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You have reached CROTON DAM FLOAT TRIPS!!!
 
We are SO GLAD YOU STOPPED IN FOR A VISIT!!!
 
Welcome also to our 30th Year of Business!  My how time flies when you are having fun!

 

We are a FULL SERVICE canoe, kayak, & tube rental business located adjacent to the pristine Muskegon River in Newaygo County, Michigan, where nature abounds above and below the water. 

 
Look to the skies to see a majestic eagle.  Watch along the river bank for beaver, muskrat, river otter's, whitetail deer, and of course a lazy turtle sunning themselves on a log for your enjoyment. 
 
Look under the clear water to view fish of many different varieties. 
 
Yes, the area is one of beauty just waiting for you to explore!
 
The Muskegon River begins at Houghton Lake some 250 river miles northeast of Croton Dam.  Her waters after passing through a series of hydroelectric dams still have about a 80 mile flow to make it out to Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan.  We service customers on canoe and kayak adventures to the western border of Newaygo County, some 42 river miles downstream. 
 
Her beauty is one of Four Seasons.
 
The quietness of the snow falling on the trees along the shore provides a serenity to the frozen wilderness.  Steam rises from the surface as it touches the frozen air.  Fish still abound under her surface.  Steelhead which have followed the Salmon of the fall spawn to Croton Dam are waiting away the peacefullness of winter time, unaware that anglers wait above the chilly surface in the hopes to find a trophy of their own.
 
Our campground lies under a ever growing blanket of snow.  However, deer come to frequent digging the acorns out of our campsites.  Flying squirrels for some reason take refuge in the outhouse.  Mice and chipmunks frolic in the office finding whatever leftover tidbits of food remain from the previous summer.
 
Spring comes late in the area, but with a furry of growth.  One day we look at the remaining piles of snow in the depths of the woods, and the next spring flowers are abloom in the fields.  The robins, redwing blackbirds appear to be our first spring time visitors...and yes, sometimes they arrive before the snow melts!  Blue Herons and crows seem to follow.  Then the song of frogs can be heard in the ponds.  Buds begin to appear on the tops of the trees...and deer once again come out of their winter hiding and roam the fresh green growing fields.  Steelhead arrive at the dam to begin their spring spawn.  Anglers line up on the banks to try to catch that spring trophy and boats once again use the area launches to seek their dreams. Turkeys begin to strut about in the fields also, marking the beginning of the breeding season as well as Turkey Hunting in the Area.  The last Saturday in April marks the beginning of Trout Season down on the river.  Soon, the moral mushrooms are popping in the woods and fields, making for some fun mushroom hunting as well as some delicious eating. 
 
The Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend marks "the true end of spring, and the beginning of Summer Time in the area" with Bass Season opening.  On warm spring weekends you will find us out trying to clean up the leaves which blanket the ground left over from the fall passed!  Things are starting to heat up.  You can feel it in the moods of the campers who come out to spend time on the river trout fishing or checking their trailers for mice damage, as they for some reason do not just hang out in our office!  Many warm friendships are rekindled.  Yes, I love springtime in the wilds.
 
Summers tend to be warm and dry.  We seldom loose a Saturday or Sunday on the river due to rain!  Campers fill the campground.  The river is full now of fishermen, canoers, kayakers, tubers, rafters, and an occasional jet ski (usually the marine patrol!!!)  Bikers roll past on their weekend adventures.  To us, the days of summer all seem to blend together.  Everything becomes automatic.  Get up.  Drink coffee.  Go to the office.  Answer phones and fill out rental agreements.  Put people out on the river.  Pick people up from the river.  Try to get some dinner.  Clean the campground.  Mow the campground.  Weedwack around the trees.  Mow the ditch.  Put air in tires.  Take vans into shops. 
 
And then as quickly as it came....it is Labor Day..."marking the Official End of Summer and the beginning of Autumn."
Autumn is a time of winding down on the river.  Fishermen await the arrival of the fall salmon run to the dam which usually begins about the 15th of September.  The nights are still warm, but begin to take on a slight chill about the middle of the night.  The leaves begin to change to their autumn colors.  Canoers and kayakers find no crowds on the river now when they take their voyages through God's Country.  Wildlife abounds on the now quiet shores.  Squirrels gather their hordes of nuts in the trees.  Acorns drop onto our steel roof and make us aware that although we are inside working, nature is but a few steps away. The afternoon sun shining down warms the heart and soul for we all know what awaits us when the winds of winter blow.
 
As we begin 2011, we look forward to serving you, our valued customer, for another day in the beauty of nature, or perhaps a planned fishing adventure with your family members.  Our campground is always open to welcome you to the northern woods.
 
