Watercraft Launches

Watercraft Launch Locations

  • Tridge Location: 100 Wyman St., Midland MI 48640
  • Chippewa Nature Center: 141 W Chippewa River Rd, Midland MI 48640
  • Stratford Woods Park: 3920 E Ashman St, Midland, MI 48642
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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 Stratford Woods Park (installed August 2023) allow universal access to our local waterways. All three launches will be open annually from May 1 through October 15 (weather permitting), with the hours of operation unique to each site.

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 Road at the corner of Saginaw Road and Gordonville Road, Caldwell Boat Launch features a launch for fishermen to access the Tittabawassee River.

Watercraft Rentals

Looking to rent a watercraft for use on the river? Visit the Midland Business Alliance 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.

Contact Us

  1. Parks and Recreation Office

    Email Parks and Recreation

    Phone: 989-837-6930 / Weather Hotline 989-399-0506

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



    Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.