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Explore our waterways.

Paddle your way through Michigan’s waterways in canoes or kayaks and let this “silent sport” speak to your soul.

No matter where you are in Michigan, you're only six miles from a lake, river or stream, making the opportunities to head out in a kayak or canoe almost endless. Put in upstream and gently paddle downriver or test your mettle against teeming rapids. Experience the spectacular seasonal scenery of Michigan and abundant wildlife of the water's edge. 

Destinations like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Turnip Rock and the Two Hearted River provide paddlers with a whole new perspective as they glide through the water to take in the views and the Island Loop Route along the Blueways of St. Clair is one of a handful of National Water Trails in the country. Are you ready to explore the waterways of Pure Michigan?

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