Agate Harbor Kayaking Tour

Photo courtesy of Ryan Holt

Lake Superior Sea Kayaking Keweenaw Michigan 4.5 Hour Agate Harbor Paddle Short Video

Agate Harbor Kayaking Tour – 4 ½-5 Hours

Our featured tour!
Discounted Youth rate!

*Great for more adventurous individuals and families wanting to explore one of the Keweenaw Peninsula‘s most picturesque and scenic areas for Upper Peninsula sea kayaking
*Choose between single or tandem (two-person) sea kayaks – Youth must paddle in tandem with Adult
*Minimum age/weight noted below in “The Fine Print”

This Lake Superior sea kayak tour is 4.5-5 hours (not counting transportation and set up time) and is up to 8 miles of paddling. Many areas of this tour are relatively inaccessible by land and participants must have the physical fitness to paddle for this time and distance.

Lunch is included and we’ll stop somewhere along the way for a picnic break.

After a short drive along the Lakeshore Drive, the tour begins with about 30 minutes of basic, on-land instruction with our professional guides. Instruction includes an overview of the sea kayak, gear and equipment, some basic paddle strokes and techniques and safety awareness relevant for this Lake Superior sea kayak tour. We’ll then launch from a rocky beach and will explore this area that most closely resembles the scenery of the Keweenaw Peninsula’s sister rock, Isle Royale (National Park).

A geologic wonderland, we’ll paddle along of chain of uninhabited barrier islands within a rocky reef and will discover the “arch rock” – which has the largest span of any arch on the north end of the peninsula. We’ll paddle within finger bays and secluded, protected coves that emanate a true “up north” sensation of fresh air and scented pine.

Wildlife sightings including bald eagles, loon and other water fowl are not uncommon and the spiny ridgelines that parallel the shore highlight the sense of place of this special region. On calm water days, paddlers can view the remnants of the City of St. Joseph shipwreck in about 20′-30’ of water. The 254′ barge was lost on the shallow reef during a northwest gale in September of 1942.

Although we’ll remain relatively close to shore, this tour really gives a sense of how big the BIG LAKE really is looking out on the vast horizon.

We lucked out with temps in the high 70s and sunny blue skies during the last weekend of September. We were visiting our Tech students and decided to try a kayak tour in addition to our usual hiking and cruising through the Keweenaw. We were so pleased with our entire experience, from booking the trip, to getting set up with gear, to our fantastic guide. This definitely tops our list of great ways to take in the beautiful fall colors!

What do I bring sea kayaking?

To ensure your Lake Superior 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!
  • Facemask – please see COVID-19 Response for Sea Kayaking Tours

THE FINE PRINT:

  • Safety is always our number one concern and we do everything possible to manage the risks for our clients! Your guides have gone through sea kayak instructor and trip leader training with the American Canoe Association (ACA) on Lake Superior.  All of our guides are certified as either Wilderness First Responders (WFR) or in Wilderness First Aid (WFA).  Our guides carry two-way VHF marine radios, cell phones (though coverage is sporadic) and a GPS tracking device capable of sending messages and to call for advanced help in an emergency.  It’s important to know that we conduct many of our kayak tours in remote and sparsely populated areas with limited or no access to roads and emergency assistance could be distant and time consuming.
  • 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.
  • Age Limits: A minimum age of 13 years-old. If your child is younger and an experienced paddler, we may make an exception – please call to discuss prior to booking.
  • Weight/Size Limits: There is a minimum of ~100lbs and a maximum of ~280lbs (per person, not per boat). Kayaks can be size discriminate and having a safe fit is largely dependent upon height and body shape, too. Our largest cockpits are 17 x 33 inches in size and elongated, so one must be able to comfortably fit into this space to have the freedom to get in and out of the cockpit.
  • Gratuities for your trip leaders are at your discretion.
  • CANCELLATION POLICY: Payments are refundable, minus a 15% cancellation fee, with notice any time prior to ONE WEEK of scheduled activity — otherwise non-refundable unless the optional Trip Protection has been purchased.
  • WEATHER POLICY: All tours are subject to rescheduling, alternate destinations or possible cancellations due to wind, wave or other UNSAFE weather conditions. Light to moderate rains, fog or cool weather do not necessarily cancel a tour, though. Customers often find paddling in the rain more enjoyable than they thought, since they are well protected from the elements by the kayak, spray skirt, wetsuit, lifejacket, personal rain jacket and hat, and generate body heat as they paddle. That all said, we will certainly not venture out in a heavy downpour or if thunderstorms are present — and full payments will be refunded if staff determines a weather cancellation.
  • TRIP PROTECTION (OPTIONAL): ​​​​​​​This is a “CANCEL FOR ANY REASON” in-house trip insurance, which covers rentals, tours and shuttles (not lodging). If you subscribe to this option (for $15 per booking – not per person), you understand that it allows you to cancel your rentals, tours and/or shuttles up to 24 hours prior to your scheduled reservation and receive a refund minus a 15% cancellation fee. You understand that Trip Protection is void in cases where a 24 hour notice of cancellation is not provided AND DAY OF CANCELLATIONS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

