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Again, kayaking. I've done the whole entire (paddleable) river but it'll take you longer than you think 11 miles would take....like an entire summer's day! An excellent way to spend it, but I think it's much more fun to break it up into chunks. Love this river, with its natural scenery, beautiful houses and the fun of paddling thru downtown TC right into West Bay! A word of caution, there are some fun class II rapids along the way so be sure you're prepared to rescue yourself/others along the way. Also, I would recommend taking out at the tubes that run under South Airport Rd.....unless you don't mind tons of spiders (I learned the hard way)!
Actually kayaking....but the Boardman is neither the sea nor does it have significant whitewater. For the area, it has some swift water with narrow turns and is very lovely as you pass by natural areas and beautiful housing along the banks. The trip takes about an hour and a half at a leisurely pace with a few areas to be able to get out of your ride and play along the banks. I bring a small grill and cook out a few burgers for my friends and I.....mmmm, no better burgers anywhere! Even if you don't have two vehicles, you can drop off your kayak at Schumsky's, drive your van back to the Beitner parking lot and Rudd your bike back up to the kayaks (be sure and bring a lock!) in no more than an easy 20 minute ride.
This was a great hike. We did the out and back loop on the south side of the river. There was fresh powdery snow and the forest and river were beautiful. As the name states it was very quiet and peaceful. I will definitely come back again, maybe try the loop on the north side of the river next time.
This is a great trail if you live nearby. Easy walking trail & snowshoeing. Yes, this is a trail where many dogs are walked but avoid them by going weekdays when most dog owners are working. Walk or run the hilly trail to m-72. It's an oasis in the city, where you'll often see deer grazing.
Rode the singletrack. Nice flow to the ride. Not overly complicated. Some tight, curvy sections with lots of trees right on the trail, primarily between markers 4 and 6, that made for some interesting navigation. A couple of beach spots and some sand in the turns to pay attention to.