The following businesses offer canoe and kayak rentals. Have your own? They also offer drop-off/pick-up service!
Mecan River Outfitters and Lodge (Canoe/Kayak) – Click here for website
Rendezvous Paddle Sports (Canoe/Kayak/Tubing) – Click here for website
Lake of the Woods Campground (Canoe/Kayak) – Click here for website
Lake Arrowhead Campground (Canoe/Kayak/Paddle Board) – Click here for website
Lakes to Paddle
Located at John Muir County Park, enjoy the same peaceful 30-acre lake that John Muir came to love in his boyhood. There are no motorized boats allowed on the lake.
Moon (Birch) Lake
Located just west of Montello, enjoy a quiet paddle on this lake on which no motorized boats are allowed.
Mecan River – Trip I
Put-in: 11th Road Bridge
Take-out: Cty. Hwy. JJ
Distance: 3.7 miles
There is a a pull off area 100′ feet to the north of the bridge at 11th Rd. Great water quality over a sandy river bottom.
Mecan River – Trip II
Put-in at Cty. Hwy. Y/JJ
Take-out at Hwy. 22
Paddling the Mecan River, you will find clean water with strong current and a few riffles and tight turns. Paddlers often view deer, turtles and trout along this stretch of river.
Mecan River – Germania
Put-in: Germania Marsh
Take-out: Hwy. N
Distance: 6 miles
There is a class 2 chute under the Eagle Road bridge with a very good flow rate and height. The marsh provides a flat paddle where waterfowl is abundant in the spring and fall.
Fox River – Endeavor
Put-in: Hwy. O Public Launch
Take-out: North River Road Public Launch (Endeavor) or Island Drive Launch (Endeavor)
Distance: 6-8 miles
A very open paddle with lots of cattails. The river is over 100 feet wide in many areas, and does not have a lot of current. Great for seeing waterfowl in the fall or spring. There are also a lot of deer, cranes and turtles in the area.
Fox River – Montello
Put-in: Krakow Park or across the road from Krakow Park.
Take-out: Grand River Locks – Public Landing
Distance: 5 miles
Both wooded and sandy banks on a fairly wide river. See cranes, beavers, deer and turtles.
Put-in: Neshkoro Dam
Take-out: 22nd Ave. Public Launch
Distance: 3.43 miles
A peaceful river with clear, cool water.
Put-in:W. Chauncey St. Bridge
Take-out: Hwy. A Bridge
Distance: 6 miles
Cool, clear creek with a sandy bottom. A great place to view waterfowl.