What do I bring sea kayaking?

To ensure your Lake Superior 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!
  • Facemask – please see COVID-19 Response for Sea Kayaking Tours

THE FINE PRINT:

  • Safety is always our number one concern and we do everything possible to manage the risks for our clients! Your guides have gone through sea kayak instructor and trip leader training with the American Canoe Association (ACA) on Lake Superior.  All of our guides are certified as either Wilderness First Responders (WFR) or in Wilderness First Aid (WFA).  Our guides carry two-way VHF marine radios, cell phones (though coverage is sporadic) and a GPS tracking device capable of sending messages and to call for advanced help in an emergency.  It’s important to know that we conduct many of our kayak tours in remote and sparsely populated areas with limited or no access to roads and emergency assistance could be distant and time consuming.
  • 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.
  • Age Limits: For Half and Full Day Tours we recommend a minimum age of 13 years-old. If your child is younger and an experienced paddler, we may make an exception to this recommendation – please call to discuss prior to booking.
  • Weight/Size Limits: There is a minimum of ~100lbs and a maximum of ~280lbs (per person, not per boat). Kayaks can be size discriminate and having a safe fit is largely dependent upon height and body shape, too. Our largest cockpits are 17 x 33 inches in size and elongated, so one must be able to comfortably fit into this space to have the freedom to get in and out of the cockpit.
  • Gratuities for your trip leaders are at your discretion.
  • CANCELLATION POLICY: Payments are refundable, minus a 15% cancellation fee, with notice any time prior to ONE WEEK of scheduled activity — otherwise non-refundable unless the optional Trip Protection has been purchased.
  • WEATHER POLICY: All tours are subject to rescheduling, alternate destinations or possible cancellations due to wind, wave or other UNSAFE weather conditions. Light to moderate rains, fog or cool weather do not necessarily cancel a tour, though. Customers often find paddling in the rain more enjoyable than they thought, since they are well protected from the elements by the kayak, spray skirt, wetsuit, lifejacket, personal rain jacket and hat, and generate body heat as they paddle. That all said, we will certainly not venture out in a heavy downpour or if thunderstorms are present — and full payments will be refunded if staff determines a weather cancellation.
  • TRIP PROTECTION (OPTIONAL): ​​​​​​​This is a “CANCEL FOR ANY REASON” in-house trip insurance, which covers rentals, tours and shuttles (not lodging). If you subscribe to this option (for $15 per booking – not per person), you understand that it allows you to cancel your rentals, tours and/or shuttles up to 24 hours prior to your scheduled reservation and receive a refund minus a 15% cancellation fee. You understand that Trip Protection is void in cases where a 24 hour notice of cancellation is not provided AND DAY OF CANCELLATIONS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.