Pine River Raft Rentals

Pine River Paddlesports Center facilitates rafting trips and raft rentals on the Pine River. The Manistee River flow is generally too slow for rafting .

Rafting Advantages

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 the 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, school field trips, clubs, etc.

Our extensive inventory of rafts include: Two-man, three-man, and four-man rafts (which can 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 Rentals & Trips on the Pine River

Photo of a group of PRPC rafters paddling down the Michigan's Pine River
Group of rafters going down 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.

Are You New to Rafting?
No Worries, Beginners Welcome Here!

We'll quickly show you what you need to know to go out and paddle with confidence and control. We help thousands do it every year and 99+% of our guests are planning their next visit before the first one is over.

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

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.
Dave S.