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Rental Rates

As we are located in a Michigan State Park, a valid state park permit will be required and can be purchased when you visit.

Downriver Trips

Click on the links below to see site-specific Google Earth Video Maps with embedded videos of pick up points, turns, and portages from the paddler’s perspective and GPS Pick Up Point Google Maps with the capability to view where you are in relation to the Pick Up Point.

Pick-Up Site

Paddle Time

Price Per
Canoe or Kayak

Riverbend Picnic Area 1 – 1 1/2 hours $34
Placeway Road 2 – 3 hours $38

Longer and overnight trips are available. Please call for pricing information.
In addition, we will also provide livery service for privately owned watercraft.
This service is priced individually.

Self Return

Lake Canoeing

Price Per Craft

Canoe or Kayak 1 hour $24
2 hours $27
3-4 hours $31
After 4 hours, $6 for each additional hour

Season Hours

Schedule Weekends Weekdays
May 20 – June 1 10:00am to 7:00pm By advance reservation only
Minimum 4 canoes
June – Labor Day 10:00am to 7:00pm 12:00pm to 6:00pm
New Hours Sept. 26 16′ – Oct. 2 16′ Sat & Sun 12 pm to 4 pm

Call 248.685.2379 or 248.561.8274 for reservations

Directions to Island Lake Location

Please click on the red marker to get customized directions.

From Detroit:

Take 96 west toward Lansing until you get to the Kensington Road exit (#151).   Turn right and follow the signs to the Island Lake Recreation area.  Turn left into the recreation area and follow the sign to the canoe rental.