This park is definitely a step in the right direction for the town and for the river. They've installed new pathways and pavilions, the new pedestrian bridge is well placed and they've installed several vistas and vantage points. What really impresses me is how they've redone the river, creating some killer standing waves and holes and creating yet another reason to visit Petoskey. This weeks high water is pushing the classification into the class IV range, with standing waves that are nearly 4 feet, and the run where I sank my boat is about 300 feet of frothing whitewater. Judging by the number of kayaks strapped to vehicles in town and parked at the takeout, it has gotten the attention of paddlers. I got there too late to photograph anyone in the runs, but will try to get there tomorrow to update this post. Kayaking is my other great love, and with this new park up and running, I may be tempted to get a play boat.
|This is the same hole I wrecked in|
|Large standing wave below 31 bridge|
|Pavillion at takeout|
Congratulations to Petoskey for making a genuine improvement to the town. With foot and bike trails and lots of picnic areas, this is going to be one of the most popular places in town.