Canoeing, kayaking and floating

Manistee River Trail along the embanked shoreline

Several conveniently located liveries make it very easy for visitors to experience the pure paddling pleasure that awaits you here in the Cadillac area.

See below a listing of the related liveries, linked river map, and brief descriptions of the rivers.

Spring, summer or fall, the area rivers meander and offer exceptional group entertainment, and beautiful views.   Take a Fall Color Tour from a kayak or canoe for a different perspective of nature's glory - capture the colors.

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Chippewa Landing

10420 Chippewa Landing Trail
Manton, MI 49663
Phone: 231-313-0832

Pine River Paddlesports Center

9590 S M-37
Wellston, MI 49689
Phone: 231-862-3471

Wilderness Canoe Trips LLC

6052 Riverview Road
Mesick, MI 49668
Phone: 231-885-1485

Bosman's Canoe Livery

8027 S M-37
Wellston, MI 49689
Phone: (231) 862-3661

Horina's Canoe & Kayak Rental

9889 M-37
Wellston, MI 49689
Phone: (231) 862-3470

Smithville Landing

13177 Old M-66 SW
Fife Lake, MI 49633
Phone: 231-839-4579

Sportsman Port Canoes

10487 W. M-55 Hwy.
Wellston, MI 49689
Phone: 231-862-3571
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River Map

Check out the launch sites on both the Manistee & Pine Rivers - call the local liveries and set up your River Trip today!

River Descriptions

The greater Cadillac area is blessed with truly beautiful canoeing and kayaking rivers, and several area lakes. Within twenty minutes of Cadillac are two designated National Wild & Scenic Rivers, the Pine and Manistee, the consensus crown jewels of Michigan’s paddlesport rivers.

Canoeists, kayakers, and rafters come from across the nation to experience their raw beauty, forested river-scapes, and crystal clear waters. Numerous access sites and riverside campgrounds make it possible to paddle for just a few hours, all day, or for several days. Visitors can choose to paddle a calm stretch of river, a more spirited stretch of river, or a little of both.

The Manistee River is generally wider and has fewer gradients. It is considered the finest multi-day canoe camping river in the Midwest. The Pine River is generally a more spirited stream, with the lower end of the river offering the best whitewater in Lower Michigan. Both rivers, like few others, can serve up affordable and memorable outings for the fortunate folks that choose to explore them.