Personal Watercraft

Pine River USFS Permits

Watercraft permits are required for all watercraft, including tubes, from the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend through the Monday of Labor Day Weekend. Permits are required for all watercraft on the Pine River between Elm Flats and Low Bridge.

We cannot facilitate shuttles for folks bringing their craft unless they have first purchased River Permits from the US Forest Service. Until they run out for any given day, they are available for $2/craft plus a $6 transaction fee from the USFS at 1–877–444- 6777 or at the Pine River Page.


If you bring your paddlecraft, have purchased your river permits and parking passes, and need help with your transportation, we charge the fee in the Table below, based on the starting and ending point.

Many who have brought their own in the past, choose now to just rent from us. It saves the hassle and cost of obtaining river permits; parking passes, loading, unloading, cleaning your craft, vehicle gas, plus paying a third party to facilitate your shuttle.

PRPC Car Spotting Rates

About Car Spotting Prices

We are a business with payroll, taxes, insurance, equipment, buildings and associated overhead. When we are providing transportation for folks who own their own craft, the Michigan Department of Transportation licensing and testing requirements for our employees are more stringent, hence expensive, and we are also required to pay for an additional rider on our insurance policy. We factored these costs into the fees shown in the above pricing table.

We serve customers renting our craft first. If we have the resources to shuttle for you, we will be happy to do so. Thank you for understanding.

A neighbor and friend of ours also does car-spotting. Contact John at 231-862-3480

We visited your place this summer (over Labor Day Weekend) and canoed down the Pine. I wanted to let you know that we had a terrific time and that we appreciated your care with us in making sure we were prepared for the trip. It was obvious to us that you pay very good attention to the individuality of the groups that come in seeking a fun day on the river and we thought it was great that you didn't just send us off assuming we knew what we were doing. Mark and Val were both terrific. Your campground was very nice and we are already talking about a trip to come and stay. I was impressed with the family feel of your place from the first time I visited your website and wanted to reciprocate that feel in thanking you for the fun that we had.
Terry J.