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Tahquamenon River Canoe & Kayak Rental

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Tahquamenon River Trips
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13 miles north of Newberry,
 10 miles west of Upper Tahquamenon Falls,
  at 19184 M-123  
   in northern Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula
                                                         OPEN 7 DAYS                                 
May 13th thru Mid October
 9 am. to 5 pm


Hello fellow paddlers,

     Come visit us at The Woods for all of your canoe and kayak rental needs in the UP! We're located on M-123 (Tahquamenon Falls Road) in northern Michigan's Upper Peninsula between Newberry and Paradise, just 10 miles west of the Upper Tahquamenon Falls and 13 miles north of Newberry. We offer a variety of canoeing and kayaking trips on the beautiful Tahquamenon River - from "getting your paddle wet", to multi-day trips. Most of our canoe and kayak trips are easy paddling for all ages, and are great for beginners - but we do recommend the "Short Trip" for younger children.  All of our trips include delivery of equipment, and a shuttle service.
     If you prefer to do some paddling at your campsite, or on one of the many lakes in the area, we also offer daily and weekly rentals at affordable prices. Our Woodsman canoes are lightweight  and can be transported on the roof of most vehicles, or for your convenience(and a nominal fee), we'll  deliver them right to your campsite. Our delivery area includes the Tahquamenon Falls State Park campgrounds, and the Muskallonge Lake State Park campground. 
     Approximately 95 miles long, the Tahquamenon River starts as a narrow trout stream. Fed by numerous tributaries, it eventually becomes a large, and stately river. The scenery along the Tahqumenon is among the most beautiful you will ever see, and it supports an abundance of wildlife. Beaver, mink, otter, deer, bear, moose, wolves, bald eagles, blue herons, sandhill cranes, and a variety of other animals are regularly seen in the area. For fishermen there are many types of fish found in these waters - including perch, walleye, northern pike, musky, bass, brook trout, and various panfish.
     Although not required, to avoid any disappointment we recommend that you call us ahead of time for availability. If you would like more information about our trips, to schedule a delivery, or if you would like to reserve a canoe or kayak, just give us a call at (906) 203-7624
                                                                                            Ken Orlang 

Canoe & Kayak Trips

On the Beautiful

Tahquamenon River

( See Tahquamenon River trail map here)




Short Trip:   Very scenic! This short trip is great for inexperienced paddlers, or families with young children. It is our easiest and shortest trip. You start at the Dollarville Dam, and end at the Logging Museum. It takes about 1 1/2 hours to explore this area of the river in a canoe, but take as long as you like.


1st Canoe or Kayak $40, or 2 Kayaks $50

ea. add. Canoe $30 / Kayak $25



 Trip A:   The current will gently help you along as you paddle down this 6 mile stretch of river. Your trip should take about 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours, but may take all day (that's up to you). You start at the M-123 bridge north of Newberry, and end up at McPhee's Landing. A fun family trip!


1st Canoe or Kayak $45, or 2 Kayaks $55

ea. add. Canoe $35 / Kayak $27.50



 Trip B:   You can start at the Dollarville Dam and add about an additional 1 1/2 hours to trip A. You'll enjoy the varying landscapes and scenery on this stretch of river, along with a variety of wildlife; so don't forget your camera!


1st Canoe or Kayak $50, or 2 Kayaks $60

ea. add. Canoe $40 / Kayak $30




( non-trip )


Choose from two other rental options:


1.   PICK UP - This means you come to pick up the canoe or kayak, paddles, PFDs, foam blocks and straps, and take the canoe or kayak with your own vehicle wherever you like. Click here for 15% off on pick-up rentals.


2.   DELIVERY - We deliver and pick up to and from your site all necessary equipment. Call ahead, or stop by here at The Woods to make arrangements.






 Daily 2 DaysWeekly 













Tandem kayak







Delivery charges vary, please call for rates

 A deposit may be required

 Prices are subject to change

 Sorry, but we do not accept credit cards




     Canoe and kayak rentals are limited to a first come first serve basis. Please call ahead to avoid dissappointment.   






 Questions? (906) 203-7624 

 2 Day Camping Trip


    Here is a relatively easy overnight trip on the Tahquamenon River that you and your family can do – even if you are a beginner, or inexperienced. This trip starts at the Dollarville Dam and ends at McPhee's Landing. Camping is at the Tahquamenon Logging Museum campground. See more about this 2 day trip here.

MAP of Tahquamenon River





Upper Falls area Trip

(See Tahquamenon River trail map here) 


    A great trip for leisurely paddling, fishing, wildlife viewing, and photography. A "must see" for nature lovers. This is a beautiful wilderness area located in the heart of  "Tahquamenon Country". Note that the river in this area is very wide open and deep. Also there is a steep incline at exit, and there are no toilets on this trip. We recommend this trip for experienced river navigators ONLY! Your trip begins at a remote launch site, and will end about 1/2 mile before you reach the Upper Falls. Plan on at least 3 hours for this trip.


1st Canoe or Kayak $45, or 2 Kayaks $55

ea. add Canoe $35 / Kayak $27.50





 Lower Falls to Rivermouth Trip

See Tahquamenon River trail map here  ) 


      Another trip that we will be offering this year is a scenic 7-9 hour paddling trip beginning at the Lower Falls, and ending at the Rivermouth. Being mostly flatwater, and because of the paddling time, this can be a strenuous, but also rewarding trip for those that are able to face the challenge. Beginning at the base of the Lower Tahquamenon Falls, you will paddle for 17 miles through some of Michigan's most rugged backcountry. Expect to paddle for a full 7 and 9 hours on this trip. Note: We do not recommend this trip for beginners!


1st Canoe or Kayak $65, or 2 Kayaks $75

ea. add. Canoe $40 / Kayak $30



  All of our trips include delivery/shuttle, paddles, and PFDs

We also offer multi-day trips

Sorry, but we do not accept credit cards




We got a video of this young moose as he visited us on the Fourth of July, 2011 

at 7:30 in the morning. Later in the morning he was seen leading a procession of cars down M-123 as he walked casually down the shoulder of the road. 


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