Detroit Full Moon Tour

The Detroit Full Moon Tour leaves from the Belle Isle Kayak Beach on the East end of Belle Isle Park.  Kayak past the Belle Isle swimming beach, historic Detroit Boat Club, and under the MacArthur Bridge.  At the tip of Belle Isle, Sunset Point, enjoy views of the sun-setting over the Detroit skyline and on the paddle back to the beach watch the moon rise over Belle Isle.

 Sun-setting over Detroit Rec Cen with kayaks

Detroit Full Moon Tour

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

Route Classification:   Beginner/Intermediate Paddle – You must be able to actively paddle 4 miles total, including 2 miles upstream.  We will be paddling back after the sunsets and will provide kayak deck lights.

Route:  Paddle from the Belle Isle Kayak Beach downstream to the tip of Belle Isle, Sunset Point.  We will spend about 15 minutes at Sunset Point watching the sunset over the Detroit skyline.  We then paddle back upstream and watch the moon rise over 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.  14 – 18 year olds must have an adult accompany them on the water.

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 for vehicles entering Belle Isle Park.

Cost:   $50 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.

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.  


2020 Detroit Full Moon Tour

Thursday, June 4, 2020 / 7:30 p.m. / Full Strawberry Moon

Thursday, July 2, 2020 / 7:30 p.m. / Full Buck Moon

Monday, August 3, 2020 / 7:30 p.m. / Full Sturgeon Moon

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 / 7:30 p.m. / Full Harvest Moon