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15 Spots for Kayaking and Canoeing in Metro Detroit

July 8, 2020

Beat the heat and hit the water in a kayak or canoe at one of these spots in Metro Detroit

By Nicole Glynn 

Heavner Canoe & Kayak Rental

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!

Detroit River Sports

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.

Clinton River Canoe & Kayak Rentals

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.

Detroit Outpost

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.

Riverside Kayak Connection

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.

Simple Adventures Kayak Rental

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.

Village Canoe Rental

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!

Argo/Gallup Park Canoe & Kayak

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.

H2E River Adventures, LLC

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.

Motor City Canoe Rental

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.

Skip’s Huron River Canoe Livery

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.

Maple Beach Boat Rental

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.

That’s WasSUP Stand Up Paddle LLC.

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.

Newburgh Lake Public Boat Launch

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.

Huron River Water Trail

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!

1 Comment

  • AL POE
    August 6, 2020 at 11:35 PM

    Missing River Village Canoe and Kayaking in Rockwood

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