Lower Platte River Rentals

Rent a canoe, kayak, or tube

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Go Platte River tubing, kayaking or canoeing!

Enjoy a lazy trip down the river, perfect for the whole family. Rent tubes, kayaks or canoes for a fun day of peaceful drifting along this beautiful section of the Platte.

The Lower Platte River offers gentle flows with easy, wide turns. This is a great section of river for the whole family, or first-time canoers. Its features make it ideal for people of all abilities. Float together and enjoy scenic views with the chance to spot some wildlife!

Your trip ends at a sandy beach with a nice picnic area and modern restroom facilities for your convenience. You get out of the river well before it dumps into Lake Michigan. This is where your car will be waiting for you.

Whether you’re interested in canoeing, kayaking, or tubing, our Platte River rentals offer plenty of options for everyone. Book a Michigan river tubing trip today!

  • Chevron down Additional Information:
  • For those with small children or people who don’t have a lot of time, we offer a one-hour tube trip. This begins at El Dorado Park, which is downriver from the primary tube trip. On this trip, you simply get out of our shuttle and you are right at the water’s edge to begin your tubing. You still finish at the park, just before Lake Michigan.


  • Chevron down Important Note:
  • You must be 10 years of age or older to operate a kayak on your own.

    From May until the middle of August, all tubers must walk 200+ yards down a gravel road (carrying your tube and anything else you want to take with you) to get to the fish weir. This is where you get into the river and start your float trip. Footwear is recommended.

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park Pass is required for the Lower Platte River Trips. As a service to our guests, Trading Post sells the required pass. A seven-day pass is $25 and a one-year pass is $45.

    Help us help you! Please be ready and arrive at least a half hour before your reservation so we can get you signed up and explain the trip to you. We generally leave on the hour with our trips. Reservations are recommended especially in July and August to avoid disappointment.

  • Chevron down What to Bring:
  • Just bring your friends and family and have fun! We carry everything else you will need to make your trip on the Platte River more enjoyable.

  • Chevron down What We Provide:
    • Box lunches (to take on your trip) include ham and cheese sandwich, chips, 8oz bottled water. $6.99. Made fresh!
      Please call ahead a least one hour before your trip so we can have them ready
    • Water shoes
    • Floating coolers
    • Waterproof cameras
    • Waterproof phone cases
    • Beer/wine
    • Liquor
    • Ice
    • T-shirts & sweatshirts
    • Souvenirs
    • Homemade pizza
    • Made-fresh deli sandwiches
    • Hand-dipped ice cream
    • Fresh jerky
    • Groceries
    • Fishing/hunting licenses
    • Fishing supplies
    • Camp firewood
  • Chevron down Area Attractions:
    • Sleeping Bear Dunes
    • Traverse City
    • Cherry Bowl Drive-In
    • Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa
    • Charter Fishing
    • Fish Town
    • D.H. Campground
    • Platte River Campground
    • Cedar Ridge Cabins