New 2.5 mile waterway trail gives spectacular views along River Raisin

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A new looped waterway trail has been created that incorporates the River Raisin at Standish Dam in Indian Crossing Trails Park. The organizers hope to release several inches of water from Standish Pond on the weekends to give the river additional depth for watercrafts. Pictured at Standish Dam are Dan and Kathy Field. Photo by Jim Lincoln.

A beautiful looped waterway has recently been created and opened to the public for canoeing and kayaking behind Tecumseh’s Community Center on Globe Mill Pond and River Raisin.

The ‘River Raisin Run’ was made possible by a group of dedicated volunteers who worked with several City of Tecumseh departments to clear fallen debris to form an approximate two and a half mile round waterway trip beginning from the dock behind the Community Center on Globe Mill Pond. Paddlers are now able to launch watercraft onto the pond and travel up the raceway at Indian Crossing Trails Park before portaging over to River Raisin at Standish Dam. Crews from the Utilities, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation Department cleared and wood chipped a path to a launch site below the dam for easy access to the River Raisin.

The river twists and turns southward through the park for approximately one and a half miles and back to Globe Mill Dam where a second portage area has been created to return back to Globe Mill Pond and the dock. Paddlers should be aware that the second portage requires transporting their craft up a steep embankment.

An inaugural River Raisin Run took place on Saturday, Sept. 29, with several community members, including Chuck and Margaret Gross, participating. The 130-acre park was made possible with a Department of Natural Resources land acquisition grant and a gracious donation from the Gross family in 1996. The group of three canoes and a kayak had just one major challenge during the first official run when having to portage around a large fallen tree on the river. The trip lasted approximately an hour and a half at a leisurely pace. Also participating were two cleanup volunteers, Bill Downing, and his wife Stacy, and Dan Field, and his wife Kathy.

The cleanup of the river was an extensive project requiring three phases where volunteers, including coordinator Dan Field, project leader Bill Viers, Kirk Maves, Dick Cangley, Bill Downing, Stacy Downing, Pam Herzog, Shelley Lim, Keith Auten, Joe Brooks, Scott Kampmueller, Corey Brooks, Dave Malmquist, Dylan Cowmetal and Caleb Hughes, first met on June 3. After two additional cleanup days, only one jam remained along the entire section of river for the first time in many years.

Maps detailing the picturesque waterway route may be picked up at Tecumseh’s Parks and Recreation Department. Canoes and kayaks are available for rental. Call 423.5602 for more information.

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