The world looks very different when seen from the water, so paddle along for a relaxing afternoon on a lake or a day of spirited fun on the Sturgeon River. Outfitters and many canoe rentals will provide personalized equipment assessments and recommendations to put you and your group in safe and enjoyable environment. From Spring through Fall, Michigan north of the 45th parallel is where you can paddle on thousands of inland lakes and rivers for an unforgettable adventure.
Northern Michigan is a kayaker's dream come true. The region's thousands of lakes and rivers are havens for native wildlife and natural greenery. Imagine gliding along a river specifically to view spring wild flowers, fall colors, a magnificent sunset or the magical moonlight glowing on the water. Open Water tours on Sturgeon Bay in Lake Michigan, the Painted Rocks National Lakeshore along Lake Superior, Walloon Lake and Lake Charlevoix offer truly unforgettable experiences. The Boyne River is one thrilling kayak run that curves through forest and pond areas before ending in beautiful Lake Charlevoix. Experienced kayakers and novices alike will find that no matter where they paddle in Northern Michigan, the views are magnificent, the air and water are crystalline, and the adventure unparalleled.
Challenging whitewater rafting trips lasting from two hours to five days await you in Northern Michigan. Many rafting experiences are offered by liveries where camping or other accommodations may also be available. Explore natural scenic rivers through forests where wild deer, raccoons, mink, muskrats, and waterfowl live. This remarkable world is called the wilderness and it's natural in Michigan north of the 45th parallel.
Looking for a wonderful guided adventure in Northern Michigan? There are no limits to adventure. Kayak down a magnificent, historic river with thrilling rapids. Try your hand at catch and release fly-fishing in a wildlife preserve. Why are you waiting? Experts in every area of outdoor life are waiting to guide you to adventure in Northern Michigan. Expert guides can provide instruction and recommendations to your group to ensure safe enjoyment of the rafting experience. Most rafting specialists offer a choice of difficulty levels for the whitewater adventurer. Professionally-guided canoe and kayak tours are offered along most of Northern Michigan’s finest rivers and near major lakes, with special interest tours by request. Liveries and outfitters also rent equipment by the hour, day or week.
Michigan’s canoe & kayak guides or outfitters invite you experience the scenic beauty of northern Michigan. Select one of the knowledgeable companies below to help supply your trip and assist your with trip planning. Many offer guided canoe and kayak trips lasting from a few hours to over a week. Some of them also offer rafting and tubing trips.