Wilderness State Park

Mackinaw City, Michigan

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Rugged shoreline and a chain of small islands make Wilderness State Park a notable Lake Michigan kayaking destination. Situated on the northwestern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, Wilderness State Park boasts miles of undeveloped Great Lakes shoreline. Both Sturgeon Bay, which lies on the southwestern side of the park, and Big Stone Bay, which opens into the Straits of Mackinac, are fine kayaking destinations. Most paddlers visiting the park, however, concentrate their attention on its northwest side, where Waugoshance Point and a small chain of islands trail away into Lake Michigan’s deeper waters.
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by Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom (Falcon Guides)

Rugged shoreline and a chain of small islands make Wilderness State Park a notable Lake Michigan kayaking destination. Situated on the northwestern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, Wilderness State Park boasts miles of undeveloped Great Lakes shoreline.

Both Sturgeon Bay, which lies on the southwestern side of the park, and Big Stone Bay, which opens into the Straits of Mackinac, are fine kayaking destinations. Most paddlers visiting the park, however, concentrate their attention on its northwest side, where Waugoshance Point and a small chain of islands trail away into Lake Michigan’s deeper waters.

©  Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Mackinaw City
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day trip
Local Contacts: Wilderness State Park
Local Maps: USGS Waugoshance Island, Big Stone Bay, Bliss
Driving Directions: Directions to Wilderness State Park

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