Canoeing in Michigan
Guide to Canoeing 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 paddling trip in Michigan. Some of the most popular destinations in Michigan include:
- 4 out of the 5 Great Lakes (Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, Lake Superior, Lake Huron)
- 2 National Lakeshores (Sleeping Bear Dunes, Pictured Rocks)
- Over 26,000 inland lakes
- Numerous river trails, river camping, and fishing spots
Read on for guides to planning your own trip to Michigan, seeking out an outfitted trip, connecting with other Michigan paddlers, and many other resources!
Canoeing Locations in Michigan
If you want to plot your own route, check out all paddling locations in Michigan! Search thousands of put-in and take-out locations on our Paddling Locations Map and be sure to download the Go Paddling app where you can save favorites or create and share a float plan!
Plan a Canoeing Trip in 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 below:
- Tittabawassee River
- Bassett Island, Grand Traverse Bay, MI
- Sleeping Bear Dunes Area
- Pine River
- Northern Lake Michigan Solo Kayaking Expedition
Have you paddled in Michigan? Post Your Trip and share with the community!
Connect with Canoers in Michigan
Looking to connect with other paddlers in Michigan? Below are a number of resources to help get you started:
Articles about Paddling in MIchigan
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.