Boardman River starts at Boardman Lake and snakes quietly through downtown Traverse City, giving passers-by a glimpse of mother nature amidst an urban backdrop before emptying into Lake Michigan at the east end of Clinch Beach.
Jim and I cross Boardman River at two places on each walk we take to the Lake MI shoreline, frequently stopping to take in the view that the aged cement bridges have to offer along the way. It only recently dawned on us that, while we’ve hauled our kayaks dozens of miles across the state to whisk across more distant waters, we’d yet to put in at the river right under our noses.
We fixed that this evening. 🙂
After scooping up Baby J and grabbing a quick dinner, we set out to preview our kayak-launch-spot options. We ended up opting for the busier-than-anticipated library/Hull Park location as the paddling place of choice, but not before still-framing some of the splendor found on the southern end of Boardman Lake.
Settling in at our northern-more drop spot, we cruised the shoreline for a bit, enjoying the sight of sailing lessons in progress (including one capsized vessel – a harmless spill, if not humbling). 😉
From there we took to the river portion of our trip, traveling under the foot bridge, the old train trestle and then the 8th & Cass Street bridges before an about-face in front of Firefly that sent us back to our starting point.
Not all of these pics are from today, but it still paints an accurate picture. Next time we’ll make the full trip from lake to lake – and I’ll head out with water-safe photography gadgets in tow! – but for now, that’s the view from dry land. 🙂