Learn-to-Kayak Retreat Weekend

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Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

Enjoy a weekend spent at my home on 40 acres of hardwoods along the beautiful Betsie River. You'll be treated to a series of skills workshops on Lower Herring lake followed by a Sunday trip on Lake Michigan to practice your new skills. We will introduce you to all the basic strokes, safety skills, group rescues and even some surf technique. Two comfortable nights lodging, several fine meals and equipment are all provided. You'll be able to swap stories over a glass of wine next to the fireplace or have a walk through the woods to the river when you are not out on the water.


Day 1) After dinner friday evening arrival between 7-9 pm. Get acquainted and settled. Orientation for the rest of the weekend.

Days 2) Saturday morning basics skills workshop followed by lunch on the lake. Afternoon beyond basics and rescue skills. Farmer John/Jane wetsuits recommended. Dinner on your own.

Day 3) After a fine Sunday brunch, we'll gear up for a 3 hour day trip on Lake Michigan (weather permitting) to hone your techniques and enjoy a little open water practice. We'll turn you loose for home or other adventures at about 2 pm.

Cost includes professional guide/instructor, rustic river home accommodations, kayaking equipment (boat, paddle, PFD, skirt) and some very fine meals. Please call if you have special diet requirements. You are more than welcome to bring your own touring kayak if you have one and we'll be happy to help you learn to get the most out of it.

Dates for 2016

June 3 - 5, July 15 - 17


$395/person, $600/couple; Children 8-13 half price

Stuff to Bring

  • Farmer John/Jane style wetsuit: for May/June/September/October, can be rented from our shop for $10/day
  • Synthetic long underwear: polypropylene, polyester, coolmax, etc….anything but cotton, both tops and bottoms, can be worn under shorts too for a very comfortable if not very stylish ensemble.
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Paddling Jacket or rain parka: We have a few loaners.
  • Water shoes or neoprene boots: We try to discourage sandals because they can get tangled in footrests….and that’s bad if your upside down.
  • One liter water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Anything alcoholic you may want with evening meals

Don’t hesitate to call 231-882-5525 if you have questions!

More Info

Our Location
Sleeping Bear Snapshot - See video from Sleeping Bear Dunes and Point Betsie area in NW Michigan - ... and a picture perfect summer day.
The Food


A $150 deposit is required to hold your space. Reservation fees are refundable until 30 days before the trip. The balance is also due 30 days prior to departure. Space is limited to 6, so plan ahead...

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