Whispering Pines Campground & Canoe Livery

"Rustic Camping and Canoeing at it's Best."
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   We are a family-owned-and-operated rustic campground that is Open January 1st to December 31st with power.  We strive to provide you with the services you need for an excellent camping/canoeing experience.  Located near the Rifle River, the Au Gres River, and the locations of many local festivals.  Come see us for a great weekend getaway. We are located 1 1/2 miles north of US 23 on M-65 just before Jose Rd. Our Canoe Livery offers a 1 to 6 hour trip down the Rifle River.  Watercraft & Cabin Rental Rates are listed below.

Our Rustic Campground Features


  • Watercraft Rentals - Canoes, Kayaks, & Tubes 
  • 21 campsites w/electric, 4 no elec.
  • 30 and 50-amp hookups
  • Playscape for the kids
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Buck Pole
  • Fire Wood


  • Two DNR outhouses
  • Flowing artesian spring
  • Walking Trails
  • Large pull through sites
  • Cabins
  • Store with Water Shoes & Sunblock



Camping Rates

May - September

$14.00 per day w/out Electrical Service. $84.00 Weekly. $378.00 Monthly.

$16.00 per day with 15/30 amp. Electrical Service. $96.00 Weekly. $432.00 Monthly.   

MAY 1 To September 30 $750.00.  Jan 1 to Dec. 31  $860.   

$20.00 per day with 50 amp. Electrical Service. $120.00 Weekly. $540.00 Monthly.       

MAY 1 to September 30 $850.  Jan 1 to Dec. 31 $960. 

$ 2.00 extra per day for each Air Conditioner and/or Electrical Heater.

Rates are for a 4 person occupancy. 7 people per site maximum. .50 cents per additional person 5 years or older.

MUST BE 18 OR OLDER to rent sites.

Pets are $ 1 extra per day.

We are offering a OFF-SEASON SPECIAL.


You can leave your Camper On-Site Storage for $30 per month, and  $ 10 each day when in use. Leave your RV here and check out Michigan's "Sunrise Side", by going up M-65 to US-23 and come back down through Alpena.  Check out Lake Huron.  See the many Lighthouse's. This offer is good October 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014. We also offer RV Storage Off-Site for $ 20 per month.

We strive to provide a clean, comfortable rustic campground for you and your family. Conveniently located near many recreational hotspots. Enjoy a relaxing outdoor vacation with us. Contact us today for more information!

Watercraft Rental Rates

May - September

Per Day Rental

Canoes: 2 People-$ 30.00, Center Riders-$ 7.00 (No charge 6 and under).

Kayaks: Single-$ 25.00, Double-$ 32.00

Tubes: With Headrest-$ 15.00, W/O Headrest-$ 13.00, & Cooler Tubes-$ 13.00

One Hour Rental is $ 10.00 Per Tube. 

All prices include a Life Vest or PFD Seat Cushion.

We require a $ 20.00 Reservation deposit per each Watercraft.

Group Discounts Available ( with reservations Sun. - Fri. ).

We recommend, if possible, to canoe on a weekday when the river is less populated.

1 Hour Tube Trip. 

9 AM To 4 PM

4-6 Hour Tube Trip.

9 AM To 12 PM

2-4 Hour  Canoe or Kayak Trip.

9 AM To 1 PM

Please check in at the office 30 minutes before your scheduled trip, to receive life jacket and other gear needed.


Reservation Procedure

Due to popularity of canoeing and to avoid disapointment, reservations are recommended - especially on weekends.  Cancellations must be made with at least a 15 days notice to be eligible for refunds.  However group cancellations must be made 30 days in advance of reservation date for refunds.  Reservations require partial payment.  Credit cards accepted.  Walk-ins and short notice reservations are welcome on a space-available basis.


Your Responsiblities

You are responsible for your own safety.  No liability is accepted by Whispering Pines Campground & Canoe Livery or its employees.  The abuse of alcoholic beverages during canoe outings is prohibited.  Beer kegs, glass containers, and styrofoam coolers are prohibited.  We reserve the right to check coolers.  The Arenac County Sheriff Department enforces state laws and local ordinances.  Please keep the river clean.  Do not litter.  There is no garbage services along the river, so pack it in and pack it out.  Canoeists recklessly causing damage to equipment will be charged.  There will be a charge for broken or lost equipment.


Weather Conditions

We operate rain or shine.  Rain right before your trip may improve your canoeing experience.  If weather conditions are extreme, water currents too swift, or water levels too high, we issue a Extreme Weather Check.  We do not issue refunds due to inclement weather.  Extreme Weather Checks will be issued and must be used in the season issued.


Trip Tips

There is no such thing as " bad weather ", only inadequate clothing.  Dress in layers, morning temperatures are often cool, afternoons warmer.  One of the joys of canoeing is the peace and quiet of the scenic river.  Respect private property and stop only at public landings.  Leave valuables and non-water proff cameras in the car and lock it.  Avoid losing wallets or car keys - Storage Key Service in office -- No Charge.


Coupon Special


10% Off

Cabin and/or Watercraft Rental!

This coupon is good for the percentage off regularly priced Cabin and/or Watercraft Rental only. Offer applies to total qualifying purchase on a single sales receipt for the date specified.
Not good in combination with any other coupons or offers.


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Cabin Rates

$35.00 per day. $230 Weekly. $690 Monthly.

$45.00 per weekend days.

$55.00 per day Holiday and Holiday weekends.

No Pets and No Smoking allowed in Cabin. There will be a Fee of $125.00 Charged for cleaning if Cabin was Smoked in.

Check In:  12:30 PM

Check Out: 11 AM

Sometimes you may be able to check in earlier please contact office if Cabin is available.

The cabin has a Full-size futon in the front of the cabin and 2 Twin size bunk beds in the back, accommodating up to 6 people. Also included is a fire ring, picnic table, heater, coffee maker, microwave, and refrigerator.

Linens and bedding are not furnished. Please bring your own.

3-4 night minimum stay required on Holiday weekends.

Cancellation Policy

At least a 1 night's deposit is required on all reservations. Please call at least 7 days prior to your scheduled arrival date to cancel your reservation, there will be no cancellation fee assessed. If cancellations is less than 7 days from arrival, there will be a 1 night's fee charged to your account. If you are a no call/no show, the full reservation will be charged to your account.

Hours of Operation:
9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
7 Days a Week

10% discount for senior citizens
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