Campground:  Call 231-723-3901

Paddlesports: Call 231-233-3265

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Manistee Paddlesport Adventures

Canoe, kayak and tubing adventures

Manistee Paddlesport Adventures offers family oriented Canoe, Kayak, and 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 & Tube trips on the Little Manistee River.  The upper section is excellent 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.  The lower section from the weir down is gentler, not as fast or technical, and appropriate for paddlers and tubers with some experience.


For Paddlesport Reservations or Information

Please Call (231) 233-3265





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 adjacent to the Paddlesport office.  Trips ending at other locations requiring boat pick up will be charged an additional $30 per group for groups renting 3 or fewer boats.


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                  60.00  

Bear Creek to Insta Launch                 5.5 hr               60.00               50.00                  70.00

High Bridge to Insta Launch                8.5 hr               65.00               55.00                  75.00


Little Manistee River                            Length              Canoe             Kayak              Dbl Kayak

Nine Mile to Six mile                              2.5 hr                55.00              45.00                  60.00

Six Mile to Old Stronach Bridge           3.5 hr                60.00              50.00                  65.00


Tube Trips                                               Length               Tube

Claybank to Insta Launch                     4.5 hr                 20.00

Bear Creek to Rainbow Bend              2.0 hr                 20.00


(3rd person in canoe - $10)


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, and watercraft rentals for those wishing to explore the waters in the immediate area.  Call for information and rates.



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


Located on US-31, 3 blocks south of M-55 in Manistee

231 Parkdale Ave - Manistee, MI 49660





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This business is an equal opportunity provider and is operated under special use permit with the Huron-Manistee National Forests