This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in Michigan. Use this list to plan your next Michigan flatwater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.
#1 Rogue River
A quiet western Michigan river easily accessible to Grand Rapids–area paddlers. The Rogue River is a peaceful, unassuming ...
#2 Huron River
A highly accessible river with a mellow temperament that makes it a favorite getaway for families throughout the Detroit ...
#3 Muskegon River
Houghton Lake, MI
A sleepy section of Michigan’s second-longest river that is ideal for family camping trips. The Muskegon River is the friendly ...
#4 Jordan River
East Jordan, MI
A fun, spirited river that winds through the gorgeous Jordan Valley. The Jordan River offers one of the finest canoeing experiences ...
#5 Rifle River
Both canoeists and tubers flock to this attractive, easygoing northern river on summer weekends. The Rifle River is one of ...
#6 Pere Marquette River
Michigan’s first National Wild and Scenic River, the beautiful Pere Marquette winds gently through the wooded hills of Manistee ...
#7 Manistee River
An undemanding river that features many campgrounds and access points along its banks, the Manistee is ideally suited for ...
#8 Au Sable River
One of America’s legendary trout streams, the Au Sable has cool, clear waters and an attractive shoreline—bristling with ...
#9 Platte River
Challenging in its upper reaches, the Platte turns into a placid, family-friendly float as it nears Lake Michigan. The Platte ...
#10 Thornapple River
An easygoing stream that meanders through low southwest Michigan woodlands. The Thornapple River is one of the Grand River’s ...
#11 Sylvania Wilderness Area
Michigan’s pocket-sized version of Minnesota’s famed Boundary Waters is a wonderful mecca for wilderness campers, canoeists, ...
#12 Betsie River
The upper reaches of this pleasant stream encompass a range of paddling options, from sections of swift, twisting river to ...
#13 Dowagiac River
A moderately paced, family-friendly river that winds under a shady canopy of shoreline hardwoods for much of its length. ...
#14 Chippewa River
Mount Pleasant, MI
A pleasant, scenic river that winds through the fields and forests of Michigan’s heartland. The Chippewa River is a pretty ...
#15 Au Sable River, South Branch
A pleasant, slow-moving stream that is popular with canoeists and fly fishermen alike. Location: Begins at Lake St. Helen ...
#16 Carp River
Saint Ignace, MI
A pretty, twisty river that passes through the Mackinac Wilderness and Hiawatha National Forest. The Carp River is a designated ...
#17 Cass River
A surprisingly pretty and remote-feeling river near the industrial centers of Flint and Saginaw. The Cass River maintains ...
#18 Pretty Lakes Quiet Area
This remote weekend getaway destination features five small and undeveloped lakes protected by no-motor regulations. Pretty ...
#19 Little Muskegon River
Pleasant and scenic, the Little Muskegon receives little pressure because of its lack of shoreline camping options and log-strewn ...
#20 Little Manistee River
A quick and narrow river that winds through Manistee National Forest, this favorite of local anglers sees relatively light ...
A very gentle climb through this Valley and beautiful views of the Gore Range.
It is a great trail for beginner hikers and can be quite busy especially on weekends.
The trail will descend the last .5 mile to a nice resting place in the trees
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