Careful planning before your kayaking adventure can take the guess work out of your trip and make things go smoothly.
Research Your Start and End Points
There are many public launches and access areas along the Grand River. Visit the Kent County interactive map on Water Trail Access Points to find your route. Take note of dams or other obstacles when planning.
Arrange a Pick Up
Once you reach your end point, you’ll need a way back to the start point. If you’re kayaking with others, arrange to have one of your vehicles at the end point so you can carpool back. If you’re going solo, ask a friend to pick you up at the end of your trip.
Print a Copy of the Map
Print a map of your route in case you get turned around. You can also mark points of interest you want to visit along the way.
Check the Weather
Make sure you have calm, mild weather on the dates you plan to paddle.
Tell Someone About Your Trip
Whether you’re travelling with others or by yourself, it’s always a good idea to tell someone who isn’t on the water the date, time and route of your trip in case of emergency. Contact them before and after your trip so they know you’re safe.