Interior view of Shel-Haven

About Shel-Haven

 Friendly and courteous service is our specialty.

Shel-Haven Canoe Livery was built in 1964 and has been owned by the Tompkin’s family for 28 years. Friendly and courteous service is our specialty. Shel-Haven’s large deck overlooks the river and offers a great place for picnicking or just relaxing and watching the river flow by. Shel-Haven offers clean, indoor bathrooms located in our beautiful building.  Snacks and last-minute items are available in our uniquely-decorated store. Our show room has a wonderful display of mounted animals from a baby goose to a large mountain lion and includes full-sized deer, coyotes, otter, bob cat, turkey, and mink.  The kids love it – actually everyone does.



Looking for a good time with family and friends, or just a peaceful getaway alone on the mighty Manistee? Well, here at Shel-Haven we offer the perfect variety of trips to accommodate your needs.  With trips starting at two hours, stretching all the way to ten days to the beautiful Lake Michigan, I’m sure you will be able to find a trip that works for you or your group.  We pride ourselves on our customer satisfaction and are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure your experience through us is unforgettable.

For those interested in our day trips, we offer five different excursions from two to seven hours. For each of these expeditions, you will park at Shel- Haven and we will load you up in one of our vans and drive you up the river to your desired destination. From there you will float back down river to your car. So its ok, enjoy yourself and relax on the river and take as long as you would like to, because we don’t charge extra if you decided to stop at one of the many sandy swimming holes with the kids to cool off, or if you pull off to the side to have a picnic with the family, or you could even be one of the groups who gets distracted in an epic water fight and lose track of time.  Your car will be waiting, and so will we, have fun.


Canoeing down the manistee river with Shel-haven


Shel-Haven Canoe Rental

P.O. Box 268

11852 W M 72 Hwy

Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989.348.2158