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Your Connection to the Water

Riverside Kayak Connection (RKC) is Metro Detroit’s premier paddling shop. Since 2004, RKC has been dedicated to improving kayaking, water trails and public access in Southeast Michigan. We continue to accomplish this goal by offering kayaks, paddles and equipment for all paddling goals, activities and abilities.

Based in Wyandotte, Michigan our retail location has kayaks, paddling accessories, and roof racks.

RKC Staff

Tiffany VanDeHey
Tiffany lived in Hannibal, Missouri near the Mississippi River before moving to Michigan. She started paddling in 8th grade Canoe Club on the Looking Glass River near Lansing. Upon moving to downtown Wyandotte she started kayaking on the Detroit River. Tiffany runs the daily operations of the shop in Wyandott and the rental locations at Elizabeth Park and Belle Isle.
Laura joined Riverside Kayak in Spetember of 2015 when she made the decision to return to the workforce after being a stay at home mother and wife for 13 years. If she is not in the shop, you can find her spending her time camping, kayaking, hiking and enjoying the outdoors with her husband and 2 children.


Michigan Wildlife

Michigan Wildlife Council

Article on kayaking Detroit.

Preparing to go on the Water Safely

WXYZ - Detroit

Video on kayak safety.

Toronto Star

Toronto Star

Article about things to do in Detroit.


Due to the large number of requests, we ask that organizations meet our donation requirements and compete the request form.  RKC typically donates a certificate.   for four people to rent solo kayaks or solo bicycles for one hour at Belle Isle Park for Monday – Friday rentals.

We seek to support those causes which effect positive change. Organizations committed to promoting environmental sustainability, youth organizations, and health causes are given preference.  


The Jerry Glotfelty Kayak Education Fund has been set up. The fund will promote youth kayak education. 

If you have ever been to an RKC demo day, the Port Austin Kayak Symposium or were towed on one of our tours you probably met Jerrry Glotfelty.  It is with a very heavy heart that in January 2017 we had to say good bye to an amazing kayak instructor and even more amazing friend. 

You can go to any Fifth Third Bank and tell them you would like to make a donation to the Jerry Glotfelty Kayak Education Fund.  You can also write a check to Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative (a 501(c)3) and write Jerry Glotfelty Kayak Education Fund in the memo.  Mail checks in care of Riverside Kayak Connection, 4016 Bilddle Avenue, Wyandotte, MI 48192.


Riverside Kayak Connection is helping kids and adults stay safe on the water.  With the Life Jacket Loaner Program you can borrow a life jacket for the day or weekend, at no charge!

Thank you to Boat US Foundation for including us in the Life Jacket Loaner Program.