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Paw Paw River Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals


Our Paw Paw River kayak & paddleboard rentals are perfect for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Located next to Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, just minutes from downtown St. Joseph, this is an awesome paddle on Southwest Michigan’s most beautiful river.

How does it work?

Arrive on site during open hours and rent whatever equipment you and your group would like. You’ll then paddle for an hour or more, upriver or down, and return to the same place you started when finished (see map below). The river is very mellow and slow-moving so paddling upstream is easy, and there are a ton of nooks & crannies to explore. You can even stop along the way for lunch or a craft beer at North Pier Brewing Company or North Shore Inn!

Reservations for smaller groups are not necessary or accepted. For groups of 20 or more, please request a quick quote to set up a reservation. We can handle very large groups – up to 70 people! Get more info on large group outings here.

When are you open?

Paw Paw River 2019 Hours (10am – 6pm est)

Opening Weekend: May 18 & 19
Closed May 20-24
Open 7 days a week starting Memorial Day Weekend (May 25)

Please note that hours are subject to change due to weather and water conditions. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates and special events, or call 269-932-4575.

How much does it cost?


Buy gift certificates in advance! Perfect as gifts, you can buy hourly kayak gift certificates here & buy hourly paddleboard gift certificates here.

What to bring?

Dress for the weather; come prepared to get a little wet from the drip of your paddle and be out in the sun. Lightweight, synthetic clothing is best. Sunglasses, sunblock, and a hat are a good idea. Your camera has a possibility of getting wet, so bring a water proof bag. Sorry, no alcohol allowed!

Where is it located?

Our Paw Paw River kayak and paddleboard rental site is located just outside downtown St. Joseph, Michigan, and the Benton Harbor Arts District, next to Renaissance Athletic Club, and 90 minutes from Chicago.

Physical Address:

Paw Paw River Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals
601 Graham Avenue
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022

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