Start your day paddling on the local lakes and rivers surround Indian River, MI just 35 miles south of the Mackinac Bridge in the Straits area of Northern Lower Michigan. BrassWind Landing is located off exit 310 of I75. For River Trips, Eco Tours and Kayak lessons, our courtesy van will deliver you and the rental kayak to the starting location and pick you up and at the end of your trip. For daily rentals at your home, cottage or cabin delivery is free within 15 Miles. All our trips are custom trips. Our trip schedule varies but generally we have morning trips, mid-day trips and afternoon trips with custom kayak trips, such as full moon paddles and winter kayaking as well. We also offer guided trips and lessons for kayaking, canoeing and paddle boards. Please scroll down for our rates and pictures of some of our boats. Thank you. Please note: reservations are helpful for planning our trips since all of our trips our custom. Walk-ins welcome however please keep in mind that Wolverine is 12 miles away so you may have to wait a short time for the next available river trip if we are already delivering boats the the Sturgeon River. We are open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am to 5:00pm . We offer earlier and later trips by reservation including sunset trips, full moon trips, 4th of July fireworks expeditions and the full inland waterway . We also can help transport your kayaks on our regularly schedule route.
Your adventure starts at the sandy beach at DeVoe Beach 3 blocks West of the Village of Indian River on beautiful Burt Lake. Your paddling starts out onto Burt Lake and then you head around the channel pier and down the Indian River to the old Township Park. For a longer trip continue on down the Indian River Spreads at the southern end of Mullett Lake where our courtesy car will pick you up at a private estate. We also can pick up in Topinabee. These trips are custom planned depending on rental time. $35 per kayak or SUP. $50 per canoe.
Your Adventure starts on the Sturgeon River based on your paddling ability and experience. This is a very beautiful and fast challenging river with lots of turns, low trees, and there can be log jams to avoid, some rippling white water and a water drop in one area of the river. If you get stuck along side a long jam the current can tip you over. We use Liquid Logic Kayaks built for this type of river. They have a skeg that will help keep you straight on the river and moving forward. The water is between 45 and 55 degrees -so it is a bit more than refreshing if you were to tip over. This is not a lazy float; if you desire a quiet water trip then the Indian River is a better choice for you. For trip locations & please see the River Trip Chart below.
Start at DeVoe Beach on Burt Lake and paddle the shoreline for 2 hours. You can also head down the Indian River a ways and paddle back up, explore the end of the Sturgeon River (wind permitting) or just enjoy paddling on the lake. We have canoes, kayaks and paddlevoards for this trip. Our 12.5 Inuit Sea Kayak, Marvel 10 or Marvel 12, Ultimate Angler Fishing Kayak, Paluski Spirit kayak, a variety of paddle boards including the Versa Board Stand on top. We put the kayaks in at DeVoe Beach (also known as City Beach), on Burt Lake, just 3 to 4 short blocks from BrassWind Landing. $25
Kayak – Canoe – SUP
Sit-In Fishing Kayak
|Sit-On-Top Tandem Coupe
||Stand-On-Top Paddle Board
Stand-On-Top Fishing Board
*Optional Cushioned Seat Cushion
|Sit-In CLC Wooden Kayak Millcreek 13||Canoes
|2 Hour (At DeVoe Beach Only)||$25||$35||$25||$35||$35|
|Each Additional Hour||$15||$15||$15||$15||$15|
|Day Rate ( 8 Hours – 10am to 6pm)||$60||$75||$60||$70||$70|
|24 Hours (Full Day)||$70||$85||$70||$120||$90|
|**Signed Liability Release Form Required with rental||*Rate is per canoe|
Kayaks, Paddleboards & Canoes For Rent & River Trips:
River Trip Rates**
Sit-In Fishing Kayak
|Sit-On-Top Tandem||Stand-On-Top Paddle Board
Stand-On-Top Fishing Board
*Optional Cushioned Seat Cushion
|Sit-In CLC Wood Kayak Millcreek 13
Indian River Only
|Canoe 16′Per Person|
|1. Wolverine to Rondo Rd. on the Sturgeon River* Most Popular Sturgeon River Trip.
