Canoe & Kayak

Burchfield Park Boat Rentals:
May 22nd - Labor Day

In-park rentals allow persons to rent canoes and kayaks and start right at Burchfield Park and paddle upstream on the Grand River and then turn around and paddle downstream back to where you started at Burchfield Park.  In-Park rentals are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Reservations are NOT available for in-park rentals.  Please note there is a vehicle entrance fee to enter Burchfield Park.

Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 6:00pm (Must be back by 7:00pm)
Saturday/Sunday: 9:00am - 6:00pm (Must be back by 7:00pm)

Canoe/Kayak: $6.00 per hour
Pedal Boats/pedal kayaks/stand up paddleboards (Burchfield Pond Only): $6.00 per 1/2 hour

Other fees:
Abandonment Fee: $44.00
Late Fee (Arriving 1/2 hour or later after boathouse closing): $23.00

Downstream Trips
Boat trips will be open through September 19th. They will operate on weekends by reservation only after Labor Day.

Enjoy floating down the Grand River watching fish jump beside your canoe, turtles warming themselves in the sun, and herons watching as you paddle past.  Burchfield Park canoe and kayak trips offer park visitors scenic views and wildlife viewing opportunities.  Choose one of our three different downstream trips ranging from 45 minutes to 5 hours or try in park rentals which you paddle upstream and turn around when you choose.  Please note there is a vehicle entrance fee to enter Burchfield Park.

Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance - except weekend reservations must be made before 3:00pm on Friday.   Please call 517-676-2233 Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm except holidays.  Weekend reservations must be made before 3:00 pm on Friday.           

Meet at the boathouse at Burchfield Park 15 minutes prior to the trip time list below and you will be fitted with lifejackets and paddles and then transported by van upstream to a landing of your choice.  Canoe/kayak downstream back to Burchfield Park.                                                                      
May 22, 2021 (river level dependent) - Labor Day

May 22, 2021 (river level dependent) - Labor Day September 7 - September 19 
Reservations only

McNamara Landing - $17 per boat 45 minutes to one hour 11:00am, 1:30pm, 3:00pm and 4:30pm  9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm (Reservations only)
Bunker Road - $25 per boat 2-3 hours 11:00am and 1:30pm 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm (Reservations only)
Eaton Rapids - $32 per boat
     (3 canoe/kayak minimum)
4-6 hours Not available 9:00am (Reservations only)
      (3 canoe/kayak minimum)

100% pre-payment in full is required at the time of reservation with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Refunds will be made only if it is raining at the reservation starting time, or if the reservation is canceled at least 10 days in advance.  

Other fees:
Abandonment Fee: $44.00
Late Fee: $23.00
Transport fee: $5.00 (Must reserve 1 boat to use this service)

Renting Policies
  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied in the same boat by an adult 18 years or older.
  • Children 14 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult, 18 years or older, in the same boat or in an adjacent boat.
  • Ingham County Parks will not transport alcoholic beverages in any county vehicle.  All coolers are subject to inspection.
  • It is illegal to operate a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This law includes canoes and kayaks. Boaters may be subject to tickets or arrest.
  • A driver's license is required for all rentals.
  • The Parks Department does NOT transport dogs for canoe/kayak trips.
  • Dogs are welcome but will be counted as 1 passenger.
Cancellation Policy:
A refund of the canoe reservation deposit will be given under the following circumstances:
  • It is raining at the park at the start time of the reservation, or the Parks Department determines that the river conditions are unsuitable or unsafe.
  • The Parks Department is advised ten days before the day of the reservation that the party wishes to cancel.
Weight Capacity: 450 lbs canoe.

Canoe capacity is 3 (unless one of the passengers is age 2 or less then the capacity is 4).

Weight Capacity: 325 lbs single kayak.
Weight Capacity: 350 lbs double kayak.

Hawk Island In-Park Rentals:
2021: Starting Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, Hawk Island will be offering canoe and kayak rentals (when staff available). There will be 5 single kayaks and 3 canoes available to rent from 12-7 pm on a walk-up basis for $6 per hour.  All boats must be returned to the boat rental by 8 pm. There will be no pedal boat or rowboat rentals available in 2021 as we are preparing for the installation of a new boat rental dock. 

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