Kayakers and Stand-up Paddleboard stars rejoice! Whether you’re a seasoned paddler or a newbie in search of a splashing good time with friends, metro Detroit has tours, guides and equipment rentals set up on its most scenic rivers, canals and lakes.
Riverside Kayak Connection | Belle Isle State Park
Opens May 2019. Downtown Detroit and Canada will be within view as you kayak or SUP along the interior lakes and canals of Belle Isle State Park. Glimpses of blue herons, ducks, muskrats and the occasional beaver add to the serene experience. Single and double kayaks, SUPs and even pedal boats are available for rent by the hour through mid-October.
Various locations on Belle Isle State Park
H2E River Adventures
For paddling enthusiasts, go for an all-day adventure with H2E River Adventures, and see the scenic Huron River water trail. Your journey starts in Flat Rock and takes you down to Pointe Mouillee on Lake Erie. Pack sunscreen and snacks — you’re in for a 9-mile trip. Tubes, canoes and kayaks available.
Flat Rock, 48134
Village Canoe Rental
Fill a cooler, grab your peeps and go with the flow of the scenic Huron River. Whether you’re looking for a short float or a daylong adventure, by canoe or kayak, you’ll find options at Village Canoe Rental. Arrange for a pickup in Kensington Metropark or Proud Lake State Recreation Area. Trips range from one to six hours. Season starts May 1.
1216 Garden Road
A leisurely afternoon spent paddling the blue waters of Lake St. Clair’s shoreline in Anchor Bay will improve your strength, quiet your mind and recharge your batteries. Enjoy a safe and friendly introduction to kayaking, tandem kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding with the help of certified instructors at Simple Adventures. A percentage
of your rental fee is donated to environmental causes.
Walter and Mary Burke Park
36300 Front St.,
New Baltimore, 48087;
844-WE-KAYAK (935-2925) or
Lake St. Clair Metropark and on the Clinton River in Mount Clemens
Game On Paddleboarding
Within 5 miles of 10 inland lakes, Game On is a prime place to rent paddleboards and kayaks with a mind to experience one of the best things the state of Michigan has to offer: fun and relaxation on the water. Rentals, classes and programs available for all ages and abilities.
Various locations in Oakland County
Delivery also available.
Paddle On & On
- Detroit River Sports and Port Toney Detroit USA on the Detroit River in Detroit
- Heavner Canoe & Kayak Rental on the Huron River in Milford
- Clinton River Canoe & Kayak on the Clinton River in Sterling Heights
- Captain Jim’s Marina & Kayak on the Detroit River in Gibraltar