Our Lake Superior sea kayak tours include basic instruction
by our American Canoe Association Instructors, use of a CURRENT DESIGNS, VENTURE, P&H or BOREAL DESIGN single or tandem
sea kayak, the latest in kayak gear & equipment and professional
BELOW: KAC guide and Eskimo-Roller extrordinaire Cory Mooney demostrates a series of rolls, both with and without a paddle! (Eskimo rolls are not a requirement for any of our our clients participating on a guided tour!)
Island Paddle (beginner / intermediate)
most popular tour! A 2 ˝ hour introduction to sea kayaking combines
basic instruction with a paddle on Lake Superior, surrounding
Copper Harbor. Explore the 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. [$39]
Walk-ins are welcomed for this tour ONLY, although reservations
are recommended to guarantee availability. Please register at
our shop location; 155 Gratiot St. (US 41), at least 30 minutes
prior to scheduled tour time.
(Sunset Paddle) after Aug. 1st
photo courtesy of Ryan
Harbor Paddle (intermediate / advanced)
full day tour leaving from Copper Harbor. We will paddle past
the oldest lighthouse on Lake Superior and the point where copper
was first discovered by modern man. The result of this
discovery was the Copper Boom of the Keweenaw Peninsula. We
will visit the Nature Conservancy's preserve at Horseshoe Harbor,
have lunch and explore the gigantic shoreline rock formations. This tour is scheduled by reservation, weather/wind permitting.
[$119] lunch included
on the shore of Lake Superior. Photo by Ryan
departs by special arrangement and weather permitting. 10:00
This half day adventure highlights
an area of the Keweenaw which most closely resembles the shoreline
of it's sister rock, Isle Royale. We'll launch from a rocky
beach and will explore a chain of barrier islands, the "arch
rock", finger bays and view the spiny ridgelines that parallel
the peninsula. On calm water days, paddlers can view the remnants
of the City of St. Joseph in about 25'-35' of water. The
254' barge was lost on the shallow reef during a Northwest gale
in September of 1942. Tour departs at 10:00am on Wednesdays
& Sundays, or by special arrangement. Reservations are required.
full day excursion is full of some of the Keweenaw's most
spectacular scenery and may challenge those looking for real
adventure. We will launch from a sandy beach and paddle below
cliffs that tower up to 600' above our kayaks and Lake Superior.
We'll explore sea caves and arches and sea stacks that rise
like pillars from the water. We will visit a historic fishery
on route to the mouth of the Montreal River where the discovery
of one of the peninsula's most scenic waterfalls awaits us."
Tour departs at 9:00am on Tuesday & Saturday mornings or by
special arrangement. Reservations are required. Lunch is included.
Additional Note: We will paddle approximately 15 miles on
this full day tour. Participants must have the physical ability
and endurance to complete the route as non-medical evacuations
are difficult and time consuming at best.
This tour is best described
in Tina Lassen's journal "Mission Superior" in the August
2002 issue of National Geographic Adventure Magazine, during
her Keweenaw Adventure spent with us:
water of Bete Gris Bay is gin-clear, and sandstone boulders
20 feet below look as they're just under the surface. I have
the uncanny sense that I'm floating on air. We needle through
an obstacle course of red-rock boulders and 50-foot sea stacks
sprouting trees from the tops-like giant terra-cotta flower
pots. Eventually, we arrive at the mouth of the Montreal River,
a wall of amber water roiling furiously into the big lake.
We ease in as close as we dare, our boats dipping in the froth."
Departs Tuesdays and Saturdays or by special arrangement. 9:00
and Turf Adventures
the best of both worlds the Keweenaw has to offer, paddling
and peddling! We combine a 1/2 day of sea kayaking on 'da
BIG LAKE with a 1/2 day on mountain bikes through the deep
woods of the Keweenaw. For those who can't decide which activity
to do, it's a little taste of each ... why it's the best thing
since lake trout and venison steak!
explore many places less traveled ... uninhabited Lake Superior
shoreline, mountain top vistas with 360 degree panoramic views,
scenic inland lakes, streams, rivers and waterfalls, ghost
towns, towering cliffs, sweet singletrack, sugar sand beaches
and the creatures who inhabit the woods and the Lake. This
tour includes a box lunch made by the good folks across the
street at the Pines Resort.
This can be scheduled as a one day or a 1 day, lodging based
adventure. As a one day tour:
$120 w/ own bike OR $145 w/
Kona or Trek dual suspension mountain bike rental
As a 2 day tour (lodging
$125 w/ own bike OR $150
w/ w/ Kona or Trek dual suspension mountain bike rental
This tour is scheduled by reservation only.
Items to Bring
make sure your sea kayak adventure is a good experience, we
suggest that you bring these items with you: (Wetsuit use is
mandatory because of Lake Superior's cold water and we provide
them for all of our clients.)
• A synthetic top such as polyester, polypropylene, capaline
and fleece. These materials are highly recommended for paddling
in cooler weather to wear underneath your wetsuit. They will
still help to insulate your body, even if they get wet. …cotton
should be avoided!
• Shorts or a swimsuit that a wetsuit can be slipped over.
• Shoes you wouldn't mind getting wet…sandals or neoprene booties
work the best.
• Hat; for shade when it's sunny. Cap; for warmth if it's cool
in the Spring & Fall.
• Sunglasses and Sunscreen
• Drinking Water…at least 1 quart or more on ˝ day & full day
trips per person. A pint is sufficient for most people on the
Porter's Island Paddle.
• Camera….take advantage of the many photo opportunities while
on 'da Big Lake!
Keweenaw Adventure Company operates many of its sea kayak tours
in very remote, uninhabited areas. Emergency and medical response
can be distant and time consuming at best. Be aware that weather
conditions on Lake Superior can sometimes be extreme with greatly
varying temperature, wind and wave conditions. We will not set
out if there are poor conditions on the Lake or if there is
an unfavorable marine forecast, but conditions are sometimes
subject to change throughout the course of the day. Be aware
for the possibility of cold water immersion and paddling in
Although we do not require previous paddling experience, we
will provide instruction. Keep in mind that our full day sea
kayak tours will paddle up to 15 miles per day. You must have
the physical ability to complete these routes as evacuations
for non medical emergencies are nearly impossible. Our guides
have gone through many hours of training and have cumulative
years of experience paddling Lake Superior and the Keweenaw
Peninsula. Safety is always our number one concern and we do
everything possible to minimize the risks for our clients.
Schedule a massage in Copper Harbor after your paddling or pedaling
Cloutier certified massage therapists. $60 special
rate for a one hour massage for Keweenaw Adventure Company customers!
Fine Print: All Full and Half Day Kayak
Tours require at least a 24 hour advanced reservation and
a 50% deposit. Deposits are refundable less a 15% cancellation
fee anytime prior to 24 hours of the scheduled tour. No refunds
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. Full deposits will be refunded in the event of
tour cancellations due to unfavorable paddling conditions.
Wetsuit use is mandatory and will be provided for all kayak
tours. 15% discounts for groups of 8 or more people (must
mention website to get discount.) Gratuities for your trip
leaders are at your discretion.