Pine River / Manistee River - Rafting Rentals

Pine River Paddlesports Center facilitates rafting trips on both the Pine and Big Manistee Rivers, the jewels of Michigan's paddlesport rivers.

The advantages to renting our rubber rafts are many.

First, rafts are incredibly stable, which allows families with small kids to experience these incredible rivers without fear of tipping over. And in rafts, because kids can move around a bit, they stay more comfortable and are more entertained.

Rafts keep the family together. It's kind of neat, and stress-free for mom, if everybody is in the same boat with dad. There's just no prettier sight than three (or four) generations enjoying a leisurely float down the river in the same craft. We're delighted to see the consistent growth of rafting as more and more families discover its value as a daycation or one tank trip getaway.

In addition to providing a great experience for families, rafting is a superb team-building activity. We facilitate trips for all sorts of groups such as: corporate groups, Fortune 500 Companies, Boy & Girl Scouts, government agencies, bible camps, clubs, etc.

Our extensive inventory of rafts include: Two-man, three-man, and four-man rafts, which hold up to six if there are smaller kids in the mix. We only run commercial rafts, and only the best in the business, from Aire, Hyside, and Star.

Raft Trips on the Pine River

By far, the Pine is the best rafting river in lower Michigan. It is in both the Michigan Natural Rivers Program and the United States Wild & Scenic Rivers System. With several access sites, you can plan a trip for any length you desire. The two most popular rafting runs are the 3-hour trip from Dobson to Peterson and the 4-hour trip from Peterson to Low Bridge, the latter running through the most spirited stretch of the river.

Pine River raft rentals and trips are also available through our Walker Bridge Canoe Livery located on the Pine River five miles north of Luther.

Raft trips on the Big Manistee River

We're fortunate to be near the most beautiful and remote stretch of the Big Manistee River, which runs between the Hodenpyle and Tippy Dams. It is the most spirited stretch of the Manistee, is wider than the Pine, and runs through a gorgeous, deep, forested valley. It's a trip of about 5 hours in rafts with lots of friendly places to stop to picnic or swim along the way.

Like the Pine River, this stretch of river is addicting and you'll want to do it again and again! Start planning today!

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