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Canoeing & Kayaking in Michigan

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Guide to Kayaking in Michigan

Home of the Great Lakes and a plethora of other lakes, rivers, and scenery, there are plenty of waters and destinations to seek out for a kayaking, canoeing, or paddling trip in Michigan. Some of the most popular kayaking destinations in Michigan include:

  •  4/5 Great Lakes (Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, Lake Superior, Lake Huron)
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes (Lower Peninsula)
  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Upper Peninsula)
  • Over 26,000 inland lakes
  • Various river trails, river camping, and kayak fishing spots

Read on for guides to planning your own kayaking trip to Michigan, seeking out an outfitted trip, connecting with other Michigan paddlers, and many other resources!

Plan a Paddling Trip to Michigan

Over the years, many of our paddlers have paddled throughout Michigan and were so generous to share their paddling experiences with us in a community trip report. Read a few examples of Michigan community trip reports or view all Michigan community trips below:

Have you paddled in Michigan? Post Your Trip and share with the community!

Plan an Outfitted Paddling Trip in Michigan

There are many amazing outfitters in Michigan that would love to give you an experience you will never forget, ranging from an afternoon on the water to multi-week adventures. Check out some popular Michigan outfitted trips and view all of the outfitted Michigan trips below:

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Articles About Michigan Paddling

The Great Lakes: A Little Slice of the Sea

Deep in the heart of North America, surrounded by forest and field, there is an ocean. A vast inland sea containing nearly a quarter of the world's fresh water — enough to flood the lower 48 states to a depth of almost ten feet — the Great Lakes contain upwards of 35,000 islands, and their 10,000 miles of shore rival that of the US ocean coastlines.

Connect with Paddlers in Michigan

Looking to connect with other paddlers in Michigan? Below are a number of resources to help get you started:

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