Stay Cool With These Metro Detroit Water Activities

By: Aaron B. Cohen | June 23, 2021

Photo courtesy of Detroit Princess.

It’s getting hot out there! This summer, beat the heat with some of the premier water recreation activities in Metro Detroit. Whether you prefer total submersion or a cool breeze from the shore, here are a few of our favorite options the whole family will enjoy.

Tubing

Nobody said you have to spend your day paddling. If you’re looking for ultimate relaxation, the lazy river is for you. Rent a tube at Clinton River Canoe & Kayak or Argo Park Canoe Livery in Ann Arbor and let the river do all the work. If you’re willing to drive for the perfect view, head a few hours north to Chippewa River Outfitters in Mount Pleasant or Wilderness Canoe Trips along the Manistee River.

Canoe, Kayak, Paddleboard

There’s no better way to spend a summer day than at the helm of a boat. Fortunately, Metro Detroit offers ample opportunity to rent canoes, kayaks and paddleboards throughout the area. Try Simple Adventures in New Baltimore, Harrison Township and St. Clair Shores, Heavner Canoe & Kayak in Milford or Riverside Kayak Connection in Wyandotte.

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Waterparks

For a day of fun in the sun, try one of Metro Detroit’s epic waterparks. Check out Sprayscape at Plymouth Township Park, Splash n’ Blast at Kensington Metropark or the Troy Family Aquatic Center. Whether you’re looking for huge waterslides or the classic, timed water bucket (your kids will love this), you’re guaranteed to have a blast all day long. The only hard part will be getting the kids out of the water when it’s time to go home.

Detroit Riverboat Cruises

This summer, experience Detroit from an entirely new perspective. Along the newly developed riverfront, you can catch a cruise that will provide one-of-a-kind views that you’ve only seen in pictures. Diamond Jack’s River Tours offer exciting, historic tours while the Detroit Princess provides lunch and dinner cruises. Enjoy a delicious meal under the towering beauty of the city’s skyline.

Fishing

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again! Metro Detroit has some of the best fishing Michigan has to offer. Cast out anywhere along the Detroit River, find a lake close to home or charter a boat on the Great Lakes for a day of quiet, uninterrupted deepwater fishing. Be sure to purchase your state-issued fishing license from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources before you get out on the water and learn the regulations of the specific area you wish to fish. If you’re lucky, the day’s activity will translate into the evening’s meal.