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.

  • #1 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

    2 Reviews

    Munising, MI

    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 ...
    •  Backpack or day trip
    •  Guide

    A spectacular shoreline of rugged cliffs, remote beaches, and towering dunes that is best explored via sea kayak. Imagine ...

  • #2 Nordhouse Dunes to Ludington State Park

    1 Reviews

    Ludington, MI

    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 ...
    •  Part or full day
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    South of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, most of the east shore of Lake Michigan is privately owned. The 12-mile stretch ...

  • #3 Van Buren State Park to South Haven

    1 Reviews

    South Haven, MI

    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 ...
    •  Part day
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #4 Wilderness State Park: Waugoshance Point

    1 Reviews

    Mackinaw City, MI

    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 ...
    •  Part or full day
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    The long narrow Waugoshance Point and the chain of small rock and gravel islands at its tip reach 7 miles west into Lake ...

  • #5 Grand Island

    2 Reviews

    Munising, MI

    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 ...
    •  Overnight or multiday trip
    •  27 miles
    •  Guide

    Grand Island is located about a half mile from the mainland near Munising, Michigan. Originally owned by the Cleveland Cliffs ...

  • #6 Windsor/Detroit: Belle Isle & Peche Island

    0 Reviews

    Detroit, MI

    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 ...
    •  Day trip
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    Mention the Detroit River to most people and visions of the urban waterfront or the industrial monstrosities of the River ...

  • #7 Harsens Island

    1 Reviews

    Algonac, MI

    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, ...
    •  Day trip
    •  Guide

    A little-known watery paradise that offers a variety of pleasant day trips for Detroit area kayakers. Harsens Island is the ...

  • #8 Windsor/Detroit: Kayak Cove to the Ambassador Bridge

    1 Reviews

    Detroit, MI

    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 ...
    •  Day trip
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    This trip also combines great views of the Detroit and Windsor waterfront with a chance to explore the two island parks, ...

  • #9 Isle Royale National Park

    1 Reviews

    Copper Harbor, MI

    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, ...
    •  Part day to two weeks
    •  20 miles
    •  Guide

    Isle Royale is a wilderness park with no roads and few amenities; and it is a popular destination for backpackers and boaters. ...

  • #10 Whitefish Point & the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

    1 Reviews

    Paradise, MI

    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 ...
    •  Part day
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Paddlers interested in the history of the Great Lakes will enjoy a trip to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, including the ...

  • #11 Old Mission Peninsula Lighthouse Park

    0 Reviews

    Traverse City, MI

    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. ...
    •  Easy day trip
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    The Old Mission Peninsula divides Grand Traverse Bay into east and west arms. At the northern tip of the peninsula is a township ...

  • #12 Wilderness State Park

    0 Reviews

    Mackinaw City, MI

    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 ...
    •  Day trip
    •  Guide

    Rugged shoreline and a chain of small islands make Wilderness State Park a notable Lake Michigan kayaking destination. Situated ...

  • #13 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    1 Reviews

    Glen Haven, MI

    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 ...
    •  Day trip
    •  Guide

    This prized expanse of Lake Michigan shoreline offers lovely sand beaches, towering dunes, and a plethora of launching options ...

  • #14 Eagle Harbor to Agate Harbor

    1 Reviews

    Eagle Harbor, MI

    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 ...
    •  Part to full day
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Like other Keewenaw towns, Eagle Harbor got its start from one of the nearby and short-lived mines, but it survived after ...

  • #15 Old Mission Peninsula

    0 Reviews

    Traverse City, MI

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    This scenic area near Traverse City offers several outstanding day trips with views of lighthouses, beaches, and hillsides ...

  • #16 Bowers Harbor to Power Island

    1 Reviews

    Traverse City, MI

    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 ...
    •  Day trip or overnight trip
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Power Island, also known as Marion or Ford Island, is a 200-acre island that is maintained as a park by Grand Traverse County. ...

  • #17 Mackinac Island & Round Island

    0 Reviews

    Saint Ignace, MI

    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 ...
    •  Day trip
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    Mackinac Island State Park was Michigan’s first state park. Today most of the island is protected within the park, giving ...

  • #18 Grand Island National Recreation Area

    1 Reviews

    Munising, MI

    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 ...
    •  Day trip
    •  Guide

    A wonderful kayaking alternative to Pictured Rocks, Grand Island offers sandy beaches, protected bays, historic lighthouses, ...

  • #19 Empire Dune Bluffs to Glen Haven

    0 Reviews

    Empire, MI

    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 ...
    •  Day trip or partial day trip
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    The protected park lands of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore include two large islands and approximately 30 miles ...

  • #20 Port Austin: Point aux Barques

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    Port Austin, MI

    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 ...
    •  Day trip
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Port Austin is a popular resort area with beautiful sand beaches and Point aux Barques, a sandstone headland that has sea ...