THE 6 BEST PLACES TO KAYAK IN AND AROUND DETROIT

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KELLY SUNDBERG

APR 18, 2019

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Sometimes you just have to unplug from all the hustle and bustle of the city and let yourself relax. Luckily, Detroit has some top-notch kayaking hot spots that will provide you some much-needed stress relief.

So, next time you need to take a break from the office, grab a kayak and get out on the water for an unforgettable adventure. Get ready to experience a side of Detroit you’ve never seen before as you paddle your way through the Motor City. You’ll thank us later.

Sign up for the coolest kayak tour at Detroit River Sports for exclusive sights of our city. The tour takes you through historic canals and across the border to spots that you wouldn’t be able to find on your own — hello, Peche Island. Detroit River Sports also offers stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) tours with opportunities to take a dip in Lake St. Clair. Worked up an appetite? Sign up for their Paddle to Table tour and treat yourself a farm-to-table meal served by Coriander Kitchen & Farm.

With endless views of tree-lined shores, Argo Park offers a fun-filled day of watersports. Kayak, canoe, or rent a tube to immerse yourself in all that Ann Arbor has to offer. Next time you need to get away from it all, load up (or rent) your kayak and head over to Argo Park Canoe & Kayak Livery for the chance to explore Gallup Park or the Argo Cascades from the water.

What better way to declutter your mind than to take a cruise on the Huron River? Whether you’re a kayaking pro or a beginner—no worries—Motor City Canoe has you covered. They offer tours based on skill level, so you’re never going to feel like you’re falling behind. But if you’ve got this whole kayaking thing down, you can always put your watercraft in at the HuRoc Park launch in Flat Rock.

Whether you take their short trip from the Dexter-Huron to Delhi Metropark or their long trip from Hudson Mills to Delhi Metropark, you’re guaranteed to have a good time when you go kayaking with Skip’s. After paddling past the most scenic stretch of the Huron River, you’re not going to want to stop coasting on the water. Make a day of it. Pack a lunch and take a break at designated pit stops along the route — it’s the perfect opportunity to take in the scenery.

Looking for a new way to really experience the warmer weather? Detroit Outpost is here for you. Their kayak tours will take you on a mini getaway far (okay, maybe not that far) from the stress of city life. Their Sunset Lagoon tour will have you paddling along the Blue Heron Lagoon, guide you through some of the Detroit River’s canals, and finish up down river just in time to catch the sunset as it falls behind the city skyline. Or, take their After Hours Sunset tour upriver past historic mansions and some of the city’s oldest boat clubs.

It’s simple. Belle Isle + kayaking with friends = a day of adventure. Head to Flynn Memorial Pavilion on Belle Isle for the ultimate kayak experience. Sail down the Detroit River as you take in the incredible skyline views all from your seat on the water. Whether you’re kayaking solo or tandem—there’s no doubt—RKC has the hook up.

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