Looking Glass River Expedition 2016


The Looking Glass River Expedition was a four day family friendly paddle held in June of 2016 on the Looking Glass River. The event, organized by MGROW, Friends of the Looking Glass River, and Clinton Conservation District, attracted paddlers from across the state. The expedition commenced near US-127 and concluded in Portland, where the Looking Glass River meets the Grand River. Paddlers camped along the Looking Glass in Dewitt and Wacousta.

The goal of the expedition was to showcase the beauty of the Looking Glass River and to raise awareness of environmental and water quality issues in the region. MGROW has helped organize similar expeditions throughout the region since 2010, including a 3 day trip on the Rogue River and a 6 day expedition on the Thornapple River. The Looking Glass River Expedition is a spin-off of MGROW’s much larger and popular 12 day paddle on the Grand River which occurs every ten years.

Pictures from the event can be found on Facebook.

Itinerary for the 2016 Looking Glass Expedition:  

  • June 2: check-in and optional camping at the DeWitt Riverside Park (405 S. Bridge Street, DeWitt, MI  48820).
  • June 3: check-in, lunch, and short educational presentations. Shuttle to expedition starting point (US-127). Dinner vouchers provided to local restaurants. Evening activities: tours, presentations and live music.
  • June 4: morning educational presentations, lunch, and paddle to Wacousta. Evening activities: presentations, catered dinner and live music.
  • June 5: paddle from Wacousta to Portland.