Local outfitters can get you started or help plan your next adventure:


Indian Country Sports
17 South Front Street
Baraga, MI 49946

Right on the water and just 50 feet from a marina, Indian Country Sports has carried all the basic kayaking and canoeing gear since 1977.


Whitecap Kayak/Steep Creek Outfitters and Cafe
930 East U.S. 2
Ironwood, MI

Whitecap Kayak offers guided day trips, overnight camping trips and instruction on pristine waters of Lake Superior and selected inland waters of northern Wisconsin. Their storefront is Steep Creek Outfitters and Café that offers supplies, from backpacks to kayaks to gear and sandwiches.


Down Wind Sports
308 Shelden Avenue
Houghton, MI

Purveyors of tools for outdoor fun, Down Wind Sports is the place to go in Houghton and Marquette for all things paddle sports and outdoor adventure. They sell new and used kayaks, stand up paddleboards (SUPs), canoes and equipment and offer numerous opportunities for equipment demo throughout the paddling season. Down Wind Sports is the sponsor of the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium and Ladies of the Lake events.

Outdoor Adventure Program
207 East Street
Houghton, MI
http://www.oap. mtu.edu/

Connects Michigan Technological University students to the outdoors through guided trips, leadership training, information sessions and equipment rentals. Rentals are not available to general public.


Keweenaw Adventure Company
155 Gratiot Street (U.S. 41)
P.O. Box 70
Copper Harbor, MI 49918


Headquarters for outdoor adventure in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula and Isle Royale National Park, the Adventure Company provides sea kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking services, plus exploration and conservation of the region. Visitors can rent boats, embark on guided tours or take lessons.


Peninsula Graphics
334 River Street
Ontonagon, MI 49953

Six 10-foot Watercrest kayaks are available for rent and use on flat water. Paddles and lifejackets included. Rental of 4-6 kayaks includes trailer for use.

Porcupine Mountain Adventures
32513 W Highway M64
Silver City, MI 49953

Offering rentals and tours for kayaks and bikes in the summer and winter tours galore, Porcupine Mountain Adventures helps you get out and enjoy the beautiful Porcupine Mountains.

Porcupine Mountain Outpost
M-107 just before Union Bay Campground
Silver City, MI 49953

A go-to place for camping supplies, gifts and ice cream, next to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.  The Outpost also offers kayak, canoe and bicycle rentals, helping visitors explore the Porcupine Mountain region on land and water.

Learn more about paddle sports and gain experience?events and outings are a great way to get started:

Demo Events ? Try out new boats at structured events. Talk to your local shop and find out if any demos are scheduled.

Guided Trips ? Local outfitters offer guided opportunities, from a couple hours to overnight excursions. Explore options and find an outing that fits your needs. Excursions often include instruction prior to hitting the water.

Group Outings ? Plan group outings on Facebook: Western Upper Peninsula Water Trail , Keweenaw Paddling ClubInland Seas, Kayaking the Great Lakes

Ladies of the Lake Kayak Symposium An annual gathering of female paddlers to paddle, learn, socialize and celebrate another year of paddling. Provides quality paddling experience promoting ?Women kayaking with women?for women.? This is a traveling symposium with a new location in Michigan?s Upper Peninsula each year, providing diverse paddling and exploration opportunities.

Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium The oldest kayaking symposium on the Great Lakes. Held every July in Grand Marais, Michigan, with a protected harbor ideal for classes and skills practice; a perfect starting point for unforgettable trips along scenic Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.