Northern Michigan: Take a trip out to Vacation Trailer Park in Benzonia, 45 minutes from Traverse City, for an overnight camping stay or a kayak and canoe adventure down the beautiful Betsie River.

Looking to beat the heat? A kayak or canoe trip down the Betsie River in Northern Michigan will provide just the relief you need! Sign up for either 1-2 hour or 3-4 hour kayak or canoe trips with Vacation Trailer Park for a calm ride down tranquil, cool waters, shaded with trees.

The stretch of Betsie River paddled on a Vacation Trailer Park trip is perfect for everyone, whether you are a seasoned kayaker or canoer, or looking to wet your feet for the first time. Slow currents and a shallow bed ensure a relaxing and enjoyable day that is safe enough for families and kids, too. Protected by the DNR, the 5-8 miles of Betsie River utilized by Vacation Trailer Park is kept clean, with lush landscapes where natural habitats flourish.

Vacation Trailer Park offers a spotting service for kayak and canoe trips (the most convenient way to get back to your vehicle after a trip downriver) with kayaks and canoes to rent, or you are welcome to bring your own. Once back to camp and in the water, the summer fun begins! The ride winds down gently curving river bends, with a few banks to beach your kayak or canoe during your trip for rest or swimming breaks. The majority of the Betsie River along the Vacation Trailer Park stretch is shallow, making for perfect swimming in the refreshing water, cooled from the overhanging trees (note: stray hooks from Autumn fishermen encourage swim shoes!).

Ample storage in your canoe and kayak makes packing a picnic easy, and about 45-60 minutes into the trip, after the first culver, sits a picnic table and small beach that make the perfect location for a picnic lunch. The landing spot at the end of the trip stands out clearly with newly repaired stairs, making for a smooth disembarking process.

Vacation Trailer Park also offers campsites for tent and RV along the Betsie River under shady trees for peaceful summer camping. The wooded sites and meandering Betsie River provide a rustic feel, while Vacation Trailer Park's modern conveniences, including a general store for snacks and amenities, provide a comfortable camping experience.

If you're not staying overnight at Vacation Trailer Park, Benzonia offers up activities to make a full day out of your trip. Stop in the quaint shop BeeDazzled for a souvenir, refuel at Roadhouse with some Mexican fare, or tee off at Crystal Falls with a game of mini-golf.

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Photo(s) by Lindsey Perry