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About GR Paddling - Tours
The mission of GR Paddling, LLC is to provide kayak and canoe excursions in and around the greater Grand Rapids, Michigan area, utilizing local waterways as a way to increase appreciation by educating the public in the protection and value of our natural resources, and to promote area tourism through healthy, safe and responsible adventure activities.
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KarenReda wrote a review Oct 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan7 contributions2 helpful votes
I went kayaking today with two friends on the Grand River between Knapp bridge and Northland drive. It was a beautiful fall day. Jeff made it so easy, meeting us at the Knapp Meijer parking lot, and putting in our kayak’s at the Knapp bridge. He talked to us about things we should look for on our trip, and what we would see. He had life jackets, put in our kayak’s... we didn’t even get our feet wet. He took our picture and gently pushed us in. The river is wide and straight, so super easy to navigate. There were side coves to explore as well. You really would have to try hard to tip! We saw Kingfisher’s, a bald eagle eating a fish, red tailed hawks and a heron. It was peaceful and beautiful. When our trip ended, Jeff was waiting with water, Gatorade and hot chocolate, along with snacks. He was so kind and friendly, and he knows a lot about the river and Grand Rapids. If you are unsure about the routes, just ask him. He does moonlight tours, early sunrise trips... and he’ll go with you if you need extra help. It was reasonably priced, and a lovely way to take in the beauty on the river! We will do it again!!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from grpaddlingjeff, Owner at GR Paddling - Tours
Responded Oct 11, 2019
Thank you so much Karen, for this review and for appreciating the services that we provide I'm so pleased that you and your two friends had such an enjoyable paddling experience on the wonderful and scenic Grand River. It was indeed a beautiful Fall day for me too. I'm glad that you found us and please do consider booking another trip sometime in the future.
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maria_s42256 wrote a review Sep 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan7 contributions4 helpful votes
Our sunset kayaking trip in Grand Rapids was really really sweet! Had to postpose a day because of weather but Jeff was all over it, making time to be sure we had a good night for our paddle... and so we did. Beautiful sky, beautiful dark water. Paddling into Grand Rapids at night provided a wonderful open view of the city lights, serene easy time. What a treat! Thanks to all.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from grpaddlingjeff, Owner at GR Paddling - Tours
Responded Sep 16, 2019
Yes Maria, it was a great evening to enjoy the Grand River as well as the lights of Grand Rapids on the skyline. I'm pleased that everything worked out well for the three of you. Now, if only the moon would have peeked out.....wow, that would have been so cool. You just never know.
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tradergirl93 wrote a review Aug 2019
New York, NY31 contributions18 helpful votes
When my husband said he'd booked a canoe trip for the family on the Grand River, my response was: "You want me to do WHAT?" I was worried that I wouldn't be able to keep up with him and our teenagers. But I was worried for nothing. Our time out on the river was the highlight of our trip. Not only was I able to keep up, but so was my 78 year old father. Jeff dropped us off in one location, made sure we had everything we needed, and then drove to pick us up downstream. (I'm sure some people enjoy an upstream paddle, but we were not those people.) Jeff planned everything. He has great equipment. He even lent me a waterproof pouch for my phone, so that I could take pictures. Even the canoe seat is padded. That's fancy! Can't wait to do it again.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from grpaddlingjeff, Owner at GR Paddling - Tours
Responded Aug 27, 2019
It's so wonderful that you and your family enjoyed canoeing on the beautiful Grand River. And yes, it is a great way to spend a day. Thank you for sharing your paddling experience, for appreciating all that we offer, and for taking the time to post this generous review.
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Steven123 wrote a review Jul 2019
Chicago, Illinois130 contributions98 helpful votes
We went on a sunset/twilight paddling experience last week in Grand Rapids and I have only the best words to describe it. GR Paddling's owners, Jeff and his wife Liz, picked us up promptly from our hotel, transported us in a nice, clean van to the launching area, and we were equipped with a new spacious canoe in excellent shape, life vests, walkie talkies, snacks and drinks, water proof bags for our phones, wallets and any other valuable we wanted to take with us. Jeff and Liz took the time to fully brief us before our journey what to expect and do. Not only that, but Jeff followed us on our 3 or so mile journey in his own kayak to ensure all went wonderfully. And it did. Liz was taking pictures of us for our experience souvenirs (and she emailed us the photos within minutes after our experience). Here is a couple that knows their business, takes care of their clients with high professionalism and care, and in such a warm personal way. Our excursion was a perfect touch to our first visit to Grand Rapids. I strongly recommend GR Paddling. You can take in a wonderfully different and beautiful experience to your Grand Rapids visit.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from grpaddlingjeff, Owner at GR Paddling - Tours
Responded Jul 27, 2019
We are so pleased Steven, that you and your wife paid a visit to Grand Rapids and that you had such a wonderful river experience with us. It was indeed a lovely evening on the Grand and the sunset was quite spectacular. Thank you for appreciating all that we did to try and make your paddling experience as safe and enjoyable as possible. Thank you too for such a generous review of GR Paddling!
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Kristen W. wrote a review Jul 2019
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This was honestly the best thing we did over our weekend in Grand Rapids! Jeff went above and beyond to make our experience a great one. He was so knowledgeable about the route options and we would have had no clue what we were doing without him! We loved how he took a lot of pictures for us to remember the outing and the picnic lunch halfway through was just perfect. I definitely recommend this for anyone visiting the Grand Rapids area!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from grpaddlingjeff, Owner at GR Paddling - Tours
Responded Jul 22, 2019
Thank you for this most generous review. I'm so pleased that you chose Grand Rapids for your girls' weekend experience and that you included GR Paddling in your itinerary allowing me to be a part of it. What a great fun day it was for me as well. All three of you were both wonderful paddlers and a pleasure to spend the morning & early afternoon with.
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