Find Your Oasis at These Kayaking Spots in the D

By: Scott Davis | July 24, 2020

There’s nothing like being out on the water in Michigan on a sunny summer afternoon. The cool breeze off the water, the way the sun dances against the waves and the picturesque skies are just some of the reasons it’s great to be surrounded by so many lakes and rivers. One of the best ways to experience all of that is by renting a kayak and canoe for a couple of hours. So check out these great kayak and canoe rental shops and get ready to enjoy a day on the lake!

Simple Adventures

Simple Adventures helps you get out on the water whether that be in a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard. You can rent equipment at Lake St. Clair Metropark, New Baltimore, Camp Dearborn and Clinton River. If you want to improve your kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding skills, check out their lessons by visiting their website.

Clinton River Canoe & Kayak

Offering trips and excursions to paddlers of all levels, Clinton River Canoe & Kayak has exactly what you’re looking for. You can choose to go through the Class II-III rapids down the Clinton River or opt for a relaxing paddle through family-friendly park areas. Be sure to check out all of their river trip options to experience the scenic beauty of Clinton River.

Detroit Outpost

Every Metro Detroiter knows the beauty of Belle Isle, but Detroit Outpost allows you to see that beauty with sunrise and sunset excursions every day. The kayak outfitter on the Detroit River is just a five minute paddle across from Belle Isle and offers excursions seven days a week. From open paddles to private excursions, be sure to check out everything Detroit Outpost has to offer on their website.

Motor City Canoe Rental 

Whether in a canoe or kayak, Motor City Canoe Rental is always striving to bring you fun and affordable paddle sport opportunities. You can rent kayaks or canoes from Atwater Paddles in Flat Rock or at Oakwoods Metropark, which requires a reservation. More information on prices and reservation procedures, can be found at Motor City Canoe Rental’s website.

Argo and Gallup Boat Rentals

Boat rentals are open again at Argo and Gallup parks in Ann Arbor! Reservations are required with options for one or two-person kayaks, six-person rafts, stand-up and regular paddleboats and canoes. You must make your reservations online and quantity could be limited, so check out Ann Arbor’s Parks and Recreation website for more information.