PLAINWELL KAYAK COMPANY

WE ARE OPEN!

  1. Please make an appointment/reservations in advance
  2. We ask you wear a mask when entering our place of business.  We are directed to also practice social distancing 
  3. We have disinfecting protocols in place to sanitize our kayaks, paddles, and life jackets

 

Kayak Rental and Transportation Service

We’re located at 211 N. Main Street in Plainwell, Michigan 49080

 

We make Kayaking easy!

Our trips are on the smooth flowing and crystal clear waters of the Kalamazoo River or a peaceful local lake.  If you are seeking adventure or relaxation we can accommodate you!

Enjoy the beauty of the lake and river banks as you relax and experience the views that only those on the water can see.

We offer river and lake trips!

  • 1 Hour Trip Plainwell to Otsego: The river level and flow rate can make this trip longer or shorter. This is good for beginners and people with young children. The terrain after leaving the park in Plainwell is mostly grasslands and trees. You will see many birds and turtles.  You will depart from Fannie Pell Park in Plainwell; the trip will end in Otsego at Jewel Street. Departure times depend on availability at the time you book your trip.
  • 2 Hour Trip Otsego to Trowbridge Dam: This newly renovated trek on the flowing Kalamazoo River will take approximately 2 hours. The trip is best for the kayaker who can navigate the choppy waters on the first part of the trip and “rapids” midway.  The second half of the trip requires more paddling (which can be physically demanding on windier days) as the river is wider on this part of the trek and the waters flow a bit slower. We strive to depart for the launch site in Otsego promptly at 12PM & 2PM Thursday – Saturday and 2PM on Sunday.  Meet in Plainwell at our Kayak Barn located at 211 N. Main Street.  The “Barn” is a brick building in the parking lot of Fannie Pell Park. We have to schedule pick up times at 26th street as it takes approximately 30 minutes to bring you back to Plainwell. This is not the trip for those who just want to linger on the river.

The two sets of rapids are can be a bit challenging.  Follow these directions from the folks who worked with river bed and rocks after the dam was removed:

First rapids are just after the Pine Creek Dam: stay to the left edge or the right edge of the river to pass through safely.  A natural flat bedrock is located in the middle of this part of the river bed.  The level of the river will affect if you notice this natural rock formation.

Second set of rapids on the former Bittersweet/Otsego Township Dam: stay in the middle of the river to avoid the potentially dangerous rocks. Your view of the rocks in the water can very due to the river levels!  Beware

  • 3 Hour Trip D Avenue to Plainwell: The river level and flow rate can make this trip longer or shorter, we expect your trip to take no longer than 4 hours; please let us know if you would like to rent the kayak for an extended trip! The trek is tree lined and very private most of the way. You will see many birds, turtles, and maybe even fish as you glide along the waterway.  There are some adventures at the end of this trip as you can either “portage your kayak” around the spillway or choose to ride over the spill way; conditions permitting!  It’s a much talked about thrill by kayakers in this area!  We depart for the launch site on “D” Avenue 11AM, 1PM & 3PM Thursday – Saturday and 12PM & 1 PM on Sunday.  Meet in Plainwell at our Kayak Barn located at 211 N. Main Street.  It is a brick building in the parking lot of Fannie Pell Park
  • Lake Kayaking: This trip allows you to enjoy a relaxing float without the current of the river. The hourly rate will start when you are on the lake; you decide the duration of the trip.  We are permitted to use the Rupert Lake Boat Launch Site.  Meet in Plainwell at our Kayak Barn located at 211 N. Main Street.  It is a brick building in the parking lot of Fannie Pell Park.

Our Kayaks:

  • We have single and a few tandem kayaks for rent
  • We provide life jackets and paddles
  • We also provide transportation service for those who own their own kayaks or canoes (advanced reservations are appreciated).

 

  • Safety First:

We do require any children under 18 years of age to have a Parent Consent Form signed by their parents or Guardian and be accompanied by an adult.

PLANNING YOUR TRIP WITH US

Directions

Directions from Kalamazoo / Grand Rapids

If you take the Plainwell Exit off of Hwy. 131 you will be heading East on Bridge Street.  At the intersection of Bridge & Main Street, turn left (North) and travel one block.  Look for the Fannie Pell Park sign on your left (West) of Main Street.

As you turn in you will notice a small brick building; look for the sign “Plainwell Kayak Company”.  We refer to this building as the Kayak Barn where we you will sign in and get ready for your trip.

Our Rates

1 Hour Trip: Single = $25 | Tandem = $40
2 Hour Trip: Single = $40 | Tandem = $75
3 Hour Trip: Single = $45 | Tandem = $80

Lake Trip Hourly Rate: Single = $25 | Tandem = $40

Transportation Service : $10/ personal kayak

Ask about our Frequent Kayakers Card!  

Our Hours

Memorial Day – Labor Day

Thursday – Saturday: 11AM – 7PM

Sunday: 12 PM – 6 PM

We are also available by appointment if we are available Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, please call in advance so we can plan for your trip.  We welcome groups for outings and team building!

Plan Your Trip

Have questions?  Check out our FAQ

KAYAK WITH US!

Let us show you how we make kayaking easy!

Our Hours

Memorial Day – Labor Day
Thursday – Saturday: 11 AM – 7PM

Sunday: 12 PM – 6 PM

We are also available by appointment, please call in advance so we can plan for your trip.
We welcome groups for outings and team building!

We may be transporting kayaks, so please be patient and we will get back with you.

NOTE: For same day reservations, please call us at 269-365-2926.

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