Once on the river, there’s a feeling of remoteness and seclusion. Tall grass creates a pathway on the river, and there isn’t a house or road in site…just nature. White tailed deer, muskrats, fish, different species of birds including bald eagles, and many other forms of wildlife will accompany your trip up the Pentwater River.
About 45 minutes to an hour paddling upstream on the south branch, you’ll see a large sand dune. It’s worth the climb to take a break from paddling and take on the 100-plus foot sand dune to catch a view of the winding river and wildlife in the surrounding area. On the way back, enjoy a carefree ride downstream and let the river take you down its course.
One of the most beautiful times to go kayaking, canoeing or stand up paddle boarding is early in the morning and later in the evening, sometime during the sunrise or sunset.
There is so much history involved with the rivers of Michigan. Way back when, rivers were a major way of transportation, and the people back then traveled by canoe, carrying all their belongings with them while heading to their next location which, many times, was unknown to them. Traveling the river of Pentwater in a canoe, kayak, or upon a stand up, can take you back and will be sure to help relieve some stress from everyday life. Make a day out of it, and travel the river, then head to Pentwater Lake, or just take a couple hours to enjoy your adventure.
If you’re on the water for a long period of time, be sure to take along some snacks, and water to stay hydrated in the sun.