About Happy Mohawk

Who we are …

Happy Mohawk Canoe Livery is the only rental service which provides canoes, kayaks, tubes and rafts on the White River. We include transportation, paddles and personal flotation devices (lifejackets) in our prices.

HMCL has been facilitating memorable river adventures since 1963 in the Huron Manistee National Forest and we are an equal opportunity provider of service.

The White River’s rich history …

The river was originally named by Native Americans as the Waubishippi. In the late 1700s explorers or fur traders translated the Indian name to White River. Early settlers along the river came shortly after 1800.

The huge lumber harvest between 1860 and 1890 brought lumbermen and logging camps along the river, which was then used to transport logs to sawmills around White Lake.

Between 1920 and 1930 ferry boats transported Great Lakes vacation travelers up the White River to Rochdale Inn, a popular summer resort.

The river has two designations by the State of Michigan. In 1975 it became the 5th river designated under the Natural Rivers Act, and it is a “Country Scenic” river. The White River provides a great outdoor recreation experience for beginner-to-intermediate canoeists and kayakers of all ages.

The experience …

The depth of White River ranges between 2 – 4 feet and flows 3 – 5 miles per hour over a sand bottom.

Exploring the White River is fun and provides lasting memories. Paddlers often see turtles, blue heron, ducks, deer, muskrat, eagles and other wildlife. Those who try their luck fishing catch pike and bass during the summer months.

Reservations …

Walk-ins are always welcome but we do recommend making reservations, especially for weekend adventures. A reservation helps to assure the availability of your preferred watercraft and allows us to register you quicker during busy periods. If you’d like to check on availability or make a reservation, please call 231-894-4209.

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Suggestions …

Wading is a favorite activity so wear appropriate river shoes to protect your feet! Waterproof cameras, snacks, water and sunscreen are recommended items to take with you on your trip. Keys, wallets, non-waterproof cameras, cell phones and any other valuables you don’t want to lose should not be taken on the river. Don’t forget to bring a change of clothes!