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.   

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: $10, 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) 325-1826


Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 5:00pm

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) 325-1825.

Launch open daily: 

Parking pass required


Electric & Primitive

We have both Electric and Primitive sites available.  Call (269) 463-5454 for more information.

River sites available upon requests.

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.