Best Sea Kayaking in Michigan

This list represents the most popular sea kayaking in Michigan. Use this list to plan your next Michigan sea kayaking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore


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 o…
From the guidebook "Paddling Michigan"
Munising, MI - Sea Kayaking BestSea Kayaking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Nordhouse Dunes to Ludington State Park


South of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, most of the east shore of Lake Michigan is privately owned. The 12-mile stretch of coast from the north end of the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness to the sout…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan"
Ludington, MI - Sea Kayaking - 8 miles BestSea Kayaking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Van Buren State Park to South Haven


The Van Buren State Park has a beautiful 1-mile long beach with sand dunes and dune bluffs that rise 50 to 100 feet up from the lake. At about Mile 1.0 you will see the remains of an old pier or dock,…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan"
South Haven, MI - Sea Kayaking - 5 miles
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#4. Grand Island


Grand Island is located about a half mile from the mainland near Munising, Michigan. Originally owned by the Cleveland Cliffs Mining Company, the island has now been designated as a National Recreatio…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan"
Munising, MI - Sea Kayaking - 27 miles
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#5. Wilderness State Park: Waugoshance Point


The long narrow Waugoshance Point and the chain of small rock and gravel islands at its tip reach 7 miles west into Lake Michigan. The point and the islands consist of low rock and gravel beaches cove…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan"
Mackinaw City, MI - Sea Kayaking - 9 miles
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#6. Windsor/Detroit: Belle Isle & Peche Island


Mention the Detroit River to most people and visions of the urban waterfront or the industrial monstrosities of the River Rouge area come to mind. Wildlife and island parks are not likely to make the…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario"
Detroit, MI - Sea Kayaking - 11 miles
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#7. Harsens Island


A little-known watery paradise that offers a variety of pleasant day trips for Detroit area kayakers. Harsens Island is the centerpiece of the St. Clair Flats, a fan-shaped pattern of islands, marshes…
From the guidebook "Paddling Michigan"
Algonac, MI - Sea Kayaking
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#8. Windsor/Detroit: Kayak Cove to the Ambassador Bridge


This trip also combines great views of the Detroit and Windsor waterfront with a chance to explore the two island parks, Belle Isle and Peche Island (see Rte. 21). As you travel from Kayak Cove on the…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario"
Detroit, MI - Sea Kayaking - 9 miles
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#9. Isle Royale National Park


Isle Royale is a wilderness park with no roads and few amenities; and it is a popular destination for backpackers and boaters. Isle Royale is great for kayaks, too. Paddlers can choose protected,…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan"
Copper Harbor, MI - Sea Kayaking - 20 miles
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#10. Whitefish Point & the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum


Paddlers interested in the history of the Great Lakes will enjoy a trip to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, including the museum itself, the beautifully restored lightkeeper’s house, and a movie abou…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan"
Paradise, MI - Sea Kayaking - 3 miles
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#11. Old Mission Peninsula Lighthouse Park


The Old Mission Peninsula divides Grand Traverse Bay into east and west arms. At the northern tip of the peninsula is a township park with great view of Grand Traverse Bay, and a historic lighthouse.…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan"
Traverse City, MI - Sea Kayaking - 3 miles
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#12. Eagle Harbor to Agate Harbor


Like other Keewenaw towns, Eagle Harbor got its start from one of the nearby and short-lived mines, but it survived after the mine closed by serving as a harbor for ships carrying supplies for other i…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan"
Eagle Harbor, MI - Sea Kayaking - 6 miles
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#13. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore


This prized expanse of Lake Michigan shoreline offers lovely sand beaches, towering dunes, and a plethora of launching options for day trips. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is one of Michigan’…
From the guidebook "Paddling Michigan"
Glen Haven, MI - Sea Kayaking
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#14. Wilderness State Park


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…
From the guidebook "Paddling Michigan"
Mackinaw City, MI - Sea Kayaking
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#15. Old Mission Peninsula


This scenic area near Traverse City offers several outstanding day trips with views of lighthouses, beaches, and hillsides covered with orchards and vineyards. The Old Mission Peninsula, which juts 15…
From the guidebook "Paddling Michigan"
Traverse City, MI - Sea Kayaking
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#16. Bowers Harbor to Power Island


Power Island, also known as Marion or Ford Island, is a 200-acre island that is maintained as a park by Grand Traverse County. The island has a dock, swimming beach, hiking trails through a maple/be…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan"
Traverse City, MI - Sea Kayaking - 5 miles
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#17. Mackinac Island & Round Island


Mackinac Island State Park was Michigan’s first state park. Today most of the island is protected within the park, giving you 1,780 acres to explore. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the island; i…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario"
Saint Ignace, MI - Sea Kayaking - 16 miles
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#18. Empire Dune Bluffs to Glen Haven


The protected park lands of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore include two large islands and approximately 30 miles of mainland lakeshore. Lovely sand beaches and huge coastal sand dunes make…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan"
Empire, MI - Sea Kayaking - 7 miles
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#19. Grand Island National Recreation Area


A wonderful kayaking alternative to Pictured Rocks, Grand Island offers sandy beaches, protected bays, historic lighthouses, and breathtaking sandstone palisades. Grand Island is one of Michigan’s top…
From the guidebook "Paddling Michigan"
Munising, MI - Sea Kayaking
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#20. Port Austin: Point aux Barques


Port Austin is a popular resort area with beautiful sand beaches and Point aux Barques, a sandstone headland that has sea caves and a sea stack. About 1.5 miles off the headland is the Port Austin Sho…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario"
Port Austin, MI - Sea Kayaking - 7.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press