On 4th of July weekend the Macomb, Michigan Daily reported that a kayaking accident occurred on the nearby Clinton River, which was running high due to recent rains. All involved inexperienced people in rented boats.
On July 4th a woman in her 20's drowned after her kayak was pushed against a downed tree by fast current and capsized. Her boyfriend was able to swim to shore, but she was pinned under water. According to local paddlers posting to rec.boats.paddle, this fatality involved a sit-on top kayak. The river itself is Class I at best during normal summer flows, and is often too shallow to float a canoe.
The Oakland, Michigan Free Press reported that the popularity of kayaking on the Clinton River has grown a lot during the past few years. Many stores near the river rent kayaks for $10 per hour. Because of changing water levels, these operations may need to develop a policy to cut off rentals when the river becomes too high. Potential renters also need to become more aware of the dangers they'll encounter when paddling rivers.