Kayak Rentals in Michigan

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Kayak Rentals in Michigan

For my birthday this year, I decided to purchase a kayak! I love being on/near the water, therefore, I thought a kayak was a suitable answer. A basic kayak costs about $200 and can be purchased at a local sporting goods store and other major retailer. Another option is an inflatable kayak which can be found on Amazon.

My husband has never been kayaking so we plan to rent one for him to try. Although, if he decides he likes it, we may eventually purchase a second one. Because we live in the Great Lakes State, many businesses rent kayaks for an hourly rate or for a block of time. As I found out, some even offer guided tours. 

Kayak Rentals in Michigan

Argo Park Canoe & Kayak (Ann Arbor) – This location offers a 3.7 mile, 1.5 hour Huron River trip which includes transportation back to the livery. Still water paddling in 2-mile Argo Pond is also available. 

Gallop Park Canoe & (Ann Arbor) – Rent a kayak to paddle in 2.5 mile Gallop Pond. Explore at your own pace in still water (no current). 

Detroit River Sports (Detroit) – Detroit River Sports offers guided tours that explore the Detroit River and adjoining canals, Peche Island and Belle Isle. All tours include a kayak, paddle, life jacket, and are led by experienced guides. Visit their website to discover the tour options and other information. Personal kayaks are also allowed with discounted tour rates. 

Heavner Canoe & Kayak Rental (Milford) – This business has been going strong since 1953! With four locations, you can kayak Proud Lake, Island Lake, or Kensington Metropark. There are a multitude of trips, which range from a one-hour, self-return paddle to a multi-day downriver journey with transportation back to the canoe rental. Visit their website for contact information and to find out more. 

Paddling Michigan (Munising) – Located in the Upper Peninsula, this location offers five different guided tours that range from 2-8 hours in length. Explore the 42 miles of stunning scenery known as the Pictured Rocks Shoreline located between Tahquamenon Falls and Laughing Whitefish Falls.

River Raisin Canoe Livery (Dundee) – Hourly, half-day trips, and all-day rentals are available. Reservations are recommended.

Riverside Kayak Connection (Trenton/Detroit) – RKC offers both hourly rentals and guided tours. They have two rental locations located on Belle Isle State Park in Detroit and Wayne County’s Elizabeth Park in Trenton. They also offer a variety of guided tours along the Detroit River. A complete list of the company’s Detroit River tours, along with other kayaking options, is available on their website.

Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak (Empire) – Explore an inland lake or venture out on Lake Michigan to explore beautiful stretches of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Head to their website for more information.

Huron-Clinton Metroparks with Rentals

Kensington Metropark (Milford) – Paddleboats, canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and rowboats are available at the boat rental building near Maple Beach. Weekends only. 

Lake St. Clair Metropark (Harrison Township) – Simple Adventures is located in the Lake St. Clair Metropark beach shop and offers Kayak, Stand Up Paddle Board, and Bike rentals. You can book online at the Simple Adventures website. Available every day! 

Stony Creek Metropark (Shelby Township) -The Stony Creek Boat Rental Facility is located in the Mt. Vernon picnic area inside Stony Creek Metropark. Hour long rentals are very affordable, but reservations are not available, boats are rented on a first come first served basis.

Willow Metropark (New Boston) – This metropark has a very affordable hourly rate ($8). Enjoy the 17-acre Washago Pond on a paddleboats, character boats, rowboats, and kayaks. Weekends and holidays only.

Have you been kayaking? Do you know of other rental places I should add to this list? 

One comment

  • Liz

    Pinning this for later, because I love kayaking and didn’t realize there were so many local places! My friends and I usually go to Argo, in A2, once a year to kayak – since it’s fairly infrequent, we usually just rent a kayak from them. Not sure if we’ll go this year due to the virus but usually it’s a lot of fun.

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