Kayaking in Michigan's Green Waters
Sue Beth Balash shares her “Pure Michigan Moment,” a kayak trip in North Bar Lake near Empire, where she searched for the perfect blue so often depicted in her students’ classroom drawings of Michigan waters. If you are interested in trying kayaking out for yourself, check out our beginners guide to kayaking.
I stand next to my kayak with my feet firmly planted in the sand encircling North Bar Lake and for a fleeting moment, I think of my third-grade class.
I wonder why children always reach for the bluest markers, crayons or color pencils when they fill in the waters on their Michigan maps, because not a single drop of it looks blue.
My love affair with kayaking began when I learned about kayak touring – multi-day paddling trips carrying camping gear in the kayak. I was an experienced hiker and backpacker, and the idea that I could use a kayak to explore rivers was entrancing.
Guest Michigan Blogger Robin Driessen Bruecker shares her “Pure Michigan Moment,” an annual trip to the Upper Peninsula with her husband.
Miner's Beach in Munising
There’s something magnetic about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Maybe it’s the mile after mile of forests or the vast stretches of refreshingly undeveloped land. Maybe it’s the vibrant sunlight or the pale sand and blue waters of a sunny Lake Superior summer day that reminds me of the beach in Kauai. Maybe it’s the rolling hills, alive with color in autumn; the charming cottages of all sizes, conditions and styles; a small lake completely ringed with wild roses; or an abundance of wonderful waterfalls.
Before the fall season comes to a close, Kristin Bienert, Michigan Travel Ideas editor, sneaks in one last canoe trip on the Sturgeon River in Northern Michigan. Enjoy this adventure with Pure Michigan Connect!
My voice trembles a little as I talk to the Northern Michigan outfitter, who is assessing my canoe skills. Pati, the owner of Big Bear Adventures, politely suggests I go with a guide. I guess my childhood experience of paddling at Girl Scout camp every summer isn’t going to cut it on the Sturgeon River, the fastest in the lower-peninsula.
Wow – Chuck Hayden just finished quite a Pure Michigan adventure! Check out his story about just one leg of his epic journey.
It was 5:30 am and I had just roused myself from a fitful sleep to the birth of a new sunrise. The previous day, Lake Superior had heaved me on to the rocky shore of Salt Point between Tahquamenon Bay and the Bay Mills area. During the night, as I slept in the sandy grass of the beach, sheltered from the wind by my kayak, she calmed to a light wind. Now, as I prepared to launch my kayak, I was sure I could finish the last 20 miles before noon. The lake wasn’t completely calm, but after 3 days of rough seas, she was offering me a little peace and I urgently took the offer.