One of Michigan’s favorite pastimes includes paddles, thanks to the 64,911 lakes and ponds and more than 300 named rivers that make up its natural landscape. Canoeing – whether on a lengthy overnighter or as part of a quiet afternoon – allows us to get back to basics, cruising through the very core of nature. Take Fox & Oden with you and enjoy a pour post-paddle after visiting one of our favorite Michigan canoeing locations.
Known for its calm waters and moderate current, the Huron River winds through Detroit and Ann Arbor and along expanses of public land. This keeps it feeling wild, despite its close proximity to more urban areas.
Au Sable River
Flowing along the Huron portion of the Huron-Manistee National Forest, the Au Sable River is a wide river boasting ample trout fishing and dedicated river access-only campgrounds.
Jutting out of the waters of Lake Huron, Turnip Rock is a geological wonder and a 4-hour round trip canoe or kayak from Port Austin in the upper thumb of Michigan.
Two Hearted River
Emptying into Lake Superior, the Two Hearted River zig zags through the Upper Peninsula and is famous for its wild beauty. Canoe trips here can range from a couple hours to a couple days, thanks to the campgrounds that line the river.
Peaceful and scenic, the Thornapple River has good fishing and beautiful photo opportunities along the waterway.
As a part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the Crystal River is gentle enough for beginners while also offering incredible natural views and clear waters.
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