New Tour- Miners Castle Tranquil Paddle

December 7th, 2015 Comments off


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 to take the Pictured Rocks Cruises. The PRC has been guiding the public to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for over 50 years and gives folks the opportunity to see the castle from the water.


In our humble opinion the absolute best way to experience Miners Castle is by kayak or stand up board! 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!


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Money Spent On Life Experiences, Not Material Things, Brings Happiness

November 30th, 2015 Comments off


Tis the season.  Running around figuring out the perfect gift for someone can be daunting.  Some years you hit it….some you don’t.  This year why not commit to a grand experience by paddling with your friends at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, considered by many to be a world class sea kayaking destination.

Socks wear out, are lost, and soon forgotten.  A weekend of smiles and laughs with your friends, now that is a gift and memories that will last a lifetime.  Start your adventure by registering today!

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Registration For The 2016 LOL Is Now Open!

November 19th, 2015 Comments off


Hey this might be a record!  We have officially opened registration for the 2016 LOL located in Munising Michigan.   We have been really busy planning an awesome event based on feedback from last years participants and coaches.   Here are some of the most important things to know for this year:


With planning an event like Ladies of the Lake many logistical problems come up and year after year we try our best to fix them to offer a high quality experience for our participants.  Over the past few years we have had the problem of keeping the correct ratios of participants to coaches.  Our issue has been we really want to keep this an all female event and to be honest- sometimes it is hard to come up with enough coaches to meet our needs.  Having said that for the first time in our history we are capping our event at 130 participants.  By doing this we know exactly how many coaches we will have to hire to meet industry safety standards.  What does that mean for participants?   It means folks will have to sign up early if you want to guarantee yourself a spot!


Just like last year all registration will be done online.  We’ve changed our registration a little in order to make it easier.  You will no longer have to sign up on one page and then pay at another. It’s all done in one place this year.  In past years you’ve had to fill out a waiver when you arrived at the event. This year we’ve wrapped that into your registration. PLEASE REMEMBER TO USE THE COUPON CODE:  EarlyBird to receive your discount!


Last year we offered online scheduling and it was a huge success.  We will be doing the same thing this year.  You’ll be able to select all of your classes and tours while you’re signing up.  Again this year we will be using a color coding system to help you build the perfect schedule and make sure you get into classes that are best suited for you and your paddling goals.  To learn more about this year’s scheduling check out this post: LOL 2016 Schedule.   Some classes and all tours have a limited number of available spots.  We’d recommend signing up early to ensure that you get what you want.


In the past we have carried all canceled registrations forward to next event, sometimes for multiple years.  This became more complicated with higher attendance. We are no longer carrying registrations forward.  We will offer partial refunds to all cancellations.  If you sign up and are unable to attend please let us know as soon as possible.  If you let us know you can’t make it before April 15th we will refund 75% of your registration fee.  If you cancel between April 15th and July 1st we will refund half of your registration.  No refunds will be given for cancellations after July 1st.


Munising is a paddler’s paradise with great access to Lake Superior and some of the most beautiful shoreline you’ll find anywhere on the planet.  LOL headquarters will be located upstairs at Sydney’s Restaurant where the always friendly staff do their best to cater to our every need.

Werner Paddles Theme Party –  This is it.  The one you’ve heard about. The now famous, or infamous, Ladies of the Lake theme party. It’s hard to describe the unbridled fun that comes from 100+ women dressed in costume and partying down.  In the past themes have ranged from Woodstock to the Oscars; from Pirates to the Wild West.  This year we are taking it under the Big Top with a Circus Themed party!  So grab a friend, listen to the Ringmaster, and get ready for the greatest show on earth!


One great thing about registering early is that the sooner you register, the less you pay. If you sign up any time between this Friday and March 10th, your registration will only cost you $200!  PLEASE REMEMBER TO USE THE COUPON CODE:  EarlyBird to receive your discount!

If you sign up between March 10th and June 1st, registration will cost $300.  After June 1st, the price will rise to $350.  This fee gets you world class instruction and all of the breathtaking tours that are offered at the event.


