Thursday, February 19, 2009

Saginaw River Launch Sites

Some good spots to put in a kayak.


East Side - Bay County

(Listed south to north)



River Road (M-13) Veteran's Park at the Bay/Saginaw county line.
Boat launch at the north end of the park.
Good parking with toilets.
N 43 31.718 W 83 52.920
Bay City - Cass Avenue off M-13 (Broadway Avenue).
At the signal light at Cass and Broadway head west to the Saginaw River.
Good parking with toilets.
N 43 33.954 W 83 54.200
Golson Boat Launch - West side of Independence Bridge
Heading east from downtown on Center Avenue (M-25), turn north at the Johnson Street signal light.
Proceed straight (north) to the Saginaw River.
Very adequate parking, toilets, and picnic area. Free.
N 43 36.709 W 83 52.449
Essexville - downtown park
From downtown Bay City head east on Center (M-25).
Turn left at signal light for Pine Street (Jack’s Fruit Market and Rite-Aid).
Head north to Woodside Avenue signal light.
Turn left and proceed west to City Hall at Burns Street.
Turn north, go 1 block.
Turn right at the stop sign; enter the park.
Good parking- toilets are behind City Hall. Free.
N 43 36.970 W 83 50.710
Essexville - Cement Plant
From downtown Bay City head east on Center (M-25).
Turn left at signal light for Pine Street (Jack’s Fruit Market and Rite-Aid).
Head north to Woodside Avenue signal light.
Proceed 1 block north to Saline Street.
Turn left, proceed 4 blocks to the stop at Potter Street.
The launch site is on your right. No toilets.
N 43 37.055 W 83 50.557

West Side - Bay County

(Listed south to north)



Bay City Rowing Club (M 13) - (M 84).
From the west, head east on Salzberg Avenue (SW Bay City). Cross the first bridge, and then turn left (north) between the Rowing Club and the Boys and Girls Club.
From the east, head west on Lafayette. Cross the Saginaw Bridge and then turn left (north) between the Rowing Club and the Boys and Girls Club.
Launch from the Rowing Club. Water level dock. Excellent parking and launch. Toilets 200 yards north
N 43 34.843 W 83 54.140
Bay City - Veteran's Memorial Park
Enter from the 900 block of South Henry Street.
Turn east into park entrance (or) from east Midland Street continue down towards Hooters, turn right (south) onto Kennedy Drive and continue to park entrance (at the helicopter).
Concrete ramp, but at times there is a wooden powerboat ramp attached to the seawall. Toilets, good parking. Free.
1.75 miles downriver to the Independence Bridge, 5.75 miles downriver to the bay.
N 43 35.863 W 83 53.691
Bay City - Independence Bridge (north side).
From I-75, head east on Wilder Road (turns into Truman Drive after Patterson Road light). After the Patterson light, go south 1 light, turn to the left (east). Go approximately .25 miles to McGillvary Dr.
From the Thumb or south, head north on Trumbell (M-15) cross the Independence Bridge. At the first light, turn right. Go approximately .25 miles to McGillvary Dr.
Vast parking and toilets. Fees if attendant is on duty. 3.75 miles downriver to Saginaw Bay
N 43 36.883 W 83 52.308
Bay City - Saginaw River Mouth
Coming from the east on Center Avenue (M 25) turn right (north) at Trumbell (M-15). Head north to Saginaw River. Cross the river (Independence Bridge). Continue heading west until you get to the Patterson Avenue signal light. Turn right onto Patterson.
Coming from the north or west take the Wilder Road exit from I-75. Head east on Wilder Road, past the mall until you get to the Patterson Avenue signal light. Turn left onto Patterson. Once on Patterson, continue going north almost a mile to Shady Shore Drive (party store on the right) Continue east for one mile to Chestnut Avenue.
Option A: Delta Easement: At Chestnut Avenue at the Sunset Marina, turn left. Follow the road to the stop sign. Turn right, keeping the marina on your right. Continue to the dead end (Delta Sailing School) The easement is on your right.
N 43 38.632 W 83 51.110
Option B: DNR launch site: At the Chestnut / Shady Shore intersection, bear right and continue to the DNR parking lot.
Fee if attendant is present. Vast parking area plus toilets.
N 43 38.417 W 83 51.039

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