The 2018 Flint River Flotilla was a huge success, with over 200 participants floating the Flint River from Tenacity Brewing to paradise. Despite low water levels due to the continuing drought, folks enjoyed a relaxing and convivial time, ending with an after-party at Mott Park Recreation Area. Participants were treated to music by the Boys & Girls Club of Flint Steel Band, burgers from Bella’s Concessions, and had fun with a photo station, kayak raffle, and information about the Flint River.

Check out the full photo album here.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and we’ll see you next year!

Wade Trim won this year’s Captains of Industry prize for the most participants!

Best Costume Prize – Bob

Best Float Prize – Neil

Kayak Raffle Winner – Michele!

Pre-registration ended Tuesday, July 31st at midnight. But you can still register and buy merch in-person on Saturday starting at noon!

We are still looking for volunteers to help with the Flotilla. If you’re interested, please email sscheitler@flintriver.org for details!

A PDF of the Flotilla flyer is available here: 2018 Flotilla Flyer

Save time on Flotilla day – fill out your liability waiver in advance! Download and print the waiver, complete and sign the bottom of the form,  and bring with you to Flotilla registration. Minors must have a guardian signature to participate.

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2018 Flint River Flotilla – Float to Paradise

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Parking & After-Party at: Mott Park Recreation Area, Sunset Dr. east of Ballenger Hwy.

Registration & Launch at: Tenacity Brewing, 119 N. Grand Traverse, Flint, MI 48503

Registration & launching begins at 12pm, Official float kick-off at 1pm

Registration: Ages 18+ $10, Ages 13-17 $5, Ages 12 & under FREE

2018 Flint River Flotilla T-Shirts: $20 (Sizes 2X-4X: $22)

Kayak Rental: $25 (Only 15 available; Register online or call in advance to reserve a kayak)

Inflatable floats: $20 (only 20 available)

Life Jackets: $5 (only 20 available)

The Flint River Flotilla returns for its 4th year as the best river party in Flint! This year, we’re floating to paradise with an island theme, so come in your finest island attire and decorate your boat to match. Bring your inner tube, paddle board, kayak, canoe, or anything that floats (plus a life jacket!) and join us on this relaxing and fun journey down the Flint River from Tenacity Brewing to the Mott Park Recreation Area. Water levels are low right now and we estimate it will take about 2 hours to paddle the Flotilla route, and about 3 hours to float it without paddling.

Stay for the after party, sponsored by General Motors, at the Mott Park landing featuring the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint Steel Band with some fantastic island rhythm, a kayak raffle courtesy of Northwoods of Pinconning, Flotilla prizes, food trucks, photo ops, and more!

You ticket gets you access to a shuttle (provided by Mott Community College) from the parking area to the launch site, American Canoe Association insurance, Flotilla entry, and a neon “I made it to paradise!” sticker, exclusive for 2018 participants.

Flint River Flotilla How-To:

1. Purchase tickets & pre-order your Flotilla gear here through July 31st. Day-of registration is also available beginning at noon.

2. Park at Mott Park Rec Area (former Mott Park Golf Course) – enter off Sunset Dr. east of Ballenger Hwy (see map below).

3. Hop on the shuttle to the registration and launch site at Tenacity Brewing, 119 Grand Traverse. Be sure to bring your:

  • Life jacket
  • Raft/float*
  • Payment (cards & cash accepted) if you need to register and/or want to purchase a beverage at Tenacity

The shuttle service begins at 11:45am and runs until 12:45pm. Please bring your rafts uninflated for transport on the shuttle. Air compressors available. *If you’re bringing a canoe or kayak, drop it off at Tenacity Brewing (119 N. Grand Traverse) and then proceed with your vehicle to the parking area at Mott Park and hop on the shuttle back to the launch site.

4. Fill out liability waiver (also available to download above) and get a hand stamp. Everyone under 18 must have a guardian signature on liability waiver. All participants must wear a life jacket. No alcohol on the river. We will have limited life jackets available for purchase at registration for $5 each.

5. Float to paradise!

6. Enjoy the General Motors after-party at the Mott Park landing with a steel drum band, food trucks, a kayak raffle, and Flotilla prizes!

*  Event will occur rain or shine. Severe weather may delay start time.

If you have questions about the event, please email Sarah Scheitler, Corridor Alliance Manager, at sscheitler@flintriver.org or call 810-241-6966 during business hours.

A huge thank-you to our 2018 Flint River Flotilla sponsors!

Treasure Chest Landing Sponsor:


Paradise Pass Bridge Sponsors:

 

 

Gilligan’s Island Sponsors:

Parrot Head Sponsors:

Coconut Coast Sponsors:

 

 

 

 

#CyclingCirclesFlint

We had a wonderful time at Cycling Circles 2018! Thanks to everyone for coming, especially our vendors, Recycle Bike Shop & Mobile Bike RepairFlint Children’s MuseumFor-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum, Commit to Fit, Kidney Foundation of MichiganMSUE Genesee CountyHurley Medical Center, and McLaren Health Plan! Check out some of the superheroes in training below. To see the full album, please visit https://bit.ly/2IDZyXf.

 


Merger will consolidate efforts to protect, promote, and improve Flint River Watershed

(Flint, Mich.) – The Flint River Watershed Coalition is pleased to announce a merger with the Flint River Corridor Alliance. “The opportunities this merger brings are well-timed,” said Kathleen Gazall, FRCA Board President, “These two organizations have worked closely together since the founding of the Corridor Alliance in 2007. As a combined entity, we will be better stewards of our organizational resources and expand our capacity to revitalize the river at a time when our joint work on initiating the Riverfront Restoration in Downtown Flint is coming to fruition.”    

