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Paddle (269)™

Posted on June 12th, 2017

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. 



Third Coast Paddling & Surf Shop

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!





St. Joseph River Canoe & Kayak Livery

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.





Liquid Therapy Canoe & Kayak Rentals

221 S. Main St.

Three Rivers, MI


Liquid Therapy offers 5 different rivers – St. Joe, Rocky, Portage, Prairie and the Fawn.
Canoes are $35 for up to 4 hrs $50 day. Kayaks are $30 for up to 4 hrs $45 day






Plainwell Kayak Company 

211 N. Main St.

Plainwell, MI


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.





Lee’s Adventure Sports 

311 W. Kilgore Rd.

Portage, MI


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. 





U-Rent-Em Canoe Livery

805 W Apple St
Hastings, Michigan
U-Rent-Em Canoe Livery offers full service canoe, kayak and tube rentals on the scenic Thornapple River. Group camping avaliable, as well as our newly renovated fishing/hunting rental cottage.





Doe-Wah-Jack’s Canoe Rentals

52963 M 51 N

Dowagiac, MI


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. 





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