There’s nothing quite like the Great Lakes, and The Great Waters offers the three greatest to choose from: Michigan, Huron, and Superior. Paddling is one of the best ways to slow down and enjoy the serenity and majesty of these mighty lakes. Canoe, kayak, raft, even surf your way among The Great Waters – you’ll understand why these fresh water sea’s have drawn visitors for centuries.

In the non-stop hustle and bustle of our lives today, Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula offers a chance to slow down and appreciate nature’s wonder from a vantage point unlike any other. You’ll experience places like the Tahquamenon River, one of the few rivers in Michigan designated as a National Wild and Scenic River. Make your way through the Great Lakes to glimpse the wonders of nature found here in these treasures.

So don’t forget to paddle our lakes and waterways as you discover the Great Waters. A plethora of natural spectacles unique to The Great Waters awaits your exploration. Come and immerse yourself in our lakes and rivers and find out for yourself just why we call them the Great Lakes.

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Au Train River Canoe Trail - Hiawatha National Forest

Au Train, MI 49806
Phone: (906) 387-2512

Meandering down the Au Train River is a very relaxing, calm 4 to 6 hour trip. The lack of rapids and portages makes this a quiet outing. In the spring and fall especially, birders and nature enthusiasts should be on the lookout for the many warbler speciers that utilize this migragtion corridor. Location:…

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Big Cedar Campground, Canoe Livery

7936 Highway M-77
Germfask, MI 49836
Phone: (906) 586-6684

The former C.C.C. camp #3626 offers a friendly, quiet atmosphere on the Manistique River.  The camping area is surrounded with fishing and hunting opportunities, and the campground has plenty of activities including volleyball, horseshoes, basketvall, badminton, a pavilion and playground. …

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Big Island Lake Wilderness Area

Manistique, MI 49854
Phone: (906) 387-2512

There are 23 small lakes within the area ranging in size from 5 to 149 acres. The lakes are close enough to each other for canoe portaging and are currently linked by marked portage trails. White Birch, Maple, Beech and Quaking Aspen all cover the upland of the area while Hemlock Spruce…

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Northern Lake Huron Shoreline: St. Ignace, Les Cheneaux, DeTour

Hessel, MI 49745

This trail spans over 75 miles of the northern-most shores of Lake Huron from the Carp River (near St. Ignace) through the Les Cheneaux Islands, continuing to DeTour Village (at the mouth of the St. Mary's River). The Les Cheneaux Islands area is composed of a 36-island archipelago, which was…

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Rivermouth Campground

41382 W. M 123
Paradise, MI 49768
Phone: (906) 492-3415

Take the 1 mile paddle around Marsh Island, just off the rivermouth, and explore its many coves and inlets, or travel in the shallow waters along the shore of Lake Superior, stopping to explore Emerson Island along your way. Always take care when traveling the waters of Lake Superior. Small boat…

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Saint Ignace

396 N. State Street
St. Ignace, MI 49781
Phone: (906) 643-6950

Stroll along the downtown boardwalk and docks that edge beautiful blue Moran Bay.  Learn about the long and varied history of the Striats from the info kioks along the waterfront. Visit the Marquette Mission Park and Museum of Ojibwa Culture, a Nation Historic Landmark and the burial…

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Seney Wildlife Refuge Canoe, Kayak, and Bike Trips

1674 Refuge Entrace Road
Seney, MI 49883
Phone: (906) 586-9801

Nearly 96,000 acres of wetland habitat provides excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife. Primary function is that of a migratory refuge. Northland Outfitters is your headquarters for exploring Seney Nat'l Wildlife Refuge and the entire eastern Upper Peninsula. Pitch a tent or park your…

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Tahquamenon River

Paradise, MI 49768
Phone: (906) 203-7624

Take in the beauty of the Tahquamenon River during a leisurely paddle from the Lower Tahquamenon Falls to the Tahquamenon Rivermouth. Blue jays, warblers, kingfishers, beaver, river otter, and more have been spotted near the river! The journey from the lower falls to the rivermouth is recommended…

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Two Hearted River

32752 County Road 423
Newberry, MI 49868
Phone: (906) 658-3357

The Two Hearted River boasts several excellent canoeing locations of various difficulties. Canoeists seeking a challenge should consider traveling the South Branch, East Branch, and the mainstream above Reed and Green Bridge. The mainstream below the Reed and Green Bridge offers a more casual and…

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