Paddle & Dine

If you’re looking for a slightly longer paddling experience, consider one of these four Paddle & Dine excursions. They provide a unique opportunity for groups up to 8 paddlers to spend more time on the water and savor some local flavor from a variety of eating establishments in your choice of one of four quaint West Michigan towns. You can choose your paddling (either canoe or kayak) distance both before and after your lunch break to best suit your schedule, ability, and desire. You also have a choice of several local restaurants where you can enjoy a snack, light lunch, or a full meal if desired. These are extremely customizable trips that can be designed specifically for your group and outing plans. Call: (616) 558-2609 for more information.

Of course, like all of our trips, Paddle & Dine trips include:

  • round trip comfortable transportation from your Grand Rapids area location (ie: your home or hotel)
  • amenities – beverages (hot in cooler weather) and snacks, bug spray, sun screen, etc.
  • emailed photo package (if desired)
  • paddling instruction (if desired)
  • all necessary quality equipment
  • personal/professional treatment

There are four Paddle & Dine options to pick from:

1. Rogue Ave ~ Grange Road to the Grand River w/ lunch in Rockford 

  • Opt-in Distances Before Lunch: 5.3, or 2.4 miles
  • Opt-out Distances After Lunch: 0, 1.1, 2.2, 4.4, 5.7, or 7.0 miles
  • Total Paddling Distance: From 2.4 to 12.3 miles
  • Approximate Paddling Duration: From 1 to 7 hours
  • Trip Rate: $180 for 1 to 3 paddlers ~ Additional paddlers $35 each ~ 8 paddlers maximum (the costs of your meals are not included)

This Paddle and Dine option provides the greatest number of eating establishments from which to pick that are all within walking distance of the river. There are 15 unique choices where you and your group can enjoy everything from ice cream to a full dining experience. The extremely beautiful Rogue River offers a wonderful paddling experience. Four opt-in distances before Rockford and five opt-out distances after stopping to eat makes the total paddling distance for this option very customizable. A full trip will take your group to where the Rogue River empties into the Grand River.

City of Rockford Restaurant Options

Rogue

2. Flat & Grand Rivers ~ Fallasburg Park to Ada w/ lunch in Lowell 

  • Opt-in Distances Before Lunch: 6.9, 3.7, or 2.5 miles
  • Opt-out Distances After Lunch: 0, 0.8, 2.3, 7.3, or 8.8 miles
  • Total Paddling Distance: From 2.5 to 15.7 miles
  • Approximate Paddling Duration: From 1 to 7 hours
  • Trip Rate: $180 for 1 to 3 paddlers ~ Additional paddlers $35 each ~ 8 paddlers maximum (the cost of your meals is not included)

The City of Lowell offers a choice of six local establishments from which you and your group can choose to enjoy lunch. There are three opt-in distances on the pristine Flat River that you can pick from to begin your trip to Lowell. After eating, your trip continues a short distance down the Flat into the Grand River then on to Ada if you choose. Three opt-outs after lunch provide several options to customize your trip.

City of Lowell Restaurant Options

Flat

3. Thornapple River ~ Irving Road to the 84th St. Dam w/ lunch in Middleville 

  • Opt-in Distances Before Lunch: 4.7 miles
  • Opt-out Distances After Lunch: 0, 5.1, 6.4, 6.9, or 10 miles
  • Total Paddling Distance: From 6.6 to 14.7 miles
  • Approximate Paddling Duration: From 2 to 6 hours
  • Trip Rate: $180 for 1 to 3 paddlers ~ Additional paddlers $35 each ~ 8 paddlers maximum (the cost of your meals is not included)

Four local eating establishments in the Village of Middleville await your arrival after an enjoyable and very scenic 4.6 mile paddle down the Thornapple River from the Irving Road boat launch. After lunch your trip continues down the Thornapple after the Middleville Dam where there are four distance options to pick from and ending at the 84th Street dam if desired.

Village of Middleville Restaurant Options

Thornapple

4. Grand River ~ Ionia to Lowell w/ lunch in Saranac 

  • Opt-in Distances Before Lunch: 9.1 or 5.2 miles
  • Opt-out Distances After Lunch: 0 or 8.1 miles
  • Total Paddling Distance: From 5.2 to 17.2 miles
  • Approximate Paddling Duration: From 2 to 7 hours
  • Trip Rate: $190 for 1 to 3 paddlers ~ Additional paddlers $35 each ~ 8 paddlers maximum (the cost of your meals is not included)

There are two distances to choose from to begin your trip on the Grand River to paddle to the Village of Saranac where you will find five places to pick from to enjoy lunch. After lunch, if you and your group choose to, an easy 8.1-mile paddle down the Grand awaits, concluding your trip at the City of Lowell.

Village of Saranac Restaurant Options

Grand