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With three Great Lakes (Huron, Michigan and Superior), 4,000+ inland lakes and 12,000 miles of rivers and streams, the U.P. is your water sports paradise. Bring your own watercraft or rent from our shops. The spring thaw creates the fastest waterways. But our fresh, clear waters in summer, fall and winter will also bring you back again and again.

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Au Train Lake Campground & Recreational Area - Hiawatha National Forest

Campground Rd
Au Train, MI 49806

Phone: (906) 387-2512
Website

From the intersection of County Highway 3 and M-28 in Au Train drive south 4.2 miles on County Highway 3 to FR 2276. Tur
AuTrain River Canoe & Kayak Rental

N7163 Forest Lake Rd
Au Train, MI 49806

N7070 Autrain Forest Lake Rd
Au Train, MI 49806

Phone: (906) 892-8114
Website

On beautiful AuTrain Lake. Open all year. Located on the sandy north shore of AuTrain Lake, just 2 miles south of Lake S
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Brimley State Park

9200 W 6 Mile Rd
Brimley, MI 49715

Phone: (906) 248-3422
Website

Brimley State Park provides recreational opportunities along the beautiful shore of Lake Superior's Whitefish Bay. O
Cedar River North State Forest Campground/Pathway

River Rd
Cedar River, MI 49887

Phone: (906) 786-2354
Website

8 miles N of Cedar River (town) via M-35 & Co Rd 551 This rustic campground is nestled among a forest of mixed ha
Sturgeon River Canoe Livery

40861 Sturgeon River Rd
Chassell, MI 49916

Copper Harbor, MI 49908

Phone: (800) 338-7982
E-Mail Address: info@keweenaw.info
Website

One of the best ways to enjoy the peacefulness and natural splendor of this area is from the seat of a canoe or kayak, a
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155 Gratiot St
Copper Harbor, MI 49918

Phone: (906) 289-4303
E-Mail Address: info@keweenawadventure.com
Website

Established in 1994, Keweenaw Adventure Company is a guide and outfitter specializing in Lake Superior sea kayaking and
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Glidden Lake State Forest Campground/Lake Mary Plains Trail

Lake Mary Rd
Crystal Falls, MI 49920

Phone: (906) 875-6622
Website

Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. 23 sites for tent or small trailer use located on G
Mr Rental Inc

3400 Ludington St
Escanaba, MI 49829

Fayette Historic Townsite & State Park/Foot Trail

13700 13.25 Ln
Garden, MI 49835

Phone: (906) 373-1668
(906) 644-2603
Website

Once a bustling industrial community that manufactured charcoal pig iron from 1867 to 1891, Fayette offers visitors the
Big Cedar Campground & Canoe Livery

7936 State Highway M77
Germfask, MI 49836

Grand Marais Outfitters

N14277 Lake Ave
Grand Marais, MI 49839

Soaring Eagle Outfitters

93 N Pine St
Gwinn, MI 49841

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters

N4088 Pine Mountain Rd
Iron Mountain, MI 49801

Paint River Forks - Ottawa National Forest

County Road 657
Iron River, MI 49935

Phone: (906) 265-5139
Website

From Iron River: Go West on US 2 to the City Limits and take County Road 653 North. Travel approximately 9 Miles North t
Whitecap Kayak/Steep Creek Outfitters

930 E US Highway 2
Ironwood, MI 49938

Greenwood Reservoir

Ishpeming, MI 49849

Phone: (906) 339-4461

Man-made 1400 acre reservoir with 26 miles of shoreline provides excellent fishing and canoeing opportunities. Boat Lau

Isle Royale
Isle Royale, MI 49931

Phone: (906) 482-0984
Website

Isle Royale National Park is one of the least visited National Parks in the USA. It's a pristine archipelago located
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Isle Royale National Park Paddle Trail

Isle Royale
Isle Royale, MI 49908

N9426 State Highway M64
Lake Gogebic (S), MI 49947

Phone: (906) 842-3361
E-Mail Address: info@ninepinesresort.com
Website

Family resort geared up to entertain kids of all ages w/basketball, tether ball, swing sets, horseshoes, swim raft and c
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Lake Gogebic State Park/Forest Trail

N9995 State Highway M64
Lake Gogebic (S), MI 49947

Phone: (906) 842-3341
Website

Located on the edge of an extensive upland area set in the heart of the Ottawa National Forest, Lake Gogebic State Park
Great Turtle Kayak Tours

7395 Main St
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

Indian River - Hiawatha National Forest

State Highway M94
Manistique, MI 49854

Website

From the intersection of M-28 and M-94 east of Munising drive south 14.2 miles on M-94 to the campground. From Manistiqu
Kayaking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

