More than 10,000 voters from across the state weighed in on 101 things they love about Northern Michigan. Their votes determined over 300 Red Hot Best winners and 700 honorable mentions. Here you’ll find the Red Hot Best 2016 Northern Michigan places to put in a canoe or kayak. Where’s your favorite Northern Michigan paddle place?

First Place: Platte River
Second Place: Boardman River
Third Place: Crystal River, Glen Arbor

The remaining Red Hot Best winners for places to put in a canoe or kayak in alphabetical order:

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Red Hot Best winners were originally published in the June 2016 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.

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