Riverside Canoe Trips
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5042 N. Scenic Hwy.
Honor, MI 49640
GPS: use Birch Trail Honor, MI 49640
Season: May 1st - Mid-October (7 days/week)
30 miles west of Traverse City
Take M-72 West to Empire, left at light, 10 miles South on M-22 to Platte River Bridge.
Kayak & Tube Sleeping Bear Dunes
Best family kayaking & tubing in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
If you visit us once, you’ll visit us twice.
Platte River Trips
Picnic, swim, fish, and relax!
"LOWER PLATTE" - Friendly river with a gentle current - ideal for the whole family! Let the kids paddle a kayak on their own! Kids also love to float in their own tubes. Riverside will furnish the rope and you tow the tube behind your canoe. We offer "regular" vinyl tubes or "extra large" vinyl tubes with a covering over the hole (your butt stays dry in the "extra large" tube). The average river depth is 2-3 feet and flows through a small lake (Loon Lake). For safety reasons, we recommend you stay along the shallow shoreline and avoid swimming in Loon Lake as it is deep in the middle. The best swimming, of course, is at the Lake Michigan Beach. This trip takes approximately 2 hours, although most people can’t resist making a day out of it! It ends at Lake Michigan with a beautiful SUGAR SAND beach. This is our most popular "Family" trip.
"UPPER PLATTE" - Our "Fast Water" trip - it’s a natural for good times. Fast and exciting, not white water, but close to it! Clean, spring fed waters and fast current with an average depth of 2-3 feet. A good part of this trip is narrow with quick turns and overhanging branches. You need to know how to maneuver! We do not recommend this for small children, as approximately half of the canoes tip over on this trip! It takes approximately 3-4 hours and is for those high spirited people who are more experienced and eager for a new challenge. It’s a FUN TRIP! It’s an ADULT trip!
"TUBING" - Ideal for mom, dad, and the whole family! We offer 2 great tubing trips on the "Lower Platte."
"Loon and Walk" - our short tubing trip - takes approximately 50 minutes on the water with a short fun walk through the woods back to Riverside. Just the right amount of time to get wet and refreshed!
"Weir to Lake Michigan" - our long trip - starts with a 5 minute walk to the river. Then you gently float downstream to the Lake Michigan Beach - approximately 2 hours. Just "sit back and relax" - it’s a super way to beat that hot weather!
...quality at reasonable rates.
Canoes - 1 & 2 Man Kayaks - Tubing - 4,6,& 8 Man Rafts - Motorboats - Row Boats - Placement & Pick-Up service - For Private Canoes & Kayaks
"Lower Platte" Trips end at beach.
Sunset Canoe Trips...
For groups of 20 or more, trips leave after 5:00 P.M. You provide the food, and the campfire at the end of the trip is on us! Trips end on the sandy beach at Lake Michigan.
"Within walking distance" of us, there is a newly renovated campground operated by the National Park Service. Showers, electrical or tent sites are available. For more info, please call us today.
In July and August, canoe and kayak early or late in the day to see the wildlife that abounds in this wilderness area - deer, muskrat, beaver, raccoon, wild turkey, geese, swans, ducks, herons, hawks, eagles & more! And Yes, Riverside does carry disposable cameras!
To avoid disappointment, reservations are recommended. Cancellations must be made with at least 3 full days notice to be eligible for refunds. However, group cancellations must be made with 11 full days notice. Please... Kegs of beer not allowed.
Riverside Canoe Trips is 30 miles west of Traverse City (halfway between Frankfort & Empire) on Highway M-22 at the Platte River bridge, in the southern half of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park.
*Reminder: Bring your Sleeping Bear Dunes Pass*
Quiet Time... on the river - To enjoy am ore peaceful trip on the "Lower Platte" during July & August (even on weekdays), please come to Riverside before 10 A.M. or after 3:30 P.M. A beautiful and quiet time to canoe the river is just after we open at 8:00 in the morning or after 4:30 in the evening during July and August. If you canoe or tube the "Lower Platte" between 10 and 3:30, expect to see a number of other people on the river.
Fall Canoeing Favorite...
Come canoeing and experience the fascinating upstream migration of the salmon in the Platte River each fall. It is an experience of a lifetime! Please call for details.
Fish... Platte Lake, Loon Lake, Platte River, and Lake Michigan. Chinook & Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Steelhead, Northern Pike, Tiger Muskie, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Perch, and Rock Bass. Fishing boats, maps & information available for your complete fishing pleasure.
RIVERSIDE (since 1964)
Your Complete Country General Store...
-Full grocery line - Complete picnic provisions - beer & wine - snacks - candy - lunch meats - dairy products - ice cream cones - hot coffee & donuts - soft drinks - ice - hot & cold sandwiches - hats - film - suntan lotion - clothing - charcoal & charcoal grills - coolers - camping needs - mini drug line - fishing licenses - live bait - fishing tackle - boat launching - gas & oil products - souvenirs - gifts - Indian jewelry & crafts - Moccasins - toys - change rooms and restrooms