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7 Itineraries to Help You Discover Southwest Michigan’s Water Trails

Posted on July 4th, 2020

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.

 

 

 

Kayak, Canoe & Paddle Board Rentals at Ramona Park

 

Ramona Park has something for everyone from the fisherman to the beach bum! Located off Sprinkle Road with access to Long Lake, Ramona Park is truly a family destination site. Ramona Park has a fully-staffed and lifeguarded beach and is home to a creative, accessible playground with a colorful soft surface. A great location for a company summer picnic, Ramona offers a large group area for parties over 150 people.

Open daily on beach operating dates  – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
All watercraft: $12 for first hour, $5 each additional 30 minutes, $36 flat rate for 4 – 6 hours.
Life Jacket included.

 

Make a Day of It

 

 

Other Outdoor Recreation: Celery Flats
A Quick Bite: Water Street Coffee Joint
Sit Down Dining: Cove Lakeside Bistro
Ice Cream: Rollup Ice Cream

 

 

 

Third Coast Paddling & Surf Shop

 

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!

 

 

Make a Day of It

 

 

Other Outdoor Recreation: Silver Beach County Park
A Quick Bite: Chocolate Cafe
Sit Down Dining: Silver Beach Pizza
Ice Cream: Kilwins

 

 

 

 

St. Joseph River Canoe & Kayak Livery

 

 

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.

 

 

Make a Day of It

 

 

Other Outdoor Recreation: Whirlpool Centennial Park
A Quick Bite: The Phoenix Coffee Shop
Sit Down Dining: Clementine’s Too
Ice Cream: Dairy Korner

 

 

 

 

Liquid Therapy Canoe & Kayak Rentals

 

 

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

 

Make a Day of It

 

 

Other Outdoor Recreation: Meyer Broadway County Park
A Quick Bite: L.A.’s Coffee Cafe
Sit Down Dining: Rooster’s Wing Shack
Ice Cream: Apple Knockers Ice Cream Parlor

 

 

 

 

Plainwell Kayak Company

 

 

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.

 

Make a Day of It

 

Other Outdoor Recreation: Fannie Pell Park
A Quick Bite: Island City Coffee
Sit Down Dining: Old Mill Brew Pub
Ice Cream: Plainwell Ice Cream

 

 

 

 

U-Rent-Em Canoe Livery

 

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

 

 

Make a Day of It

 

 

Other Outdoor Recreation: Fish Hatchery Park
A Quick Bite: Richie’s Koffee Shop
Sit Down Dining: Walldorff Brew Pub
Ice Cream: Moo-Ville Creamery

 

 

 

 

 

Doe-Wah-Jack’s Canoe Rentals

 

 

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.

 

 

Make a Day of It

 

 

Other Outdoor Recreation: Indian Lake Hills Golf Course
A Quick Bite: Dockside Dan’s Restaurant & bar
Sit Down Dining: Sister Lakes Brew Pub
Ice Cream: Driftwood Summer Shop

 

 

 

 

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