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

Hessel, MI 49745

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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 historically used by Native Americans and French Explorers to reach the Straits of Mackinac. The Les Cheneaux area, which includes Cedarville and Hessel, has been designated by The Nature Conservancy as one of the "Last Great Places" in the Western Hemisphere because of its pristine environment. The trail is designed for paddle craft; the waters are also used by deep-water craft. Camping sites and small resorts are located along the trail.

For more information on paddling the Les Cheneaux Islands, contact Woods and Water Ecotours, an outfitter with all your adventure needs, offering kayak and canoe rentals. Guided tours and lessons with American Canoeing Association Instructors.