Number of
Canoe / Kayaks^
Parmalee to Landing
3 hours
Whirlpool to Landing
1 1/2 hours
Parmalee to Whirlpool
1 1/2 hours
McMaster's Bridge to Whirlpool
5 hours
McMaster's Bridge to Landing
6 1/2 hours
Smith Bridge to Landing
10 hours
Grayling / Roscommon to Landing
14 hours
1 Canoe / Kayak $28 $22 $28 $35 $38 $40 $45**
2 or more Each $26 $20 $26 $33 $36 $37 $43**
5 or more Each $25 $19 $25 $32 $35 $35 $40**
Double Kayaks Each $35 $30 $35 $42 $45 $45 $55**

^Single Kayaks are $3 off posted rates

 

Tubing $15 per person
Kayak on Mondays for $10 per person-Call to Reserve!

Rowboat Rentals $15/day

 

Have your own Canoe or Kayak?....Let us Shuttle your Personal Watercraft!

We do vehicle spots! Call for details!

 

your premiere Rainbow Resort Cabins and Canoe Livery is your Premiere Northern Michigan Canoe and Kayak Livery  
Rainbow Resort Cabins and Canoe Livery


Northern Michigan Canoeing
Welcome to Rainbow Resort Cabins and Canoe Livery on the quiet side of the AuSable River in Mio, Michigan.  As your premiere Northern Michigan Canoe and Kayak Livery, we offer rentals along with a host of trips ranging from 1 1/2 hours to 3 days in length.



Take a couple of “sick days” or enjoy a weekend getaway to explore the beautiful waters and shorelines of the AuSable River!

Call us today and plan your day, weekend, or week with us. Our Northern Michigan Canoe and Kayak Livery can accommodate all of your adventure needs. We have all the gear you need to experience Michigan's great outdoors!!


Peaceful Canoeing on the AuSable River


Here on the quiet side of the AuSable River, we have an abundance of wildlife. Our guests have seen mink, loons, deer, ducks, turtles, river otters, bald eagles diving for fish, and beaver. 

 

An early morning paddle is our favorite; there are so many more birds and forest critters along the water's edge when you're the first one on the river. 

Here on the quiet side of the AuSable River, our guests have seen mink, loons, deer, ducks, turtles, river otters, and beaver.
 Rainbow Resort can provide guests of all ages with an adventure perfect for you, your family, and friends!
Northern Michigan Canoe and Kayak Trips
As your premiere Northern Michigan Canoe and Kayak Livery, we offer rentals along with a host of trips ranging from 1 1/2 hours to 3 days in length.

Our River Trips:


Parmalee

Our most popular trip, 'the three hour tour' finishes at Rainbow Resort Canoe Livery Landing where you can walk to your cabin or vehicle when finished. It's the perfect length for a half-day trip or evening paddle. You can also take your time and turn it into a full day of fun on the river.

Whirlpool
This is our shortest trip at 1.5 hours and it finishes at the Rainbow Resort Canoe Livery Landing. You'll see spectacular views and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that lives along the water's edge.

McMaster's Bridge
If you have the time, try the McMaster's Bridge trip; it begins on the mainstream of the AuSable River and ends at the Rainbow Resort Canoe Livery Landing. A full six hour trip, you'll want an early start so you can stop along the AuSable River for a bit of exploration. Take your time - you've got all day!

Parmalee to Whirlpool
For those that want a short trip on the AuSable River and don't want to paddle, this 1.5 hour trip starts at the Parmalee access site and finshes at the Whirlpool access site where you'll be picked up by one of our courteous Rainbow Resort Canoe Livery drivers.

McMaster's Bridge to Whirlpool
This 4.5 hour trip starts at the McMaster's Bridge in Crawford County and finishes at the Whirlpool access site where you'll be picked up by one of our drivers.

Smith Bridge
The nine hour trip begins at a picturesque wood-planked bridge on the South Branch of the AuSable River. Some of our guests thoroughly enjoy every aspect of their up-north adventure by making it an overnight trip and camping along the AuSable River.

Chase Bridge - Overnight Trip                                                                                                          The Mason Tract, on the South Branch of the AuSable River in Roscommon County, is the most natural and secluded section of the AuSable River. Canoe this stretch and feel as free as the AuSable River as it carries you through a gorgeous backdrop of the northern backwoods. This trip starts at the Chase Bridge and is a thirteen hour paddle back to the Rainbow Resort Canoe Livery - perfect for an overnight canoe trip!

 



Tubing
- When it's too hot to canoe the AuSable River, try tubing! Relaxing, refreshing, and sometimes invigorating, tubing allows you to put your feet up and breathe easy. We have a two and a half hour tubing trip from Parmalee Bridge to the Whirlpool Landing. The Rainbow Resort Canoe Livery uses only dual-chambered commercial rental tubes - with and without bottoms. Commercial cooler tubes are also available.






 

Important Information

  • Rates based on 2 people per canoe - $3  additional passenger.
  • Price includes transportation, paddles, and cushions or life preservers.
  • Deposit required to reserve canoe and is applied toward the cost of the trip.
  • Rain checks issued only for dangerous weather.
  • Glass bottles and Styrofoam containers are prohibited.
  • Additional fee for failure to reach destination.
  • Alcohol limit of one six-pack per canoe.
  • Customized river trips may be available with advance reservations

  • 2 1/2 hour tubing trip $12 - $15 (includes transportation)    

  • $10 for a 2-day tube rental - no transportation provided

  • **Grayling/Roscommon are overnight trips - $10 per additional day

  • Refundable deposit may be required when trip does not end at Rainbow Resort Landing