Beat the heat and hit the water in a kayak or canoe at one of these spots in Metro Detroit
By Nicole Glynn
Huron River: Proud Lake State Park, 2775 Garden Road, Milford
Kent Lake Beach: Island Lake State Park, 12950 Grand River Avenue, Brighton
Shorefishing Parking Lot: Kensington Metro Park, Martindale Drive, Milford
With three access-point locations that give you the option of paddling down a river or lake, this rental service makes canoeing and kayaking easy and convenient. Plus, it’s dog friendly!
14601 Riverside Boulevard, Detroit
Open May through October, Detroit River Sports offers kayak and paddle board tours of the Detroit River and the islands of the city’s East side. Public tours are available on Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and are a fun and unique way to see Detroit and meet new people. For a more intimate experience with family or friends, private tours are available for booking every day of the week.
37328 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
From April to October, you can paddle down the Clinton River on trips designed for all skill levels. The routes include everything from a relaxing ride to more adventurous waters that stream through Class III rapids. In addition, this family-owned and operated business gives back to the community and helps connect kids with adventures along the scenic river.
11000 Freud, Detroit
Located just 5 minutes of paddle time away from Belle Isle, this kayak rental service is open seven days a week from dusk until dawn. Choose between a private excursion or an open paddle — either way you’ll be able to enjoy views of the Detroit skyline while you float along the Detroit River.
4016 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte
Riverside Kayak Connection, aka RKC, offers everything kayak-related. With a variety of tours available, you can easily customize your experience. You can also take part in RKC’s one-of-a-kind tours including the “Detroit Full Moon Tour” and the “Paddle to Hell” for an experience you’ll never forget.
Lake St. Clair Metropark: 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
New Baltimore: 36300 Front Street, New Baltimore
Camp Dearborn: 1700 General Motors Road, Milford
Clinton River: 10 North River Road, Mt. Clemens
New to kayaking? Simple Adventures Kayak Rental offers intro-level lessons for beginners eager to take on the open water. With four entrance locations around Metro Detroit, you have the option of dipping your paddle into Anchor Bay, Lake St.Clair, the Clinton River or at Camp Dearborn. If you’re interested in a more challenging paddle, hit up the Clinton River. For calmer more relaxed waters, visit Lake St. Clair Metropark. Canoes, paddle boards and bikes are also available for rent.
1216 Garden Road, Milford
Located in Milford Village, Village Canoe Rental offers a rustic ride along the Huron River. Enjoy various kayak or canoe trip options ranging from 1-6 hours that offer both relaxing and more adventurous waterways. You may even be lucky enough to spot some Michigan wildlife along the way!
3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor
Argo/Gallup Park offers a wide range of canoe, kayak and rafting options based on your experience and skill level. Enjoy a relaxing two mile, still-water ride along the Huron River or face the Argo Cascades which includes 1,500 feet of nine man-made drops and pools that bypass Argo Dam — so be prepared to get wet. Boats are also available for rent by reservation only.
28911 Seneca Street, Flat Rock
H2E River Adventures has been servicing the community with canoe and kayak rentals for 35 years. Enjoy either half or full day adventures along their waterway, which spans from the Huron River to the mouth of the Lake Erie.
Oakwoods Outpost: Oakwoods Metropark, Cedar Knoll Picnic Area
Atwater Paddles: 26425 Atwater Street, Flat Rock
Enjoy fun and affordable canoeing or kayaking along the Huron River at Motor City Canoe Rental. Bring your own gear or rent their equipment for the day — either way enjoy their free transportation service that picks you up from the take-out point.
East Delhi Road, Ann Arbor
Located within Dehli Metropark, Skip’s gives you access to the most scenic stretch of the Huron River. Choose between a 1.5-hour paddle or a 3.5-hour trip and enjoy an easy, family-friendly float without the hassle of dams, lakes or portages.
4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford
Maple Beach Boat Rental is your one-stop-shop for water fun. From paddle-boats to rowboats, canoes and kayaks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Rental fees range anywhere from $10-$17 an hour.
141 E Walled Lake Drive, Walled Lake
Located across the street from the Walled Lake Public Beach, this rental shop provides kayak and paddle board rentals by the hour, half day, full day and weekend. You can also enjoy guided adventures like sunset tours and paddle board yoga.
39399 Edward N. Hines Drive, Livonia
If you already have your own canoe or kayak then Newburgh Lake Public Boat Launch is the place for you! With easy access to the water, you can travel across the lake on your own terms.
1100 N Main Street, Suite 210, Ann Arbor
This inland paddling trail offers 104 miles of river for kayaking, canoeing and other freshwater activities. Whether you’re an adventure seeker or a slow glider, this river offers everything from rapids to still water. And check out their 50-plus page waterproof map that will help you make your most of your water adventure!