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"He turned and looked down the stream. It stretched away, pebbly-bottomed with shallows and big boulders and a deep pool as it curved away around the foot of a bluff."
— Ernest Hemingway

For the literary-minded, the Big Two-Hearted River may be Michigan’s best-known river, thanks to the two short stories Ernest Hemingway titled with its name. Those who’ve actually read the stories know Michigan’s Fox river as well. Near Seney in the Upper Peninsula, it’s actually the watercourse Hemingway describes in the stories. The state is blessed with 14 other National Wild and Scenic Rivers, totaling 625 designated miles.  One of them, the AuSable in lower Michigan, is well known to racing paddlers as the route of the 120 mile AuSable River Canoe Marathon.

Downwind Sports
Address: 308 Shelden Ave, Houghton, MI 49931
Phone: 906-482-2500 Web Site:
Northland Outfitters Camping Resort
Address: 8174 Highway M-77, Germfask, MI 49836
Phone: 906-586-9801 Web Site:
Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters
Address: N-4088 Pine Mountain Rd, Iron Mountain, MI 49801
Phone: 906-774-9009 Web Site:
Rock Harbor Lodge & Marina
Address: PO Box 605, Houghton, MI 49931 Phone: 906-337-4993
Web Site:
Sylvania Outfitters
Address: E23423, US Hwy 2, Watersmeet, MI 49969
Phone: 906-358-4766 Web Site:

Alconia Canoe Rental
Address: 6351 Bamfield Road, Glennie, MI 58737
Phone: 989-735-2973 Web Site:
Argo Canoe Livery
Address: 1055 Longshore Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 Phone: 734-794-6241 Web Site:
Big Bear Adventures
Address: 4271 So Straits Highway, Indian River, MI 49749
Phone: 231-238-8181 Web Site:
Big Mike's Canoe Rental
Address: 2595 Shady Shores Road, Lupton, MI 48635
Phone: 989-473-3444 Web Site:
Chippewa River Outfitters
Address: 3763 So Lincoln Road, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Phone: 989-772-5474 Web Site:
Gallup Canoe Livery
Address: 3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2403
Phone: 734-794-6240 Web Site:
Heavner Canoe Rental
Address: 2775 Garden Road, Milford, MI 48381
Phone: 248-685-2379 Web Site:
Hunts Canoe and Miniature Golf
Address: 711 Lake Street S,W Oscoda, MI 48750
Phone: 989-739-4408 Web Site:
Pine River Paddlesport Center
Address: 9590 M-37 South, Wellston, MI 49689
Phone: 231-862-3471 Web Site:
Russell’s Canoe Livery & Campgrounds
Address: 146 Carrington Street, Omer, MI 48749
Phone: 989-653-2644 Web Site:
Wisner Rents Canoes
Address: 25 West Water Street, Newaygo, MI 49337
Phone: 231-652-6743 Web Site:


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