The Chippewa River flows through Mt. Pleasant and is the focal point of five parks in the city: Riverside Park, Millpond Park, Nelson Park, Chipp-A-Water, and Island Park. In Island Park, the river flows completely around the park and creates a natural island in the center of the city. Three additional Isabella County parks utilize the river for recreation: Meridian Park, Deerfield Nature Park, and Majestic Landing.
The Chippewa River is perfect for a leisure trip on the water. Canoeing, tubing, and kayaking are a favorite past time of residents, students, and visitors to the area.