N8391 Sand Point Rd
Munising, MI 49862

Phone: (906) 387-3700
(906) 387-2607
Website

Within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, put-in points for kayaks are Sand Point, Miners Beach, Twelvemile Beach and Hu
Northern Waters Kayak Adventures

712 W Munising Ave
Munising, MI 49862

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

N8391 Sand Point Rd
Munising, MI 49862

Phone: (906) 387-3700
(906) 387-2607
Website

Pictured Rocks Lakeshore extends for 40 miles along the Lake Superior shoreline of the Upper Peninsula. Over 73,000 acre
Uncle Ducky Outdoors

1331 W State Highway M28
Munising, MI 49862

Paddling Michigan

1331 W Munising Ave
Munising, MI 49862

Culhane Lake State Forest Campground

County Road 500
Newberry, MI 49868

Phone: (906) 293-3293
Website

Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. 22 sites for tent and small trailer use located on
Headquarters Lake State Forest

Newberry, MI 49868

Phone: (906) 293-3293
Website

Campground is closed, but area is available for day use for canoeing, hiking, fishing & ORVS
High Bridge State Forest Campground

County Road 407
Newberry, MI 49868

Phone: (906) 293-3293
Website

Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. 7 sites for tent and small trailer use. Located on
Muskallonge Lake State Park/Hiking Trail

30042 County Road 407
Newberry, MI 49868

Phone: (906) 658-3338
Website

Located 28 miles northwest of Newberry in Luce County. The 217-acre park is situated between the shores of Lake Superior
Natalie State Forest Campground/Canada Lake Pathway

County Road 434
Newberry, MI 49868

Phone: (906) 293-3293
(906) 293-5900
Website

5.5 miles SE of Newberry via M-123, M-28 & Co Rd 403 Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reser
North Store Follow Me Outfitters

18583 County Road 407
Newberry, MI 49868

Reed & Green Bridge State Forest Campground

County Road 410
Newberry, MI 49868

Phone: (906) 293-3293
Website

Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. 4 sites for tent and small trailer use along the T
The Woods Canoe & Kayak Rental

19184 State Highway M123
Newberry, MI 49868

Piers Gorge State Park

US Highway 8
Norway, MI 49870

Phone: (800) 236-2447
E-Mail Address: ironmtinfo@gmail.com
Website

Piers Gorge is the most challenging section of whitewater in the Midwest. The Menominee River plummets down a 10 foot wa
Menominee River State Recreation Area (Piers Gorge Unit & Quiver Unit)

US Highway 8
Norway, MI 49870

Phone: (906) 875-3324
(517) 284-7275
Website

The Menominee River State Recreation Area encompasses nearly 10,000 acres of public land along a 17 mile stretch of unde
True North Outpost & Northwoods Adventures

W5768 Old Piers Gorge Rd
Norway, MI 49870

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park/Trails

33303 Headquarters Rd
Ontonagon, MI 49953

Phone: (906) 885-5275
Website

On the shores of Lake Superior, Porcupine Mountains contain the Midwest's largest remaining stand of old growth timb
Tahquamenon Falls State Park/Trails

41382 W State Highway M123
Paradise, MI 49768

Phone: (906) 492-3415
Website

Located near Paradise, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, is the second largest state park in Michigan. Tahquamenon Fall Stat
Tahquamenon General Store Canoe & Kayak Rentals

39991 W State Highway M123
Paradise, MI 49768

East Branch Fox River State Forest Campground

State Highway M77
Seney, MI 49883

Phone: (906) 452-6227
Website

Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. 19 sites for tent and small trailer use. Rustic cam
Fox River State Forest Campground/Pathway

County Road 450
Seney, MI 49883

Phone: (906) 452-6227
Website

Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. 7 sites for tent and small trailer use. Rustic camp
Seney National Wildlife Refuge

1674 Refuge Entrance Rd
Seney, MI 49836

Phone: (906) 586-9851
E-Mail Address: seney@fws.gov
Website

Seney National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to watch wildlife, get out into nature and go exploring. Winter, spring,
Big Eric's Bridge State Forest Campground

Big Eric's Rd
Skanee, MI 49962

Phone: (906) 353-6651
Website

Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. 20 sites for tent and small trailer use located on
Island Lake - Hiawatha National Forest

Forest Route 2557
Wetmore, MI 49895

Phone: (906) 428-5800
Website

From the intersection of M-28 and Forest Highway 13 just east of Munising drive south 8.8 miles to FR 2268. Turn right (
Western UP Water Trail - Baraga County

