(269) 463-5454 Camping, Canoeing, Kayaking & Tube
After 30 years, the business we are providing a peaceful rustic camping adventure by the Paw Paw River.
Named after the Pawpaw tree, this southwest Michigan waterway has been used for transportation and sport for hundreds of years. We are blessed to own the only private Paw Paw River launch access in Watervliet, Michigan.
Visiting from out of town?
Staying at our campground?
All are welcome to go canoeing, kayaking, or tubing and enjoy the natural waterway: the Paw Paw River.
7 mile Trip (3-4 hours in length dependent on river conditions and the skill level of individuals). This trip is for adventurers that are well versed in portaging and navigating the waterway's natural obstacles.
Canoes (seats 2-3 ppl)
2 mile (1-2 hours in length dependent on river conditions and the skill level of individuals going). This trip is for beginner and experienced adventurers alike. There are a few natural barriers to work through, but it lasts just enough time to enjoy the natural beauty of Southwest Michigan's Paw Paw River waterway.
Canoes (seats 2-3 ppl)
Tubes, this fun adventure offers large groups of friends and family a great way to enjoy the natural waterway. This trip lasts for three and a half hours, so pack some beverages, waterproof your snack containers and bring the bug spray (3 1/2 hour float). Please know that there are natural obstacles in the river to work around, this trip is a workout!
Transports & parking: Have your own kayak or canoe? No problem, we offer transport and shuttle services for you and all your gear.
Launch Use Only- for customers who have their own canoes/kayaks and just need to use our launch: (includes one parking pass). Pick up at another launch a canoe/kayak.
Elecrtric/water: tent or RV
Electric/water (on the river): limited sites available-call for pricing
Primitive (no electric)
Electric/water (on the river): limited sites available
*Call for Pricing: a site includes one (tent, camper, or trailer), up to 2 adults, kids under 12 stay for free and 1 vehicle. $3 for additional persons on the site. Visitors must check in at the office. ALL SITES ARE PAID FOR AT THE TIME OF CHECK-IN. WE DO NOT CHARGE ONLINE!
DUMP STATION AVAILABLE
RECREATION GAMES AVAILABLE TO TAKE TO YOUR CAMPSITE
PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT, BASKETBALL, TETHERBALL
We have bundled wood for sale.
Available for sale on site.
Call (269) 463-5454
We have two sets of restrooms and showers for campers and livery patrons.
Next to the showers behind the office is a room with a sink for dish washing and is has electrical outlets to use a small shop where you can purchase items you may have forgotten.
Next to the showers behind the office is a room with a sink for dish washing and is has electrical outlets to use.
Please dispose of all trash in the dumpster behind the main building. Thank you
In July, we provided a tubing adventure for Ray of Hope Ranch Animal Sanctuary to raise money to care for animals who need a home. Ray of Hope also provides an opportunities for children with special needs to visit and work with the animals. Find them on Facebook!
In August, we provided Pennies From Heaven a tubing, kayak, or canoeing adventure to raise money for this non-profit whose mission to to help individuals and families who have a loved one fighting a terminal illness. www.penniesfromheaven5.org
In August, we held a creative stone decorating day for cancer patients. We raised some additional dollars for Pennies From Heaven as well. Decorated stones will be given to patients at the Marie Yager Cancer center.
A 68 mile canoe/kayak trail from Paw Paw, Michigan to the St. Joseph River in Benton Harbor. Enjoy the scenery and wildlife of an extensive floodplain forest corridor as you paddle. Along the way, explore the towns of Paw Paw, Lawrence, Hartford, Watervliet, Coloma, Riverside and Benton Harbor. Call Southwest Michigan Planning Commission at 269-925-1137 x1521 with information, questions about the waterway and feedback.
Top Spots for Michigan River Fishing by Jim Bedford | July 11th, 2011
SOUTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN
There are three big rivers in southwestern Michigan and they, along with their tributaries, offer a bunch of midsummer fishing opportunities for many species. Smallmouth bass are found in good numbers throughout the length of the St. Joseph River. Walleyes in the upper river are most concentrated as the river heads south toward Indiana, especially between Colon and the state line. When the St. Joe re-enters Michigan, you will find good numbers of channel catfish mixed in with the bass and walleyes. Below the Berrien Springs Dam, flathead catfish make their presence felt with fish weighing more than 30 pounds. If the weather has been cool, some summer steelhead will run the St. Joseph. Look for those fish to hang out near the mouths of cold tributaries. The Dowagiac River is the largest coldwater tributary to the St. Joe and it offers good fishing for brown trout. Summer steelhead will move into the lower two miles, just north of Niles, to cool off. The Paw Paw River is another major tributary that has good numbers of smallmouths and some pike. It tends to run clearer and to be less affected by rain; it is a good alternative when the St. Joe is muddy.
Click link below for DNR website for information about licenses and places to enjoying the southwest Michigan's great outdoors.