The Thornapple River Expedition is Open for Registration

Thornapple River Expedition Registration Now Open

The Thornapple River Expedition has officially opened registration for the six-day 68-mile paddling trip that begins in Potterville on Monday August 6, and ends in Ada on Saturday, August 11.

This is a family-friendly expedition aiming to allow those to truly experience the conditions of opportunities of Michigan’s Thornapple River and its watershed. Through experiencing the river, fostering awareness and responsibility come naturally. The expedition will be led by a diverse team of historians, educators, students, civic leaders, and scientists, who will be providing demonstrations, and also showing interactive displays and exhibits in communities alongside the river.

The opening ceremony will begin in Potterville before the paddle to Vermontville, where dinner and camp will be provided at Riverside Resort. Portages are in Hastings, Irving, Middleville, and Alaska with the closing ceremony in Ada. Outdoor recreation will be plentiful as several state game and recreation areas, state parks (as well as county, city and township parks), walkways, and public fishing sites will be available for use. Registration is open until July 1 or once 150 people have registered. There is also potential to earn CEUs or college credits.

If you’re unsure as to whether you can hold up for six days of paddling, you’re in luck. The event is also open to half day, full day, or extended participants; allowing you to paddle for a few hours, or a few days.  Prices for the entire week are $150, and only $35 for one day, with lowered prices for children 12 and under. Included are insurance, registration, meals, camping, and transportation of personal gear.

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