Belle Isle Blue Heron Lagoon Tour

Belle Isle Blue Heron Lagoon Tour is a beginner friendly kayak tour on the East end of the island.  Highlights of the tour include the William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse, the Detroit Yacht Club and the Detroit Waterworks Water Intake. In addition to the historic structures the tour showcases the nature of Blue Heron Lagoon.   As a result of the Friends of the Detroit River 2013 project to open the Blue Heron Lagoon to the Detroit River, there is improved fish habitat for reproduction and rearing.

 William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse at Belle Isle Blue Heron Lagoon


Belle Isle Blue Heron Lagoon Tour Information

Paddling Time:  Approximately 2 hours, following 30 minutes of gear fitting and safety talk.

Route Classification:  Beginner Friendly Paddle – There will be about 4 miles of active paddling.  

Route:  From the Belle Isle Kayak Beach we paddle to the Blue Heron Lagoon on the Northeast end of Belle Isle.

Requirements:   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.  These requirements are for your safety and the safety of the group.

Minimum Age:  14 years old.

Parking:   Across from the Belle Isle Kayak Beach is a parking lot.

Restrooms:  There is a rustic pit toilet near the kayak launch.  On the right-hand side of Lakeside Drive there are modern restrooms and we recommend stopping there before getting to the kayak launch.

Belle Isle:  The State of Michigan requires a Recreation Passport to enter Belle Isle Park.

Cost:  $45 Per Person with Rental Kayak  All RKC kayaks for tours are single kayaks.  When registering please provide your height and weight so that we bring an appropriate kayak.

 $25 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 bulk-heads.

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.

Dates and times

Saturday, June 8, 2019 / 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 28, 2019 / 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 / 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.