Huron / Manistee National Forest
Pine River Paddlesports Center rents kayaks and services kayak trips on Michigan's Pine River and Manistee River. With the largest inventory of rental kayaks in the Midwest, we have choices available here that you won't find anywhere else. Our experienced staff will fit you to a kayak that is both weight and experience appropriate.
Kayak Rentals & Trips on the Pine River
Widely regarded as the best paddlesports river in lower Michigan, the Pine River is in both the Michigan Natural Rivers Program and the United States Wild & Scenic Rivers System. With numerous access sites and campgrounds along and near the Pine River, we can plan your kayak trip to whatever length you prefer.
Kayak Rentals & Trips on the Big Manistee River
Considered Michigan's finest multi-day paddle and camp river, the Big Manistee River is a great choice for the kayak trip of your dreams. Its gorgeous river valley, forested riverscape, smiling waters, great swimming and excellent fishing attracts kayak-campers from across the Midwest. Rest assured, we have the kayak that is size and experience appropriate for your Manistee River adventure.
Beginning Kayakers Welcome Here
Never been in a kayak? Relax! With a low center of gravity and double bladed paddle, a kayak is easy to master. Our staff of experienced paddlers can quickly teach you what you need to know to go out and kayak with confidence and control. Join the thousands of guests who learn from us every year. You'll be planning your next trip before the first one is even over.
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I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you how pleased I am with the level of service we received and the quality of facilities that we experienced during our recent outing through Pine River Paddlesport Center. Over the years I have worked with many canoeing outfitters, but I can honestly say that I have never felt so genuinely welcomed and accommodated as you and your staff made me feel. Your eagerness to make our trip exactly as we wanted was as refreshing as the actual paddling. I very much appreciated the thought you gave to which boats would make more sense as we switched from the Manistee to the Pine. It would have been easy for you to take the easy way out and let us go with the boats we already had, and the effort you put into switching for us speaks a lot about your service. I was also particularly impressed how you engaged the Scouts during your paddling "lesson" before we left. Working that process as a series of questions focused their attention and really made the points "stick". As for the facilities, I am ecstatic that I have found a place where I can know that I can go and have everything that I'm looking for in a non-wilderness campsite. You've really hit the mark with large, well spaced out sites where you don't feel like you're camping with the folks at the next site. Impeccably clean bathhouse facilities are a rarity, and yours is probably the cleanest I've ever seen. The focus on maintaining the peace and quiet of the woods really puts it over the top. I usually but a T-shirt from outfitters that I use mainly as a reminder of the trip that I took, and I bought a PRPC shirt as well. Somehow wearing the shirt last night felt different.....that I was actually proud to be wearing it. Thanks for a job well done.
Kayaks Available for Rent
Our extensive inventory of kayaks includes:
- Dagger kayaks
- Wilderness System kayaks
- Old Town kayaks
- Wavesport kayaks
- Mainstream kayaks
- Recreational kayaks
- Whitewater kayaks
- Sit-on-top kayaks
- Tandem kayaks
- Sea kayaks
- Rodeo kayaks