2004 River Trip
Saturday, September 25
Photos courtesy of Bill Maat

Pere Marquette River


It was a cloudy and cool morning as we departed from Lake Hills to traverse the mighty Pere Marquette in Baldwin. With 12 vehicles in the caravan, we stopped east of Hesperia for cider and donuts. We arrived at Baldwin Canoe Rental shortly after 10:00 and spent about 10 more minutes on the road traveling to Bouman Bridge, our point of departure.

The beauty of this ecosystem was apparent to every explorer. On several occasions, some of us witnessed fishermen catching a powerful salmon swimming upstream.

Even Mr. Chittenden and Shelby enjoyed a relaxing excursion.

We all enjoyed the three and a half hour river trip, even if things did get a little wet for some. A total of 17 canoes and 5 kayaks journeyed the swift current of the Pere Marquette.