Canoe & Kayak

Come explore our Rivers and Lakes!

Whether your taste in canoeing or kayaking is for a fast challenging current or a slow leisurely day on the water, we have what you’re looking for.

Betsie River

Upper and Lower Platte River

Plan your Stay in Benzie with a trip on the river or just explore one of our lakes. Again, you’ll find choices in liveries, rentals and gear to meet your needs.

 

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5042 Scenic Hwy.
Honor, MI 49640
Phone: (231) 325-5622
Region: Honor/Lake Ann

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Betsie River

Difficulty: Varies from Easy to Moderate

Canoeing the Betsie River on a spring morning

Betsie River has a steady, swift current to keep you moving. It is a very crooked river with many overhanging trees. There is one designated portage (about 200 feet long) which is Homestead Falls. The Betsie River is a state designated wild and scenic natural river. From Thompsonville down to Fred’s Landing the water depth averages 2-3 feet. This same stretch of river is bordered by hardwood-covered hills which drop off to the river bottom of conifers. The river drops down into Manistee County for a few miles, then enters Benzie county again at County Line Road #602.

Many small streams run into the river where the trout like to feed, and hide in the log jams from the old logging days. Trout are easily fished by canoe or from shore. From Fred’s Landing to Homestead Dam (now known as Homestead Falls) the river has been altered from floodwaters of the past hydro elastic dam and some sand bars may occur. The river from Homestead Falls to the second bridge on River Road becomes deeper and wider. This section is the easiest to canoe. From second bridge on River Road to Frankfort the river passes through a wildlife sanctuary and some open marsh to the mouth of the river.

 

Upper and Lower Platte River

Difficulty: Lower is Easy, Upper is Moderate.

Upper Platte: Much faster than the lower Platte River.  It is not white water or rapids but very exciting. More oriented towards the experienced canoer. The river on average is between 2-3 feet deep with tight turns, fast current, low hanging branches, and underwater obstacles. A lot of wildlife can be seen including deer, ducks, loons, bald eagles, fish, otters.. just to name a few. This section of the Platte river is exceptionally scenic with limited places to stop along the way. Total trip time is about 3 1/2 hours and ends on Deadstream Road.

Lower Platte: Gentle flowing river with easy gradual turns. As you head down the river you will come into a small lake called Loon Lake. This is part of the lower Platte River, you simply paddle along the right hand side and you will pick the river back up again. This takes approx. 20 minutes to get through. You will also pass through the State of Michigan’s Fish Weir. This is a contraption over the river that has gates that can be lowered to stop the migrating Salmon from going up stream in the fall. The weir is in operation from the middle of August until October. During these months portaging around the weir is necessary. What a great time to see a lot of fish! River depth on average is between 2-3 feet deep with a few holes that are deeper. This is a great trip for the whole family or the beginning canoers. It truly is for all ages and abilities. Total trip time takes 2-21/2 hrs and ends at a sandy beach on Lake Michigan with a beautiful picnic area and modern restroom facilities. You will get out of the river well before it dumps into Lake Michigan.

The Lower Platte River Trip is in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore; therefore, a Park Pass is required for recreating on the river. The Lower Platte River Trip is in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore; therefore, a Park Pass is required for recreating on the river.