Do you “shuttle” personal kayaks?
Yes, we do provide transportation service for a fee of $10 per boat.  We do transport canoes too!


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, 2, or 3 hour trips 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?

By appointment Monday – Friday after Labor Day

There are plenty of great days to kayak this fall!

10 AM – 6 PM Saturday & Sunday

We will be weekends through the fall as weather permits!

We are also available by appointment for guests if they call ahead and let us know what might work best for them.  We welcome groups for outings and team building.

We will offer trips before Memorial Day and through the fall if we are available.  Please call and we will work to accommodate your requests.


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.



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


Are there weight limits?  Yes

Single “sit-on-top” style kayaks will be comfortable for those who are 300 lbs. and less.

Single “sit-in” style kayaks will be comfortable for those to 275 lbs.

Our tandem “sit-on-top” kayaks are rated to hold a total of 450 lbs.

For guests weighting over 300 lbs. we will adjust the seat to the center of the tandem kayak to ensure the most comfortable and safe trip.  Please call or send us a message so are able to reserve the proper kayak you.