Paddle Sport Fun in Macomb County

Where can you rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard in Macomb County – and what are the best spots to hit the water? Browse this list before you begin your paddle sport excursion.

With so many lakes and rivers in Michigan, it’s no wonder kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding are popular summer pastimes for families. If you don’t have your own kayak, canoe or paddleboard, don’t fret! In Macomb County, there are plenty of spots to rent one – and several locations to launch into the water.  

Not sure where to go to get started? Browse our list of rental locations, along with the best water trails and spots to kayak, canoe and paddleboard in Macomb County.

Where to rent

Clinton River Canoe and Kayak Rentals

  • Address: 37328 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
  • Phone: 248-421-3445

Stop by the Sterling Heights location to fill out paper work and drop off your car before being shuttled to your launch destination for some kayak and canoeing fun. Choose a one-, two- or three-hour trip at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Kayak rentals run $30/one hour, $35/two hours and $40/three hours. Canoe rentals are $40/one hour, $45/two hours and $50/three hours. A guided trip for those who are kayak and canoe novices is offered for $80.

Great Lakes Surf Shop

  • Address: 23517 9 Mack Drive, St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 586-359-6951

Rent a stand-up paddleboard for $20 per hour or $65 for an entire day. They’ll supply the straps and pads to put the paddleboard on your car. Need lessons? They can help with that, too. A two-hour lesson is $65.

Simple Adventures Kayak Rental

Clinton River

  • Address: Budd Park to Downtown Mount Clemens
  • Phone: 844-935-2925

Lake St. Clair

  • Address: 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Phone: 844-935-2925

New Baltimore

  • Address: 36300 Front St, New Baltimore
  • Phone: 844-935-2925

Rent stand-up paddleboards, single kayaks, tandem kayaks and canoes at one of three locations in Macomb County. Times and prices vary by location, so reach out to each spot directly for more details.

Where to explore

SEMCOG’s Southeast Michigan Trail Explorer, known as Terrain 360, is a virtual 360-degree tour of Southeast Michigan’s natural and recreational assets, which includes 550 miles of water trails. Explore the map to find the perfect trail in your area. 

Blueways of St. Clair

Seventeen different paddling routes along the St. Clair River corridor – from Anchor Bay to the northern border of St. Clair County along Lake Huron – give paddlers endless opportunities for fun out on the water. Visit the Blueways of St. Clair website to download maps for each water trail. 

Clinton River Water Trail

With 81.5 miles of river, the Clinton River Water Trail, which runs from Lake Huron to Waterford Township, is a prime location for paddling. For beginners, the lower river – from Budd Park in Clinton Township downstream to Mt. Clemens – along with the upper river in Oakland County, are great for spots to paddle. Some areas, such as the stretch between Dequindre Road in Rochester Hills and Van Dyke in Utica, are best for advanced paddlers.

Lake St. Clair Water Trail

The Lake St. Clair Water Trail offers 41.7 miles of paddling opportunities for families. There are several launch sites for this water trail. Looking for the one closest to you? Take a peek at this water trail map to plan your visit.

Places to launch

There are several launches and marinas in Macomb County. The most recent launch was unveiled in late June 2019 at MacArthur Park on North River Road. It is the first universal launch, which improves accessibility to the Clinton River for those with disabilities – and paddlers of all ages and skill levels.

Looking for more spots to launch your kayak, canoe or paddleboard? On the Make Macomb Your Home website, you will find an attractions map that shows you just where each launch and marina is located. Click here to visit the attractions map.

9 Mile Road

Address: 23001 Nine Mile Road, St. Clair Shores

Brandenburg Park

Address: 50050 Jefferson Ave., New Baltimore

Budd Park

Address: 19000 Clinton River Road, Clinton Township

Downtown Utica — at Auburn Road

Address: 7530 Auburn Road, Utica

Harley Ensign Memorial

Address: 32995 S. River Road, Harrison Township

Heritage Park

Address: 44505 Van Dyke Ave., Utica

Lake St. Clair Metropark – Black Creek Launch

Address: 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township

Lake St. Clair Metropark – Point Rosa Launch

Address: 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township

MacArthur Park

Address: 96 N. River Road, Mount Clemens

North Clinton River Park

Address: 8600 Riverland Drive, Sterling Heights

Riverbends Park — Landing

Address: 5700 22 Mile and Ryan Road, Shelby Township

Rotary Park

Address: 37328 Utica Road, Sterling Heights


Address: 44200 N. Jefferson Ave., Harrison Township

Shady Side Park

Address: 155 Shadyside Drive, Mount Clemens

Stony Creek Metropark

Address: 4300 Main Park Drive, Shelby Township

Webber Paddling Park

Address: 49239 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores

Yates Park

Address: Dequindre and 23 Mile, Shelby Township

For more information on living and learning in Macomb County, visit Make Macomb Your Home. Find more articles like this at Metro Parent’s A Family Guide to Macomb County.


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