2018 was to be the year for the development of a Paddlers’ Landing at the Mott Park Recreation Area. Our grant funding requests were submitted and approved and we had high hopes that we would complete this project to follow up on our successful installation of our disc golf course last year.
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, through Saginaw, and perhaps all the way to Bay City and Saginaw Bay.
Again this year, and for the three of the past four years, the recreation area was 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, the 2017 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.
Unfortunately, the Flint River Watershed Coalition informed us that the contractors’ bids for installation of the Paddlers’ Landing came in far too high for the funding resources we have available. Consequently, it’s back to the drawing board to scale down our plans so they better fit our finances. We hope to have revised plans available and bid out over the winter so we can commence construction when the spring floods are past.
To make a contribution to our Canoe and Kayak Launch development program, please go to our Contributions page.