Q – When do livery trips go out?
A – Trips leave the campground (we pick you up as close to your site as possible) at 9, 10, 11, Noon, 1, 2, 3, & 4. If you want to take one of
the trips, you must be registered and paid for at least a half hour in advance of the trip leaving time.
Q – Do we need to bring our own life jackets?
A – RCC provides each kayaker and canoer with a seat cushion. We have life jackets available for children & any adults who'd like them.
You may bring your own, especially if it’s custom-fitting.
Q – Is there an alcohol limit?
A – No. Alcohol is permitted in the campground, but ONLY at your campsite. You may not bring it ANYWHERE else. And simply because
alcohol is allowed does not give anyone free reign to be rude & obnoxious. Lewd or lascivious behavior, profanity or just plain nasty
language will be grounds to ask you to leave. Our goal is for everyone to enjoy themselves.
Also remember – It is unlawful to operate a watercraft while intoxicated. The Muskegon River is patrolled by state & county water
Q - What do we do with our keys?
A - Our best advice is to put them in a waterproof &/or floating box and hook it to your belt loop or somewhere where they won't get
lost. Another option is to hide them on your vehicle.
Q - Who Can Go on the river?
A - While any activity involving water can be dangerous, the Muskegon is a river well-suited for people of all ages. Anyone can go! Our
longer canoe trips (4-6 hours or more) do have a 300 ft portage (where you have to carry your canoe), it is recommended that people who
are very young, very old, or who have ill health do not take those trips.
Q - What Should We Bring?
A - Being on the river usually means lots of sun!! Bring plenty of sun-block for everyone and fresh water to drink. Hats and sunglasses
are always a good choice. If you forget to pack them, come on up to the camp-store, we have those and lots of other convenience items on
hand. Snacks are a good idea – pack them in Ziploc bags to keep them from getting wet. Also make sure to waterproof your cameras,
lighters and other things that melt when they fall into the water. It is recommended that everyone wear some type of water shoes when
going on the river. We have a nice, clean river, but there are still sharp stones & sticks that may cut your feet. Other items to consider
are eye-glass straps, water-toys and if it’s chilly an extra set of dry clothes that are securely waterproofed. A little twine is good to
tie some of these items to your watercraft.
Q - What is the land like along the river?
A- Lots of trees & wildlife! We ask that you always keep in mind that landowners along the river are entitled to their privacy. Don’t
trespass. There are lots of places on state land that it’s okay to stop on. If it’s questionable – please don’t.
Q - What about liability?
A - Everyone must sign a waiver of liability form before they are allowed to go on any of our livery trips. As always, all activities are
done at your own risk.
Q - Can we bring our pets on the river?
A - Yes, if you really want them in a canoe with you. They can ride the bus/van up to the drop-off point as long as they are friendly,
gentle, and you keep them on a short leash so that they don't frighten any of our other guests.
This list is not meant to be inclusive, only a guide. You should always use common sense and good judgment.
Q – What is the best time to make reservations?
A – As soon as possible! Especially if you’d like a specific site or group of sites; or would like to use the livery on a Saturday in late
June, July or August. We accept reservations for next year starting May 1st of the current year.
Q – Can I use my own watercraft?
A – Yes. If you’d like us to transport you and it upstream so you can float back to your car or campsite the charge is a little more than
half the cost of our regularly scheduled trips. Transports should still be reserved & must be registered and paid for at least a half hour
in advance of the scheduled trip time.
If you are camping with us and you are transporting your own equipment, there is no fee to use our landing. If you need directions to a
drop-off point, please ask.
Q - Do I have to camp to use the livery?
A - No. We have a place to park just inside the campground for those who are just coming to canoe, kayak, or tube - as long as you are
renting from us. For those who just want a place to park &/or land with their own equipment, please use the public landings at
M66/Crawford Park and in downtown Evart at Riverside Park. There is also a privately owned access point at the Sears bridge on 50th
Avenue - but those generous owners don't charge for access.
River Country Campground
Frequently Asked Questions - Livery
The following questions have answers listed below.
If you have others, please let us know!
Q – What is the best time to make reservations? Q - Who can go on the river?
Q – Can I use my own watercraft? Q - When do livery trips go out?
Q - Do we need to bring our own life jackets? Q - Is there an alcohol limit?
Q - What is the best time to make reservations? Q - What about liability?
Q - What is the land like along the river? Q - What do we do with our keys?
Q - Can we bring our pets on the river? Q - Do I have to camp to use the livery?