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On the Big & Little Manistee Rivers


Manistee Paddlesport Adventures offers family oriented Canoe, Kayak, & Tube trips on the lower section of the Big Manistee River.  The Big Manistee River is designated a Wild and Scenic River.  It is an excellent river for beginner and intermediate paddlers, and families with children.  It is characterized by gentle currents, sparkling water, and sandbars perfect for swimming.

We also offer Canoe & Kayak trips on the Little Manistee River.  This is an excellent river for intermediate to advanced paddlers wishing a more challenging adventure.  It is characterized by shallow fast water, obstacles such as trees and limbs and log jambs, and sharp turns.

Both rivers are renowned Salmon and Steelhead (Rainbow) Trout fisheries.  Paddlers will have opportunities to encounter Bald eagles, Heron, Swans, Ducks, Turtles, and Deer, among other wildlife.


Manistee Paddlesport Adventures offers several trip length, put-in, and pull-out options.  Our most economical trips are those that end at Insta Launch Campground and the Paddlesport office.  Trips ending at other locations are charged a $30 per group Hauling Fee if renting 5 or fewer boats.  There is a $10 additional charge for 3rd person in canoe 10yrs or older.

2014 Rates for some popular trips

Big Manistee River                         Length          Canoe             Kayak            Dbl Kayak

Claybank to Insta launch                      2.0 hr            45.00               35.00                  50.00

Rainbow Bend to Insta Launch           4.0 hr             55.00               45.00                  65.00

Bear Creek to Insta Launch                5.5 hr             55.00               45.00                  65.00

High Bridge to Insta Launch                8.5 hr             65.00               55.00                  75.00

Bear Creek to Rainbow Bend            1.5 hr             45.00               35.00                  50.00

High Bridge to Bear Creek                 3.0 hr             45.00               35.00                  50.00

High Bridge to Rainbow Bend            4.5 hr             55.00               45.00                  65.00


Little Manistee River                        Length          Canoe             Kayak            Dbl Kayak

Nine Mile to Six Mile Bridge                2.5 hr             45.00               35.00                  50.00  

Tube Trips                                          Length          Tube

Claybank to Insta launch                       4.5 hr            20.00     

Bear Creek to Rainbow Bend              2.0 hr           15.00


All prices include life vest, seat cushion, paddles, and transportation to the drop in point.


We also offer Livery service for those with their own watercraft on a space available basis.  A $10 discount off the above prices for those bringing their own boat (no discount on tubes)

In addition to our Livery service we also offer Canoe & Kayak rentals for persons wishing to explore the waters adjacent to Insta Launch Campground.  Paddlers can explore the Manistee State Game Area wetlands, teaming with wildlife, and Manistee Lake right from our facility.



To Avoid disappointment Reservations are recommended. Walk-ins are welcome on a space available basis.



Insta Launch Campground & Marina offers camping and Cabin/trailer rentals for your group on the Big Manistee River, Close to Town and the Little River Casino go to www.instalaunch.com for more information on camping.


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Located on US-31, 3 blocks south of M-55 in Manistee
(adjacent to Insta Launch Campground & Marina)

231 Parkdale Ave
Manistee, MI 49660

Call 231-233-3265

for more information and reservations