You will not feel rushed once you are on the river and there is no waiting for a pick-up at the end of your trip. You will arrive at Campbell’s and register with us. The passengers of your vehicle(s) will relax in our picnic area for a few minutes while the driver(s) of your vehicle(s) will follow one of our vehicles to your chosen take-out point down river from Campbell’s. There your driver(s) will be transported back to Campbell’s where you will rejoin your group and begin your trip. You will end the trip at your vehicle where you simply pull our boats or tubes securely up on the bank and jump in your vehicle and head out. We will retrieve boats or tubes later in the day.Other transportation arrangements can be made on request. We always try to meet our customer’s needs. We can arrange to pick you up at the end of your trip. If you are looking for door to door transportation from your cabin or campsite, taxi service and party vans are available at reasonable rates through Executive Taxi Service in Houghton Lake. (989-302-0015 or 989-213-9196). They will pick you up and drop you off at Campbell’s and pick you up at the end of your trip.
Trip times listed are based on our average customer during peak summer months. These times allow for plenty of “float time” and time to swim and picnic. If you are paddling in the spring or fall or if you are a serious paddler, expect trip times to be shortened by ½ hour or more.
Our canoes are 17′ aluminum boats with two seats but can accommodate up to four persons or 650 lbs. Aluminum canoes, because of their design, are easier to steer than composite canoes. We offer several styles of kayaks. We have both tandem (2 person) kayaks as well as solo kayaks. We offer both “sit-in” (conventional) and “sit-on-top” kayaks.
Campbell’s to Steckert Bridge
2 Hour Trip
This trip is perfect for families with small children and first time canoeists. This trip travels through lots of forested land with some houses and cabins mixed in. This trip departs any time of day with the last departure time at 4:30 p.m.
Campbell’s to Chase Bridge
3 Hour Trip
This is our most popular trip. You will travel through forested river banks dotted with some cottages and homes along the way. Leave early for the best chance to see ducks, beaver, mink, heron and the occasional eagle. This trip departs any time of day with the last departure at 3:30 P.M.
Chase Bridge to Smith Bridge
5 Hour Trip
If you are looking for a wilderness experience, this is your trip. This trip will begin at Chase Bridge landing and travel through the Mason Tract. You will travel through completely un-developed state owned wilderness. Plan to bring something to eat and drink with you.
To help us serve our customers better we prefer that you always make reservations for this trip. During peak season this trip will depart promptly at 10:00 A.M. During the off-season, this trip departs at 11:30 A.M. On weekdays, plan to arrive 15 minutes early to register. On peak Saturdays plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure. We will always try to accommodate other departure times but please call ahead.
Overnight Canoe & Camping Trip
2 Day Trip
This trip leaves from Campbell’s and stops about 6 hours down river at Canoe Harbor Campground. The second day you will canoe another 4 hours to McMaster’s Bridge where we will pick you up. A shorter option is available for day one. Longer trips of 3 and 4 days are also available. Please call or email for planning and details.
Most of our tubes have bottoms in them and are equipped with head rests and cup holders. We have bottomless tubes available for those who prefer them. We also have cooler tubes that will accommodate up to a 48 quart cooler. You can also rent one to carry your sunscreen, bug spray, tee shirts and towels.
CAMPBELL’S TO MEADS LANDING
2 – 2 ½ Hour Trip
This is a very popular tubing destination, and since your vehicle will be waiting for you at the end of your trip you can stretch out your time on the river with lots of swimming. This trip departs any time of day with the last departure at 4:00.
For people who have their own boats we offer car spotting service for day trips as well as overnight camping trips.
For day trips, arrive at Campbell’s and get settled up with us. Then drive your vehicle down river to your chosen take-out point, where one of our drivers will bring you back to your starting point.
For overnight camping trips, your vehicle will be left in the security of our parking lot and delivered to your take-out on the day you request. Remember to bring to two sets of keys.