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Hodenpyl Dam

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Hodenpyl Dam

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TriCityDude wrote a review Jul. 2019
Saginaw, Michigan657 contributions60 helpful votes
New to this place, so went to it. Not impressed with first view. You basically come to a dead end where the consumers energy fences and dam power plant are, with the buzz of the generators. There are a couple posters with maps explaining the area and trails etc, but other than steps down to the river for a canoe launch, we really couldn’t find any trails. Must be elsewhere in the area but not here. We wandered Down To the foot of the dam, but still saw no trails. We hiked up the steps to the top of the dam and saw the lake. Peaceful and nice. But again, nowhere to go and use it. Left Disappointed. Nothing available for those on foot here. Clearly will have to check out other spots than this place, to be able to utilize it.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Heather W wrote a review Jul. 2018
Holland, Michigan34 contributions21 helpful votes
Fun place to fish! Boating and tubing is fun too. We like to go into Seaton creek and park the boat. Great rope swing there.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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The Lumberjack I wrote a review Jun. 2018
33 contributions13 helpful votes
Best hiking, kayaking, fishing and camping. You instantly feel the peace of nature when you step foot in this tranquil forest. The calming rivers will call your name and you will want to return again and again. Great for bird watchers and animal lovers. The owls and whiperwhils help you to sleep at night.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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Shari B wrote a review May 2018
Kentwood, Michigan17 contributions26 helpful votes
We canoed from the dam to the red bridge during Memorial Day weekend. After leaving a car at red bridge, drive the paved roads through Marilla to get to the dam (Upper river road is too rough). Also keep in mind that the red bridge is totally closed all summer this year. Might want to ask a local about the river conditions - this weekend the river beneath the dam was extremely fast, we did not need to paddle but basically just steer and pray most of the way. There are many sharp turns and dead trees in the river and with the strong current we hit a submerged tree and tipped our canoe! Rather traumatic honestly. This section is more popular with kayaks but we heard from kayaks who had flipped as well. So keep life jackets on kids (and maybe adults!) tie everything down and be prepared to tip unless you are an expert or the river current is slower. Scenery is perfect. Fish were not biting.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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detroitdj wrote a review Nov. 2016
Detroit, Michigan42 contributions4 helpful votes
We stopped here in hopes of walking a trail along the river. No such luck. This is a place where you can launch a kayak or canoe and travel down the river. Not really much hiking here. The view of the lake above the dam is nice.
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Date of experience: November 2016
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