Kayaking Pictured Rocks Natl. Lakeshore on Lake Superior

Kayak Trips

I just wanted to tell you about some outstanding kayaking. Last summer I kayaked Pictured Rocks on the recommendation of my kayakin' (and all 'round) buddy Mike Petrie. I put in at a point outside Munising, MI, and set out for Grand Island. The Lake Superior water was pristine and very dark green; extremely clean fresh water. I made my way across the channel to Grand Island and paddled into Murray Bay. I found a good spot along the sandy shore, pitched my tent and set up camp. I then took off for the Pictured Rocks. There were huge high cliffs with a multitude of colors compliments of Mother Nature. There were many caves along the shore of the cliffs that you can paddle into. There were also many warm flowing streams that you can kayak up and set up camp or just explore. I kayaked back to Grand Island and was able to explore the island on foot. I discovered Trout Bay on the north side of the island; it had high cliffs like the Pictured Rocks. I plan to kayak over to there next time I go; I didn't know it was possibly that beautiful. I cooked some famous Upper Peninsula pasties and had a good night camping. I woke up the next day to rain. I packed everything up and kayaked back to the "main land" comfortable and dry in my rain skirt. I will definitly allow myself more time this summer when I go back. This weekend, a good size group of us will be kayaking the Sturgeon River - the fastest river in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. This will be the first of the year; I'll let everyone know how it went when I get back.

John Connelly <connelly@sprynet.com>
Detroit, MI

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