Kalamazoo River



Our River Routes

Fort Custer Recreation Area to Galesburg
Meet shuttle at 830 AM in Galesburg
Launch at 900AM
Flat water, slow, mostly shallow, few obstructions
Great for novices & families!
$15 kids kayak /$25 adult single kayak / $39 canoe /$39 tandem kayak
Custer Road to Fort Custer Recreation Area
Meet shuttle at Fort Custer at 915AM
Launch at 945AM
3-4 hours
Flat water, deeper, moves through swamps, few takeouts, some deadfall and turns
Great for intermediate skill & wildlife lovers!
$19 kids kayak /$29 adult single kayak / $45 canoe /$45 tandem kayak


Helmer Road to Fort Custer Recreation Area
Meet shuttle at Fort Custer at 915AM
Launch at 1030AM
4-6 hours
In addition to above segment, there is a submerged pipe to pass over. It is knee deep if you have to get out of your vessel. Otherwise, in deeper water, you’ll go right over it.
Great for those wanting a longer day and wildlife lovers!
$25 kids kayak/$35 adult single kayak/$50 canoe/$50 tandem kayak


Emmet Street&Verona Dam to Helmer Road
Meet Shuttle at Helmer Road at 1030AM
Launch at 1100AM
2-3 hours
Narrower river, for those with intermediate or above skills, there are plenty of obstacles, including two stretches of Class I rapids, and, the underside of a bridge that may be too shallow to pass.
Great for intermediate skill level & those interested in an urban river scene & a little challenge!
$19 kids kayak /$29 adult single kayak / $45 canoe /$45 tandem kayak

By advance, pre-paid reservation only
Reservations are to be made by 500PM the day before service.
To see if walk up service is available, call 386.227.7768 x4

 Included in price: Vessels, PFDs, paddles, one person rides free on shuttle, additional persons $5 each.
Operating May-October
Make a reservation!


Kalamazoo River Spotting Service

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Have your own vessel and need Shuttle Service on Kalamazoo River?
We operate between Augusta and Bailey Park in Battle Creek
Piggyback on our regular scheduled run for $25 per vessel/person.

All other stretches of river $1.25 mile + $5 person & $5 vessel. Minimum $50

U Pick up and bring back vessels:
$50 Full Day kayak/$75 Canoe (24 hours)

 Trailer of 10 kayaks delivered:
$1.25 mile + $600 (24 hour rental)


We reserve the right to cancel & refund your money, or, reschedule (your option) due to inclement weather or high water levels.
Click here for current water levels on the Kalamazoo River.
Water level MUST be below 1000 cu.ft/sec AND 4.00 ft. AND falling/steady for the livery to run
Click here for severe weather alerts.
We do not launch under Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado Watches or Warnings, or, if the forcast puts us in a risk area for such weather.

For all other service on the Kalamazoo or its tributaries between Albion and Lake Michigan 
Kayak Rentals
Canoe Rentals

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