The 2020 Flint River Flotilla is going VIRTUAL! (1980s virtual, that is). To ensure safety, this will not be our normal giant party, but you can make it your own by choosing your own location, time, and friends! Submit photos or video of your float to win rad prizes. And yes, you’ll still get your Flotilla sticker. ūü§©

Dates: Saturday, August 1st – Sunday, August 16th, 2020 – On your own time!

Registration: Virtual at  https://corridoralliance.ticketspice.com/flint-river-flotilla-2020

Launch: Anywhere in the Flint River Watershed! Please wear your life jacket!

Registration includes: 

* Use of launch at Tenacity Brewing, 119 N. Grand Traverse, Flint, MI 48503, anytime during the Flotilla 2020 dates from 8am-8pm. No transportation is provided.
* Coveted Flint River Flotilla 2020 sticker!
* Entry to win awesome Flotilla prizes (with submission of a picture or video of your float)

The Flint River Flotilla returns in a modified format for its 6th year between August 1st and August 16th, 2020. The Corridor Alliance Chapter of the Flint River Watershed Coalition, in cooperation with Tenacity Brewing, is hosting a ‚Äúvirtual‚ÄĚ float this year to ensure safety for participants and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Registration is $10 and includes access to the Tenacity Brewing kayak launch, as well as the coveted 2020 Flotilla sticker, and a chance to win great prizes!

2020 Theme: “The Virtual Adventure”

The 2020 Flint River Flotilla celebrates ‚Äúthe virtual adventure‚ÄĚ with a 1980s virtual character theme. You are encouraged to channel your favorite virtual characters from the 80s for costume and boat decoration ideas. Submit photos or videos of your float to the 2020 Flotilla facebook event (or email to sscheitler@flintriver.org) to be entered to win exciting prizes, and awards for the best costume and boat decoration.

Why? 

‚ÄúThe Flint River Flotilla has amazing die-hard fans. We knew we wanted to offer something for you during this year of cancellations,‚ÄĚ said Sarah Scheitler, Corridor Alliance Manager. ‚ÄúKayaking and outdoor recreation is healthy and encouraged during this pandemic, but large groups are risky, so we decided on a modified Flotilla experience to offer the best of both worlds through an on-your-own themed float.‚ÄĚ

The Flint River Flotilla is an annual fundraiser for the Corridor Alliance and its projects around the river system in the city of Flint, such as building the Paddlers’ Landing at Mott Park Recreation Area. The Corridor Alliance was founded in 2007 to initiate, support, and sustain projects in Flint‚Äôs river corridor that revitalize the river as a community asset. The Corridor Alliance became a chapter of the Flint River Watershed Coalition in 2018.

More Info:

Anyone interested in participating can find more information by emailing Sarah Scheitler, Corridor Alliance Manager, at sscheitler@flintriver.org.

Flint River Flotilla How-To:

1. Purchase tickets & pre-order your Flotilla gear here through Sunday, August 16th, 2020.

2. Choose your float location, time, and vessel. Let someone on land know your float plan.

3. Decorate your boat, create a costume, and embark on your Flotilla adventure!! Be sure to bring your life jacket!

4. Post your photos or videos to the Flotilla 2020 Facebook page, or email them to sscheitler@flintriver.org to be entered to win Flotilla prizes, as well as awards for best costume and best boat decoration!

Preview of the 2020 Flint River Flotilla T-Shirt and Tank:

It is with very heavy hearts that we say goodbye to an invaluable member of the Corridor Alliance’s board and executive committee. Alisa¬†Stewart (formerly Craig), passed away on March 24th, 2020 as a result of an auto accident, and donated her¬†organs as a gift of life.

Alisa served on our Board with love, integrity and always had the biggest heart when it came to our mission for our Flint River. It is hard to believe that she is no longer with us, but her spirit always will be. She was truly an amazing human with a smile that will forever warm our hearts.

“Our executive committee meetings were like siting around the conference room table with sisters. We laughed, we brainstormed, we got things done and we were a team. It’s hard to believe that we won’t see that wonderful smile of hers or that magical energy she had.” — Kathleen Gazall, Corridor Alliance Board Chair.

Our community will feel this great loss. She loved her job, she loved volunteering and giving back. She loved all of us.

Please keep her children and her family in your thoughts.

With love and peace – Kathleen Gazall, Chair; Rebecca Fedewa, Vice Chair; Cheryl McHallam, Treasurer; Sarah Scheitler, Corridor Alliance Manager; and the Corridor Alliance Board of Directors.

