Campground:  Call 231-723-3901

Paddlesports: Call 231-233-3265

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Manistee Paddlesport Adventures

Canoe, kayak and tubing adventures

Explore the Big and Little Manistee rivers with our exciting, family oriented water adventures! Come spend the day on the river spotting local wildlife or join us for a night of camping under the stars.

For Paddlesport Reservations or Information

Please Call (231) 233-3265

Big Manistee River, perfect for beginners!

Our family-friendly canoe, kayak and tube trips on the lower section of the scenic and wild Big Manistee River will delight beginner and intermediate paddlers alike! Families and children enjoy gentle currents, sparkling water and sandbars for swimming!

Looking for a more challenging adventure?

Then you will love the Little Manistee River! Navigate the fast, but shallow water and obstacles like trees, limbs, log jams and sharp turns. Our canoe and kayak trips here are better suited for the intermediate or advanced paddler, looking for a more active and challenging adventure.

Enjoy the clean water and an abundance of wildlife

Both Manistee rivers are renowned salmon and steelhead (rainbow) trout fisheries, so bring your fishing gear! Meanwhile you can spot bald eagles, heron, swans, ducks, turtles, deer and other local wildlife.

2016 Rates for some popular trips

Big Manistee River             Length                 Canoe                    Kayak              Dbl Kayak

Water activity Riding canoe boat Canoe boats Canoeing

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.

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

Nine Mile to Six Mile Bridge                        2.5 hr                                 45.00                                    35.00                             50.00

Bear Track to Nine Mile Bridge                   3.0 hr                                 45.00                                    35.00                             50.00

Bear Track to Six Mile Bridge                      5.5 hr                                 55.00                                    45.00                             65.00

Tube Trips                              Length                  Tube

Little Manistee River          Length                 Canoe                    Kayak              Dbl Kayak

Claybank to Insta launch                              4.5 hr                                 20.00

Bear Creek to Rainbow Bend                        2 hr                                    20.00  

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.

Reservations:  Please Call (231) 233-3265

Spring Special

Hey fellow paddlers the season is just around the corner. We are offering a discount to those who book and put a deposit down on a river trip for the 2016 season. You will receive 20% off if you book and pay the required 50% deposit before May 26th.


Can't wait to see everyone this summer.