The Pere Marquette River and the Pine River, both designated as National Wild and Scenic rivers, offer some of the best canoeing, kayaking, rafting, and tubing, anywhere! Whether you want to take a leisurely scenic trip or are avid white river enthusiasts, Lake County paddling is the perfect place to come. Both rivers flow through the scenic Manistee National Forest. The Pine River, considered by many as the premier canoeing river in Michigan, has an average gradient of 12 feet/mile. The 16 mile stretch of the Pine River between Edgetts and Lincoln Bridge is classified as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. The Pere Marquette is better suited for beginners and those wanting a less strenuous/more relaxing adventure. With a gradient of 4 feet/mile, there are some light rapids but most of the waters are moderate and easy to navigate.
Lake County has several family-owned and operated boat liveries providing canoe, kayak and raft rental as well as organized trips. Campgrounds, both private-owned and public, are located along the rivers or close-by, offering a wide range of camping opportunities. Many visitors also come to Lake County to canoe and kayak on our many beautiful lakes. Check out a list of the 100+ lakes in the County at www.fishingworks.com and here
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Water Sports Rentals & Equipment
Baldwin Canoe Rental
Canoe, kayak, raft, & tube rentals on the Pere Marquette National Scenic River. Bus service, & car spotting provided. Three miles south of Baldwin on M-37.
9117 S. M-37
Baldwin, MI 49304
Phone: (231) 745-4669
Directions: Three miles south of Baldwin on the west side of M-37.
Enchanted Acres Canoe & Campground
Open year round we offer canoe kayak, cabins, campsites, and firewood deliveries. A campstore, firewood, ice, game room, playground, hiking trails, and pet farm. To prevent tree diseases no outside wood allowed in campground. All wood must be purchased from camp store.
PO Box 7
Irons, MI 49644
(mailing - 9581 Brooks Rd.)
Contact: Joan Runnels
Phone: (231) 266-5102
Directions: From Baldwin, take M-37 N 16 miles to Irons, go west on 10 1/2 Mile Rd. 6 miles. At Lake Osceola State Bank turn south on Brooks Road (Big River Properties on corner)1 mile on west side.
Ivan's Campground, Canoe Rental, & Cabins
Canoes kayaks and rafts. Offering trips from three hours to four days. We provide transportation to and from the river. We also do car spotting. Don't forget to bring an extra set of keys for your car if you want it spotted. Our family-owned canoe rental business has been helping people have a great time since 1978.
7332 S. M-37
Baldwin, MI 49304
(231) 745-9345 or 745-3361