Petoskey Area Blog

Let the River Run

Posted on April 11, 2014

Visit May 3rd for the 2014 Whitewater Rendezvous on the BearTucked into the middle of Petoskey, Michigan, is an unexpected attraction – a whitewater course which opened in May of 2011. One of few places in the state to offer the experience, the Bear River course starts out flat and includes drops ranging from Class I to Class III.

Once a peaceful, easy ride, the Bear now boasts a mile and a half of fun that will toss and turn those looking for fun and adventure on the water.

The more than 75-foot drop and this winter’s 182+ inches of snow mean high water levels and a fast flow.

Lots of snow is good news for paddlersMay 3rd, the Northern Michigan Paddling Club will host the 2014 Whitewater Rendezvous on the Bear. This exciting event features open paddling, a freestyle throw down and a down river race. Anyone wanting to participate is welcome and spectators are encouraged – it promises to be quite a ride!

Interested? Check out this video for a glimpse of what’s in store. Really interested? Rentals of inflatable kayaks are available at Bahnhof Sports if you decide to give the Bear River a try.

There’s lots of nearby places to stay when you come, too.  And an exhilarating time is waiting for you – right up until the end!