The ‘inland sea’ of Lake Superior holds a special allure for area sea-kayakers and campers, and boasts a rich history both geological and human.
Largest of the Great Lakes, Superior is also the wildest, least predictable, coldest—and many paddlers argue—the most beautiful. Over 350 miles long, with over 30,000 square miles of open water and innumerable islands, much of Superior’s 2,700-mile shoreline has been preserved in the form of public lands, making it easy to visit and explore our national heritage.
And to toss a kayak in …
Paddling to the islands of the Huron National Wildlife Refuge
These rugged granite islands, surrounded by dangerous shoals and often draped in ghostly lake fog, have claimed numerous Great Lakes steamers. We visit this modernday refuge for migratory birds and a remote lighthouse.
Kayaking along Michigan’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Four autumn days spent ‘coasting’ in the famed Pictured Rocks of Lake Superior, exploring sea caves, searching for shipwrecks, and camping on beaches on the National Lakeshore and nearby Grand Island.
Paddling around the Sleeping Giant of Ontario’s Thunder Bay and the Rossport Islands
Two paddlers tiptoe past the Sleeping Giant, ancient teacher and protector of the Ojibwa, to explore the glacier-scoured Canadian Shield country and meet a lone Lake Superior lightkeeper.