Time: 1.75 to 2 Hours
Lumberjack Park in Wolverine to Rondo Road You may continue on to South White Road if you are comfortable with the more technical part of the river and are a more experienced paddler – add $5 for a 2 1/2 to 3 Hour Trip.
|$40||$50||N/A||N/A||$25($50 per canoe)|
|2. The Indian River out to the Indian River Spreads. Starts at DeVoe Beach on Burt Lake, you enter Indian River and paddle for about 1 40 minutes. Trip ends at private landing dock off Grandview Beach Rd. Turn West at Marker 27A before entering Mullett Lake.||$35||$22.40 per person ($45 total for tandem)||N/A||N/A||$22.50 per person($45 total per canoe)|
|3. Trowbridge Rd on the Sturgeon River to Rondo Rd.
Time: 3.75 to 4 Hours
|$45||$55||N/A||N/A||$25 pp($50 per canoe)|
|4. A. Trowbridge on Sturgeon River to Burt Lake or B. Wolverine to Burt Lake.Time: 6 to 7 Hours||$50||$60||N/A||N/A||$25 pp($50 per canoe)|
|5. Burt Lake into Indian River to West side of Mullett Lake Spreads. Starts at DeVoe Beach on Burt Lake, you enter Indian River and paddle for about 1 1/2 hours. Trip ends at private landing dock off Grandview Beach. .||$35||$45||$35||$50||$25 pp($50 per canoe)|
|6. South White on the Sturgeon River Trip to Burt Lake or Fisher Woods.
Time: 2 Hours +
South White to DeVoe Beach Village of Indian River. This includes the more technical part of the river for experienced paddlers. Access to Burt Lake from the Sturgeon is tough on high windy days. Please check ahead of time for this trip.
|$35||$45||$35||$50||$25 pp($50 per canoe)|
|7. Fisher Woods on the Sturgeon River to Burt Lake
Time: 1 Hour
Fast Water but easier stretch of Sturgeon River and canal out on to Burt Lake landing at DeVoe Beach. Access to Burt Lake from the Sturgeon is tough on High Wind Days – some consider it a challenge; if not wait for a calm day.
|$20||$30||$20||N/A||$20($40 per canoe)|
|8. Burt Lake - Lake Paddle
Time: 2 Hours. Burt Lake at DeVoe Beach . You can paddle Burt Lake for 2 hours or down the Indian River to Marina Park where the Little Sturgeon meets the Indian River and then paddle back up – a good work out against the current to Beach on Burt Lake. You can explore the head of the Sturgeon River waves permitting. Burt Lake has a nice shallow swimming area all the way to the point. A good lake Good if you have young children.
|$25||$30||$25||$40||$20($40 per canoe)|
|10. Rondo Rd on the Sturgeon River to Burt Lake at DeVoe Beach.
Time: 3 to 3.5 hours.
|$45||$55||$35||$50||$25 pp($50 per canoe)|
|**Signed Liability Release Form Required with rental|
Children from the age of 10 and up may be in their own kayak during the Indian River Trips depending on the their height, weight and ability to paddle for 2 hours. We have had children as young as 4 go along with parents in a sit on top, canoe or in the 12.5 Ultimate Angler fishing kayak for example. Kayaking on calm days is possible on the Indian River, on the Indian River Spreads just before the river enters Mullett Lake, and on Burt Lake where the water remains shallow for a long time. Paddleboards, especially the 13′-2″ Versa Board from Liquid Logic, are great for a parent and child together, even to smaller children. The Sturgeon River can be hazardous and kids under the age of 10 are generally not able to take that trip with us.
DeVoe Beach or City Beach on Burt Lake it is agreat place to rent a kayak, or stand up paddle board (SUP) for families with young children. You can rent for 2 hours for $25, 4 hours for $40 or longer. Parents can feel comfortable here watching their kids learn to maneuver the boats because the water is very shallow for a great distance from shore and the swimming area goes out along way as well. Often parents rent the tandem sit on top Deuce Coupe and take the younger child with them. We have planned trips where 1 child will paddle a single kayak for a while and the other sibling will go in the tandem with the parent or an older sibling, then at some point int he trip they can switch boats. In this way no one gets too tired out. They also get to try 2 different types of boats. All of our kayak trips are custom and we decide the best scenario once we have met the children and their parents because physical ability and maturity level may vary. Please feel free to call ahead with questions about kayaking with young children.