Shumskys Launch Site

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

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),

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