PRPC Paddlecraft Guidelines and Policies

  1. Because we are committed to seeing the rivers remain the masterpieces of nature that they are, we clip a litterbag into every canoe and encourage our guests to carry out more than they carry in. Glass, water balloons, firecrackers, and Styrofoam coolers/packaging are not allowed on the rivers.
  2. We want your paddle trip on the Pine or Manistee River to be a safe and happy adventure. The great majority of land along the rivers is public, State and National Forest land. However, some land is privately owned, and it is important that you not stop on Private Property.
  3. Fishermen and individuals also enjoy the solitude of our rivers. In order to peacefully co-enjoy the rivers with others, please use common sense and courtesy. Experience shows the best way to greet a fisherman is to quietly ask (don’t yell) where he’d like you to pass.
  4. In the summer, a bathing suit is ideal for paddling. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a broad brimmed hat are suggested as well. Sneakers are the footwear of choice. Prepare for less-than-ideal weather and pack a long sleeve shirt, pants and waterproof shell. For a trip in cooler weather, bring garments made from wool or the new synthetic fabrics such as fiberpile, polar fleece, or capilene.
  5. Alcohol and paddlesports just don’t mix. Consuming alcohol while paddling compromises your safety. PRPC maintains an alcohol limit of 3 beers per adult. Hard liquor is not allowed. Please don’t consider reserving with PRPC unless you are prepared to adhere to the ban on excess alcohol. To eliminate surprises, we ask that all members of your group be notified of this policy prior to your arrival. We appreciate your efforts to keep our rivers safe and peaceful.
  6. Operating paddlecraft on a river includes elements of risk, as does any active outdoor recreation. We discourage anyone impaired by medication, drugs or alcohol to operate paddlecraft. Pregnant women need to consider their physical condition, paddling skills and river conditions to determine acceptable risk. PRPC does not assume liability for personal injuries or accidents. Group leaders sign a waiver and release form prior to the trip.