MISH Watersports
MISH Watersports
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MISH Watersports is a premier watersports business offering kayak rentals, stand up paddle board (SUP) rentals & lessons, as well as kiteboarding lessons on Lake Michigan, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Situated along the Northern Shores of Lake Michigan, Gladstone is an excellent place for water sports activities. The shallow waters of the shoreline create an great environment for stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. With 7 single kayaks, 4 double kayaks, and 14 stand up paddle boards, we have the capability to get just about anyone out on the water as well as accommodate large groups. The shallow waters also provide an excellent spot for people that are interested in learning how to kiteboarding in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. As the only PASA and IKO certified kiteboarding school in the Upper Peninsula, we strive to create a safe memorable experience for interested in learning this new sport.
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  • C K
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin80 contributions
    Delightful way to explore the bay!
    Nice way to see Escanaba offshore! The harbor offers a nice protected area for novice paddlers or a safe space during windy days. Otherwise explore the point, see the light house from water, or venture out past the beach. Staff oriented us & helped us launch. It's not high adventure, but definitely a fun way to spend an afternoon! We rented kayaks, but they also offer stand up paddle boards. My only complaint: for out of towners it costs $30 + TAX / 1st hour. Pricey compared to other Midwest locations. Be aware of other watercraft and wind surfers. Your belongings in the boat will probably get wet so leave valuables & non-submersibles at home. Weather and waves can change quickly on the water--watch weather patterns if you venture into the bay. Winds are variable. Stay away from where the waves break, especially along rocky shoreline. ALWAYS Wear a life jacket. It will bring you to the surface, even if you're not able. Enjoy!
    We completely agree. Escanaba has a diverse shoreline and paddling on a kayak or paddleboard provides a unique way to experience it.
    Written June 29, 2016
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 25, 2015
  • Stan S
    5 contributions
    Great guys run this business, CALL them!
    Rick and Jared are very special guys and extremely accommodating. We never guessed we'd receive such great customer service; they blew us away! If you're visiting Michigan's Upper Peninsular give them a call and they will truly enhance your experience. If you live here the opportunity to enjoy watersports is fantastic, I humbly suggest you take advantage of your location. Thanks so much guys, Stan & Maggie
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2018
  • Ann T
    Toledo, Ohio30 contributions
    Paddle boarding
    Great experience! Check in was easy/fast; Very professional and Boards were in great shape. Area was very large and not busy with boat activity. We were protected within the bay. We had some beginners within our group and not having boats near us was a huge advantage. Highly recommend this rental group if you are in the area and want to get some exercise on the lake!
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2018
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Gail J
Gladstone, Michigan1 contribution
Jul 2017 • Family
I was extremely satisfied with my online experience with renting kayaks from MISH Watersports when family visited the UP in July. We all had so much fun!!! .Four out of our group of eight had never gone kayaking before and they had a great first experience!!!. It's definitely on our "to do" list when they visit again next year.
Written August 2, 2017
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610kevind
Boulder, CO7 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
It could have not been easier and more fun !! It took only 5 minutes to pay and get some quick tips and we were on the water having a great time. The location in Ecanaba harbor by the boathouse allows you to circle the entire island and get out on Lake Michigan.
Written August 2, 2017
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jessicabB2166MA
Escanaba1 contribution
Aug 2016 • Family
Great people working there. We were afraid there wouldn't be any kayaks left when we got there mid day, but they have a lot of them and a lot of paddle boards. They got us checked in and going very quickly and we had a lot of fun. Great service to have!
Written August 8, 2016
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aeviau
Gladstone, Michigan1 contribution
Jul 2015 • Solo
I had a great experience both times I rented from Mish. All of the employees were pleasant whenever I entered the beach house, whether I was there to rent from them or not. The 50% discount for Delta County residents is huge!
Written August 25, 2015
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It's always great to see repeat customers, because it means we are doing something right. The Delta County discount allows people the opportunity to get out and enjoy our beautiful waterfront often without breaking the bank.
Written June 29, 2016
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nehl_aldridge
Germantown, Tennessee1 contribution
Jun 2015 • Solo
MISH wasn't supposed to be open for another week, but Jarred responded immediately to my email, saying he could meet me at the beach house anytime. A light southerly breeze gave me lots of choices: putter in protected, waist-deep water in the bay to the south, explore the ore docks to the north (a small ship in dry dock - cool!), or strike out in open water. I did all three. The ocean kayak looked new. I liked its stability and its adjustable backrest.

Good equipment, great setting, and a friendly, accommodating proprietor: what more can you ask? Go! Wear your life vest.
Written June 15, 2015
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Thank you for your kind comments about our business and beautiful lake shore! We hope to see you next time you are in town.
Written June 25, 2015
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Lisa D
Escanaba, MI1 contribution
Aug 2018 • Solo
It was So Much Fun! Totally worth it! I was thinking about going all summer. Rode the jet ski from Gladstone to Esky and back in an hour with time to spare. So fun.
Written August 16, 2018
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Rachael P
4 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
We used the paddle boards and kayak’s in Escanaba and then the jet skis in Gladstone. Both were a lot of fun! We were worried about the jet skis and having something to do, since there were 7 of us and only 2 skis but they are on a nice beach. Half of us played while the other half skied. The girl in Escanaba was very helpful and nice. I did ask about a military discount and none was offered, that’s my only negative .
Written August 11, 2018
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Jamie B
1 contribution
Jul 2018 • Couples
My husband & I rented jet skiis for 2 hours while visiting family in the area. The 1st hour was great! We rode around the lake and were having a great time that was til I tried splashing him and my jet ski tipped on its side and I fell off in the middle of the lake and was unable to get back on. There is no step to get back on the jet ski if you fall off. You have to have pretty good upper body strength to pull yourself back on them if you do fall off. My husband had to drive his jet ski back to shore to call for help to get me out of the lake. A rescue jet ski came and I was able to climb out of the water as that one had a bar to step onto. I was so relieved to finally get out of the water after floating for 45 mins. I was sad that we were not able to enjoy the full 2 hours we had paid for.
Written August 1, 2018
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Lee K
3 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
We reserved a jet ski for 2 hours and the rain came in about a half hour into the rental. Rick and his staff offered to provide a gift card to rebook at any date in the future. We waiting until later in the week when the weather was much better and had an amazing time. Thanks SO MUCH for accommodating us!
Written July 30, 2018
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MixandMingle2017
Escanaba, MI1 contribution
Aug 2017 • Friends
We rented kayaks and standup paddleboards for our event ReCreating In the Great Outdoors. Our event focuses on people who have limited mobility's. WaterSports had an inflatable support to go around a kayak and paddleboard which made it more stable for people to use. The consumer service was awesome. The price was very affordable.
Written August 7, 2017
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