The Detroit Historical Canal Tour started in 2008 when Riverside Kayak Connection began working with the Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative. We worked together to develop kayaking on Detroit’s Eastside. The Detroit Historical Canal Tour quickly became one of our most popular tours.
Highlights of this tour include the Fisher Mansion, stories of the Purple Gang, the friendly residents of Detroit’s “Little Venice” and a view of the Motor City’s downtown. See Detroit like you’ve never seen it before!
Detroit Historical Canal Tour
Paddling Time: 2 Hours, following 30 minutes of gear fitting and safety talk.
Route Classification: Intermediate Paddle – Paddler should be comfortable in active water due to the potential paddling conditions, caused by wind and waves.
Route: Paddle from Grayhaven Mooring Facility in protected canals to the where the Fisher Mansion is located. Then paddle up the Detroit River a short distance to what has been called the “Venice of Detroit”. Then the return trip to Grayhaven Mooring Facility downstream on the Detroit River.
Meeting Location: Grayhaven Mooring Facility, Detroit, Michigan (This is our new launching location for 2018.)
Requirements: All personal kayaks must be 12′ long or longer and have double bulkheads or be sit-on-tops. All paddlers must have a life jacket on and zipped for the duration of the paddle. We do not allow alcoholic beverages and we will not allow anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol to paddle. No smoking is allowed on our tours. These requirements are for your safety and the safety of the group.
Minimum Age: 14 years old. 14 – 18 year olds must be accompanied with an adult on the water.
Parking: At the launch site there is free parking.
We are required to pull a City of Detroit Kayak Permit for each paddler. With your registration we will ask you for an emergency contact person and their phone number. We have to provide the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department with this information prior to the paddle. When you meet for the paddle we will have each paddler complete the application for the permit.
Cost: $45 Per Person For Kayak Rental – All Riverside Kayak Connection kayaks for tours are single sit-inside kayaks. When registering please provide your height and weight so that we bring an appropriate kayak.
$25 Per Person With Own Kayak – We require personal kayaks to be at least 12′ long and have double bulk-heads or be a sit-on-top. Information on bulkheads.
Registration: All of our tours require pre-registration. Our tours frequently fill up so register early.
Cancellation Policy: If for any reason you have to cancel your reservation or change the date of your booking, please call at least 48 hours prior to the tour for a full refund
We have Detroit Historical Canal Tours on Saturdays, Sundays, and select weekdays at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Please check the calendar on the Book Now for available dates. A date will show on the calendar if there are openings.
We can also book private tours on weekdays if we don’t already have a tour scheduled. If you would like to be on the wait list for a weekend tour please email us.