Detroit to Wyandotte Paddle

The Detroit to Wyandotte Paddle is the most requested and most difficult tour on our schedule.  Paddle past the Renaissance Center and downtown Detroit, under the Ambassador Bridge, the J.W. Westcott, past Zug Island and the upper islands of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. 

Detroit to Wyandotte Paddle


Detroit to Wyandotte Paddle

Paddling Time:  Averages 6 hours, total event time averages 8 hours.

Route Classification:   Intermediate/Advanced Paddle – We will paddle for about 3 hours before the lunch break.  Take about 45 minutes for the lunch break and then another 3 hours of paddling to the take out .  In the summer there is often a south wind so we frequently fight a head wind on this paddle which negates the benefit of the current.  This is not a float trip, you must paddle. 

Please note that this paddle is not for beginners.  If you are unsure of your paddling ability, please call us prior to registering. 

Route:  Paddle from the Belle Isle Kayak Beach to the Wyandotte Pine Street Put-In.  Lunch will be at the Delray Boat Launch. (Bring your own lunch.)

Requirements:    All participants on the Detroit to Wyandotte Paddle will be expected to know how to do a wet exit with a sprayskirt.  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:  18 years old.

Parking:   Free parking is available along Pine Street.  Please do not park in Portofino’s parking lot.

Restrooms:   We recommend stopping before you get to the Wyandotte Pine Street Put In, there are public restrsooms at the Wyandotte Shores Golf Course just south of Pine Street.  We will make a restroom stop when we arrive on Belle Isle.  The Delray Boat Launch is a City of Detroit park and does have Port-a-johns.

Cost:   $80 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.  Fee includes shuttle from Wyandotte to Belle Isle Park.

$50 Per Person With Own Kayak  – We require personal kayaks to be at least 13′ long and be a double bulk-headed sit-inside kayak.  Fee includes shuttle from Wyandotte to Belle Isle Park.

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.  

Post Paddle Dinner:  After the paddle, join RKC at Portofino Restaurant, next to the Pine Street Put In,  Before you launch, reserve your dinner seat with the RKC representative and then join the group after the paddle to talk about your latest adventure!  (You are on your own for the cost of dinner.

Date and Time

Saturday, August 8, 2020

8:00 a.m. – Meet at Pine Street Kayak Launch in Wyandotte if you have your own kayak to have it loaded on the RKC trailer.

8:20 a.m. – Meet at Pine Street Kayak Launch if you are renting a RKC kayak.

8:30 a.m. – Shuttle and RKC trailer will leave Wyandotte for Belle Isle Park, Detroit

10:00 a.m. – Launch from the Belle Isle Kayak Beach.

12:30 p.m. – Lunch at Delray Boat Launch (Time is approximate depending on the speed of the group.)

4:00 p.m. – Land at the Pine Street Kayak Launch in Wyandotte.

Detroit to Wyandotte 2016

Thank you to Paul Gloor for this great video.