Northwoods Canoe & Kayak RentalsAuTrain, Michigan Since 1968
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(906) 892-8114

Welcome to the AuTrain River in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Canoe, Kayak, and Paddleboard Rentals


Stop by our rental outpost to start your trip!

Your Au Train River canoe & kayak trips will begin at our private launch site at the Riverside Bridge and end down-stream at our private landing next to the Doucette Bridge. While the bridges are only 1 mile apart by road, the lazy river meanders 7.5 miles though the Hiawatha National Forest.

Expect a leisurely paddle down the river, as the current is just strong enough to pull you along! For most paddlers this trip takes about 3 hours to complete. The river is about 2-3 feet deep and is mostly sand bottom. Deer, ducks, fish, and blue heron are just some of the animals that can be seen on this adventure!

Leave the logistics to us as we will have your canoe, kayak or paddleboard setup for you upon arrival. Simply park in our private parking lot at the end (Doucette Bridge) and we will shuttle you to the launch site (Riverside Bridge)! When your trip is complete, simply pull up your canoe and your car will be waiting for you after a fun day on the Au Train River!

The Northwoods Canoe and Kayak Rental is the only livery to offer a private launch, private landing area, and a private parking lot. Don’t get caught in the crowds or park along the road (risking a ticket)! Simplify and book your Au Train River Trip today!!

Rental Rates


The AuTrain River

Au Train River

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The AuTrain River is a gentle river as it wanders through the Hiawatha National Forest. You will paddle by a few cottages along the river and then enter the wilderness of the Hiawatha National Forest. Keep your eyes open for wildlife as they come down to the water to drink or watch for birds flying overhead. The river passes through a couple sloughs where you might see great blue herons or ducks swimming in the water.

Be sure to take a snack or a picnic lunch and don’t forget your camera. If you are going to fish, you will need a Michigan fishing license.

The AuTrain River is the home to Walleye, Trout, Perch, and a variety of other fish. Anglers might like to fish the Steelhead runs in the spring or the Salmon runs in the fall.

Enjoy a beautiful summer day in the Northwoods with a paddle down the AuTrain River or a boat ride on AuTrain Lake.

Northwoods Resort to Riverside: Approx. 1 hour

Riverside to Doucette: Approx. 3 hours

Riverside to Lake Superior: Approx. 4 hours

Your first stop

If you would like to volunteer in our annual Northwoods AuTrain River Cleanup Day please contact us! Look for more information as September approaches!

Rental Types

Standard Canoe

standard canoe

Brand: Old Town | Length: 16' |  Capacity: 2
$30 / Trip

Twin Otter Kayak

Twin Otter kayak

Brand: Old Town | Length: 14' | Capacity: 2
$35 / Trip

Puffin Kayak

Puffin kayak

Brand: Old Town | Length: 8'6" | Capacity: 1
$35 / Trip

Sandpiper Kayak

Sandpiper kayak

Brand: Old Town | Length: 8'6" | Capacity: 1
$25 / Trip

Otter Kayak

Otter kayak

Brand: Old Town | Length: 8'6" | Capacity: 1
$25 / Trip

Loon Kayak

Loon kayak

Brand: Old Town | Length: 8'6" | Capacity: 1
$30 / Trip

Vapor Kayak

Vapor kayak

Brand: Old Town | Length: 10' | Capacity: 1
$30 / Trip

Stand Up Paddle Board - NEW!

SUP rental

Brand: Lifetime | Length: 11' |  Capacity: 1
$40 / Trip

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Our Location

Northwoods Resort is just 2 miles from the beaches of Lake Superior, the world's largest freshwater lake. Be sure to take a trip to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to appreciate the beauty and clarity of this lake's waters.

Northwoods Canoe & Kayak Rentals
N7070 Forest Lake Rd., AuTrain, MI 49806

Call for reservations: (906) 892-8114