2018 is the year for the development of a Paddlers’ Landing at the Mott Park Recreation Area. Our first grand funding request has been submitted and following up on last year’s installation of our new disc golf course, we have high hopes that our grant request will be successful and development will begin this spring.
Canoers and kayakers frequently use the upper reaches of the Flint River, and occasionally travel as far downstream as our recreation area. When the river is high, it can be dangerous to cross beneath the Ballenger Highway bridge where the river exits Mott Park. However at normal flows, one can travel down to public access sites in Flint Township, or all the way to Flushing, or even further if you wish to float or paddle through the Shiawasee National Wildlife Refuge.
Until last year, for the past three years, the recreation area had been the landing site for the Flint River Flotilla, a day when hundreds of people canoe, kayak, boat or raft down the Flint River from Grand Traverse Avenue to just east of the Ballenger Highway Bridge. Due to river bottom work downtown, last year the Flotilla was cancelled, but the sponsors approved using their contributions for the organizers to pay for the development of plans to improve the landing site at our recreation area. With these plans completed, we are ready to seek funding and begin work to improve the site.
To make a contribution to our Canoe and Kayak Launch development program, please go to our Contributions page.