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Michigan Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals

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Ready for a fun day on the water your friends and family will never forget? Rent kayaks or paddleboards on a beautiful river or at a Lake Michigan beach! Rentals are available in five Michigan locations, including New Buffalo (Harbor Country), Warren Dunes State Park, St. Joseph / Benton Harbor, and Saugatuck / Douglas. It’s a great way for all ages — kids and families included — to get active, enjoy nature, and explore western Michigan’s best outdoor attractions.

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We highly encourage you to book ahead of time to make sure you get the equipment you want at the time you want.

Paw Paw River

Paw Paw River - St. Joseph/Benton Harbor

Galien River

Galien River - New Buffalo

Silver Beach

Silver Beach - St. Joseph

Wade’s Bayou

Wade's Bayou – Saugatuck/Douglas

Warren Dunes State Park

Warren Dunes State Park - Sawyer

Welcome to Third Coast Paddling

Kayak and paddleboard rentals in five west Michigan river and beach locations, including New Buffalo (Harbor Country), Warren Dunes State Park, St. Joseph / Benton Harbor, and Saugatuck / Douglas.

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Hourly kayak and paddleboard rentals in western Michigan. Choose from mellow, winding rivers or gorgeous Lake Michigan beaches and escape with Third Coast Paddling!


“I’ve been a lifelong resident of Southwest Michigan, so believe this: there’s no better rental site for paddling than Third Coast.”

“My daughter and I had a wonderful 2-hour paddle. The young man who helped us was helpful and enthusiastic. Will definitely do it again with the whole family next time!”

“Beautiful! River was very scenic and had lots of wildlife. All of the equipment, kayaks, paddles, lifejackets were very clean and in good shape. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Would totally recommend it!”

“Fun for the whole family! The gentlemen who were working there were very nice and accommodating for our little family of three. We had a lot of fun on the water and plan on going back again.”

“My family and I had a great time renting a kayak here. The water was nice for first-time kayakers. They have all the equipment and advice you’ll ever need. I thoroughly recommend them.”

Equipment & Pricing

Single (1 Person) Kayak

Includes Paddle & Life Jacket

$25 per hour

Double (2 Person) Kayak

Includes Paddles & Life Jackets

$30 per hour

Stand-Up Paddleboard

Includes Paddle & Life Jacket

$25 per hour

Visit Our Five Western Michigan Locations

Paw Paw River

Just minutes from downtown St. Joseph and the Benton Harbor Arts District, you can explore beautiful wetlands on a rental kayak or stand-up paddleboard and paddle the Paw Paw River through Harbor Shores, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.

Silver Beach

Consistently named one of the Midwest’s best beaches, Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Michigan, offers a perfect location to launch a rental kayak or stand-up paddleboard on Lake Michigan and take in sweeping views of our iconic lighthouse.

Galien River

Discover Michigan's Harbor Country on a rental kayak or stand-up paddleboard as you paddle through the New Buffalo Marsh, a unique Great Lakes marsh that formed along the Galien River just upstream from Lake Michigan.

Wade’s Bayou Park

A visit to the Saugatuck / Douglas area isn’t complete without paddling the Kalamazoo River! Rent a kayak or paddleboard at Wade’s Bayou Park in downtown Douglas, Michigan - the perfect starting point for taking in the beautiful waterfront and natural scenery. Located just outside Saugatuck and 40 minutes from Grand Rapids.

Warren Dunes State Park

Experience Michigan’s most popular state park in a whole new way – by renting a kayak, paddleboard, or sandboard! Paddling and sandboarding are the perfect way to explore the Warren Dunes State Park's three miles of shoreline and to take in epic views of 260-foot dune formations. Located in Michigan's Harbor Country, just 90 minutes from Chicago.