River Rafting Rentals

Rafts heading home for the day

Pine River Paddlesports Center facilitates rafting trips on both the Pine and Big Manistee Rivers, the jewels of Michigan's paddlesport rivers.

The advantages to renting our rubber rafts are many.

Rafting the Pine

Mothers with daughters rafting the Pine

First, rafts are incredibly stable, which allows families with small kids to experience these incredible rivers without fear of tipping over. And in rafts, because kids can move around a bit, they stay more comfortable and are more entertained, etc.

And rafts keep the family together. It's kind of neat, and stress-free for mom, if everybody is in the same boat with dad. And there's just no prettier sight than three (or four) generations enjoying a leisurely float down the river in same craft. We're delighted to see the consistent growth of rafting as more and more families discover its value as a daycation or one tank trip getaway.

In addition to providing a great experience for families. rafting is a superb team-building activity.  We facilitate trips for all sorts of groups such as: corporate groups, Fortune 500 Companies, Boy & Girl Scouts, Government Agencies, Bible Camps, clubs, etc.

Rafting Group

Aurora, Il area Peace Officers

Our extensive inventory of rafts include: Two-man, three-man, and four-man rafts, which hold up to six if there are smaller kids in the mix. We only run commercial rafts, and only the best in the business, from Aire, Hyside, and Star.

Raft trips on the Pine River

By far, the Pine is the best rafting river in lower Michigan. It is in both the Michigan Natural Rivers Program and the United States Wild & Scenic Rivers System. With several access sites, you can plan a trip most any length you desire. The two most popular rafting runs are the 3-hour trip from Dobson to Peterson, and the 4-hour trip from Peterson to Low Bridge, the latter running through the most spirited stretch of the river.

Rafters taking a break on the Pine River

Rafting family stopping to wiggle toes
in the sand below Peterson

Pine River raft rentals and trips are also available through our Walker Bridge Canoe Livery located on the Pine River, five miles north of Luther.

Raft trips on the Big Manistee River


Time for a lunch break.

We're fortunate to be near the most beautiful and remote stretch of the Big Manistee River which runs between the Hodenpyle and Tippy Dams. It is the most spirited stretch of the Manistee, is wider than the Pine and runs through a gorgeous, deep, forested valley. It's a trip of about 5 hours in rafts with lots of friendly places to stop and picnic or swim along the way.

Like the Pine River, this stretch of river is addicting, you'll want to do it again and again! Start planning today!

Please review our Paddlecraft Guidelines and Policies

Wondering what you'll need to bring on a raft trip with PRPC?
Check out our What to Bring List

“Wanted to drop you a note and thank you again for the hospitality and help with the Pine and Manistee River trips. Your service is greatly appreciated. Enjoyed meeting some of your staff too. Already looking forward to next years' trips. Thanks again!” Jerry J. and kids
“Just wanted to thank you and your crew again for all your assistance. I have to tell you that your group is far away the best we have dealt with during the nine years we've been doing these trips.” Bryan L.

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