NEW! Paradise Point Paddle
(8 miles) ACA Level 3
On this adventure we will launch from Autrain Bay, paddling east along the cliff line towards Paradise Point and our final destination Bay Furnace Campground. We will start the trip by looking at “The Face in the Rock”. This carving was left by a French voyager in 1820 as a tribute to “Powers of the Air, the only survivor of the peaceful Chippewa band of Indians who lived on Grand Island in the 19th century but were persuaded to battle the Sioux Tribe in a bloody battle fought in Minnesota. The group will then leisurely paddle the crystal clear turquoise water exploring small sandstone caves just as the French Fur traders did so many years ago.
Miners Castle Tranquil Paddle
(1 miles) ACA Level 1
The Pictured Rocks cliffs hold great spiritual significance to Native Americans who have called the Upper Peninsula home for thousands of years. The most iconic landmark in the National Lakeshore has to be Miners Castle. Miners Castle was named by Englishman Alexander Henry’s employees when they were exploring the area for minerals in 1771.To the geologist, Miners Castle is fascinating as it reveals the history of the Earth in its layers of sandstone at the northern edge of the Michigan.
The Miners Castle overlook is one way to experience “the castle” and offers arguably one of the best views of the Pictured Rocks cliffs available from land. Thousands of visitors flock to the overlook, 200 feet above the teal green waters of Lake Superior to catch a glimpse of the formation. Besides driving to the overlook, another unique way to visit the castle is by kayak! Paddling out in your own craft gives an intimate experience that others just can’t duplicate. There are six or eight large caves in the base of the castle, which the lake storms have carved out over centuries allowing the paddler to experience a symphony of sounds. Small waves combined with dripping water provides “lake music” offering a pleasurable mix of rhythm and sound.
On this trip we will experience the castle during a brief presentation at the overlook and then head on down to the water to paddle in and around the formation!
West Shore Grand Island
(10+ miles) ACA Level 2/ 3/4
Discover one of the region’s most secret of secrets as you explore the west side of Grand Island with its cliffs, sea caves, and arches. You’ll launch at the Grand Island public access, cross to Grand Island, follow the sandy shoreline to the West, exploring this seldom overlooked area.
Grand Island-Trout Bay
(11 miles) ACA Level 3
Protecting the entrance to beautiful Munising Bay is unspoiled Grand Island with its remarkable scenery: a spectacular shoreline with colorful sandstone cliffs towering above Lake Superior, and sea caves and arches. The island, up to eight miles long and 5 miles wide. This trip starts at Sand Point, crosses a channel (sunken ship visible in clear water) to Grand Island. Explore the shoreline with views of the lighthouse, rock formations and the mile long beach of Trout Bay. Lunch/snack break at the end of the bay then return. Driving time 1 1/4 hours (quickest route: 77 to 28 to Munising).
Spray Falls Adventure
(12 miles) ACA Level 2
This is not your typical paddling trip! We will launch at Little Beaver Lake- paddle into Big Beaver Lake, then float and walk down Beaver Creek to the mouth that empties into Lake Superior. After a short break of playing on the white sand beach, we will take the short paddle to be “baptized” by Spray Falls ! Participants should be prepared to walk their boats down this shallow stream, as well as portage around a log jam.
(18 miles) ACA Level 4
This world class trip starts at Miners Castle Beach and travels northeast along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore’s sandstone cliffs to Chapel Rock, through the impressive Grand Portal and back. Along the way plan on exploring caves, arches, and paddling under the many drips and waterfalls. Most of this 18 mile trip is in water open to the wind and waves of Lake Superior and is subject to rebounding waves off the cliffs. There are limited landing places along the rocks at the base of the cliffs. Driving time is 1 3/4 hours (quickest route: 77 to 28 to Munising).
Night Time Harbor Tour
ACA Level 1
The northern sky is gorgeous at night, and the summer weather is perfect for a night time Harbor Tour. We will start at 9:15pm and paddle around good harbor to enjoy the stars and the peaceful feeling of gliding across the cool waters of the greatest fresh water lake in the world.
Grand Sable Dunes
(7 miles) ACA Level 3
This trip starts from the protected beach in Grand Marais Harbor and will paddle west along the Grand Sable Dunes to the beach at the mouth of Sable River. Five square miles of Grand Sable Dunes are perched atop the 300-foot high Grand Sable Banks. Left by enormous glaciers, the Grand Sable Dunes dwarf comprehension. At lunch a short hike can be made to Sable Falls to stretch the legs and take in the beautiful set of falls! A return trip back to Grand Marais offers rockhounders a chance to find the elusive agate!
The Wreck of the Bermuda,Grand Island-Murray Bay
(8-10 miles) ACA Level 2
This trip starts at Grand Island Ferry Dock, west of Munising on M-28. It starts with a short open water crossing to Grand Island, explores the island shoreline and numerous historic buildings of the island. If calm water exsists we will paddle to the Bermuda Shipwreck. The Bermuda , a 150 foot wooden schooner foundered and sank in the spring of 1870 in Murray Bay on Grand Island. Her top deck is just 12 feet below the water’s surface where she has remained for 128 years. The wreck is intact,and in remarkable condition for a shallow wreck. We will enjoy lunch/snack break on the island then return.
Learning on the Move: A Learning Trip
(Variable Distance) ACA Level 2
Just like the name says, this is a trip that will allow you to practice anything and everything you’ve learned in kayaking with a coach and while seeing some beautiful scenery and getting in some miles. For those who have taken some classes and want to see if it works, this is the trip. The coaches leading the trips will challenge the paddlers utilizing existing environmental features, along with “creating” some scenarios of their own that are tailor-made to allow real-water practice. Bring your gear, your tenacity, and your work ethic and you’ll be prepared for anything! The trip will leave from Good Harbor and will come back some time later that day so pack a lunch.
Au Sable Light House-Hurricane River
(7 miles) ACA Level 3
This adventure starts from the beach at the mouth of the Hurricane River. Travel is east along the remaining Pictured Rocks shoreline to the Au Sable Point Lighthouse for a tour of the lighthouse. Au Sable Point lighthouse was built to help navigate sailors in their dreaded journey, along the eighty miles of dark shoreline that stretch from Grand Island Lighthouse to the famed light on Whitefish Point. An eighty-seven foot brick tower was built on a rise, placing the light about 107 feet above the lake service. The attached, two-story brick keeper’s dwelling was spacious, but also one of the most remote mainland stations in America. Shipwrecks and the rocky shelves that caused them can be seen along the bottom along the way. The trip then proceeds to the remnants of the Grand Sable Dunes log slide that was used during the logging days. Lunch/snack break on the beach below the slide, then return to Hurricane River. Driving time 45 minutes (route: H-58 East)