In a state surrounded by water, it’s only appropriate that we acknowledge one of the greatest things about summertime in Michigan; water related activities!
One of our favorite ways to enjoy all of this fresh water is by paddling it. So, we’re highlighting some of the kayak, canoe and stand up paddle board (SUP) rentals in the 269 area! These local businesses offer rentals, tours, lessons and more. Grab your friends, family or your four-legged companion and head out for a day full of sun and paddling fun.
212 State St.
St. Joseph, MI 49085
110 N Whittaker St.
New Buffalo, MI 49117
Ideal for any age or skill level, both kayaks and stand-up paddleboards allow paddlers to explore any body of water at their own pace. Our trained staff will give your group an orientation before you hit the water.
All equipment, including paddles and lifejackets, is provided at the rental sites. Reservations for groups of less than 10 are not necessary or accepted – just show up, and you’ll be on your way!
602 Fisherman’s Rd.
St. Joseph, MI
Half and full day excursions are available that launch from upriver & terminate at fisherman’s wharf. This launch service is available for groups of 5 vessels or more – reservations required.
221 S. Main St.
Three Rivers, MI
Canoes are $35 for up to 4 hrs $50 day. Kayaks are $30 for up to 4 hrs $45 day
211 N. Main St.
1 hour Trip from Plainwell: The river level and flow rate can make this trip longer or shorter. When the river is low, this trip will take approximately 1½ hours. This is perfect for beginners and people with young children. The terrain after leaving the docks in Plainwell is mostly grasslands and some trees. You will see many birds and turtles.
3 Hour Trip from D Avenue to Plainwell: The river level and flow rate can make this trip longer or shorter, expect no longer than 3½ hours most of the summer. The trek is tree lined and very private most of the way. You will see many birds, turtles, and maybe even fish as you glide along the waterway.
311 W. Kilgore Rd.
Lee’s has wide selection of outdoor equipment, including kayaks, canoes, SUP’s and more! They also offer kayak and SUP lessons at Ramona Park.
52963 M 51 N
Doe-Wah-Jack’s is a full service livery renting canoes, single and double kayaks on the Dowagiac river. Offering 2, 4 and 6 hour trips.