River Rules & Etiquette
- For environmental and safety reasons, glass bottles, Styrofoam coolers and water balloons are not allowed on the river.
- Do your part by keeping the river clean. Littering is punishable by a fine of up to $400. Use heavy-duty coolers and water proof bags or containers and tie them to canoes.
- Alcohol Limits: MAPP discourages the consumption of any alcoholic beverages while on the river, Check with your provider for their alcohol policy. It is unlawful to operate a watercraft while intoxicated-Hard liquor, kegs, and jello shots are prohibited.
- Maintain your partying within reasonable limits.
- Coolers should be kept small enough to carry with one hand and keep on your lap on the van ride from the river.
- We reserve the right to check coolers.
- We reserve the right to refuse service.
- Michigan law requires that any person 6 years of age or under wear a life vest while canoeing. We provide life vests for all persons wishing to wear them.
- The river is a quiet place: leave iphone speakers behind. Respect the rights of private property owners, and other river users. Stay off private property; be quiet when approaching anglers, and keep horseplay confined to your group.
- Towing an inner tube or tying watercraft together is not allowed.
- Please leave the river as it was when you arrived. Do not take driftwood, vegetation, or creatures. Take only pictures and leave only paddle tracks.
- Bring old shoes for wading or swimming
- Remember sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
- Dress in layers, mornings are often cool.
- Leave valuables and non-waterproof cameras in the car.
- Secure keys in bags or pockets.
- Cooperate with the Marine Deputies. Their job is to assist canoeists and other river users. They enforce regulations regarding litter, trespassing and improper river use, making river travel safer and more enjoyable.
Individuals failing to abide by these rules can expect to receive appropriate fines by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Local County Sheriff Department