Flint River

Explore the heart of Flint & Genesee - the Flint River. The river begins as a spring-fed lake and extends through forests, communities, and manmade lakes. The best way to discover this waterway is the Flint River Water Trail. Beginning in downtown Flint near the University of Michigan-Flint campus, the trail connects Flint & Genesee with world-class activities and education. Kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking, and birding opportunities abound along its shores.

The Flint River Water Trail stretches for 73 miles and has 24 access sites. Two new access points are being finalized: Paddlers’ Landing in Mott Park Recreation Area and a new landing in Lapeer on Saginaw Street. Future projects are being planned to create more river access in Flint and Montrose townships.

Kayak Flint offers rentals in downtown Flint and provides transportation back for one-way paddlers. At some sections of the river, paddlers glide along for two hours without seeing a crossroad – just the bald eagles, ospreys, mink, beaver, fish, giant clams, shoreside deer, cormorants, and egrets. The walleye fishery is considered one of the best in Michigan.