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Monday 01/22 100%
Rain. Thunder possible. High 49F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100%.
Tuesday 01/23 50%
Cloudy with rain and snow showers. High 38F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 50%.
Wednesday 01/24 0%
Overcast. High 27F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
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~Be surrounded by autumn trees showcasing their vibrant red, yellow, orange, and magenta leaves. Hear the water as the paddle runs through it and the laughter of those caught in the moment. Glide through the calm water. See the turtle scurry off the log and the heron fly overhead. Experience joy and tranquility in the great outdoors. ~

Heavner Canoe & Kayak Rental

Established in 1953 – over 65 years of Outdoor Adventure ~ We Believe in “No Child Left Inside” (Regardless of Age)
Proud Lake State Recreation Area (main location)   Island Lake State Recreation Area Kensington Metropark- Farm Center Newburgh Lake- Hines Drive, Livonia

Gift Certificates

We have the perfect gift for your friends and family this year. Call 248-685-2379 or send an email to to get yours today!

Now also available online! Click the blue button below.


Snow Shoes

Heavner Canoe is proud to announce a partnership with the Farmington Nature Center to make Snow Shoe Rentals available 6 days a week (weather permitting).

Tuesday through Saturday – 10-5
Sunday – 12-5
Closed – Mondays & Holidays

Reservations are recommended for groups.

Email or call 248-685- 2379 for more information.


Winter Time

Winter brings stillness and solitude as you hike or snowshoe in beautiful natural areas. Yet much of our river refuses to be still, carrying with it adventurous paddlers and a promise of rebirth in Spring.


Winter Fun Day at Proud Lake, Sat Feb 24th

Join fellow SOLARites and other outdoor enthusiasts at Proud Lake’s River Hawk Annex for an extended time of fun. Expect hiking and possibly other activities, weather permitting, throughout the day. Bring food for a late afternoon/early evening potluck, and bring your cards and games for indoor fun. Your Recreation Passport will let you in the park. A small donation ($3 suggested) is requested to offset the cost to rent the annex. Bring your friends!

SCHEDULE: Expect hikes, and maybe other activities, during the day. This should become better defined when we get closer to the date. We tend to stay at the Annex till about 9:30, and have to leave the park by 10 PM. It’s an informal time. Come when you can! Spend as much time inside or outside as you like.


New Maps Page!

Let Heavner’s Water Trail Paddle Guide help as you plan to take one of our Downriver Trips. Here is one of our many Google Earth Video Maps with embedded footage of pickup sites, turns, and portages. For videos and GPS Pick Up Points (powered by Google Maps) of all our pick up point locations, go to our Maps Page.

Experience wilderness paddling close to home. Launching from one of our four locations in Southeast Michigan, meander on the water through quaint towns and in beautiful state recreation areas, city parks and metroparks – stopping to hike, swim, picnic, fish, camp, and walk through town along the way.  Join us for our special events, and make sure to try a sunset and moonlight paddle to appreciate the river in a whole new way. 
We strive to make great memories for the lone paddler to the large school, church, scout, community, and corporate groups. There are a multitude of trips, which range from a one-hour, self-return paddle to a multi-day downriver journey with transportation back to the canoe rental. Customized group packages can include paddling instruction, catered meals, nature and river guide services, and recreational, team building, and educational activities both on and off the water.  
Reserve your experience today! 


 2775 Garden Road, Milford, Michigan 48381
Phone: (248) 685-2379 Fax: (248) 684-7939