Turn right off I-75 instead of the "UP" left and enjoy an ecotour in the Eastern Upper Peninsula!
Woods & Waters offers guided kayak tours in and around the Eastern Upper Peninsula (EUP), and we are conveniently located just 30 minutes from the Mackinac Straits and the communities of Mackinaw City and St. Ignace. It's not a far drive from the Soo, Trout Lake, Brevort, or even Petoskey and Cheboygen! We also sell kayaks (P&H Sea Kayaks), Glide stand-up paddle boards (SUPs), and outdoor gear — test paddling our fleet boats is a great way to determine what kayak or SUP might be the best fit or style for you.
Our home waters are the beautiful Les Cheneaux Islands nestled in northern Lake Huron. These 36 islands abound with quaint historic cottages, migrating birds, wooden boats, cedar-lined rocky shores, and protected waters that are suitable for all levels of paddlers. There are dozens upon dozens of shoreline miles to paddle allowing repeat guests the opportunity to see something different every time they come. We also can run trips in the Mackinac Straits, DeTour, Drummond Island, and the Soo if there is demand and available staff. Additionally, we love helping paddlers improve their kayaking skills through private lessons or ACA classes (American Canoe Association) and watch them gain confidence to tackle lakes with increased confidence, paddling stroke skills, and risk management.
Tours range from 2 hours to a full "perfect" day — or even an overnight camping trip on an island in the Hiawatha National Forest. We can also work with larger groups and organizations for custom trips. We love to create the custom experience you are seeking for your family, company, or group.
Although we can take requests for a tour destination, we will always pick the best place to paddle depending on the day's forecast.
All guided kayaking trips include top-quality sea kayaks, all associated gear, and kayak guide. Every trip includes a beach talk where we teach basic kayaking information to ensure a fun and safe adventure.
We offer a Little Dipper guided tour almost every morning because Lake Huron is usually calm; call us to schedule an afternoon tour or a custom time.
Most evenings, the offshore winds that pick up during the day begin to calm and our local Lake Huron waters begin behaving more like an inland lake. Some evenings you can even reach a zen state paddling waters that are as calm as glass. And the sky can either be a subtle and tranquil sunset or a breathtaking show of clouds and color. Regardless, sunset paddles are always a relaxing way to end your day in the Les Cheneaux. Average time spent paddling is around 3:00 hours; we allow time for taking pictures and soaking up the views. All levels welcome. Start times vary based on sunset.
Start times vary depending on each day's sunset and moonrise times. Time on the water is approximately 3:00 hours. Although suitable for all levels, recommend mature teens as an age minimum due to the later evening and some paddling after sunset.
This trip is suitable for all active individuals and eager beginners. The pace is not rushed, allowing plenty of time to absorb and observe what The Nature Conservancy considers one of the last great natural environments on Earth. Time spent paddling will average six hours with a one-hour lunch break. Each trip will be customized to the group's capabilities and interests.
The Perfect Day kayaking trip starts at $600 per day (for a party of 4, that's $150 each
There is truth to the statement "it's always darkest before the dawn," therefore we require tandems for sunrise paddles, unless you are an experienced kayaker. Tandems are super stable, limiting the potential for capsizing. If you are staying in the Les Cheneaux (LCI) area, we'd love to go through our beach talk, fit your kayak, and size your life jacket the day before.
We offer sunrise paddles from mid-July through mid-September; earlier in the summer is possible, but with sunrise occurring around 5:45 am in June, the trip would start around 4:30 am!!! Although all levels welcome, recommend mature teens as a minimum due to the early start time and time spent paddling in darkness.
Call us to schedule or check availability. Guests can opt to supply their own food and be on their own without a guide also camping near by.
We love offering lessons because we realize that many people have never had "the basics" explained — including how to safely enter and exit a kayak — or how "the basics" form the building blocks of intermediate skills. With us, participants are given a great foundation to feel confident starting out and have a plan for continued self-improvement and practice. We also believe we have a responsibilty to educate paddlers for the safety of everyone.
If you already have a solid understanding of kayaking, we can create a customized lesson where we cover skills in particular interest to you — from practicing self-rescue skills, bow rudders, or even learning how to roll.
Lessons are available one-on-one, or up to five people. You will get wet and will want extra clothes, a towel, and maybe even a thermos of hot cocoa waiting for you in your car. All kayaking gear, including wetsuits are provided. You can also discuss using your own boat!
Lessons run 3–4 hours.
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