2019 Spring & Fall Hours
4/22/19 - 5/23/19
9/3/19 - 10/13/19
We offer camping through 12/1/19!
Monday-Friday: Open at 9AM
Saturday & Sunday: Open at 8AM
Reservations are highly encouraged but not required. Saturdays & Sundays are our busiest days, time slots often fill up & we do run out of canoes & kayaks at times. Making a reservation secures your departure time & boats & also results in a much speedier check-in process to allow for more time out on the water!
We offer six trips that range from 1.5 hours up to all day. Three of these trips we transport you upstream and you paddle back to the Trading Post. These we refer to as East Trips and consist of a 16 mile, 13 mile or 10 mile trip. We also offer three trips that depart from the Trading Post and we shuttle you back at the end of your trip, either a 4 mile, 7 mile or 10 mile distance. These are referred to as West Trips. Prices variy depending on length of trip, the type of boat you take, and what day of the week you come. We encourage you to read over the details on each of our trips by selecting BOOK NOW.
We recommend a West Trip for families or first timers. This is a little wider section of the river which makes it easier to learn and requires less maneuvering. The first trip (Nasby Dam), which is only 4 miles is great for families with little ones and there is not any portaging required. The 7 mile (Curtis Creek) trip is about an hour extension of the short trip and becomes a little more curvy and bendy and has beautiful rocks and hills with great scenery. If you are wanting a little longer trip you can choose the longest West trip (Ontario Dam), which is 10 miles, but keep in mind that this particular trip is not available on Saturdays or holiday weekends. It is important know that Saturday is our busiest day of the week, so for the best family experience we always recommend visiting Sundays-Fridays.
Yes, you can bring your own canoe or kayak! You will also need to bring your own paddle & life vest, we do not provide any gear without the rental of one of our boats. We do provide transportation service for personal canoes & kayaks which include your launch/takeout, transportation of your boat & gear, & parking on our property. Transportation is available for all of our trips, see available time slots while making a reservation (which we HIGHLY recommend.) We do not allow launching or parking only at our business if you don't need transportation from us. Please see the Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area Map on our homepage for details of where to launch/park for free in public DNR lots. If you are a registered camper with us, you may bring/launch/take out your own personal kayak or canoe on our property without using shuttle service.
Vaccinated, socially friendly pets are welcome in our campground & should be kept on a leash. Pets are not allowed in any of our boats or on buses for river trips.
The minimum age & weight for any paddler or middle rider is 3 years old & 30 lbs. The maximum age & weight for child middle riders in a canoe is 10 years old & 70 pounds.
We use top of the line brands (Wenonah, Old Town, Jackson Kayak, Ocean Kayak & Mad River). We have canoes and tandem kayaks that will accommodate two paddlers. We have single kayaks, both sit-in and sit-on-top styles for individuals. Our canoes can accommodate a child as a middle rider, if the child is UNDER 70 lbs. There is a fee for middle riders.
The trip time that you book is your time of DEPARTURE. In order to depart and get on the water on time, you will need to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to that trip time. We recommend at least 45 minutes on a Saturday. Arriving later than this can result on a change in trip time/availability.
Check in time for camping is 2PM on the day of your arrival. Check out time is 12PM on the day of your departure!
When booking online in the final checkout screen when entering your payment information it will allow you to put in additional notes. This is where you would want to make your site specific request. We do our best to accommodate all requests, but if there is a conflict you will receive an email back from us about your placement.
Yes, we have a small heated bathhouse that includes two showers, two restrooms and two changing rooms.