Tour the scenic Platte River!
Canoe, Kayak, Tube & Paddle Board
Welcome to The Honor Trading Post, we are looking forward to a fun filled 2019 season. As you may have heard the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was voted the most Beautiful Place in America by the viewers of Good Morning America back in 2011 and the park continues to receive awards for the best beaches, scenic overlooks, hiking trails etc. The Lower Platte River runs through the National Lakeshore so come on out and see why it has been receiving so many awards!! Our rental equipment consists of Michicraft Canoes, Old Town Kayaks (Loon 111, Otter, Twin Heron), and Livery Grade Tubes, GT Stand Up Paddleboards
About The Platte
The Lower Platte is a gentle flowing river with easy gradual turns. The river on average is between 2-3 feet deep and is very clear and clean! (This year, the average is 3-5 ft with above average water levels in Lake Michigan.) You can see abundant fish and wildlife such as deer, bald eagles, ducks. As you head down the river you will come into a small lake called Loon Lake, this lake is part of the Lower Platte river system and it takes approx. 20 minutes to paddle around. Your trip ends on a beautiful sandy beach just before it goes out into Lake Michigan.
The Upper Platte is much faster than the lower Platte River. More oriented towards the experienced canoer. The river on average is between 2-3 feet deep with tight turns, fast current, low hanging branches, and underwater obstacles. This section of the Platte river is exceptionally scenic with limited places to stop along the way. Total trip time is about 3 1/2 hours and ends about 1 mile from The Trading Post on Deadstream Road.
Car Shuttle: On both the Upper Platte and Lower Platte river trips you will follow our shuttle driver in your car to where your trip ends and park.Then simply get into our shuttle van and the driver will take you to the starting point of your trip. This all happens within minutes. When you finish your trip your car will be parked waiting for you.
Car Placement ( spotting ) If you have your own canoe, kayak etc. we can help you get your car to the ending point of the trip. Give us a call and we can explain how it works!
How It Works
It couldn’t get any easier, just stop by the Honor Trading Post and we will take care of the rest. Our shuttle service will have you playing on The Platte River in no time. When you reach the beautiful Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, your car will be waiting for you.
We rent canoes, kayaks, and tubes for your enjoyment on the Platte River. We also rent S.U.P. (stand up paddle boards) on Big Platte, Little Platte and Loon Lakes. Our store is stocked full of your favorite refreshments and goodies to enjoy on the river.