If you have any questions or if there is anything we can help you out with please email Bill at or call us at 906.226-7112

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It’s always more fun with friends

June 8th, 2015 Comments off


The very best thing about Ladies of the Lake…  better than the classes, better than the tours and better than the amazing socials…  are the friendships we develop throughout the weekend. These friendships last longer than the weekend and many lifelong paddling partnerships were forged at the symposium. We treasure these above everything else we do. Many friends find renewed excitement through kayaking together during the tours and classes, and many paddlers introduce their non-paddling friends to the sport during the symposium.

We want you to bring to your friends with you when you join us this summer. It’s just more fun for everyone that way.

So from now until July 10th we are giving you a little something extra if you bring a friend with you. We will give both of you a $25 gift certificate to Down Wind Sports! That’s right, $25 for you and $25 for your friend! The gift certificate can be used on any of the paddling gear at the symposium or any of the products in either the Houghton or Marquette stores. This is a great way to get an even better deal on the already discounted paddling gear at LOL headquarters. If you bring multiple friends, you can get multiple gift cards.  Want a new dry suit?  Just bring 25 friends with you!

This deal is valid only to participants who register for the 2015 Ladies of the Lake Symposium or coaches teaching at the event. It is only available to those who register between June 8th and July 10th. If you have already signed up and you get a friend to register before July 10th, you are still eligible for the gift cards. All you have to do is email Heidi ( after you sign up and let her know who your friend is.  We will have the gift cards waiting for you when you arrive in Munising.

Register By Clicking Here!



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Some Friendly Competition

April 22nd, 2015 Comments off

ThrowDownAnyone who has been to LOL before probably knows Kelly Blades and Edith Nelson, and if you don’t know them, you’re missing out. On top of representing two of our great kayak manufacturers (P&H and Wilderness Systems respectively) they are a huge part of our LOL family.

So, what could be more fun than a little family competition? We decided to combine our next promotion with a bit of a contest. We’re pitting these two wonderful people against each other in an epic battle to see who can get more women to register for the symposium based solely on their great looks and stunning personalities.

So here’s the promotion: Anytime between now and May 15th, if you use one of our coupon codes you can save $75 on your event registration.

And here’s the contest: We’ve created two codes and you can cast your vote based on which code you choose.

Vote for Edith With Code

Vote for Kelly With Code


Both codes get you the same deal, we just want to see who you love more.  Sign up today to cast your vote and show these two some love.  We really couldn’t run Ladies of the Lake without them.

Click Here To Sign Up


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Where’s everyone coming from?

March 30th, 2015 Comments off

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We have just over 60 participants signed up for LOL 2015!  We are well on our way to our minimum of 100 paddlers and more registrations are coming in every day.  The map above shows the hometown of (almost) everyone who’s signed up to come to this years event.  We have people coming in from all over the midwest and as far as Utah!  If your area isn’t represented there is one sure way to fix that: Sign up today!

There is still time to take advantage of our current special. Checkout and use coupon code 1Lake2Events to save $100!  The deal ends tomorrow night. This will be your last chance to get a deal this good.  If you’ve been waiting to sign up, now’s the time.

Paddling season has already started in many parts of the country (some parts it never stops) and it’s getting close here on Lake Superior.  The ice is melting and the water is at least starting to think about warming up someday, maybe.  Spring is creeping in our direction.

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March 18th, 2015 Comments off


Last weekend we were in Madison, WI at the annual Canoecopia show.  It’s the largest gathering of paddlers in the country with dozens of presentations, demos and outdoor companies showing off the newest boats and accessories.

Arni and Heidi set up a booth to spread the good word about Ladies of the Lake.  Thousands of people stopped by to check out the table that Heidi had decked out in 50′s décor to match this year’s theme of “Grease”.  We were offering special pricing on registration for all of those in attendance and we had a handful of women take us up on the deal.

We didn’t want to leave out anyone who could’t make it to Madison so we are extending the same deal to everyone!

If you sign up before the end of the month and use coupon code “CanoecopiaLOL” you can save $100 on your registration!  Don’t delay, the price won’t be this good again!


