Belle Isle Circumnavigation Kayak Tour

The Belle Isle Circumnavigation leaves from the Belle Isle Kayak Beach on the East end of Belle Isle Park. Paddle past the historic Detroit Yacht Club, Detroit Boat Club, and Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse. Enjoy the view of the Detroit and Windsor skylines in contrast to the natural views of Belle Isle. While paddling on the Canadian side of the island there is always the possibility of seeing a Great Lakes freighter.

Paddling Time: 2.5-3 hours, following 30 minutes of gear fitting and safety talk.

Route Classification: Intermediate/Advanced Paddle – You must be able to actively paddle 7 miles total, including 3.5 miles upstream.

Requirements: All paddlers must have a life jacket on and zipped for the duration of the paddle. We do not allow alcoholic beverages and we will not allow anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol to paddle. These requirements are for your safety and the safety of the group.

Minimum Age: 18 years old.

Parking: Across from the Belle Isle Kayak Beach is a parking lot.

Restrooms: There is a rustic pit toilet near the kayak launch. On the right-hand side of Lakeside Drive there are modern restrooms and we recommend stopping there before getting to the kayak launch.

Belle Isle: The State of Michigan requires a Recreation Passport for vehicles entering Belle Isle Park.

Cost: $50 Per Person For Kayak Rental – All Riverside Kayak Connection kayaks for tours are single kayaks. When registering please provide your height and weight so that we bring an appropriate kayak.

$30 Per Person With Own Kayak – We require personal kayaks to be 14′ – 18′ long and have double bulk-heads.

Registration: All of our tours require pre-registration. Our tours frequently fill up so register early.

Cancellation Policy: If for any reason you have to cancel your reservation or change the date of your booking, please call at least 48 hours prior to the tour for a full refund.


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