Is The Port Huron Float Down Really Going To Happen?
An event that claims to bring together 5000 plus people appears to be a go - as of now. The 43rd Annual Port Huron Float Down is on the books for Sunday, August 16th. I honestly have never even heard of it until now. Have you?
According to the Jobbie Crew website, the event started in 1977, and is traditionally held the 3rd Sunday in August. Before I go any further, I should also mention that the official Port Huron Float Down website, does not have a 2020 date listed, it still has lasts years date posted.
The official site does however have some guidelines and or rules for tubers (again as of last year). They are as follows,
- WEAR A LIFE JACKET OR PFD
This is important.
USE A RELIABLE RAFT OR FLOAT
One that will keep you dry and out of the water preferably, don't go huge.
STAY OUT OF THE SHIPPING CHANNEL
You vs. a ship, you will lose every time.
DON’T LAND IN CANADA
That’s the East shore. Stay to the West.
THE TRIP IS LONG
Will take 2-3 hours in good weather, 6 hours in other. Plan accordingly.
DO NOT BRING SMALL CHILDREN
Or anyone/thing else that cannot swim well. This includes pets.
LEAVE VALUABLES AT HOME!
You’re only asking to lose them otherwise.
OBEY ALL LAWS. Do not exit on private property unless invited.
Arrange your own rides ahead of time.
Have someone pick you up at the finish, or have a vehicle staged nearby. There is no official transportation.
YOU ARE 100% RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.
There are no organizers or lifeguards. Swim at your own risk.
There is no way in hell I will be floating with this many people at a time like this. Even if we were not in the middle of a pandemic, I would not go. Think about it - you are floating in piss (and I can only imagine what else) for hours. Ugh.
However if you are so inclined to go, here is more information,
- What: 43rd Annual Port Huron Float Down
- When: Sunday, August 16, 2020
- Time: starts 1pm; ends 7pm-ish?
- Launch: Lighthouse Beach (Omar Street & Garfield Street, Port Huron)
- End: Chrysler Beach (River Road and Huron Road, Marysville)
- Cost: FREE!