Konnect with the Kazoo was a program that we implemented in 2021 during the pandemic to help people get out and enjoy the Kalamazoo River when we couldn’t get together for typical Kanoe the Kazoo events. It offered a way for anyone to connect with the Kalamazoo River in their own way, on their own time, and to share their experiences by posting pictures on our social media platforms.
All registered participants received a gift bag in the mail that included a “Konnect with the Kazoo” t-shirt and some other fun items. Participants also were entered into a drawing to win some great prizes including a BRAND NEW KAYAK!
The event kicked off on June 1st 2021 and continued through the end of August that year.
Am I in the Kalamazoo River Watershed?
How do know where Kalamazoo River Access Points are?
A great resource for identifying access points is michiganwatertrails.org. You’ll see the Kalamazoo River Water Trail under the Southern Michigan Region. Expand the map and click on a location to find out locations, amenities such as parking, bathrooms, camping, etc., launch fees, and more. If you click on “find nearby places” you may find information on distances from and location of upstream and downstream access points. Much of the information on the water trails website has been provide by the KRWC and we are working all the time to update and add more information to the water trail map. If you use the map and have suggestions to offer such as additional information that would be helpful, please let us know!
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Where can I rent Kanoes and Kayaks?
Plainwell Kayak Company provides kayak rental and transportation service located at 211 N. Main St., Plainwell, Michigan 49080. Call 269-356-2926.
Marshall Recreation Department 900 S Marshall Ave, Marshall, MI 49068 Call: 269-781-5166
Watertrail Ventures: http://www.watertrailventures.com/
Want to Give Back?
Become a River Giver by giving a donation to support important river programming and protection projects. Even a small donation is an important investment in the future of our local water resources.
High Water Levels
At certain points and during certain times of the year the Kalamazoo River and its tributaries are prone to flood conditions. It is important to be aware of water conditions before you enter the river. You can search for the daily water conditions of the river at several locations on the USGS National Water Information Website. Click the map to find water gauge stations along the Kalamazoo River and many rivers throughout Michigan. Each station will have current water level, along with average levels as a comparison. Typically river water levels are at their highest in the spring, although any large rain storm can cause water levels to rise rapidly in some areas of the river (and especially smaller tributary streams).
We want everyone to enjoy the Kalamazoo River and our inland water resources in a safe and fun way. It is important to remember you are in charge of your own safety when using the river. There are some important safety reminders in the documents below that we find helpful for individuals and groups looking to enjoy the pure Michigan waters of our state.
We are asking all participants to take appropriate social distancing precautions as defined by the CDC and the State of Michigan guidelines. Wearing masks and keeping six feet apart from others are critical tools to keeping ourselves and our communities safe. By taking this seriously and doing their part, all Michiganders can be part of the solution. As a Konnect with the Kazoo participant, we are providing a mask for you!
Special thanks to our supporters:
- Kalamazoo River Community Recreation Foundation
- TMDL Partners
Want to become a sponsor? See “Become a Sponsor” is the Resources section above.