I went with two new paddlers and put them in a canoe.They felt a little safer in the canoe than in Kayaks. We rented the canoes from Buckley's on M-20 between Remus and Mount Pleasant. The cost for transporting my kayak was $7.00 the Canoe rental depended on the length of the trip . We put in at School Bridge not much parking available there.
The Chippewa River was clear, the temp was high 40's to mid 50's. We went October 10, 2009. The river moved along nicely it took about 2 hours to do 8 miles we floated under several bridges and saw ducks, herons and turtles along the river. We floated past homes but saw no people we had the river to ourselves. The trees were turning color and that is what we wanted to see and we did.
It was a great day on the water. Very easy paddle.
Buckley's has parking available. They will take you to your drop off point and deliver your kayaks or canoes for $7.00 and bring you and your boat back. They encourage you bring back everything you take with you. Keep our rivers clean. They have a picnic table there and a porta jon for use.
No permit is required.
I drove from Muskegon took M-46 to 37. 37 to B82 (just before Newaygo) East on B82 to Us 31. US 31 to Saginaw exit.
M46. M46 to Six Lakes take M66 north to Remus. Left on 20.
Buckley's is on the north side of the road I am guessing about 9 miles from Remus. From Mount Pleasant take M20 west about 10 miles Buckleys is on the North side of the road.