Come Explore the Clinton River

Come out and explore the Clinton River! Kayak and canoe your way through the newly improved nine-miles of wildlife areas running through Sterling Heights.

Sterling Heights received a  $4.5 million grant for Clinton River Restoration Project received from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a nine-mile restoration project along the Clinton River, known as the Clinton River Restoration Project. The grant included no local match and was one of the largest in the city's history.

The project improved the habitat along the Clinton River upstream from its confluence with the Red Run Drain. The contractors repaved paths, installed bank plantings, reseeded bare areas, improved bank stabilization, and removed woody debris blockages.

Part of the City's Recreating Recreation initiatives, permanent launches and landings will be added as well as a kayak and canoe livery. The images below show the EZ Launch Dock style that will be added along the river from Van Dyke to Hayes Road.
EZ Launch Dock
EZ Launch Dock Rendering

From our friends at Clinton River Canoe and Kayak

Paddling season runs from April 1 to October 31

The Sterling Heights section of Clinton River paddling is under the river trips general paddle, the adventure paddle is upstream of Sterling Heights where the water moves quicker.

In our General Paddle 2 and 3 hours sections, 2-5% of boats tip over in this area. You will paddle through the center of Sterling Heights Dodge Park, Rammler Golf Course, ruins of the Old Dance Hall, with a good current and lots of nice beaches.

Our one hour General Paddle section, the most yellow area. This area will wind your boat through wild life areas, past ruins of the Old Dance Hall and Rammler golf Course. The sunniest area, is a little slower and more relaxed paddle. Mostly private property on both sides of the river, with limited beaches and resting areas.

Boat price for our General Paddle

• $30, $35, $40 for Kayaks 1, 2 & 3 Hours
• $40, $45, $50 for Canoes 1, 2 & 3 hours

All paddlers will meet at 37328 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48312

If you are taking a shuttle up river, you will paddle back to the starting shuttle location - your car.

Clinton River Water Trail Map

Clinton River Canoe Kayaking Map

Safety Tips

As you enjoy your trip down the river, keep these tips in mind to ensure a safe adventure!
  • Life jackets are a must! 16 years and younger must wear a life jacket. 
  • Dress appropriately for weather conditions! Wear quick-drying materials. 
  • No baby car seats in canoe or kayak. 
  • Keep a mental note of number markers. These are important to identify where you are on the river in case of emergency!
  • For more information, visit Clinton River Canoe and Kayak.

For residents needing to rent a canoe or kayak, Clinton River Canoe and Kayak can provide rental equipment and trips. For more information on setting up your kayak adventure, call (248) 421-3445.