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“A Tradition in the are”
Review of Honor Trading Post

Honor Trading Post
Ranked #3 of 6 things to do in Honor
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

This place has been here on the Platte River and hosts canoe/kayak/tubing down the river to Lake Michigan. It is a classic up north feel place like it should be.

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We had a group of 12 adults and 15 kids (aged 3-8) so we had a number of double kayaks, canoes and tubes to accommodate our group. The tubes were used to tow along some of the kids. All of the kids were required to wear life jackets (which the Trading Post can supply).

The Trading Post sells sandwiches, pizza, pop, beer and other things you might forget at the last minute. The staff was friendly and patient, which with our massive, kid-filled group wasn’t easy. We got the paperwork and logistics taken care of quickly. Once we got to the river, the guys were helpful and friendly in getting us all down to the river and sent off.

The first stretch of the trip was pretty easy going. There are some downed trees to maneuver around, but nothing too difficult. The river is shallow, less than 3 feet deep in most areas, and people can stop and get out or walk pretty much whenever they choose to. There is a lake that you must cross roughly 30 minutes in. But it has a huge sandbar, where people stop and get out, eat, drink, play, etc. We took the time to eat lunch here and let the kids run wild in the shallow water. Once you’re across the river, the rest of the trip is pretty laid back as well, as you work your way out to the point at Lake Michigan. You do pick-up more traffic with the people in tubes on the 2nd half, so it can be more congested in that section. Actual time spent on the river was about 3 1/2 hours, but we were traveling with kids, so that was to be expected.

I’d recommend for families doing the trip to go out earlier in the day (before 10am) or later in the day (after 2pm) to avoid the swarm of adults tubing and drinking along the river. Also, don’t forget a waterproof bag or Ziploc bag to keep your valuables (phone, wallet, keys) dry.

Overall it was a great activity for our group considering the age ranges and we would definitely recommend the Trading Post and trip to our friends and family. We will be back again next year.

4  Thank myrickbrian
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

We took out 2 double kayaks and a canoe for our group of 7 - 78, 75, 42, 41, 9, 7 and 4. We drove to the office off Deadstream Road and signed in. They typically leave on the hour, but sine they weren't busy we started around 1:25p. We drove to the Platte River Picnic area to put in. (M22 and Lake Michigan Road). My husband drove our vehicle to the park at the end of Lake Michigan Road, following the field guy. He then brought my husband back to the put in so when we were finished with our trip our car was waiting for us.

The first stretch was easy going, but the wind was blowing a bit and the stretch across Loon Lake was a paddle. A few tubes on the water, but it was only 75 and overcast, so not many folks on the river. The lower river was faster moving (relatively speaking). Both rivers are shallow - less than 4 feet and closer to 2 feet in some areas. Our 4 and 7 year olds were required to wear life jackets (which was absolutely fine with us as the stretch lake is deep).

The staff are high school and college guys, so their communication wasn't always direct and clear, but they were helpful and friendly. Overall it was a great activity for our group considering the age ranges and we would recommend the outfit to our friends and family.

2  Thank 5Carrolls
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

If you want two hours of peaceful rest and a super slow pace on the laziest (and shallowest) 'river' - then this is the way to do it. We followed Cody driving our kayaks down to the river's end to park our car in the National Parks car park and then he gave us a lift back to the start of the Lower Lake for our adventure to start. You can hire canoes, kayaks and rubber tubes. Our 10 yr old wished we had hired him a tube to float down...as the pace was so slow he could have easily jumped in and out without 'Fleming's the boat as much! We loved this and I'm sure you will to

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Took my son and his friends kayaking. Went with Trading Post after reading reviews of the other place. Trading Post was excellent. The owner was friendly& informative. Filled out paperwork quickly. The store sells hoagies, pizzas, and other things you might forget at the last minute.

Followed their van to the take out point, parked our cars and then rode to the put in location. The driver and other workers were very friendly and knowledgeable about the Platte and surrounding areas. Actual time spent on the river was about 2 1/2 hours, but we went at a pretty fast pace. The first half of the trip requires a lot of maneuvering to avoid fallen trees that jut into the Platte, just like the owner warned us. There's no white water, but we did get scratched up. I scoffed when they said the majority of kayakers will get dumped into the river--the river averages 2-3 feet deep for the first half, but it happened rather quickly to my kayak when we got caught in one of those trees in the river. Like someone wrote in an earlier review, I wish I had brought a waterproof bag. Saw lots of wild life when we weren’t paddling to avoid the trees. No white water, so if you’re expecting that, you’ll be disappointed. I wish I would’ve brought a fishing pole along.

The latter third of the trip was rather cozy and laid back as we went through a swampy area that leads to the take out point. We thought we were going to get lost because the river forks in several places, but if you just keep going to the right, like the they told us at the Trading Post, you won't miss where you take out the canoes. Took the oars back and got a bite to eat.

Overall it was a great trip to see the Platte River. I would definitely recommend the Trading Post for someone looking to get out in the wilds of Michigan.

1  Thank jamdran
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