Originally Posted by MontanaLaz
Thanks for posting. The Big Darby (#9) was my home river growing up. I can't count the number of canoe trips I took on this creek, nor the number of old tires I mucked out of the banks and paddled out over the years. I like the easy to use take action button. Well done American Rivers.
my first river experience was hippies letting me try their truck tire tube, smokey mountains river off our US Forest Service campgsite. (i think they were all free back then? about 3 years old). then it was like you, learning how to canoe first in lakes then rivers in michigan. Camp Pinewood, not sure of the river name. (the Y was run by radical hippies back then and it was the BLAST!). at the age of 16 with a car, it was too difficult to move a canoe around and that's when we stole the my older brother's army surplus 2-person raft. and we ran the WI wolf, peshtigo rivers and the UP MI menominee river. we ran them without river maps, by ourselves. i do remember seeing a few other rafts and hardshell kayakers. that was really adventure long before cable tv, internet, cell phones and GPS... sure hope kids now-a-days be will be able to visit these wilderness places and find their own adventures! (there're a lot of incredible details happening on these trips that i probably shouldn't pen since i represent TBP) TBP Admin.