Shumskys is a small, DNR canoe launch located about a mile down Shumsky Road, which is off River Rd, about 3 miles west of Garfield Rd.
NOTE: West of Garfield Rd, Brown Bridge Rd is called River Rd
Shumskys provides a large parking area (dirt & grass) & a port-a-potty in season.
From Shumskys to Beitner Park is about 4.4 river-miles; the trip can take from 1.5-2.5 hours.
The river is slightly wider through this stretch with occasional large boulders & a few tight turns. Most of the land is privately owned and dotted with numerous (mostly seasonal) cottages. There are a few high banks and big open meadows for wildlife viewing opportunities.
This is a fairly easy stretch of the Boardman, however, be sure to get off the river at Beitner Park or you'll find yourself running the Keystone Rapids.
Up-river: Brown Bridge Road/River Rd to Shumsky Rd
Down-river: Shumsky Rd to River Rd, turn left at the end to reach Beitner Park; turn right to go to Oleson Bridge (and Traverse City). (the road is called Beitner Rd to the left, it is called Keystone Rd to the right)
|walk-in access precedes the Shumsky canoe launch|
CAMP - HIKE:
There are no camping or hiking opportunities on this stretch of river as it is mostly private land along the banks. There are numerous trails to hike both up-river (Brown Bridge Quiet Area, Muncie Lakes Pathway & the North Country Trail) & down-river (GT Natural Education Preserve),