Running Rivers: A Little Piece of Paradise

Pick your kayak or paddle board, grab your life jacket, get on a bus or get right into the water and enjoy your peaceful, relaxing trip on the smooth waters of the Kalamazoo River. Only here at Running Rivers can you find an easy-going atmosphere that also offers relaxing and convenient trips near the beautiful lakeshore.

Photo Credit: Mista Marie Photography


Running Rivers is nestled at the end of Center Street that leads the way through the quaint small town of Douglas. Full of unique stores, restaurants, coffee shops, galleries and more, Running Rivers is the perfect destination all summer long. Whether you like to kayak during the day, basking in the sunlight and gazing at the still, clear water near the banks of the river, or if you prefer night time. When you can stare up or down and find the stars and the moon patiently awaiting your adventure, they are there to provide the best experience for you.


This family-owned business has been around for a while now. Mike, the owner, has created a fun and memorable experience for both his customers and his employees. He is determined to make sure that everyone feels welcomed and safe whether they are driving the bus to drop some adventurers off, or they're the adventurer themselves.


"It's never been a job for me. It doesn't feel like work" Mike says.
Mike and his daughter, Grace!

You can tell from the moment you walk up to their little hut that everyone there has a purpose and that it's so much more than a business. Mike employs about 11 people throughout the summer. And while many people stop the water sports when the cold arrives, he isn't one to shy away from some ice and snow! He has led some excursions on new years day to be the first on the water that year!


Running Rivers offers many different options for kayaking and paddle-boarding your way through West Michigan's great outdoors. Check out some of the little perks that you can only find here in Douglas!


• Free kayaking on your birthday!

• Sunrise/night time kayaking

• Daily and weekly rentals

• Group discounts (10 or more people for kayaking)

• Trips leaving at the top of every hour

• B.Y.O.B (bring your own boat!!!)

• B.Y.O.D (bring your own dog!!!)


Oh yeah, and they offer a great time with awesome employees excited to be there to help you have the best time!! So, summer might be winding down but there's still time to go take a trip downtown Douglas, snag a kayak, paddle board, a couple of friends or family members and hit the river!


There's nothing more relaxing and more refreshing than peacefully paddling down the river. And there's nothing quite like nature to give you some new perspective. It's a little piece of paradise right here in West Michigan!


Slow down, let your mind and kayak wander and get lost in the beauty of nature!


To learn more about their hours, pricing and to see some of the fun other Running Rivers visitors are having, check out their website or Facebook page!


In case you're still questioning whether you should go or not (I'll pretend I'm not offended) maybe the fact that according to Trip Advisor, Running Rivers is on the Top Ten Best Things to do in Douglas, will change your mind! :)

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