River-based recreation is a vital component of river communities. Safer interactions with the Muskegon River is the mission of the Big Rapids Area River Safety (BRARS) project. BRARS believes lived experience of the river is a great way to build awareness of river hazards, leading to prevention of river incidents and more effective response in the case of incidents. Using sunscreen, wearing life jackets, understanding currents, taking swim lessons, staying hydrated, and knowing access points are other examples in which you can engage in safer interactions with the Muskegon River.
A small crew representing BRARS is paddling the Muskegon River in early August. BRARS invites individuals, groups, and communities to join in paddling for a few hours or for a day! Follow the Voyage on Facebook @MuskegonRiverVoyage for the most updated information during the voyage. Individuals joining in on the voyage participate at their own risk and are responsible for their own boats, transportation, food, and safety gear. RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.