Rules and Etiquette

River Town Adventures has made a commitment to protecting our local waterways and environment. At the same time, we want to provide you and your friends with an exciting, active, and adventurous experience. The amount of fun you have on the river is up to you! So while enjoying your journey, please adhere to the following rules.

  • In an effort to protect the environment glass bottles and styrofoam coolers are not allowed.
  • Please leave the river and nature as good or better than when you arrived. Do not take driftwood, plants, rocks, etc.
  • You may bring a cooler or waterproof bag with you. The cooler must be small enough to carry with one hand.
  • Yes! You can bring your pet as long as the size of your little adventure seeker does not inhibit your ability to safely control your boat.
  • River Town Adventures discourages the consumption of alcohol while on the river. Keep in mind it is unlawful in the State of Michigan to operate a watercraft while intoxicated. In other words, paddle responsibly!
  • If you wish to dock your boat during your trip only due so at a public park or on public property (except in the case of an emergency). Please mind the privacy of those who live along the river and do not trespass.
  • Under Michigan law, any person of age 12 or under MUST wear a life vest. Life vests will be provided for all. Those under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
  • Persons 16 or 17 years of age will need to have a parent or legal guardian, who is 21 years or over, sign the release of liability form.
  • Number of persons allowed in a canoe is limited to 3. However, it is not recommended to have 3 adults in a canoe. The middle seat is good for children.
  • Only 1 person per single kayak. Tandem Kayaks have room for two adults and a small seat is in the middle of the boat for a child to sit in.

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

  • Expect to get a little WET on your adventure! You may want to wear water shoes or sandals.
  • Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat if you do so desire.
  • Binoculars are a fun way to view far off wildlife.
  • We suggest leaving valuables in your vehicle. If you wish to bring a camera or phone then have a waterproof bag or container with you.
  • Sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Sunglasses are a big plus!
  • Bug spray is not always necessary, however, it is not a bad thing to have with you.
  • Having a snack and a cold beverage is always a nice touch to a canoe or kayak trip. So take a chance to look at some of the outstanding vendors at the city market or pack accordingly. Please follow the rules for coolers and containers as mentioned above.