Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Munising, Michigan

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A spectacular shoreline of rugged cliffs, remote beaches, and towering dunes that is best explored via sea kayak. Imagine dipping your paddle in clear, emerald-green water, and peering upward at the overhanging face of a 200-foot sandstone cliff. Mineral-laden water seeps from the rock, painting vertical stripes in every color of the rainbow. You cross through a shower of drips to enter a small cavern in the base of the rock, where you marvel at the play of light on the water and the smooth walls. The mechanical hum of a distant tour boat reminds you how lucky you are to be experiencing Pictured Rocks in the most intimate way possible—by sea kayak.
Paddling Michigan

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Paddling Michigan

by Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom (Falcon Guides)

A spectacular shoreline of rugged cliffs, remote beaches, and towering dunes that is best explored via sea kayak. Imagine dipping your paddle in clear, emerald-green water, and peering upward at the overhanging face of a 200-foot sandstone cliff. Mineral-laden water seeps from the rock, painting vertical stripes in every color of the rainbow.

You cross through a shower of drips to enter a small cavern in the base of the rock, where you marvel at the play of light on the water and the smooth walls. The mechanical hum of a distant tour boat reminds you how lucky you are to be experiencing Pictured Rocks in the most intimate way possible—by sea kayak.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Munising
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Backpack or day trip
Local Contacts: Pictured Rocks National Seashore
Local Maps: USGS Munising, Indian Town, Wood Island SE, Grand Portal Point, Trappers Lake, Au Sable Point, Grand Sable Lake, Grand Marais
Driving Directions: Directions to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Recent Trail Reviews

8/10/2008
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8/7/2003
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A bit of change from my normal whitewater paddling, but never-the-less, exciting. This is one of the most beautiful paddling experiences I have experienced. The weather was perfect, sunny and warm, with a light breeze. We experienced fairly calm waves, 2-3 feet and a steady breeze from the northwest. Just a little warning, you need to be careful with the weather, it can get very rough around this area. Sometimes the wind can push you faster then you want into the rocks. Pictured Rocks is very beautiful. The water is a vibrant blue and the rocks jut out of the water like turrets on a castle. As long as you can catch a good weather day, this trip is well worth the long drive. I highly recommend it...just try it in a sea kayak, not a whitewater boat, it can be frustrating in the waves. Happy Paddling! :)



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