Highlights

New to the area or new to paddling, here?s a list of recommended day trips to get you started. The “Big Lake” isĀ ever-changing; plan with the right gear and prepare for weather and more. Your local outfitters are ready to serve you. Give them a call or stop by with questions and for more tripĀ details:

Baraga
This diverse stretch offers red cliffs that rise from water’s edge, sandy beaches and developed landscape along the shores of the Villages of L’Anse and Baraga.

  • Launch and explore areas of Keweenaw Bay between L?Anse and Baraga.
  • Launch at the beach at the mouth of Huron River and paddle out to the Huron Islands and back.

Gogebic
Developed on a fishing village, Black River Harbor provides a warm-water, yet shady retreat from Lake Superior.

  • Launch at Black River Harbor, explore the falls and paddle up shoreline to Presque Isle Campground, explore the falls and return along same route.

Houghton
The protected Portage Canal is perfect for first time outings. A variety of launch locations, access to town and historic site-viewing make this a wonderful stretch.

  • Launch at Chassell and paddle to and explore the Sturgeon River Sloughs.
  • Launch at South Entry and paddle south along sandstone cliffs, return along the same route.
  • Launch and explore Portage Canal and Portage Lake.

Keweenaw
The “island” of Keweenaw, marked by interesting inlets and formations, plus dense woods, is ready for adventurous and prepared paddlers.

  • Launch at Eagle Harbor and paddle to Copper Harbor; drop a shuttle vehicle at one end and paddle there.
  • Launch at Bete Grise Beach and paddle out to Montreal Falls, return along the same route.
  • Explore Copper Harbor by launching at Marina or from Fort Wilkins State Park.
  • Launch at Copper Harbor and paddle to Horseshoe Harbor; return along the same route.

Ontonagon
Porcupine Mountains and Agate Beach are definite highlights of this area.

  • Launch at Green Park picnic area, paddle up-shore and explore the headwaters of the Ontonagon River; return along same route.