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Registration Update

March 3rd, 2015 Comments off

MinersOver the past few weeks we’ve had registrations just pouring in! We’re still 4 months away from our 100 participant deadline and we’ve got nearly 40% of the paddlers we need!  We’re also nearing the end of our Early Bird Special.  Make sure you sign up by March 10th to receive $100 off.  Use coupon code EarlyBirdSpecial at checkout.

A lot of women are interested in taking our Skill Assessment Quiz before starting the registration process.  This way you know your color and can research your schedule to make the best decisions for you. Well, at Ladies of the Lake, ask and you shall receive.  Here is the link to the quiz:

Click Here to take the Skill Assessment Quiz

We have heard from some ladies that they have been having a few issues with the sign up process. We went through and simplified the web form to make it easier and more intuitive. If you have tried to sign up and had some problems, we’d recommend trying again now. If you still have problems, please email Matt at and he can help you through the process.


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Come Visit Us at Canoecopia

February 27th, 2015 Comments off


You don’t have to wait until August to see, talk to and learn from Ladies of the Lake instructors. Three instructors from this year’s symposium and three who have taught in prior years will be making presentations at Canoecopia in Madison, Wis., March 13-15.

Bonnie Perry and Lyn Stone, 2015 instructors, will demonstrate different ways to get back in your boat after a capsize during a session at the pool. Bonnie will also talk about “The Spirituality of Navigation: Being Lost, Getting Found and Leading Others Along the Way.”

Another 2015 instructor, Lenore Sobota, will share her ideas for “Overcoming Fear: One Stroke at a Time” and also how to “Improve Your Paddling Through Journaling.”

Past instructor Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin and her husband Alec will be presenting “Ten Tips for Becoming a Better Paddler.”

Another past instructor, Sherri Merz will let you know about “The Proper Care and Feeding of Your Boat or Board” and “Things Your Mother Never Told You About Kayak Accessories.”

And Cindy Scherrer, who has been a lady of the lake several times as a coach, will spread the word on standup paddleboarding, joining her husband Steve to talk about “Choosing the Right Paddleboard” and “SUP 101: Understanding SUP Basics on Land.”

For more details on the time, day and location of each presentation, see

And, while you are at Canoecopia, don’t forget to stop by the Ladies of the Lake table and say hi to Heidi. If you haven’t signed up yet we’ll have a Canoecopia special and she’ll be in the lobby helping with registrations.


Heidi always comes through with great table decorations, stop by to see what she comes up with this year.

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Winter in Pictured Rocks

February 23rd, 2015 Comments off

As the days get longer and our minds start to drift to boats and open water, the weather has other ideas. Winter has dug itself in deep here in the U.P.  Temperatures of -30F and waist deep snow keep our spring fever in check.

For all of the harshness that comes with a U.P. winter, it is still a spectacular place. Summer on the shoreline of Lake Superior is not something to miss, but winter can turn this familiar beauty into an otherworldly landscape. In Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the summer home of our symposium, the world becomes a frozen wonderland of ice and snow. The familiar beaches transform with giant blocks of ice, the lakes and rivers freeze solid and the waterfalls become still as statues as their rushing water turns into giant columns of ice.  For those of you who have never visited the U.P. in the winter, we can’t recommend it enough.  It’s an experience unlike any other.  Here are some photos of winter in Pictured Rocks from the past few years.  You may even recognize a few familiar faces from LOL!

Just because the lake is frozen right now doesn’t mean that we aren’t hard at work making Ladies of the Lake 2015 our best symposium yet.  We’ve got our eye on summer and you should too.  If you haven’t registered yet now is the time!  The price will go up on March 10th, just two weeks away.  So make a plan to join us this summer in one of America’s most beautiful places.

Arni at the bottom 2

Arni Ronis at the west Side of Grand Island

Chapel Rock

A frozen Chapel Rock

Grand Island Light

A frozen waterfall near Grand Portal


LOL Instructor Lenore Sobota climbing a frozen waterfall during the Michigan Ice Fest

Miners Castle

Pancake ice around Miner’s Castle

skiing along lakeshore

Skiing in the winter where you paddle in the summer


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