Kayaking in Michigan
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 out of 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!
Kayaking 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 Kayaking 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:
Connect with Paddlers in Michigan
Looking to connect with other paddlers in Michigan? Below are a number of resources to help get you started:
Kayak Outfitters in Michigan
Looking to rent a kayak or go on a guided trip? Check out these outfitters in Michigan:
Articles About Michigan Paddling
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.