Shel-Haven Canoe & Kayak Rental
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11852 W M-72
P.O. Box 268
Grayling, MI 49738
Canoe at Shel-Haven
Canoe, Kayak, Tube, and Raft Rental on the Manistee River
Come out and canoe the best kept secret
Shel-Haven Canoe Rental is located on the beautiful Manistee River, just 8 miles west of Grayling on M-72. Shel-Haven was built in 1964 and has been owned by the Tompkins’ family for 28 years. Friendly and courteous service is their specialty.
Shel-Haven offers clean, indoor bathrooms located in our beautiful building. Snacks and last-minute items available in the uniquely-decorated store.
At Shel-Haven we do a great job accommodating large groups, family outings, and company trips. Many of our trips start upstream and end at Shel-Haven with no time restrictions or late fees to be concerned about. Trips range from 1 ½ hours to 10 days with a campground across from us and many others along the way.
Plan your adventure
Trips from 1 1/2 hours to 10 days ending at the shore of Lake Michigan. Tube or raft trips - 3 hours.
Avoid pickup hassles by starting your trip upstream.
Deward - 28 river miles - 7 river hours
Cameron Bridge - 25 river miles - 5.5 river hours
612 - 20 river miles - 4 river hours
Manistee River Rd - 9 river miles - 2.5 river hours
Paradise - 6 river miles - 1.5 river hours
Pickup points downstream -
Yellow Trees - 18 river miles - 3.5 river hours
CCC Bridge - 30 river miles - 6 river hours
Sharon - 45 river miles - 9 river hours
Longer overnight trips available. Contact us for information!
Look for the A-Frame on M-72, 8 miles west of Grayling on the beautiful Manistee River.
The Manistee River
The Manistee River is a hidden gem. The river is very clean, the scenery is beautiful and the trips are the most peaceful you will ever experience. The wildlife is abundant - deer, ducks, beaver, mink, otter, turkey, and often the majestic bald eagles with their nests close by.
It’s Michigan’s perfect river for canoeing, drifting, kayaking, tubing, and camping. The Manistee River averages 2 to 4 feet deep and the current is moderate. It is fast enough to carry you with minimal paddling, but slow enough to make it perfect for even the most inexperienced.
The Manistee offers some of the best trout fishing you can find. The season is open from the last Saturday in April to the last Saturday in September. Fishing Guides are available.