Check out our services to see what we might have to offer you, our valued friend!
 
 
 

Hop On Out To Croton
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Where Good Times Await

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THE "DAM" HOURS OF BUSINESS
SPRING 2011
Beginning May 2011
Ending MEMORIAL DAY, 2011
SATURDAY
9:00am
5:00pm
SUNDAY
9:00am
4:00pm
WEEKDAYS
By Appointment Only.
Call:  1-231-519-2431 (Cell)
SUMMER 2011
Beginning MEMORIAL DAY 2011
Ending LABOR DAY, 2011

SATURDAY

9:00am

5:00pm

SUNDAY

9:00am

5:00pm

HOLIDAYS

9:00am

5:00pm

WEEKDAYS

10:00pm

4:00pm

AUTUMN 2011

Beginning LABOR DAY, 2011

Ending SEPTEMBER 11, 2011
***Weather Permitting

SATURDAY

10:00am

4:00pm

SUNDAY

10:00am

2:00pm

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A LITTLE MORE ABOUT US

We are a family owned and operated business entering into our 30th year of operation. The current owner is beginning her 13th year of service running canoes and other equipment on the pristine river.  Although we have lost some of our "family" over the years to marriage, their own employment goals, relocation, and death, and recently divorce,  we still consider all our dedicated employees family and our customers are extended family.  

 We pride ourselves in the service we offer, you, our loyal customer. 

The employees which we hire strive to provide a courteous, polite nature to our friends who "pop" in for a visit.  While we are perhaps the smallest canoe rental business in the Newaygo Area, we are considered by our return customers certainly the Largest when it comes to customer service. 

Don't you think YOU deserve a Good Paddling????

 

OUR PHONE NUMBER IS:

1-231-652-6037  (Phone in service beginning about May 15 each year)

Also reachable via voice mail at 231-519-2431

 

 

Croton Dam As Seen From Kimball Launch
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Reconstructed and ready to go for 2008, we celebrate NO MORE TRAFFIC LIGHTS and DELAYS!!!

GREAT BLUE HERON ~~~ A COMMON GUIDE DOWN THE RIVER
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Seems like every time we head down river, herons are flying down the river in front of adventurers.

Want To Meet Our "DAM" Crew? Crew Cheif Kyle, alias SARGE says to: CLICK HERE!!!

CLICK LINK ABOVE TO MEET OUR "DAM" CREW
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Crew Chief Kyle gets a deserved trip on the river as well as a photo on web site first page!!!

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Croton Dam As Seen From The Bridge Over The Muskegon River

FISHERMAN OF THE MONTH FOR JUNE!!!

SECOND PLACE BASS TOURNAMENT CONTESTANTS
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Harold Bruce Sr., & Harold Bruce Jr. of LaGrange Co., IN (6-7-03)

Second Place in the Third Annual Local Bass Fisherman's Contest sponsored by the Newaygo Co. Sportsman's Club!  Congratulations Guys...Croton Dam is more than happy to sponsor you in this tournament yearly!  (These guys came in third place two years ago...think perhaps next year will make first place!!!)

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The Beauty Of The River

This Is My New Baby!!!!
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Meet Angel! She is 21 weeks old in this picture.

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Owner Sue gets a much deserved trip down the Muskegon River!!!

DID YOU KNOW???
The Muskegon River is ranked among the TOP 20 by FIELD AND STREAM for FISHING!!!
 
It is also in the TOP 12 in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC for recreation!!!
 
Fishing on the Muskegon River includes TROUT, BASS, WALLEYE, and Pike.

Harold Bruce from Walcotteville, IN
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Two nice largemouth bass caught on Croton Pond on June 10, 2007.

Golden Autumn Splendor and You

The branches above me sway, weaving mystical patterns,

Beckoning my eye to join their ageless dance.

They send their fingers upward to reach the deep blue heavens,

I sit below their swaying bows and watch them, rapt, entranced.

 

So full is the deep cloudless sky, so gold are the maples,

So spicy sweet and cool is the sensuous air,

Sprays of brown, green, and fiery crimson,

Gorgeous dress for any Autumn Faire.

 

The pale golden threads of the sunlight,

Spun round the boughs in misty designs.

A spider's web of golden beams capture,

The forest spirits who speak of the divine.

 

The gold of your heart is so much purer,

Than these autumn leaves could ever proclaim to be.

Your heartfelt words to me ring much truer,

Than this wild forest's ballet to me.

 

Sue A. Hosbach

(Published in The Internatinal Library of Poetry's Anthology "Forever Spoken.")

 

 

 

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My Golden Splendor

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Croton Dam Float Trips, Inc. 
  5355 Croton Road     Newaygo, MICHIGAN   49337

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