Western UP Water Trail - Gogebic County

Western UP Water Trail - Ontonagon County

Lake Michigan Water Trail - Delta County

Lake Michigan Water Trail - Mackinac County

Hiawatha Water Trails East

Hiawatha Water Trails West

Keweenaw Trails

Website

Information website on Non-motorized Trails in the Keweenaw Peninsula
Lake Michigan Water Trail - Schoolcraft County

Les Cheneaux Water Trail - Chippewa County

Les Cheneaux Water Trail - Mackinac County

Boating, Sailing, Rowing

Sailing

Whether you take to the water in a wooden skiff or a custom-built yacht, you will carry on a centuries-old tradition of seeing the U.P. riding its waves. Go full-throttle in your runabout as your teens cling to their wave-pounding tube. Feel the adrenaline rush when the wind catches your boat sails in Whitefish Bay. Take sunrise and sunset cruises under the Mackinac Bridge. Race from Chicago or Detroit to Mackinac Island against some of the best sailors. And on balmy evenings, watch the stars pierce the dark sky as rippling waves gently rock your rowboat.

Paddling

Photo credit: @val.gueorguiev

In the U.P., paddling really isn’t a silent sport. As you dip your paddles into our waves, you will hear the thunder of waterfalls, the rush of rapids, the call of loons and the whisper of breezes stirring ancient cedars.

If you are a first-time paddler, you can ease your kayak or canoe across mirror-smooth lakes and down lazy streams and rivers. Take a trip with family and friends out to Lake Superior on the Two-Hearted River. Glide past the white limestone cliffs of Snail Shell Harbor on the coast of the Garden Peninsula. Or weave your way between the Les Cheneaux Islands on a guided kayak eco-tour.

Experienced paddlers and rafters can brave the Class IV whitewater rapids of Piers Gorge on the Menominee River. Plummet down a 10-foot waterfall and ride the churning waves between the canyon walls. Or take a guided kayak tour along Lake Superior’s colorful sandstone cliffs, past splashing waterfalls and beneath a towering arch at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

You can do yoga on a stand up paddle board by the shores of Mackinac Island. Plan a long sea kayak adventure on the Lake Superior Hiawatha Water Trail from Munising to Marquette to Big Bay. Canoe or sea kayak Isle Royale’s miles of inland lakes and Lake Superior bays, listening for the howl of wolves. It’s unforgettable.

Jet Skiing

You do not have to slow down when you come to the U.P. Go faster on our lakes, jumping waves at up to 45 mph on your own or rented jet ski!

Wakeboarding, Water Skiing and Kneeboarding

Water Skiing

Name your thrill. Go airborne on your wakeboard. Slice through your boat’s wake on water skis. Feel the cool spray on your shoulders as you bodyboard or kneeboard. Our wide-open H2O playgrounds are rarely crowded so you can spend hours perfecting what you love to do.

 

Surfing, Windsurfing, Kitesurfing and Parasailing

Parasailing

Surf in the U.P.? You bet. Pull on a wetsuit, grab your board and head to Lake Superior. The peak season is between October and March. That’s when the gales kick up swells as high as 30 feet (although you can get your surfing fix on this massive inland sea’s 6 to 10 footers).

Where are the big waves? Near Marquette, locals surf at McCarty’s Cove just to the left of the city’s landmark red lighthouse, on Middle Bay off the shores of Presque Isle and at Gitchi Gumi RV Park beach along M-28, east of Harvey. On the west side of the Keweenaw Peninsula head for McLain State Park near Hancock or you can occasionally ride some big ones off Great Sand Bay.

Windsurfing, kitesurfing and parasailing let you harness the wind’s power high above or on the water. Lessons are available in the Escanaba area for kitesurfing across Little Bays de Noc in the warmer months and snowkiting in the winter.

Scuba Diving, Snorkeling and Cliff Jumping

Scuba Diving

In the U.P., it is eerily exhilarating to scuba dive down to sunken ships in Whitefish Bay or off the shores of Drummond Island. Or to snorkel or dive to explore the watery collection of mid- to late 1800s artifacts off the slag beach at Fayette Historic Townsite.

If you thrive on being an extreme daredevil, few water sports in the U.P. rival cliff jumping from the Blackrocks cliffs at Marquette’s Presque Isle. For additional adventure, wade out in waist-deep water to Little Presque Isle, where up to 30-foot jumps will entice you into Lake Superior. South of L’Anse off US Hwy 41, the Canyon Falls and gorge offer 10- to 15-foot and 30-foot cliff jumps into the Sturgeon River.