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Lake Huron (Port Austin) in Michigan

Trip Overview

At the tip of the thumb of Michigan is Port Austin. To the west is Caseville and to the east of Port Austin is Point aux Barques and Grindstone City.

All along the point from Port Austin to Grindstone City are some islands, great rock formations, and small cliffs and seeps. Port Austin has a light house about 1 1/2 miles out which is great to do, but you should be an intermediate to experienced to do it.

To the east of Port Austin is Flatrock Island. To the east of Port Austin is Bird Island, Turnip Rock, and Scarecrow Island by Grindstone City. You can do much of this in day trips.

Watch the weather reports before going out on Lake Huron.
The wind and waves can be different at Port Austin than at Grindstone City.


Gas stations, restaurants, and great views along the way.


Port Austin has a kayak rental and trip company; it's called Port Austin Kayak.


no fees or permits needed.


M-25 to Port Austin. Stop at the beach by the marina. Parking available there. Put in at the marina. You can also put in at boat dock/marina in Grindstone City.


"Sea Kayaking the Great Lakes." (Lake Huron) This book has some great day and 2 day trips to do. The information in the book is right on.

  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Group Rates: No

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