6 of the Best Kayaking Tours in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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The Best Kayaking in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Pictured Rocks Kayaking

Pictured Rocks Kayaking offers an up-close and personal experience along some of the most stunning shores in all of Michigan. This Upper Peninsula kayaking tour allows you to paddle close enough to touch these beautiful weathered rock formations. You’ll travel through archways and caves. While Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore boat tours give you great views of the coastline, there’s nothing like exploring the area by kayak.

Da Yak Shak

Da Yak Shak, based in Au Train, offers tons of kayaking excursions throughout the Upper Peninsula. They will deliver kayaks to an array of lakes and rivers in the area so that you can explore some of the most beautiful and serene places in the entire state of Michigan. They even provide tours of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

The Woods Tahquamenon River Canoe and Kayak Rentals

There’s nothing like kayaking on the gorgeous Tahquamenon River in the morning. The Woods Tahquamenon River Canoe and Kayak Rentals gives paddlers the opportunity to experience almost a dozen UP lakes and a series of sections of the Tahquamenon River. They even offer convenient kayak delivery for an extra fee.

Northland Outfitters

If you want to enjoy an exciting kayaking tour on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, look no further than Northland Outfitters. This local tour company offers several river trips for all ages and experience levels. Try their two and a half-hour Manistique River adventure or their four-hour Seney Wildlife Refuge excursion.

Keweenaw Adventure Company

You’ll find an array of outdoor excursions available at the Keweenaw Adventure Company. There are three trip offerings ranging from a couple of hours to a full day trip. You can also explore the shores of Isle Royale on one of their tours. They even offer kayak lessons for those wanting to polish their skills. 

Paddling Michigan

Paddling Michigan provides more unique ways to see Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Their collection of tours includes a morning paddle and sunset tour so that you can experience the beauty of this incredible destination at two of the most sensational times of the day. Check their website for a full list of trips!

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