Scout Paddle and Camp Packages - Manistee River Michigan

Scout troops have found the Big Manistee River to be the most favorable river in the Midwest for multi-day camping trips. It is blessed with a forested riverscape, clean & clear water, moderate current, good fishing, and has conveniently spaced campgrounds for scouts who enjoy carrying their camping gear with them on extended paddle/camp trips. Visit our Manistee River page for more information on river, maps, etc.

Boy and Girl Scouts of America - Paddle and Camp Packages

Manistee river

Manistee is a federally designated wild and scenic river that is perfect for scout trips.

Book any of the Packages below and enjoy:

Hodenpyle to Red Bridge

It's Our Most Popular One Day Trip

Price based on 5 craft minimum - Plus two nights camping at PRPC

5 to 10 canoes $31/person
11 to 20 canoes $29/person
21 or more canoes $29/person
5 to 10 kayaks $47/person
11 to 20 kayaks $45/person
21 or more kayaks $41/person
Add $5 per person for 3rd night camping

Hodenpyle Dam to Red Bridge is a gorgeous stretch of river. The water is crystal-clear, there is no development, and it is the most spirited stretch of the Manistee River. This trip takes about 4 hours to paddle; stopping along the way to relax, wade, fish, swim, etc. will add to the time of this trip.

Kayaking under the suspension bridge just downstream from Hodenpyle Dam. This bridge connects the Manistee River Trail (south side of river) to the North Country Trail (north side of river).

Maniste River below Hodenpyle Dam

Multi-day canoe trips

The jury is in and the consensus is that the Big Manistee River is the best river in the Midwest for groups seeking to take their gear with them on multi-day canoe trips. Regularly spaced campgrounds make it easy for groups to enjoy trips anywhere from two to ten days in length. Coupling the time spent on the water, in the wild, around a campfire at night, the laughter, the learning---the experience is absolutely priceless.

The folks at PRPC really get jazzed up about facilitating trips for scouts and their leaders. You’ll see that we’ve tried to make this paddle/camp-trip very affordable.

Depending on the number of days of rental, and number of canoes rented:

  • The cost for canoes begins at $12/person/day to $24/person/day.
  • The cost for kayaks begins at $20/person/day to $32/person/day.

Mark is the go-to-guy to talk you through various options and give you a quote on an extended trip on the Manistee River.

A Popular Hike – Camp - Paddle Trip

We are facilitating an increasing number of group outings that incorporate camping, paddling, and hiking. The most popular outing begins with the group hiking the Manistee River Trail northeast from Red Bridge. Depending on the start they get, the group will camp at one of the designated trailside campsites, or at Seaton Creek Campground on the Hodenpyle Reservoir. The following morning, at a rendezvous time determined by you, we will meet the Troop at the Woodpecker Creek Access with whatever canoes, kayaks, and equipment you need. Your Troop then paddles the Manistee River back down to Red Bridge where your cars are safely parked. It’s a gorgeous two-day outing with lots of Merit Badge opportunities. See which shows the Manistee River trail and the designated campsites along the way.

Caution: These are irresistible, memory-carving, character-carving trips that you’ll want to repeat year after year.

Discount packages not available on 2018 Saturdays 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18.

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