River News

We can’t believe that July is almost here! Lots of changes have happened at PRPC this year. We just received a shipment of 12 brand new, sit-in style kayaks – Perception JoyRide 12.0’s. We also added 4 more Jackson Riviera sit-on-top kayaks to the fleet this year. In addition to the new kayaks, we have been busy installing new padded seats into some of our older models.

Apart from updating our fleet, we have almost finished our 2nd camping cabin in our campground, and are hoping to be able to rent it next month! This cabin has one full-sized mattress, a dresser, and a table and chairs. Five different kinds of wood are brought together in the cabin, making it a beautifully unique space.

Another change to occur for us Miltners in the 2019 season is that Jake, Alaney, and Hoxey are living full-time in our campground this year. The canvas cabin tent, with raised beds growing vegetables on site, is affectionately called ‘Camp Miltner’. If you’re camping here this summer, be sure to stop by and say hello!

It has been an incredibly wet, cold start to our season, but we are hopeful that July and August will pull through with heat and sunshine, and that we may even get an Indian Summer out of this deal. Speaking of a warm, long paddling season, if you haven’t checked it out already, give our FaceBook and/or our Instagram account a look. We’re running a #12weeksofsummer challenge that offers paddlers a chance to win $20 worth of PRPC store credit, as well as a free paddling trip for two this Fall! If you’ve never paddled the Pine with the autumn leaves falling, you should put it on your bucket list for this year.

Come on out and see our changes for yourself – summer is upon us and you know it will go by quickly. Get out there, snag some Vitamin D, and enjoy another glorious summer in the Mitten State!

New paddlecraft at PRPC photo of Camp Miltner Alaney, Hoxey, and Jack canoe the Pine

Pine River Water Flow Conditions

USGS Water-data graph

For real-time water temperature and volume measurements on the Pine click here.

An interesting statistic … 24% percent of our rental guests actually own their own craft, but find it much cheaper and easier to rent ours. Why? It's easy and it saves you money. When you rent from us, we pay for your boat permits and parking passes. And the bigger upside is that not having boats on the top of your vehicle significantly improves your gas mileage, it saves you from having to load them, unload them, risk losing them, shuttle them around while here(or pay us to do your shuttle), and then wash them up and put them away when you get back home.

Reminders for folks paddling their personal craft: If you are bringing your own craft, you will need to buy USFS Parking Passes @ $5/day, $15/week for your vehicles. Also remember that watercraft permits are required for all watercraft, including tubes, from the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend through the Monday of Labor Day Weekend for a fee of $2. Watercraft permits for the Pine and Pere Marquette Rivers on the Huron-Manistee NFs are now available on-line! To make a reservation, go directly to the Permits page. or call 1-877-444-6777

Please Remember: Alcohol and river-sports are a destructive mix. For safety, social, and resource protection considerations, please wait until you're off the river and off the road, before partaking of any alcohol. Please also remember that Styrofoam packaging or coolers, glass, water balloons, and firecrackers are prohibited on the river. Thanks for preventing litter by using your litter-bag and making sure all cargo is securely tied to your craft.