If you own your own kayak or boat, here are some great places to launch around Lansing. You can also find more information about some of these locations on the parks guide.
Downtown Lansing Riverfront – 305 City Market Dr, Lansing, 48912
First on the list because it’s brand-spankin’ new and as gorgeous as can be! You can start out here or end up here from another location. They have several boat docking stations lining the beachfront area.
Brenke Fish Ladder
Old Town Lansing – 216 E Grand River Ave, Lansing, 48906
This Lansing boating launch spot is perfect for a family outing. The launch area is located at the south end of the Old Town parking lot leaving lots of room for loading and unloading your boat and equipment. PLUS, if you make a day trip you can stop at Cravings or many other business locations for pickup orders to either bring with you or take home for later.
2600 Moores River Dr, Lansing, 48911
Stop to smell the roses in the rose garden before or after you head out boating! You can access the river to launch your boat at several areas along the river by Frances Park starting at Waverly Road and Mt. Hope following down Moores River Drive to Frances Park. The designated boat launch area is located near the main dock by the lower parking lot off of Moores River Drive.
400 Moores River Drive Lansing, 48910
Another great boat launching area because of its beautiful grounds and spacious area to load and unload. You’ll find the boat launch just past the wooden bridge on the paved walking path before you reach the pool. The kids will also love watching the dam flow! (400 Moores River Drive Lansing, MI 48910)
Crego Park Kruegers Landing
1600 Fidelity Road, Lansing, 48910
If you’re looking for a chill, relaxing, and peaceful family moment, this is your boat launch! This park and pond are for non-motor boats only. So, get your kayak or canoe packed up and get ready for the most chill vibes you’ve had in a long time.
1601 E. Cavanaugh Rd. Lansing, 48910
Hawk Island is known for its splash pad, sledding hill, and more but it’s also a great spot for families to go boating together! You can explore the island and boat around to see all kinds of wildlife. You can put your boat (canoe or kayak) in at the south end of the lake where they store their kayaks.
Red Cedar River Launch
MSU Campus – 308 W Circle Dr, East Lansing, 48824
This area is a little more tricky to access with the family because you’ll need to park, unload, and load your boat. The best place to do this is to park near the Music building across from the IM Circle. You can access the river and the launch area near the botanical gardens which are located behind the IM Circle building and MSU Library. If you have an inflatable kayak this would be a nice place to launch.
Lake Lansing North and South
South Location: 6260 East Lake Drive Haslett, 48840; North Location: 6271 E Lake Dr, Haslett, 48840
There are wade-in areas on both sides of the beach access area where you can put your boat in the water. launch, and paddle rentals.
Harris Nature Center
3998 Van Atta Rd, Okemos, 48864
Harris Nature Center rests along the river and is great for social distancing. The peaceful atmosphere of the nature centers lends for a great family outing.
7835 E Price Rd, Laingsburg, 48848
Sleepy Hollow has long been known for its rustic fun! Boating here is a Lansing go-to favorite!
1401 Elmwood Rd, Lansing, 48917
Sharp park has a sweet little pond with a new in the last few years boat launch and dock. You can access this area on the paved path.
4500 Willow Hwy, Lansing, 48917
This long-time teen, family, and adult favorite is home to lots of fun like disc golf but also beloved for its great location to start out your boating trip through the city! Grab your canoe or kayak and have some fun here!
Delta Mills Park
7001 Old River Trail, Lansing, 48917
This park was renovated in late 2019 and included a new kayak and canoe boating dock along with a great paved path.
100 Fitzgerald Park Dr, Grand Ledge, 48837
Home of the ledges this boating launch is GORGEOUS! Note that you’ll have to put your boat in down some steep stairs. If that’s not ideal, you can launch further down the park.
405 S Bridge St, DeWitt, 48820
You’ll love this location not only for its easy access to the boat launch but also for its close proximity to delicious food and treats. It’s located right in the heart of downtown DeWitt and most of the business locations are open for pickup during this time.
6320 Park Lake Rd, Bath Twp, 48808
I love the way Park Lake’s atmosphere feels like a faraway lake town. This is a great location for families to feel like you’re “getting away” for a while. Launch your boat in their wade-in beach area.
881 Grovenburg Road Holt, 48842
Although this park is known for its rentals, you can launch your own boat here as well.
2287 Pine Tree Rd, Holt, 48842
This wade-in launch area is great for a quick boating outing with your family!
Scott Woods Park
2605 Clifton Ave, Lansing, 48910
1316 S Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing, 48910
River Point Park
Find the exact location on this map.
Cherry Hill Park
515 River St, Lansing, 48933
Tecumseh Park Kayak Launch
Danford Island Park
201 W Washington St, Dimondale, 48821
4540 Okemos Rd, Okemos, 48864
1275 Orlando Dr, Haslett, 48840
MacNamara Boat Landing
6450 W Columbia Rd, Mason, 48854
Bunker Road Canoe Landing
11000 Bunker Hwy, Eaton Rapids, 48827
Esker Landing Park
1694 Cedar St, Holt, 48842
11877 E Carson City Rd, Carson City, 48811
(M-57 at the Western Edge of Carson City, MI)
4630 N Dewitt Rd, St Johns, MI 48879
525 E River St, Grand Ledge, 48837
206 W River St, Grand Ledge, 48837
Woldumar Nature Center
5739 Old Lansing Rd, Lansing, 48917
Want even more places to launch your canoe, kayak, or boat?
Check out this neat resource with a map of where you can load your boat or kayak into a river or lake all over Michigan. It has some of our favorite hidden gems listed (like the Bass River Recreation Area) so we know it’s well researched!