2019 will be the 5th year for the Flint River Flotilla. This year, we hope to be able to use our NEW Mott Park Paddlers Landing. The Flotilla is scheduled for Saturday, August 3, 2019, from 1 PM until 4 PM.
More information about the flotilla will be published as it becomes available.
Unfortunately, the organizers called off the Flotilla for 2017 because river dredging downtown to prepare for the removal of the downtown dams was making the water too muddy. Fortunately, the program sponsors all agreed to let the watershed coalition use their funds to contract for a plan to install a permanent canoe and kayak landing in The Mott Park Recreation Area. The first draft of the plan was completed and the Flint River Watershed Coalition took the lead on securing funding for this effort. Unfortunately, although funding was obtained, bids for the landing were higher than anticipated and we were not able to break ground in 2018.
In early 2019, the watershed coalition and the rec area, in partnership with Patronicity, a crowdfunding platform in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation held a 50-day fundraising drive to raise $50,000 in the hope of a $50,000 match from MEDC if we were successful, and we were! Plans are to hold a groundbreaking ceremony in the Spring, when seasonal flows subside and hope to have the landing in use for the Flotilla in early August.
The downtown dams have been removed and funding is in place for a new access site at the rec area. We look forward to many more years of participation in the Flint River Flotilla with our permanent canoe and kayak landing for use by the Flotilla and by anyone wishing to cruise on the Flint River.