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Paw Paw River, Benton Harbor/St. Joseph: Open 10 am-6 pm EST (last rentals go out at 5 pm EST)
Galien River, New Buffalo: Open 10 am-6 pm EST (last rentals go out at 5 pm EST)
Silver Beach, St. Joseph: Open 10 am-6 pm EST (last rentals go out at 5 pm EST)



Paddle Lake Michigan from beautiful Silver Beach in St. Joseph, or discover our two river sites – the Paw Paw River in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor and the Galien River in New Buffalo!

Ready for a fun day on the water your friends and family will never forget? Rent kayaks or paddleboards on the Paw Paw River in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor or the Galien River in New Buffalo, or explore Lake Michigan from Silver Beach in St. Joseph! It’s a great way for all ages — kids and families included — to get active and explore some of Southwest Michigan’s best outdoor attractions.

COVID-19 Update

Please note that we have implemented health and safety procedures in accordance with CDC and local government guidelines, including online reservations and payment, consistent cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, regular hand-washing and sanitizing, and increased staff training.  As paddling is an outdoor activity, it allows you to naturally maintain recommended social distance and enjoy some much-needed exercise, sunshine, and fresh air!


New for 2020 –
Reserve your kayak or paddleboard for your preferred date and time!

We highly encourage you to book ahead of time to make sure you get the equipment you want at the time you want.

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We host parties, corporate retreats, and other events – learn more


Visit Our Three Southwest Michigan Locations

  • Paw Paw River – located just minutes from downtown St. Joseph and the Benton Harbor Arts District, you can explore beautiful wetlands and paddle through Harbor Shores Resort, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.
  • Silver Beach – one of the Midwest’s best beaches, Silver Beach offers a perfect location to launch your kayak or stand-up paddleboard on Lake Michigan and take in sweeping views of our iconic lighthouse.
  • Galien River – discover Harbor Country on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard as you paddle through the New Buffalo Marsh, a unique Great Lakes marsh that formed along the Galien River just upstream from Lake Michigan.

Visit our FAQ for some quick answers and get more info on each site at the links above the video. We look forward to helping you paddle the Third Coast soon!