Pine River Paddlesports Center and Campground

Canoe, Kayak, Rafting Rentals/Trips
on Michigan's Pine and Manistee Rivers

Located in the heart of Michigan's Manistee National Forest, Pine River Paddlesports Center is where family fun begins. We're up North but close by!

Book your ultimate outdoor adventure now! Whether it's paddling in the summer, camping in the national forest, or experiencing the beauty of winter with a guided trip, we have the perfect option for you! Don't miss out on the opportunity to explore the great outdoors and make unforgettable memories with friends and family. Reserve your spot today!

The Pine River

Kayakers on the Pine River

A National Wild and Scenic River

Quite simply, Michigan's Pine River is a paddler's paradise. Paddlers agree that the Pine River is the premier paddlesports river in the Midwest.

The Manistee River

Perfect for Paddle Camping

Paddlers agree that the Manistee is the finest river in the Lower Peninsula for multi-day camping trips. Numerous campgrounds and access sites are conveniently spaced over the entire length of the river, making it possible to paddle anything from a two-hour float to a ten-day trip.


Beautiful Private Campground

Located just a quarter mile from the Pine River, we offer quiet, spacious, and family-friendly campsites with fire-pits, lantern hangers, and priceless privacy. We also have group campsites available that can accommodate up to 40 campers, as well as two cozy camping cabins for rent. Our clean, central bath house is complete with flush toilets and coin-op showers.

Paddlecraft Rentals

Canoes, Kayaks, Rafts , SUP's

With multiple put-in and take-out locations, an endless supply of clean and well-maintained paddlecraft, and free paddling instruction for your entire group, PRPC offers more at a great value. Start planning your trip today!

Check out our Rental Rates for the Pine

Current Conditions

What's Happening Now

Get up to date river conditions and information from the PRPC Team!

Getting Here

Just South of M-55 on M-37

Located in Wellston, Michigan, in the heart of the Manistee National Forest, between Manistee and Cadillac.
Your River Adventure starts here!
Pine River Paddlesports Center
9590 M-37
Wellston, MI 49689

Bike and Hiking Trails

A List of Area Trails

Experience the beauty of Northwest Michigan by biking or hiking on any of the nearby Manistee National Forest Trails or Pere Marquette State Forest Trails.


Things To Do

Located in the heart of the Manistee National Forest, there are plenty of activities to keep everyone engaged. Fishing, hiking, biking trails, golfing, and river camping trips are just a few ideas. We are conveniently located close to the city of Manistee with great beaches, Nordhouse Dunes, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Traverse City and more.

Area Lodging

Other Places to Stay

A list of area lodging opportunities and other area campgrounds if are campground is not a fit for you/your party. We cover Baldwin, Cadillac, Manistee, and Traverse City areas..

Winter Rafting - Now Available!

Guided winter rafting is a great way to shake off those winter blues!

Pine River Winter Rafting Details