“We are excited that the Corridor Alliance is now an official chapter of the Flint River Watershed Coalition,” said Rebecca Fedewa, Executive Director of the Flint River Watershed Coalition. “This decision is well-aligned with our mission to serve the entire Flint River Watershed. The merger gives us more capacity to work on community reinvestment in the Flint River Corridor without redirecting any resources away from the other communities in our watershed.”

Under the merger, effective January 1st, 2018, the Corridor Alliance became an official chapter of the Flint River Watershed Coalition. The Corridor Alliance Chapter will continue to work along the river corridor in the city of Flint with annual events such as Cycling Circles and the Flint River Flotilla, as well as with partnerships on projects like installing a Paddlers’ Landing at Mott Park Recreation Area. The Flint River Watershed Coalition continues to maintain its broader focus on all seven counties that make up the Flint River Watershed through projects such as water quality monitoring, the GREEN environmental education program, the Flint River Paddling Program, and annual Stewardship Day activities.

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The bikes have arrived on campus at Kettering University as part of the Flint Bike Share Program as of last week.  The installation is the seventh station as part of the program to launch since 2016.
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Hear more about Cycling Circles to be held at Chevy Commons today.  All ages are welcome to attend the free bicycling event. You can bring your own bicycle or you can borrow one from organizers.

FLOTILLA POSTPONED DUE TO WORK ALONG THE RIVER

Funds Will Be Used Towards Kayak/Canoe Landing For 2018 Event

(Flint, Mich.)-  The Flint River Flotilla scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 5 will be postponed until 2018.  The Flint River Corridor Alliance (FRCA) decided to postpone the event due to construction work being done upstream from where the float takes place.  In lieu of taking part of the Flotilla, the public is encouraged to participate in paddles scheduled along other portions of the river through the Flint River Watershed Coalition.

FRCA Director Vanessa Ferguson said, “The Flotilla offers a great opportunity for everyone to see what a great asset the Flint River is for our community. Because of the Consumers Energy dredging/clean-up project taking place upstream on the river we have reached the difficult decision to postpone the event.”

To learn more about the East Boulevard Remediation project visit www.consumersenergy.com/east-boulevard-remediation.  The water quality of this portion of the Flint River is monitored daily.  The DEQ reports that all testing results have been within permit thresholds.

“The FRCA hopes to make 2018 bigger and better than ever before.  We have worked with our sponsors to secure funding for a paddlers’ landing at the ending point for the Flotilla,” explained Ferguson.  “Anyone who has participated in the Flotilla knows what a great asset this landing will be to create easier access in and out of the river in Mott Park.”

The landing will be located inside Mott Park off Sunset and Ballenger Highway.  The FRCA is coordinating with the City of Flint and with the Mott Park Recreation Area Board to move forward with the project.  The goal is to begin work on the landing this fall.  Sponsors to date for the project include General Motors, Hurley Medical Center, ROWE Professional Services Company and Diplomat Pharmacy.

As an alternative to participating in the Flint River Flotilla this year, the FRCA is encouraging individuals to register for paddles with the Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) which are outside the area of the Consumers Energy Work. The cost for the paddles range from $10 to $25 per person and pre-registration is required.  Anyone interested in registering for one should visit: http://flintriver.org/blog/programs/frwcs-paddles/ for more information.

The FRCA was established in 2007, to increase the overall investment and health of the Flint River Corridor.   The purpose of the Alliance is to improve access to the waterway through the restoration of existing resources and to create new opportunities for recreation along the river.

“We appreciate the public’s support of the Flint River Flotilla and understand that there will be disappointment regarding this year’s cancellation.  Next year we look forward to showcasing all the great improvements that will have been completed along the river.  Projects range from the current construction work to the installation of the landing at Mott Park to construction connected to the Flint Riverfront Restoration Plan,” said Ferguson.

Anyone interested in learning more about the paddlers’ landing or in participating in a FRWC paddle should contact the FRCA on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/frcalliance, at www.frcalliance.org or by email Vanessa Ferguson at vferguson@frcalliance.org.

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Mark your calendars for the fourth annual Flint River Flotilla to be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017. The float will begin at 1 p.m. with registration opening at noon. The launch site will remain at Tenacity Brewing where registration will be held.   The cost for the flotilla is $10/person, Children 12 & under free, $30 per family.  Register in advance online.

=====> Participants must drop-off of their vehicles Mott Park. All participants will end up at Mott Park at the end of the float. A free shuttle will be provided to transport participants to the launch at Tenacity.

Last year we almost 250 people participate and hope to see even more participants this year. The “Captain of Industry” award will again be presented to the business with the most participants during the awards ceremony, so start planning now if you hope to have your business win this honor. The 2015 and 2016 Elga Credit Union will no doubt return to defend their back to back wins.

Our office will be moving to the campus of Kettering University.  The new mailing address for the FRCA will be at the Innovation Center beginning December 1.  The office overlooks the Flint River Trail, Chevy Commons, and the Flint River.

1300 Bluff Street

Flint, MI  48504

The second annual Cycling Circles event will take place at Chevy Commons on September 30 from 1 to 3 p.m.  The event was created to give children a chance to bike along the paths at the site.  We serve as a sponsor along with other community partners including the Genesee County Land Bank, Genesee County Parks, Genesee County Health Department, Hurley Medical Center and more.

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