Hurley Medical Center, where Alisa served as the Director of Wellness Services, shared a video of Alisa’s final “Honor Walk” through the hospital in recognition of her Gift of Life. Click here to view this moving tribute.

Check out our introduction to our new video series Exploring the Flint River! We’re posting these monthly to answer your questions, so let us know what you want to see next. Email sscheitler@flintriver.org to reach out.

Pre-registration ends Thursday, August 1st at midnight. Register here! https://corridoralliance.ticketspice.com/flint-river-flotilla-2019

We need 50 volunteers to help with the Flotilla! Free t-shirt included. If you’re interested, please email sscheitler@flintriver.org.

A PDF of the Flotilla flyer is available here:¬†Flotilla 2019 Flyer 8.5×11

Save time on Flotilla day ‚Äď 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.¬†KF Waiver final – 2019.05.24

Flint River Flotilla 2019 – Endless Summer

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

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

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

Registration begins at 11am, Tenacity will also be open at 11am

Launch Times: Launches will be in waves this year to avoid extended lines at the start.

  • Inflatable rafts/tubes: launch at 11:30am
  • Mixed groups of inflatables & boats, or boats who will slow float: launch at 12pm
  • Boats with paddles: launch at 12:30pm

Registration: $10/person, Ages 12 & under FREE Pre-Register Here until August 1st

2019 Flint River Flotilla T-Shirts: $16 pre-order, $20 day-of

Kayak Rental for the Flotilla: $25 РThere are no more kayak rentals remaining (7/31/19)

Inflatable floats: $20 (limited quantity, yours to keep)

Life Jackets: $5 (limited quantity, yours to keep)

The Flint River Flotilla returns for its 5th year as the best river party in Flint! Our theme this year is Endless Summer, so come in your best surf/paddle 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. The float will take about 2 hours. 

Stay for the after party, sponsored by Hurley Medical Center and NAETC/Local 659, at the Mott Park landing featuring live music by local band Sweet Pea, Flotilla prizes, Bella’s Food Truck, an ice cream cart by Jon Hardman, photo ops, and more!

You ticket gets you access to a shuttle from the parking area to the launch site, Flotilla entry and support along the float, access to the after-party, and an exclusive Flint River Flotilla 2019 sticker.

 Flint River Flotilla How-To:

  1. Purchase tickets & pre-order your Flotilla gear HERE through Thursday, August 1st. Day-of registration is also available beginning at 11am.
  2. Park at Mott Park Rec Area (former Mott Park Golf Course) ‚Äď 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:
  • Wearable 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 11:00am and runs until 12:30pm. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Float through the endless summer!
  3. Enjoy the after-party at the Mott Park landing with music, food trucks, photo ops, and Flotilla prizes!

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


A huge thank-you to our Flint River Flotilla 2019 sponsors!

Party Wave Joint Sponsors:

 

 

 


Bridge Sponsors:

Chevrolet Ave Bridge

 

 

 

Stevenson Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

Mott Park Footbridge

 

 

 

 

 


Surf’s Up Sponsors:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hang Loose Sponsors:

 

 

 

 

 

Join us downtown on March 8th, 9th, and 21st to support the Paddlers’ Landing! Learn more and donate at www.patronicity.com/paddlerslanding.

 

The Corridor Alliance Chapter of the Flint River Watershed Coalition is working with the Mott Park Recreation Association (MPRA) and the City of Flint to help residents reclaim the Flint River through increased access for all. In response to community & resident input gathered by the MPRA in 2015, we are partnering to build a safe river access point at the Mott Park Recreation Area off of Sunset Drive near Ballenger Highway. This landing will provide an opportunity for all Flint residents to safely access the river.

We launched a Patronicity crowdfunding campaign in late January 2019 to raise $50,000 in 50 days, and ended up exceeding our goal by bringing in over $65,000! You can see the details of the campaign and project update here.

Because we met our goal, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) matched the first $50,000, essentially DOUBLING YOUR DONATION!

If you have questions or concerns about this please contact: Sarah Scheitler, Corridor Alliance Manager at 810-241-6966 or sscheitler@flintriver.org.

Learn more and donate here: www.patronicity.com/paddlerslanding

Join us on Thursday, January 31st from 6pm-9pm at Factory One in Carriage Town for updates on our progress in 2018, as well as exciting announcements about our plans for 2019. Food, cash bar, and exciting raffles. RSVP and/or purchase your tickets HERE.

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 Рfill 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: