Paddling Fun & Adventure in Northern Michigan I75 Exit 310

Northern Michigan Adventure Paddle Trips

BrassWind Landing is the place for fun and adventure on Burt Lake & Mullett Lake with river trips on Sturgeon, Indian, Pigeon and Crooked Rivers. Take I75 to Exit 310 and turn North on Straits Highway 4 blocks to Mack Avenue. We have a mobile fleet for kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing. We offer SUP Yoga and new this year Paddleboarding lessons with Level 2 Certified PaddleFit Coach, Sheree Lincoln. You will find boats, boards and gear as well as unique art and gifts in our paddlesports shop and art gallery.

Almost all of our business is by reservation since we rent a custom mobile fleet of stand up paddleboards, kayaks and canoes. If you stop by and find our shop closed look for the yard sign that says we are out on a delivery please call our cell phones to find the next available paddle time or please leave a message to make a reservation for a future rental or river trip.

For the 2015 summer season we will be open Wednesday through Sunday  from 10:00 am to 5:00pm with other times by reservation. If we are not in the shop call our reservation line at 231-335-7278. To reach Richard Lincoln at Innovative Septic Solutions call 231-760-0103.


Inland Waterway, Burt Lake to Indian River to Mullett Lake Also Sturgeon River Trips No Lines No Waiting!

Thank you to all who found there way to BrassWind Landing on the 4th of July, 2012 and the days before! This is our second season and we have added more boats. Since we are still one of the best kept secrets in Indian River we have NO LINES, little or no waiting, and are ready to help you enjoy your day on the Inland Waterway from Burt Lake to Indian River and even on up to Topinabee on Mullett Lake! We also have Liquid Logic Remix XP 9’s and Xp’ 10’s with a skeg system for a low tip over rate on the Sturgeon River.  We also have the Liquid Logic Coupe and Deuce Coupe for the river or the lakes. Ask us about sea kayaks for Burt Lake and Mullett Lake as well. Mr. Henley of Henley Canoes, in Wolverine, Michigan,  is sending former Henley Canoe Rental clients our way and we have 3 North American Made Paluski 16.5′ Fastwater Canoes ready for your river trip. Stop in and see us, Richard and Sheree Lincoln and let us help plan a kayak, canoe or paddleboard trip just for you!  Every trip is a custom trip and all of our trips are partially guided in that we give you some instruction about the river you are going on and get you started on your trip. We pick drop you and the boats off and pick you up at a time that works for you. It’s all about you and your day on the water! We have river guides available for guided trips and a kayak instructor for beginners, intermediate or advanced. We also have SUP Yoga on paddleboards as well as paddleboard lessons to help you enjoy your day on the Inland Waterway.

While you are here you can browse in our Art Gallery and Gift Shop, the BrassWind Gallery,  in Indian River, Mi as well as see the beautiful wood boats we build here at BrassWind BoatWorks. This fall we should be offering wood boat building classes.


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Bike the Rail Trail then Paddle a Kayak

28 Aug

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Cycling the Rail Trails

What a great day. Bike from Wolverine, Michigan to Indian River. Stop in the village of Indian River and visit BrassWind Landing. We are just one block from the rail trail. Enjoy a color tour by kayak or a summertime paddle and cool off by paddling a kayak on the Sturgeon River or the Indian River.  We can plan a custom trip based on your your bicycling choices for the day.  The North Central Trail, for hiking and biking, and BrassWind Landing Boat Rental in Indian River, are conveniently located near hotels, motels and Ice Cream and fudge shops as well as restaurants and stores; even the Beach on Burt Lake or in Topinabee, Michigan. We recommend the Silent Sport Lodge Bed and Breakfast along the West Branch of the Sturgeon River in Wolverine as a great place to start your bike trip or stop over. Book a Paddle, Pedal & a Pillow mini-vacation by calling Rhonda at Silent Sport Lodge at 231-525-6166. Enjoy  2 nights with breakfast at the Silent Sport Lodge B&B and River Cabin on the West Branch of the Sturgeon River and 2 kayaking trips on the Sturgeon River or the Indian River and 2 half day hybrid bicycle rentals from Great Lakes Eco-Adventure Center.  Enjoy riding on the rail trail or around town and beautiful Burt Lake, and Mullett Lake Rail Trail.

Call us today and we can help you plan a kayak trip that fits your style. Take a kayak trip with us and we can help transport your luggage while you bike from one stop to the next along the trail from Wolverine to Topinabee and by special arrangement from Vanderbilt to Mackinaw City. You can also rent biclcles

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Sturgeon River Trip

Have you tamed the dragon yet?  Take and adventure on the Sturgeon River. It is the fastest river in lower Michigan filled with wildlife, clear water swimming holes, sandy spots to stop for lunch and then wilder turns and currents under the cedar trees from Rondo to North White Road. If Dragon taming isn’t really your style take a quiet water trip the pristine Indian River from DeVoe Beach at Burt Lake to the Indian River Spreads or Mullett lake as far as Topinnabee, Michigan. The Inland waterway provides fabulous scenery as well with the busier boating waters through Quaint Village of Indian River, its cottages and homes out towards Mullett Lake where you pass through reed beds and shorelines of grasses and water lilies. Many kayakers see the otter, loons, mergansers and other ducks, turtles and eagles.

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Indian River

BrassWind Landing is located just West of the main street of Indian River (Straits Highway).  Look for the large blue roof at 6240 Mack Avenue. If you are coming by car take exit 310 to the traffic light. Turn right (north), about 3 blocks just past Pat and Gary’s North turn left. Mack avenue just North of the Party Store downtown and across from BC Pizza. Watch for the new Great Lakes Eco coming to Indian River in the Spring of 2012. The bicycle shop  will feature Eco Tours along the trail, with overnight trips and will be coordinating kayaking trips with us.

We currently offer guided kayak trips and kayak lessons and instruction with River Guide. Rick Meisterheim.  We also have a naturalist, Tom Reed, available for eco tours along the Rail Trail or rivers. Learn more about the flora and fauna that you pass by. Please call ahead to make reservations for guided trips or eco tours. We would suggest at least a weeks notice for custom guided trips. Regular river kayak trips or rentals for Burt Lake and Mullett Lake can reserved in advance and we welcome walk ins. We are open Wednesday through Sunday  with Tuesday trips by chance or by appointment.

North Central Trail Info at Click here for North Central Page. The North Central trail website says: “This beautiful 62-mile trail, newly resurfaced with crushed limestone in the fall of 2007, has become one of the premier cycling trails in the Midwest. Its flat terrain makes for easy bicycling through an area of great and diverse natural beauty. Most users’ highlights will include the valley of the Sturgeon River and its tributaries and the section north of Topinabee along the west side of Mullet Lake.”

Top Of Michigan Trails Council. Click here for website and information.

Visit the Silent Sport Lodge website by clicking here.

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Try out a kayak for Free!

15 Jul

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Ever kayak? Now you can try it free? Demo Day at DeVoe Beach this Sunday after the Biathlon.  The 4th annual kayaking and biking biathlon takes place on Burt Lake Sunday Morning from 9am to 11am. BrassWind Landing will be there on the Beach giving free kayak demos on the lake. Try out a Liquid Logic Kayak or a Native Watercraft Kayak. We have the Remix XP 9, Remix XP10, the Marvel, the Inuits, Ultimate Angler, Deuce Coupe, Coupe and more.

River Guide and kayaking instructor Rick Meisterheim will be on hand to help with the Demo trips. Stop by and talk with him about taking Kayak lessons. We have Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced kayaking lesson sessions on Burt Lake and the Indian River. The advanced session will include paddling the Sturgeon River with Rick. Rick is taking reservations now for the next few weeks. Please call us at 231-335-7278 for more information.

Kayak Demo at DeVoe Beach

Kayaking Indian River MI Slide Show up!

15 Jul

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Our kayakers started out at DeVoe Beach on Burt Lake, headed through the village on the Indian River and out under I75 to the Indian River Spreads near Mullett Lake. Watch the new slide show in our post and read more or Check out  BrassWind Landing Boat Rental on Facebook – click here, or the BrassWind BoatWorks You Tube Channel – click here, for our latest video of images from recent Indian River Kayak Trips.

Indian River Kayak Trips

22 Jun

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Village of Indian River Trip – 1/2 hour  to 1 hour trip. Starts at Devoe Beach on Burt Lake. On our 1/2 to 1 hour  Village of Indian River Trip you can take a refreshing paddle along the smooth, calm and crystal clear Indian River from the Devoe Beach Tuscarora Township Park on Burt Lake and paddle on down the Inland Waterway along the Indian River to the old, grassy, Township Park at Marina Park. This is a great trip for novice and experiences paddlers alike.  You choose to  paddle back up the river to Burt Lake, ending back at the beach where our Courtesy van will pick you up if you are not already parked there or call us and let us know you are at Marina Park and opted for the shorter trip.

River Topo Maps & Paddle Info

23 Feb

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Kayaking the Sturgeon River Wolverine MichiganThe next thing to add to the new website is the river information for the Sturgeon River, Indian River and Bear River as well as information about kayaking on Burt Lake and Mullett Lake in Indian River, Michigan – We will be just off exit 310 in the village of Indian River – off the I75 35 miles south of the beautiful Mackinac Expansion Bridge. The village of Indian River is between Petoskey and Cheboygan with easy access from both places – only 20 miles in either direction.