Porter’s Island Paddle

Photo courtesy of Ryan Holtt
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Porter’s Island Paddle  – 2 ½ hours (& Sunset Paddle!)

  • Our most popular tour!
  • 2 ½ hours – departs three times daily, including our “Sunset Paddle”
  • Great for novices, families & those just wanting to get out on Lake Superior


Following basic kayak instruction on land, test your new paddling skills on Lake Superior, surrounding Copper Harbor. Explore ancient rock shoreline, an uninhabited island and learn about the history of the largest, natural harbor on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Sunsets are a particularly special time to be on the Lake. Paddlers may bid farewell to the day as shades of vibrant changing color schemes highlight the sky as the sun drops into the freshwater sea.

We took the “beginner” kayaking lesson/guided tour with a very patient and kind young man (forgetting his name just now...sorry...) who taught us how to maneuver a kayakand then took us out for a couple of hours to hone our newly found skills! The equipment (sea kayaks) were all in excellent condition. You didn't need anything (they even provided dry bags for your camera). We had a blast and hope to participate in this activity again. This company offers a variety of other services including bike rentals,kayak rentals, guided kayak trips (we met a family who took a kayaking/backpacking trip to Isle Royale). Really worthwhile if you are in Copper Harbor.

 

Amy F.

What do I bring sea kayaking?

To ensure your sea kayak adventure is a good experience, we suggest that you bring the following:

  • A synthetic top such as polyester, polypropylene or capaline. Fleece is great for cooler days or evenings. Cotton should be avoided.
  • Shorts or a swimsuit that a wetsuit can be slipped over.
  • Water-shoes or sandals. Participants can choose to go barefoot if they desire. Shoes with laces are not allowed!
  • Hat for shade when it’s sunny. Cap for warmth if it’s cool.
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen
  • Drinking Water – a pint is sufficient for most.
  • Camera – take advantage of the many photo opportunities while on ‘da Big Lake!

THE FINE PRINT:

  • Wetsuits will be provided, and use is mandatory because of Lake Superior’s cold water. Drybags are also available for your use, though participants assume their own risk for damaged or lost goods.
  • Weight Limits: There is a minimum of 80lbs and a maximum of 280lbs.
  • Cancellation Policy: Payments are refundable, less a 15% cancellation fee any time prior to 24 hours of the scheduled tour. No refund for cancellations less than 24 hours of the scheduled tour.
  • All tours are subject to rescheduling, alternate destinations or cancellations due to wind, wave or other unfavorable weather conditions. While we will try to reschedule, full payments will be refunded in the event of tour cancellations due to unfavorable paddling conditions.
  • Rain, fog or cool weather does not necessarily cancel a trip… customers find paddling in the rain more enjoyable then they thought, since they are well protected from the elements by the kayak, spray skirt, wetsuit, lifejacket, rain jacket and hat and generate body heat as they paddle. We will not venture out in  a heavy down pour or if thunderstorms are present.
  • Gratuities for your trip leaders are at your discretion.

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What do I bring sea kayaking?

To ensure your sea kayak adventure is a good experience, we suggest that you bring the following:

  • A synthetic top such as polyester, polypropylene or capaline. Fleece is great for cooler days or evenings. Cotton should be avoided.
  • Shorts or a swimsuit that a wetsuit can be slipped over.
  • Water-shoes or sandals. Participants can choose to go barefoot if they desire. Shoes with laces are not allowed!
  • Hat for shade when it’s sunny. Cap for warmth if it’s cool.
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen
  • Drinking Water – a pint is sufficient for most.
  • Camera – take advantage of the many photo opportunities while on ‘da Big Lake!

THE FINE PRINT:

  • Wetsuits will be provided, and use is mandatory because of Lake Superior’s cold water. Drybags are also available for your use, though participants assume their own risk for damaged or lost goods.
  • Weight Limits: There is a minimum of 80lbs and a maximum of 280lbs.
  • Cancellation Policy: Payments are refundable, less a 15% cancellation fee any time prior to 24 hours of the scheduled tour. No refund for cancellations less than 24 hours of the scheduled tour.
  • All tours are subject to rescheduling, alternate destinations or cancellations due to wind, wave or other unfavorable weather conditions. While we will try to reschedule, full payments will be refunded in the event of tour cancellations due to unfavorable paddling conditions.
  • Rain, fog or cool weather does not necessarily cancel a trip… customers find paddling in the rain more enjoyable then they thought, since they are well protected from the elements by the kayak, spray skirt, wetsuit, lifejacket, rain jacket and hat and generate body heat as they paddle. We will not venture out in  a heavy down pour or if thunderstorms are present.
  • Gratuities for your trip leaders are at your discretion.