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Upper Peninsula Water Trails

Upper Peninsula Water Trails

Hiawatha Water Trail, PO Box 7131, Marquette, MI 49855.  Gitche Gumee, the Ojibwa (Native American) name for Lake Superior, has inspired all who have stood on her shore or paddled her waters. Running 120 miles from Big Bay to Grand Marais Michigan on Lake Superior’s south shore, the Hiawatha Water Trail (HWT) follows a shoreline paddled by Native Americans, Voyageurs and early European explorers. Experience some of the most scenic paddling available in the Midwest at places such as Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Grand Island National Recreation Area, Hiawatha National Forest and other public lands. Stopping in at the communities of Big Bay, Marquette, Munising and Grand Marais, a paddler finds places filled with history and friendly people.

Isle Royale National Park Water Trail, Explore a rugged, isolated island where wolves and moose abound, far from the sights and sounds of civilization. Surrounded by Lake Superior, Isle Royale offers unparalleled solitude and adventures for backpackers, hikers, boaters, kayakers, canoeists and scuba divers. Here, amid stunning scenic beauty, you'll find opportunities for reflection and discovery, and make memories that last a lifetime. This trail circles Michigan's only National Park.

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Keweenaw Water Trail, 56638 Calumet Avenue, Calumet, MI 49913, Phone: (906)337-4579.  The Keweenaw Water Trail, which circles the Keweenaw Peninsula, is located along Michigan's northernmost shoreline and gives the paddler the opportunity to experience the many moods of the big lake along very different shorelines. The entire trail is accessible by any small water craft (including kayaks and canoes) and can be covered by the average paddler in 6 to 8 days, but extra time should be allowed for weather delays. The trail includes rugged shoreline, small towns and opportunities to observe unqiue wildlife. A Water trail map is available from the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau at: (800) 338-7982.

Lake Huron North Shore Water Trail. From broad sandy beaches, to island-protected alcoves, the North shore of Lake Huron provides a varied paddling experience with endless potential for a variety of trips. Running from the DeTour peninsula to St. Ignace on Lake Huron's north shore. This also includes Mackinac and Bois Blanc islands.

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Lake Michigan Water Trail Upper Peninsula.  Running along 400 miles of Lake Michigan's northern coast.

Lake Superior East Water Trail. The rustic shores of the eastern end of Lake Superior has wide stretched of publicly owned land provide many landing points and a variety of paddling trips. The largest of the Great Lakes can be more dangerous than other routes, sudden storms, rip tides, and freighter traffic can all demand greater paddling skills and increased awareness.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, PO Box 40, Munising, MI 49862-0040, Phone: (906) 387-3700.

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St. Marys River Island Explorer Water Trail. From Sault Ste. Marie to De Tour Village, the St. Marys River carries paddlers past islands large and small, many with different landing points. At the southern end, paddlers can view an underwater shipwreck preserve.  Running from Sault Ste. Marie to Drummond Island along the Michigan side of St. Marys river.

Western U.P. Water Trail. The Western U.P. Water Trail traverses 319 miles along the southern shore of Lake Superior. Beginning at the Michigan/Wisconsin border, the water trail passes around the Keweenaw Peninsula to the Baraga/Marquette County line. The water trail passes by some of Michigan’s most rugged but beautiful coast line. The water trail connects to the Keweenaw Water Trail, a separate designated paddling loop around and through the Keweenaw Peninsula. On its eastern edge, the water trail is just a short distance from the Hiawatha Water Trail that traverses around the City of Marquette and the famous Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

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