Clear Water Kayaks
Clear Water Kayaks
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Clear Water Kayaks is located in Traverse City, Michigan. We are a clear bottom kayak tours and rentals company! We provide service in Elk Rapids, Torch Lake, and Leelanau counties. Choose a lake you'd like to explore in a see-through kayak and book with us today! You'll get to enjoy our Caribbean-like waters as well as learn facts about what's beneath the water from shipwrecks to turtles.
Traverse City, Michigan

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Robi0376
Minneapolis, MN41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I had read there were not many places to swim for public access. We had a camper and this was a quick hopeful stop to see the pretty lake everyone talks about. it's the Carribean of the North and it does hold up.
I had read: If you want to hit the sandbar without a boat, wear your swimsuit and park on the shoulder of Crystal Beach Road just north of Torch River Marine (12906 Cherry Ave., Rapid City) and the bridge over Torch River. There's a pocket park with a patch of sand; walk from the shore to the sandbar in chest-deep water.
Thankfully, we were able to park in the lot across from the realty office and we put our suits on. I had bought tubes to inflate in hopes of floating out instead of walking, but when we got there we realized it wasn't allowed to swim in that area (it's a launch). Thankfully, Clear water Rentals had a few kayaks and we asked if they rented by the hour, they did. We were able to get two (our family of 5 fit just fine with my kids being 16, 13, and 11). The coolest part is that they were clear kayaks, so we paddled out and were able to hang out on the sand bar. It was overcast, but still beautiful and very clear water! We were thankful this company was there at the right time, or we wouldn't have been able to do our quick stop!
Written July 19, 2021
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Lina A
Atlanta, GA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
It was a really great experience! My husband and I have kayaked in different states but never in a clear kayak! This was definitely a great way to spend our morning
Written June 19, 2021
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Justin C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Best kayaking I’ve done! The instructor was so helpful! The views were breathtaking. Already planning a trip back!
Written September 10, 2023
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Jamie B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were pleased with the service provided, the young man that brought the kayaks was very nice and the overall experience was awesome !!!
Written July 25, 2023
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Laurie K
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
These kayaks are amazing! We kayaked to the sandbar and enjoyed a couple hours hanging out! Beautiful.
Written July 13, 2023
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Daniela V
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The water was so beautiful! I love kayaking and even more when the kayak is clear giving you a view of the beautiful water. The guide I talk to was so helpful and nice ! 10/10 will definitely be doing again!
Written July 10, 2023
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Pathfinder796782
Naperville, IL5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Kayaking in a clear-bottomed kayak was pretty unique, especially with such clear water in the bay. The novelty wore off after a while, and with polarized sun glasses, I could see in the water as well as through the bottom of the kayak. The scenery was beautiful and the lake was very calm.
One issue my wife and I both had was paddling while sitting on the bottom of the kayak. We’re used to kayaks with seats on top of the kayak so we weren’t used to having to raise our arms over the side to paddle. We got tired from having to hold our arms up more than actually paddling.
There was a scheduling problem with our reservation through Trip Advisor, but Clear Water Kayaks did a great job of taking care of the problem.
Written June 25, 2023
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Christian D
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Either the booking didn’t go through properly or the location given on the reservation ticket for the meet up was wrong no one was there and we didn’t end up even kayaking.
Written April 29, 2023
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Jay B
Traverse City, MI4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Had some friends in from out of town and tried Clear Water Kayaks in Elk Lake. The owner, Brian, was super helpful and went out of his way to communicate with us. We had a fun day and the location was beautiful.

Upon completing our rental Brian met us as promised and even stayed around to jump my car went it wouldn't start.

I admire Brian's extra effort as an entrepreneur and business owner. I highly recommend Clear Water Kayaks.
Written September 19, 2022
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Logan
Oxford, MI1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Well… I had been looking forward to doing this for months! However I don’t think I will ever use these people again (even if they have cool clear bottom kayaks)
They canceled on us with no clear reasoning, other than lack of time management. The time you choose means nothing to the people that run this. My boyfriend and I were supposed to go at 2pm and they text me telling me they messed it up and to come back at 4pm. We go there and wait and they text
Me 15 minutes before saying “oh we are running late, 30 minutes.” That’s fine and we wait. 25 minutes later we are still waiting and I check my email out of boredom and I see that they canceled our experience without even texting me before hand. They tried to make it up by saying we could go for free tomorrow but we are on a tight schedule and are gone tomorrow.
Written September 15, 2022
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