With an average descent of 14 feet per mile, the Sturgeon River is the overall fastest river in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula! Not whitewater, but exciting and challenging with its quick and often tricky current, along with leaning trees, stumps, and logs (especially when navigating through numerous narrow passages and sharp turns!) The current does most of the work, but it’s up to you and/or your partner(s) to maneuver your watercraft down the crystal-clear, spring-fed stream, as it winds its way mostly through beautiful state forest. The average depth is 3-4 feet, however, there are deeper pools that can reach 5-8 feet, usually around the outside of bends. Plan on getting wet as many of our guests take an unplanned “refreshing” dunk! (approximately 80% tip-over rate for canoes/kayaks on longer trips, 0% for Rafts) Various types of paddlers can enjoy this exhilarating adventure as long as close attention is paid to the type of equipment used as well as the section and/or length of the river trip. We recommend Rafts, Tubes, and Cats for families, beginners, and/or less experienced paddlers (With a 0% Tip-Over Rate for Rafts). We recommend Canoes and Kayaks for more experienced and/or more adventurous paddlers.
All river trip rates include U.S. Coast Guard-approved and safety-inspected quality equipment, paddles and PFD’s (comfortable type III Life vest), and shuttle service.
All Canoe, Kayak, Cat, and Raft trips end inside Burt Lake State Park! Burt Lake State Park offers over 2,000 feet of sandy beach (great for swimming and playing!), and a large, day-use picnic area under towering oak and pine trees. There’s a picnic pavilion, tables, grills, playground equipment, a beach volleyball court, horseshoes, baseball diamond and a 1-mile wooded hiking trail.
For more information on our family friendly trips, please give us a call.