Manistee River Backpacking and Kayaking/canoeing

  • July 20, 2012 · 5:00 PM
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Friday evening, we camp next to the Manistee River. Saturday we will hike along the Manistee River Trail for approximately 10 miles and camp near the river. Sunday we meet our boats at the river. The nice people from the rental shop will take our backpacks, so no need to fear that your gear will get wet. We will kayak down the river (approximately 4 hours) to our cars. Then, drive back to Chicago.

You can choose between canoes or single kayak. Their single kayaks are open kayaks, no prior experiences required.It is also possible to rent tandem kayaks. However, according to the rental manager, it is easier to tip over with tandems.

You will be asked if you prefer canoe or kayak when rsvp. We will do our best to accommodate. However, it is not 100% guaranteed.The organizers reserve the rights to make the final arrangements.

You will need to pay $20 when rsvp via PayPal. No refunds will be given, no exceptions made - please be sure that you can attend before committing to this trip!!

- $5 meet up fee

- $10 boat deposits(for both kayaks and canoes)

- $5 boat transportation ( might be waved or discounted if we have 12 boats)

You will need to bring the cash to the trip to pay for the rest rental fees. The exact amount depends on whether you choose a canoe or a single kayak and the final boat transporting fees. We will let you know the final numbers before the trip.

- Canoe or tandem kayak - $16.5 per person

- Kayak: single kayak ;$37 per person


- This trip is fine for beginning kayakers

- Intermediate level backpacking - you should have at least attended a bootcamp and another trip with the group or have enough previous experience - attendance is at the organizer's discretion

- Car pool will be arranged.

- No dogs or minors; no +1 (guests have to sign up themselves)


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  • Amanda

    Tons of fun! Great Group!

    August 7, 2012

  • Kenneth K.

    Now when I go to my happy place, I'm back on the Manistee river smoking a cigar :) Thanks for organizing such a great trip

    July 27, 2012

  • Yunhui

    perfect weather and great people. Can't wait to see the pictures..See you all
    in other trails soon.

    July 25, 2012

  • Ben P.

    Excellent trip--I had a great time guys! Hope to see you all out on the trail again soon!

    July 24, 2012

  • Erika

    Thanks for organizing this. It was a blast!

    July 23, 2012

  • Linda L

    Wonderful weekend. Perfect combination of hiking in the woods and being on (and in) the water. Thanks to the organizers for making this a great trip. Nice to meet some new people.

    July 23, 2012

  • Erika

    Anyone know what the bugs are like up there?

    July 19, 2012

  • chris r.

    Dangit! I want to go to this, but I'm out of town.

    July 16, 2012

  • Yunhui

    Korey, you are right. We will send out the map the detail direction along with car pool.
    Rob, sorry. due to the limitation of camp sites, we will not open up to more people.

    July 11, 2012

  • Spencer

    I just emailed the carpool form. If you did not receive it, contact me asap. Thank you

    July 11, 2012

  • Korey


    July 10, 2012

  • Bob

    Hey Organizers!
    Is there any way to open up this trip to more people? Can a second group go since we have so many waiting & wanting to go?

    July 6, 2012

  • Yunhui

    Ryan, hope you can join us next time!

    June 22, 2012

  • Ryan M

    This trip looks like so much fun!!!! I wish I had that weekend off :(

    June 20, 2012

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