A beautiful day on the Platte River

Our Platte River Trips

Your Riverside Canoe Trip is sure to be an enjoyable time whether you take a canoe, kayak, tube or raft. Riverside is ready to accommodate groups of all sizes. Call today to reserve your trip for this coming spring, summer, and fall season. We open May 1 through Mid-October. You'll find clear water, sandy beaches and a new adventure at each bend. Stop for a while. Plan a picnic. Make a day of it.

Reservations & Cancellations

To avoid complications and disappointment, reservations are recommended. Cancellations must be made with at least 3 full days notice to be eligible for refunds and group cancellations must be made with 11 full days notice. Call us at 231-325-5622.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park Pass Required For Lower Platte Trips. 
We do sell these on premise.

Lower Platte River Trips

Our Lower Platte trips travel down a friendly river with a gentle current -- ideal for the whole family! The average river depth is 2-3 feet, flows through a small lake (Loon Lake) and eventually ends at Lake Michigan where you'll find beautiful SUGAR SAND BEACHES and amazing scenery. For safety reasons, we recommend you stay along the shoreline, and avoid swimming in Loon Lake as it is deep in the middle. The normal canoe trip takes 2 hours total and includes your rental items, personal floatation devices and shuttle service.

We offer multiple services in relation to beach equipment pick-up, additional rental items, and additional time on the river. If these interest you, please inquire when you register at Riverside or call. We’re more than happy to answer any questions.

Lower Platte Canoe Trips

Canoe Trips

Starting at $44
Our lower river canoe trip is a family favorite. Our canoes accommodate 2–3 adults or 2 adults and up to 2 children, as long as both children are under 4 1/2 feet tall, for safety reasons. Kids love to be towed in a tube behind the canoe as well.
Lower Platte River Tube Trips

Tube Trips (1 & 2 hour)

Starting at $9 for 1 hour trip or $16 for 2 hour trip
These have become very popular over the years. They are ideal for Mom, Dad and the kids. Enjoy a lackadaisical float down the Lower Platte and a short walk on a gravel path. Protective water shoes are recommended.

Loon and Walk (1 Hour): This is our short tubing trip taking just the right amount of time to get wet and refreshed!

Weir to Lake Michigan (2 Hour): A 2-hour gentle float downstream to a beautiful Lake Michigan Beach. A super way to beat the summer heat!
Lower Platte Kayak Trips

Paddle Board Trips

Starting at $36
What a great way to make your way down the Platte River. Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) offers a fun, relaxing way to get unique views of all the flora and fauna. Been down the river on a canoe or kayak? Try a paddle board and get a completely different experience.
Lower Platte Kayak Trips

Kayak Trips

Starting at $33
Are you ready for something different than canoeing? We offer 1- and 2-man "sit-in" kayaks. Kayaks offer easier maneuverability and less tipiness than canoes. They are easy enough for kids 10 and up.
Lower Platte Raft Trips

Raft Trips

Starting at $120
Adventure down the river as a group. Our rafts float down the same stretch of river as canoes and kayaks. Trip time is between 3-4 hours. Enjoy a day on the water! We offer 4-, 6-, and 8-man rafts. Make sure to call and reserve as the rafts are in limited supply.

Interested in Canoeing, Kayaking, or taking a Raft down the Platte River?

Watch this quick introduction to get yourself familiar with how we work.

Interested in taking a 1 or 2 hour tube trip?

Watch this quick instructional video to get yourself familiar and ready for the water.

Pet Policy: Pets are welcome in our canoes and kayaks. Pets are not allowed in tubes or rafts that can be damaged by claws. We ask that we not transport pets in our shuttle. At the end of your trip, your pet needs to be leashed and taken directly to your car. They cannot be in the beach or Township Park areas. Please call to see how you might bring your "friend or family member" with you. The National Park has restrictions on having pets in certain areas. Refer to the National Park Service website for information on acceptable locations and policies for your pet. Learn More

Upper Platte River Trips

Looking for something faster and more exciting? The Upper Platte trip is not white water, but close to it! This stretch of river is clean, spring-fed and boasts a faster current with an average depth of 2–3 feet. A good part of this trip features narrow, quick turns and overhanging branches. The trip takes approximately 3-4 hours and is for those high-spirited, more experienced boaters eager for a new challenge.

Note: There is a 50% tip over rate on our Upper Platte trips, so plan on getting wet. We do have age restrictions. Please call for details.

Upper Platte River Canoe Trips

Canoe Trips

Starting at $55

Kayak Trips

Starting at $46

Other Trips

Quiet Time On the River

To enjoy a more peaceful trip on the "Lower Platte" during July & early August, plan to come to Riverside before 10:00 A.M. or after 3:30 P.M. A beautiful and quiet time to canoe the river is just after we open in the morning or after 4:00 P.M. to enjoy beautiful sunsets. If you canoe or tube the "Lower Platte" between 10:00 A.M. and 3:30 P.M., expect to see a number of other people on the river

Lake Michigan Sunset

For groups of 20 or more, we will supply a bundle of wood for a bonfire on the beach. Don't forget to bring your hot dogs and marshmallows for roasting! This is a great way to spend an evening for a group of friends, family reunions, bridal or bachelor parties or company outings!

Wildlife River Trips

Capture the beauty the river has to offer on camera. Nature photographers will find early morning and evening the best times to see wildlife in their natural habit. You may encounter deer, muskrat, beaver, turtles, raccoon, wild turkey, geese, swans, ducks, herons, hawks, eagles and more! Yes, Riverside does carry film and disposable cameras.

Fall Canoeing Favorites

Come canoeing and experience the colorful, fall foliage and witness the fascinating upstream migration of salmon in the Platte River. The salmon usually begin their "run" upstream during the week of September 15th and continue until mid-October. It is an experience of a lifetime. This is a quieter time on the river as the schools and universities are back in session. Many agree that this is the best time of the year. Call for details.

Other Options

Motorboats - Lower Platte Only
Rowboats - Lower Platte Only
Car Placement for Private Canoes/Kayaks - Upper and Lower Platte

If you have your own private craft, we do offer car shuttling and loose equipment rental. If you have any special needs or special requirements, do not hesitate to call. We will always do our best to accommodate any and all.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Pass Required For Lower Platte Trips.
As a convenience we do sell the passes at Riverside.