Revised 11/17/15

Great Lakes Kayaking Trips

Our programs all include certified Instructors, terrific meals, group gear and tents for camping trips, family style lodging for lodge-based tours and expedition style touring kayaks for all of our instructional programs.

These trips are offered this summer / fall:

Water-to-Wine Day Tour

Water-to-Wine Day TourSample beautiful coastal paddling, gourmet cuisine and stellar wineries all in one day!

Tour de Brew

Water-to-Wine Day TourPaddling Micro-brew Tour

Learn-to-Kayak Retreat Weekend

Learn-to-Kayak B&B WeekendJoin us at our Betsie River retreat for a comfortable weekend of good food, gentle kayaking instruction on Saturday and a Lake Michigan Day trip on Sunday repleat with a gourmet picnic on a secluded beach.

Sleeping Bear Sampler

Sleeping Bear SamplerEnjoy a long weekend spent at my home on 40 acres of hardwoods along the beautiful Betsie River for a retreat that will give you the Greatest Kayaking Hits of Sleeping Bear.

Sleeping Bear Storm Gathering

Sleeping Bear SamplerThis is an informal “training camp” style setting for those wishing to get more comfortable in rough water.

Isle Royale Kayak Tour

Isle Royale Kayak TourWe are going to strap our kayaks to the roof of a ferry, motor over fifty miles out to the largest island in the largest lake in the world and give you the Superior trip of a lifetime.


Silver Islet to Rossport: Classic Superior Northshore

Keweenaw Sampler Rustic Lodge Trip It is one of the jewels of wild Lake Superior shoreline, not a park but a mix of private and Crown land. We’ll travel upwards of 15 miles day mixing crossings with island hopping, sheltered back bays and open exposure.

Shores of Killarney

Northern Georgian Bay: KillarneyLearn the joys of paddling a sea kayak along the spectacular coast of Ontario's Georgian Bay set off by wind blown pine, glacial carved granite and sparkling bluegreen water.

Water-to-Wine Lodge-based Weekend

Introduction to Kayak Camping WeekendsYou get to enjoy the comfort of home our along the beautiful Betsie River, do some great river kayaking day trips and tour a few of our stellar wine operations.


These trips are offered occasionally or by arrangement:

Introduction to Kayak Camping Weekends

Introduction to Kayak Camping WeekendsThis how-to program will help you combine basic camping skills with basic kayaking skills to open up a whole new world of adventure.

Keweenaw Sampler Rustic Lodge Trip

Keweenaw Sampler Rustic Lodge TripThink of it as the Keweenaw Peninsula's greatest hits — a magical place wraped up in ancient rock, thimbleberries and the unforgiving waters of Superior.

Manistee River Kayak Camping

Manistee River Kayak CampingEnjoy the relaxed pace of a river trip. Take pictures, look for wildlife and perhaps do some fishing on our very favorite section of the Manistee River.

Water-to-Wine B&B Weekend

Introduction to Kayak Camping WeekendsYou get to enjoy the comfort of our along the beautiful Betsie River, do some great kayak day trips and tour a few of our stellar wine operations.

Fly Fishing for Trout by Kayak

Water-to-Wine Day TourThe stealth of a kayak can put you onto more fish in more remote locations. Learn habitat, distinguishing characteristics and some fun ways to hunt for fish - on the legendary streamer waters of the AuSable.

Beaver Island Archipelago

Beaver Island ArchipelagoAlthough not appropriate for first-time paddlers (remember, we're in the middle of Lake Michigan), this is a relaxed pace trip that offers some great exploring to nearby Garden and High Islands, some opportunities to learn surf paddling skills and a really fine camping experience.

Lake Superior Provincial Park

Keweenaw Sampler Rustic Lodge TripSome of the finest paddling to be found in North America is within 6 hours drive of most of Michigan here along Lake Superior’s North shore. You can see pictographs from the seat of your kayak as you explore nooks and crannies, islets and bays.

Lake Superior Expedition Course

Keweenaw Sampler Rustic Lodge Trip Have you ever wanted to know how to plan and carry out your own expedition style kayak tour? This is a great opportunity to develop tripping skills in context far beyond what you can get in symposium settings.

Les Cheneaux Islands Kayak Camping Trip

Les Cheneaux Islands Kayak Camping TripFor those who have the time, we recommend at least a four day kayak trip to really get a good feel for coastal kayaking and this historic island group with its classic cottages and beautifully restored wooden boats is just the ticket for a great first trip!

North Shore Superior Sampler

North Shore Superior Lodge TripIf the idea of paddling Lake Superior's North shore from a cozy beach front cabin gets your attention, then this Superior trip is for you.

Point Betsie Lightstation Retreat

Pt. Betsie Lighthouse StationSpend a 5 day weekend in total pampered bliss right on Lake Michigan.  We'll bring all the toys, incredible local seasonal foods, throw in some wavesongs and some great paddling!

Straits of Mackinac/Mackinac Island

Mackinac BridgeJoin us for a long weekend paddle across from St. Ignace to a really sweet little campsite on a small public island, giving us opportunities to swim in the calm bay, explore other nearby islands and maybe even do an evening paddle over to Mackinac island, exchange our booties for dancing shoes and go out on the town.