Master miles and miles of winding waters via tube, kayak, canoe or paddle board in Isabella County. Known as “Michigan’s laziest river” the Chippewa River is perfect for a leisurely trip downstream with friends and family. Float, paddle, or walk; whichever you prefer, it’s up to you! Not only will you experience the tranquility of nature, but you may even spot a bald eagle and other wildlife around the bend.
The river flows at low speeds with little to no rapids, making it perfect for a float. Trips can range from 30 minutes to a few hours; the Mt. Pleasant area parks system offers a variety of scenery, taking you from wooded areas, to neighborhoods and public parks. This is truly an Isabella County tradition.
Canoe / Kayak
Pick up the pace (or not) with a trip down the Chipp’ via canoe or kayak. Canoe and kayak groups range from two people to large parties, with two canoe/kayak liveries there’s enough fun for everyone!
Just a step off the Chippewa River, find yourself in one of the three beautiful County parks; offering opportunities to hike along side the river, take a cool dip in the heat of summer or cast a line out over the water. The river flows through Deerfield Nature Park, Meridian County Park and Majeski Landing.
The Chipp’ also acts as a focal point for four city parks; Nelson Park, Mill Pond Park, Island Park and Chipp-A-Waters Park. These parks allow easy access to the river for fishing and tubing. If you prefer to stay on land, the GKB Riverwalk Trail connects the parks (mentioned above), leading you alongside the Chippewa River as you walk or bike the pristine pathways.
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#ilovemtp entry: “Glorious weekend in Mt. Pleasant! It included a bike ride on the Pere Marquette Trail, a hike at Bundy Hill, and floating down the Chippewa River. The best ways to #selfcare!” By @cavewoman1975 💚 What a weekend well spent in beautiful Isabella County! Thank you for sharing! #meetmtp
A trip down “Michigan’s laziest river” tops the bucket lists of visitors and community members alike. With two canoe liveries and two businesses offering tube rentals, there are opportunities to canoe, kayak or tube for a few hours to all day, and even an overnight trip!
Note: The river is safe to enjoy via kayak, canoe and tube; E. Coli only becomes an issue downstream of Meridian Park which leaves the area beginning at School Road to Meridian clean for paddlers for the entire stretch at Buckley’s Mountainside Canoes services. Please contact the local canoe liveries for more information on river safety.