Looking Glass River Expedition 2016

Looking Glass River 2016 Expedition

The quiet beauty of the Looking Glass River will be showcased in June during a four-day paddling event called the Looking Glass River Expedition 2016. This is a family friendly event and boaters of all skill levels are invited to join.

Approximately 100 participants are expected to make the scenic journey. The river meanders by farm fields and through forests en route from Dewitt down through Wacousta, eventually reaching the Grand River at Portland.

Paddlers can register now for the expedition online. Participants can sign-up for a 4-day journey or parts of the route. A $100 expedition fee for the entire expedition covers shuttles, camping, lunches, breakfast, dinner, and more. The fee for children 12 and under is $50 for the entire expedition. One-day trips cost $50. It's a beautiful river and when you are on it, it doesn't seem like you are close to an urban area. We're looking to bring more attention to the river, and to teach the public about the watershed. This is a good opportunity for people to get outdoors and enjoy our natural resources.

The four-day event kicks off with free camping on June 2nd and an opening ceremony on the morning of June 3rd at Dewitt.Paddlers will then get on the river, launching at or near the 127 overpass. There may be some challenges the first day, navigating around logs in the river, but it's not a race. We plan to work on and clear most of the sections and hope to have the river cleared by the start of the expedition.

Expedition members will finish their first day of paddling back at Dewitt. Dinner and evening festivities on June 3rd and June 4th are planned. June 4, the second day on the river, begins with breakfast. There will be professionals giving learning sessions as well as other activities in the morning. Once on the river, paddlers will make their way to Wacousta for another dinner and a night of camping. Sunday June 5, the last day, will take paddlers on down to Portland. The Looking Glass Expedition grew out of the 2010 Grand River Expedition where paddlers from across Michigan explored more than 220 miles over 12 days. That expedition is held once every decade to bring attention to the Grand River watershed.

For more information, including the registration form, visit http://mgrow.org/lgre2016/. The Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/Looking-Glass-River-Expedition-2016-108820206141428.