Flint River Flotilla returns this weekend for second year

FLINT (WJRT) – (08/05/15) – Saturday afternoon, the downtown portion of the Flint River will be jam-packed with inflatables, kayaks and canoes.

“It’s all about fun. For most people, it’s their first time, so we definitely welcome amateurs,” said Janet Van De Winkle, of the Flint River Corridor Alliance.

Last year’s inaugural Flint River Flotilla saw several hundred people floating down the river. While the event is non-competitive, there are a few prizes up for grabs.

“We even have contests for the most colorful, the most spirit. Corporate award,” Van De Winkle said.

Participants will leave their cars at Mott Park Golf Course, then take a shuttle to the launching point.

“We’re starting at Tenacity Brewing, the fire station on Grand Traverse and Kearsley. We’ll float down through Chevy Commons, float through Mott Park, and end up at Mott Park Golf Course,” Van De Winkle said.

The Floatilla serves as a fundraiser for the Flint River Corridor Alliance.

“It supports projects like the restoration of Hamilton Dam, efforts in Chevy Commons and a number of projects that will increase the usability of the river and access to the river,” said Michael Freeman, of the Flint River Corridor Alliance.

Over the last year, Dan Snyder, of the Flint River Corridor Alliance, says he’s seen an increase of wildlife along the waterfront downtown.

“I’ve seen eagles. It’s crazy what you can actually see, and deer. We see deer, too,” he said.

The Corridor Alliance hopes that the Flotilla helps people realize that the Flint River is safe for recreational activity.

“We have a legacy that we’re trying to fight as far as the perception of the river. The truth is that the river is actually clean and it’s a great asset for our community,” Freeman said.

The Flotilla gets underway at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Rafts will be for sale on site.

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