Paw Paw River Launch & Livery

Welcome to Paw Paw River Launch & Livery

About Us

What's New

After 30 years, the business is transitioning to new management. This new chapter begins summer 2017. Stay tuned!  

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.   

Live local?  

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.

Livery & Launch Details

3 1/2 hour (7 miles), this trip is for adventures that are well versed in portaging and navigating the waterway's natural obstacles.

Canoes (seats 2-3 ppl) $40

Kayaks (single) $30

1 hour (2 mile), 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) $25

Kayaks (single) $20

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 apply the bug spray (3 1/2 hour float). $10 each.

Transports & parking: Have your own kayak, canoe, or tube? No problem, we provide a transport service. $10 (for first transport and vehicle parking), with a $5 charge for each additional transport. 

Launch & parking: $5

Additional trip options will be added soon!


Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

Paw Paw River Launch & Livery

5355 N. M140 Hwy, Watervilet, MI 49098, US

(269) 463-5454


Closed Mondays (Open Holiday Mondays)

Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-4pm

3 1/2 hour (7 miles) stops running at 3pm

1 hour (2 miles) stops running at 4pm

Monday-Thursday: By appointment only 

Call (269) 463-5454

Launch open daily: Parking pass required


Electric & Primitive

Daily Rates:

Elecrtric/water: $30 per tent or RV

Electric/water (on the river): limited sites available-call for pricing 

Primative: $20 per tent

Weekly Rates:

Electric/water: $150

Electric/water (on the river): limited sites available-call for pricing

Primative $100

*Pricing includes one (tent, camper, or trailer), 2 adults, kids under 12 stay for free and 1 vehicle. $3 for additional persons on the site.  Visitors much check in. 


Bundled wood

We have bundled wood for sale $5 per bundle.  Careful thought: to reduce the possibility of invasive insects.  We would appreciate you honoring this rule: "buy it where you'll burn it."   

Propane fill station

Available for sale on site.

Call (269) 463-5454, ask for Mike.

Restrooms & Showers

We have two sets of restrooms and showers for campers and livery patrons. 

Suggestion: bring your flip-flops, shampoo, soap, towel, and other supplies when visit the facilities.  We do have a small shop where you can purchase items you may have forgotten.