Like getting lost in the supermarket, camping instills independence, confidence, and the ability to survive on hollowed-out graham crackers. Build survival skills with today’s Groupon to Pine River Paddlesports Center in Wellston. Choose from four options:
- For $10, you get one night of camping for two on a family site (a $22 value).
- For $20, you get two nights of camping for two on a family site (a $44 value).
- For $40, you get one-night of camping for two on a family site and a one-day Pine River tandem kayak or canoe rental, plus placement and pick-up as far upriver as Walker Bridge (up to a $90 value).
- For $62, you get one-night of camping on a family site and a one-day Pine River raft rental for up to four people (up to a $124 value).
Pine River Paddlesports Center provides equipment and a private campground to give city dwellers and nature lovers a chance to breathe the fresh air of the Manistee National Forest. The Pine River campground charms tootsies with natural grass and soothes fussy eardrums with birdsong, burbling river water, and smooth-jazz-playing squirrels. A fire ring and an adjustable grill allow for a hot-dog roast in the evening and an egg fry in the morning. Perfect for sunlight-soaked family thrills, a host of activities—including a climbing wall and a Frisbee golf course—abut the placid campground.
Take a tandem kayak or canoe trip—with varying lengths and difficulties of river routes—on the scenic Pine River, or eschew upturned umbrellas in favor of a raft that is capable of sending up to four corsairs along beautiful river bends. Trips can be full-day adventures to satisfy river rats or short jaunts to assuage the fears of the family cat.