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Best Places to Kayak in Michigan

by Angelique Platas

Sep 28, 2017

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A great way to explore a new location with the family is by doing a fun activity together. Whether you’re an outdoorsy bunch of avid kayakers or beginners looking for a fun and scenic activity, Michigan’s two Great Lakes and countless rivers and streams provide families a wide variety of fun and safe locales for group kayaking.

Great Turtle Kayak Tour, Mackinac Island

Take a kayak tour through the calm waters of Mackinac’s marina and bay, or venture around the rock formations and rustic landscapes of Round Island, Bois Blanc Island, Mission Point and Arch Rock. Enjoy the scenery, island hopping and the Round Island Lighthouse by kayak. Sunrise cruises are offered each morning, touring Arch Rock and the Rock Maze, with epic sunset excursions available each night through Devil’s Kitchen and the Grand Hotel.

Jordan Valley Outfitters, East Jordan

Located in Northern Michigan, Jordan Valley Outfitters offers family paddling, kayaking and canoeing. Traverse the scenic Jordan River and wild surrounds with an eco-tour. Group excursions are available year-round, as kayaking the Jordan River Valley is accessible and picturesque in all seasons.

Family kayaking on the river

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Sturgeon River Paddlesports, Wolverine

Located in downtown Wolverine, Mich., Sturgeon River Paddlesports offers a wide variety of recreational services. The Sturgeon River is the fastest moving river in the state’s Lower Peninsula, providing an exciting ride for kayaking, rafting, tubing and paddle boarding. Kayaking excursions range between two–four hours at an active pace — so save this one for the older kids.

Paddle Your Harbor, Petoskey

Take a single or double kayak, paddleboard or pedal boat out on Lake Michigan with Paddle Your Harbor. The upscale water sport outfitter provides guests with the tools and guidance to explore the area’s wildlife and serene atmosphere.

Argo and Gallup Canoe Livery, Ann Arbor

Enjoy a nearly four-mile kayak adventure from Argo Canoe Livery to Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, Mich. Begin through the Argo Cascades, a group of small rapids, and push through to the calmer waters of the Huron River. The river’s pace is perfect for kayakers of all levels and offers a customizable excursion for families of all sizes. Take in the natural beauty surrounding the river as hikers, bikers and wildlife trek alongside.


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