Watercraft Launches

Accessible Canoe/Kayak Launch

Imagine a canoe and kayak launch site that would enable people to access our local rivers, whether they are wheelchair users, are restricted by hip and knee replacements, back injuries, limited carrying ability, trouble with balance, difficulty getting in and out of a watercraft and even those who would just appreciate an easier smoother access point, rather than trying to enter from a steep slope.

Three recently completed kayak / canoe launches, located at the Tridge in downtown Midland, Chippewa Nature Center and Sanford Lake Park, will allow universal access to our local waterways.  What does the launch look like? The images above are of an individual entering the sleeve that enables the user to access the dock and transfer to a wheelchair, walker or other devices if needed. All three launches will be open annually from May 1 through October 15 (weather permitting), with the hours of operation unique to each site.
Tridge Location
100 Wyman St.
Midland, MI 48640
Chippewa Nature Center
141 W. Chippewa River Rd.
Midland, MI 48640
Sanford Lake Park
W. Irish St.
Sanford, MI 48657

Boat Launches

Riverside/Golfside Park

Located off Currie Parkway at 502 Golfside between the Tittabawassee River and Currie Golf Course. Riverside Park features a boat launch for fishermen to access the Tittabawassee and Chippewa Rivers. You can also launch your canoe and enjoy a relaxing scenic view of nature.

Caldwell Boat Launch
Located at 4330 S. Saginaw Rd at the corner of Saginaw Rd. and Gordonville Rd., Calwell Boat Launch features a launch for fishermen to access the Tittabawassee River.

Contact Us

  1. Parks and Recreation Office


    Municipal Service Center
    4811 N. Saginaw Rd.
    Midland, MI 48640

    Ph: 989-837-6930
    Ph: 989-399-0506 (Weather Hotline)

    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Watercraft Rentals
Looking to rent a watercraft for use on the river?  Visit the Midland Chamber of Commerce for rental information!  For questions, please contact Parks and Recreation

Portaging the Dow Dam

There is a portage trail for the Dow Dam. As watercraft head downstream, boaters will find signs posted for the portage trail before the dam.