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Michigan whitewater, Kalamazoo River

Allegan county, Plainwell Swell section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     0.2 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Kalamazoo-Portage, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This section of Kalamazoo River in Michigan is 0.2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might
    find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so better not forget that many runs in this state are very easy. There's camping available near Kalamazoo River. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't
matter, around here you won't find a large number of other spots. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This is an extremely short stretch so better bring some good walking shoes. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
A tour to Yankee Springs State Recreation Area when you're
here at Kalamazoo River is a splendid idea, and skiing at Bittersweet is one of those things you just should do. There are plenty of folks from Plainwell here at Kalamazoo River. At Kalamazoo River during the days of summer highs are in the 80's. For the duration of the moonlight hours it's ordinarily in the 50's. Daytime highs through the winter are in the 20's with winter lows in the 10's overnight here at Kalamazoo River. Kalamazoo River gets a common amount of rainfall. The month of September is the wettest with most of the rain, and February on the other hand is the driest.

Kalamazoo River, Plainwell Swell 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 Kalamazoo River.
 Whitewater Near Kalamazoo River:
Kalamazoo River, Allegan County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 0.2 miles long (Plainwell Swell)
 Ski Areas Near Kalamazoo River:
Bittersweet, Michigan , 8 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 17 runs
Timber Ridge, Michigan , 9 miles away, 240 foot drop, 9 lifts, 15 runs
Swiss Valley, Michigan , 28 miles away, 225 foot drop, 7 lifts, 11 runs
Cannonsburg, Michigan , 33 miles away, 250 foot drop, 12 lifts, 18 runs
Caberfae Peaks, Michigan , 92 miles away, 485 foot drop, 6 lifts, 34 runs
 Hotels Near Kalamazoo River:
Comfort Inn Plainwell, Plainwell , 0 miles away
Super 8 Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo , 9 miles away
Staybridge Suites KALAMAZOO, Kalamazoo , 9 miles away
Red Roof Inn Kalamazoo West-Western Michigan Univ, Kalamazoo , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kalamazoo River:
Brookside City Park, Otsego, 2 miles away
Schnable Lake Family Campground, Martin, 5 miles away
American Campgrounds, Kalamazoo, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Kalamazoo River:
Yankee Springs State Recreation Area, Michigan , 15 miles away
Fort Custer State Recreation Area, Michigan , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kalamazoo River:
Prairiewood Golf, Otsego , 5 miles away
Crestview Golf Club, Kalamazoo , 5 miles away
Thornapple Creek Golf Club, Kalamazoo , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Kalamazoo River
Lake Doster, Allegan , 7 miles away
Selkirk Lake, Allegan , 9 miles away
Hodge Lake, Allegan , 11 miles away

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