5 Kayaking Trips and Locations in Michigan That You Shouldn’t Miss!

One of the best outdoor activity you can do in Michigan is kayaking. Because of the state’s enchanting rivers and world’s famous lakes, more and more kayakers are choosing Michigan as their favorite place.

If you wanted to try and test the magic of Michigan waters, here are few locations that you should consider for a more spectacular experience.

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Kayaking the Thumb Heritage Water Trail – Port Austin, Michigan

The Tip of the Thumb Heritage Water Trail extends over 100 miles with 34 launch/landing markers. Interesting rock formations, caves and stacks can be found less than two miles east or west of Port Austin’s Veterans Waterfront Park.


Photo by @forehand67 ____________________ Stand-up Paddle Boarding by Turnip rock in Lake Huron, Michigan, USA. Turnip Rock has been severely undercut by wave action, so that its top has a significantly larger cross-section than its base. Its consequent unusual form, reminiscent of a turnip, has made it a minor attraction for viewing from watercraft, although it’s shoreline is privately owned you owned. Port Austin, the nearest large community, is the usual base for kayaking trips to Turnip Rock. A concrete collar has been built around the base of Turnip Rock at the waterline to retard further undercutting. Bring a friend to Stand-up Paddle board with! ____________________ #bucketlist #liveurlist #activity

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Kayaking At Dusk – Ludington, Michigan

Enjoy the beauty of Ludington with evening or early morning kayaking on Hamlin Lake.

Michigan’s Land of Water – Les Cheneaux Islands, Michigan

Paddle waterways that span over 75 miles on the northern shores of Lake Huron. The Les Cheneaux Islands consists of 36 islands that offer many channels and quiet coves which are ideal for sailing and boating.

It’s Friyay!!! Where are you going paddling this weekend? #kayak #SUP #canoe #ocean #rivers #lakes #letsgo

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Kayaking around St. Ignace – St. Ignace, Michigan

With miles of shoreline close by, smooth waters, island channels, inlets, rivers and creeks, St. Ignace is a great place for serenity, athletic and adventure loving types.

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A Summer Classic – Petoskey, Michigan

Steeped in tradition, the Petoskey Area offers visitors first-class recreation and abundant natural beauty in a variety of distinct waterfront resort communities.

Boating season is here! #lakes #CrookedLake #boating #funtime #InlandWaterway

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Information source – http://www.michigan.org/kayaking/

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59 thoughts on “5 Kayaking Trips and Locations in Michigan That You Shouldn’t Miss!

  1. This is a great list. The waters look calm which is important for beginners. Beautiful scenry too!

  2. Sounds like paradise! I live in VA, but kayaking in Michigan seems like a fun adventure! Turnip rock, wow! just beautiful.

  3. Wow these are some beautiful locations! We have kayaked a few times here in NJ where we live.

  4. I really want to go to Michigan to visit a good friend! Kayaking sounds AWESOME, too! We would have a blast. I’m going to see if any of these places are near him, and bookmark this!

  5. I understand Michigan is one of the most beautiful states in the Union. Your pictures and stories exemplify this and I can understand why a person would want to visit and play in Michigan.

  6. I can’t remember the last time I went kayaking. This post makes me want to grab a friend and head to Michigan to check out these gorgeous locations. They look so peaceful and serene.

  7. Really looks like a fantastic place to visit. I love the look of turnip island, it resembles some mythical or fantastical island in a crazy novel.

  8. I love kayaking! When I was in college we had to do a two week outdoor excursion, and mine was kayaking. That would make an amazing vacation!

  9. I am a novice kayaker. I just started last spring and I have only been on our local lake and canal system. I would love to do this, though, those land formations are fantastic.

  10. These are some awesome places! I’d love to do some kayaking at all of them. We used to kayak and canoe on some smaller rivers in mid-Michigan.

  11. I have never been kayaking but my son will be trying it out this summer at camp. I will have to have him teach me a few things when he comes back – it looks like fun!

  12. Oh wow! my favorite spot would be the Thumb Heritage Water Trail! What a beautiful view and the water is very clear as well. It would be nice to watch the sunset there!

  13. So much to adventure around in Michigan. Not sure when I will get there again but I do have family I will be sharing this with.

  14. I love kayaking. I live in England by the coast and I just love to go out in the bay, where the currents are low, and just enjoy a day out on the sea. It’s a very relaxing activity.

  15. Wow, Michigan sounds like a great place to stay. I would love to go Kayaking there, I hope I can be there someday.

  16. I have yet to try kayaking but it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. Michigan is just full of places to explore.

  17. We have awesome rock formations in our country and it is so wonderful to see one in person. Michigan sounds a nice place.

  18. Awesome list!
    I’ve kayaked in the white water rapids but never out in a brilliantly beautiful space like that. Would be awesome to do that. Time to reflect and enjoy what mother nature created

  19. These are great places in Michigan to go kayaking for a Kayaking trip. Here in the U.P. of Michigan people go kayaking on the rivers and the lakes. I have never been kayaking but it is something I was going to try this summer. Thanks for sharing the locations.

  20. I’ve never tried kayaking before, though I did have a chance to go boating (using an automatic boat) at the Han River in Seoul. My husband wanted to ride using a paddle boat, but I refused. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to paddle well and we’d end up sinking. Haha!

  21. I love kayaking! I’ve actually only done it three times, but it was so much fun. The Tip of the Thumb Heritage Water Trail looks unbelievable.

  22. Such beautiful photos! I’ve never been to Michigan and it is nice to “go there” with you. I used to go sea kayaking in Florida all the time, but I haven’t been in years. I need to take my boys.

  23. I’ve been kayaking in West Virginia before during a white water rafting trip and it was so fun! It’s been a few years since then though, and I remember being so sore afterwards. It’s a great workout! I would love to go do this again someday with my husband, I’m sure he’d really enjoy it.

  24. Michigan sounds a nice place to do kayaking, I never tried doing it but I will. After all, it’s summer and I have no excuse!

  25. Kayaking sounds a great adventure, I haven’t tried it. Michigan is a very wonderful place, you will be surprised when you get there.

  26. St. Ignace, Michigan looks like a very relaxing and peaceful place. I would love to do kayaking there.

  27. These photos are fa-nominal! I went and followed the Instagram accounts. Never really heard anything about visiting Michigan but now I can see it has some awesome places my family and I would really enjoy!

  28. Those pictures are breathtaking. I would love to kayak in Michigan. The scenery is so different than where I am. I have kayaked several times near Charleston, SC but it is very flat here. Lots of dolphins that I love but I would also love to see those cliffs.

  29. It’s nice to see the beautiful side of Michigan. Each time I go plan on vacation, and I would mention Michigan, my friends would give me like “are you crazy” look. But I don’t care what they say, your pictures look beautiful.

  30. I wish I can go in Michigan this is one of the beautiful place to stay with your loved ones. love those photos

  31. Wow, those are such beautiful places. I have never been to Michigan before either. I would love to go to the first one. That looks extremely breathtaking!

  32. I’ve never been to Michigan, but these photos have put it on my bucket list! Amazing rock formations. SO pretty! Great use of photography!

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