There’s nothing better than a Michigan river. That’s why we love to spend a day floating down or fishing on all sorts of streams across our beautiful state. Michigan’s rivers are perfect for everyone, no matter what your preferred water pastime is.
To help you enjoy these natural beauties, our team has rounded up our favorite rivers to float, paddle, and fish on. Check out our list and get ready for some late summer fun.
Whether you’re hopping in your canoe for a workout, to take in the scenic views, or to catch a few fish, you’ll want to visit the Huron River. The Huron River winds past Ann Arbor, Detroit, and all the small towns in between, so it’s a great mix of wild country and city life. There are plenty of places to drop your canoe in the water, as well as great picnic spots, so don’t forget to pack some snacks!
Whether you like skidding across the water or enjoying a relaxing float, you have to go tubing on the Muskegon River. It’s a great choice for tubers of all skill sets and ages, including families with young kids. In fact, there are plenty of options for short or long tubing routes, de-pending on your preference. Just make sure to take out your contacts before you hit the water to lower your risk of eye infections.
Drive towards the Upper Peninsula and you won’t be able to miss Platte River. It’s located in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and the water even winds into the Pere Marquette State Forest. That means the river is surrounded by 30 miles of awesome views. Wear your polarized sunglasses to ensure you can take in all the beautiful scenery without squinting or damaging your vision. Plus, polarized sunglasses help to reduce glare that will be glinting off the water. Trust us. You’ll want to see everything.
A summer fly fishing trip isn’t complete without a stop on the Au Sable River. There is always a trout (or ten) ready to bite, and the other small fish in the system will test your patience and skill. We like to cast our lines on the Comins Flats because you can easily get in the water and wade. After all, fishing is always more fun when you can get up close and personal with the water.
If you need other river suggestions, we have plenty. Stop in to tell us your favorite spot and to find out where you need to go next. While you’re here, make sure you pick up a pair of polarized sunglasses so you can take in all of the views without straining your eyes. With how beautiful Michigan rivers are, you won’t want to miss a thing.