Do you “shuttle” personal kayaks?
Yes, we do provide livery service for a fee of $10 per boat.  If your party is renting kayaks, we may be able to reduce that fee.

 

Is there an age limit?
Those more experienced that we are highly suggest children be 3+yrs of age or older for safety and an enjoyable experience for the child.

 

Can I bring my Dog?
Yes,  many dogs love the water. We encourage you to bring your dog if you feel they would enjoy it.  If  you have a large dog you may want to rent a tandem kayak so you and your dog can enjoy the trip comfortably.

We recommend you bring a life vest for your dog. We do not have canine life jackets available at the Kayak barn.   We ask that you use common sense when it comes to caring for your dog and following any rules when in public places.

 

Do I have to wear a life preserver?
Yes, and at all times!   All guests will have a new coast guard approved life vest and it must be on when you get in your boat.  They are comfortable and provide peace of mind should an accident occur.  The river is flowing at all times, so be safe and follow the rules.

 

How long does it take?
You choose from a 1 hour to 3 hour trip depending on the time you have.  We will work hard to get your rental paperwork done and get you launched or loaded for the launch upriver.

Longer trips can be arranged by appointment.

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When are you open?

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM

We are also available by appointment for groups and guests wanting when we are available.

We may continue trips through the fall depending on the weather and interest shown by our guests.

 

Do I need to make reservations?
We highly suggest you call in advance so we can provide the best service.  We will, however, work to accommodate everyone who wants to Kayak the Kalamazoo!

 

I’ve never been kayaking before!
No experience necessary.  Kayaking is safe and easy and all ages can have fun.

 

What should I bring?

We recommend wearing water shoes or old tennis shoes you don’t mind getting wet.  Flip flops can float away and are not recommended footwear.  Sunscreen & bug spray are helpful too.  You may want have a dry bag or zip lock bag to keep your phone and valuables clean and dry.

 

Where do I park?

There is public parking by City Hall and a city lot just east of there on Main Street.  We can advise you on the best parking place once you arrive at our location at 211 N. Main St, Plainwell, MI 49080.

 

Restrooms

We have a restroom at the Kayak Barn.  It does not include showering facilities.