Helicopter pilots are in constant danger of action stars climbing aboard their craft and throwing them out; kayakers, however, need only fear falling helicopter pilots. Steer an unstealable vessel with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a two-hour canoe or kayak rental at Heavner Canoe Rental in Milford (a $24 value). This deal is valid only at the location on Proud Lake.
The Heavner family deploys a flotilla of more than 200 canoes and kayaks onto the waterways of Michigan’s state parks, allowing self-guided explorers to chart a course through lush woodlands. After donning life jackets, paddlers can push off from Proud Lake’s public launch site and engage the Huron River in a seductive dance of oars. Each rental canoe can fit up to two people, so pairs can divvy up the muscle work or synchronize their strokes to outpace solo kayakers. Thanks to the Huron River’s gentle currents and the butter-churning factory upstream, riders can expect a smooth two-hour round-trip ride suited to beginners.
A valid permit is required to enter Michigan state parks. This is not included in the Groupon but may be purchased upon your visit to Proud Lake State Recreation Area.
Heavner Canoe & Kayak Rental
After buying their first canoe in 1942, Chester and Stella Heavner were hooked. So were their friends. After constantly loaning out their red-canvas Old Town canoe, the pair invested in two more and started charging a nominal rental fee. In 1953, they made it official with a patch of riverfront property, eight canoes, and a trailer.
Today, Heavner Canoe & Kayak Rental is run by Chester and Stella’s eldest son, Alan. He and his staff manage an inventory of more than 200 canoes and kayaks, which they rent at three locations along the Huron River.