My parents bought their first canoe on Belle Isle. Since they constantly loaned it out, they purchased two more. In 1953, with three canoes, they opened a canoe rental at Proud Lake. Fast forward 65 years, we now have over 200 canoes and kayaks with locations at Proud Lake, Island Lake (where we also rent Stand Up Paddleboards), Kensington Metropark, Newburgh Lake in Livonia and along the Rouge River in Wayne and Dearborn. Their legacy continues.
Reserve a canoe or kayak to experience wilderness paddling close to home. (Reservations are recommended but not required.) Choose a self-return trip or get picked up by one of our shuttles. Take a two-hour to a two-day trip or even a six-day trip to Lake Erie. See your journey ahead a time with our Water Trail Paddle Guide Google Earth videos and maps.
We believe in “No Child Left Inside” (Regardless of Age). This led to the creation of Heavner Nature Connection, which provides positive and unique outdoor experiences. We can customize a trip for your group- be it large or small– complete with paddling, a river and nature guide, a bonfire, catered meals, and fun activities such as hands-on, curriculum-based education, team building events, adventure days, and a plethora of recreational opportunities both in and out of the water.
Join us for our special events. Paddle under the moon at one of our Moonlight Paddles. Bring your young ones for a hayride, canoe trip, picnic, and games at our Moo Canoe at the Kensington Farm Center. Last but not least, paddle to Milford Concerts in the Park at Milford Central Park.
Have canoes, will travel. If you have a special event, we can bring canoes and kayaks to you. We supply equipment and staff for large and small events, from family reunions and day camps to community festivals. Look for us at area events! Take an imaginary canoe ride at the State Capitol, participate in a Blind Canoe Race at Milford Memories, paddle to hear the Michigan Philharmonic Symphony at Kensington Metropark, and watch the rides spin and twirl while you canoe at the Liberty Festival.
At Heavners, the weekend starts on Thursday! While we have sunset paddles every day of the week for groups of eight people or more, we will now be open every Thursday night until 9:30 pm for anyone who wants to join us.
Finally, learn how to paddle well. We have lessons for beginning to experienced paddlers through our the Michigan DNR’s Rec 101 program and our Paddlesports University.
Contact us anytime at (248) 685-2379 or through the contact forms provided on this page. See you on the river!