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Paw Paw River Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals


Paw Paw River

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.

  • Reserve your rental equipment, date, and time here. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL RENTAL SITES ARE ON EASTERN TIME.
  • We’ll email you to confirm your reservation, and to provide a liability waiver to sign electronically.
  • Arrive at our rental site 10 minutes ahead of your scheduled time, and you’ll be ready to paddle! PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME FOR YOUR RESERVATION. IF YOU ARE LATE FOR YOUR SCHEDULED TIME, WE MAY BE UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE YOU WHEN YOU ARRIVE.  
  • Please bring your driver’s license! You will need to leave your license with our staff as a security deposit while you paddle.
  • You’ll paddle for your scheduled duration, returning to the same place you started (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!

Prefer not to reserve your rental equipment in advance? You’re welcome to drop by to rent, but please note that your selection may be limited depending on demand.

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!

  • If you have a reservation, please arrive promptly at your scheduled time (note that we are on Eastern time). If you are late for your scheduled time, we may be unable to accommodate you when you arrive. 
  • If the rental site is closed due to unsafe weather conditions on the day of your reservation, we will notify you to reschedule.
  • If you can’t make your reserved time, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance by emailing, and we will gladly reschedule your rental for the current or following season. Please note that there are no refunds on these services.

We will be open beginning Saturday, May 15. Click here to book your 2021 dates.

How much does it cost?

Paw Paw River

What to bring?

Please bring your driver’s license, as you will need to leave your license with our staff as a security deposit while you paddle. 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 waterproof bag. Sorry, no alcohol allowed!

What ages are allowed to paddle?
  • Kids under the age of 18 cannot paddle alone without someone over 18 in the group.
  • Kids age 14 and older can paddle their own kayak or paddleboard if accompanied by a parent or guardian in another kayak or on another paddleboard.
  • Kids under the age of 14 can ride in a double kayak only if accompanied by an adult; there is no age limit, and it is up to the parent’s/guardian’s discretion.
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:

Third Coast Paddling – Paw Paw River Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals
601 Graham Avenue
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022