Midland MI

Kayaking trips on the Chippewa River

Upcoming trips

All trips include shuttle, safety and paddling instruction, life vest, and your choice of a single sit-in kayak, single sit-on-top kayak, tandem sit-on-top kayak, or stand up paddleboard. All trips meet at the end point where a Nor'East Outdoors shuttle will take you and your group up-river to the launch site (see individual trips for specific locations).  We then help you fit your kayak, provide safety and paddling instruction, and make sure you are comfortable before helping you launch. From there you get to spend the next 2-4 hours floating and paddling through nature back to your vehicle!

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2 Hour Paddle: Nature Center to Tridge

Perfect trip for first-time kayakers, kids, and anyone looking for 1-2 peaceful hours floating on the water. The water is calm, 1-3 feet in most places, and ripe with wildlife. You could see eagles, turtles, muskrats, fish, and a variety of birds. 

 

This trip begins and ends at the Tridge downtown Midland, MI with plenty of dining and refreshment options a block away when you return. Follow Ashman Street through downtown, down the hill, to the green pavilion. There is plenty of parking at or near the pavilion. Look for the white Nor'East Outdoors Shuttle Van!

Duration

2 hours

Level

Schedule

Easy

Daily

Price

$35/person

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3 Hour Paddle: Upriver Section

Want to spend a little more time on the water? This trip takes about 3 hours of leisurely paddling to complete. Popular with those who paddled the short trip and want to see a new section of the Chippewa River. This section is 1-3 feet (dependent on recent rainfall), calm, winding, and quiet. Plenty of wildlife sighting opportunities!

This section covers Meridian Road to the Chippewa Nature Center. Meet at the Nature Center and a Nor'East Outdoors shuttle will take you to the Meridian Road Launch. You will then spend the next three hours floating and paddling back to the Nature Center. Bring your hiking shoes and explore the Nature Center trails and when you are done paddling! 

Duration

3 hours

Level

Schedule

Easy-Moderate

Daily

Price

$40/person

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4 hour Paddle: Meridian Rd to Tridge

This trip combines the two sections of the Chippewa River described above. Perfect for those with some paddling experience who are ready for 3-4 hours of paddling. Pack a lunch or snacks and spend the day surrounded by nature! When you get back to the Tridge there are plenty of indoor and outdoor dining and refreshment options a short walk from where you are parked. 

Meet at the Tridge downtown Midland. A Nor'East Outdoors shuttle will take you to the Meridian Road Launch. Spend the next 3-4 hours paddling back to the Tridge! 

Duration

4 hours

Level

Schedule

Intermediate

Daily

Price

$45/person

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Kayak Lessons

Nervous about kayaking for the first time?

Ready to improve your paddling skills for open water or faster rivers?

Looking for a fun family or group activity?

Sign up for lessons! We start out on dry land with some paddling and safety instruction. We then take you out on the water for some practice under the Tridge! Price includes instruction and kayak or paddle board rental. 

Duration

2 hours

Level

Schedule

Easy

Daily

Price

$35/person

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Nor'East Outdoors has the quality kayaks & paddle boards, transportation, instruction, experienced guides, and accessories needed for a safe and memorable experience in and around Midland. We have trips for all levels, ages, and interests. 

Call or sign up below to reserve your spot! Don't see the trip or scheduled time that you want? Contact us and we will customize a trip for you.  

We deliver!

Rent kayaks and/or paddle boards for the week or weekend and we will deliver to your cabin or campsite. 

Delivery areas include: Cheboygan, Indian River, Houghton Lake, Higgins lake, Gladwin and Beaverton. 

 

Our Boats 

We carry only high quality kayak and paddle board brands to bring you the safest, most enjoyable paddling experience.

 

Click on the images below to learn more about each style of boat.

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