City road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Boardman River.
 Whitewater Near Boardman River:
Boardman River, Grand Traverse County, 0 miles away
      Class I-II - 0.5 miles long (6 miles South of Traverse City)
 Ski Areas Near Boardman River:
Caberfae Peaks, Michigan , 22 miles away, 485 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
Homestead, Michigan , 26 miles away, 320 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Michigan , 26 miles away, 375 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
Shanty Creek, Michigan , 33 miles away, 450 foot drop, 10 lifts, 49 runs
Boyne Mountain, Michigan , 54 miles away, 500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 60 runs
Hanson Hills, Michigan , 60 miles away, 225 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Boyne Highlands, Michigan , 62 miles away, 552 foot drop, 10 lifts, 54 runs
Nubs Nob, Michigan , 63 miles away, 427 foot drop, 10 lifts, 53 runs
Skyline Ski Slide, Michigan , 64 miles away, 210 foot drop, 5 lifts, 14 runs
Treetops, Michigan , 74 miles away, 225 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Boardman River:
Great Lakes Harbor, Traverse City , 6 miles away
Harbor West Yacht Club, Traverse City , 6 miles away
East Bay Harbor Marina, Acme , 10 miles away
Bowers Harbor Yacht Club, Traverse City , 13 miles away
Edward C. Grace Memorial Harbor, Elk Rapids , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Boardman River:
Econo Lodge Traverse City, Traverse City , 2 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Traverse City, Traverse City , 3 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Traverse City, Traverse City , 3 miles away
Courtyard Traverse City, Traverse City , 3 miles away
Park Place Hotel Traverse City, Traverse City , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Boardman River:
Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds, Traverse City, 2 miles away
Holiday Park Campgrounds-map, Traverse City, 4 miles away
Lakeside Resort and Party Store, Traverse City, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Boardman River:
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire - MI , 29 miles away
Traverse City State Park, Michigan , 6 miles away
Interlochen State Park, Michigan , 10 miles away
Leelanau State Park, Michigan , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Boardman River:
Traverse City Golf Course, Traverse City , 3 miles away
Traverse City Junior Golf, Traverse City , 4 miles away
Crown Golf Club, Traverse City , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Boardman River
Silver Lake, Grand Traverse , 4 miles away
Huellmantel Lake, Grand Traverse , 7 miles away
Chandler Lake, Grand Traverse , 7 miles away

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