Pictured Rocks National Lake shore is indelibly ‘on the map’ as a premier paddling destination and has become one of the most highly visited national parks for sea kayaking in the country. Travelers from both coasts and around the world visit here to experience the unique beauty of our local sandstone formations found on Lake Superior. Paddlers enter the realm of wild nature and exploration.
Our tours are all designed with you in mind. We meet at your launch point, and you arrive right at your car after your tour, ready to set off on the rest of your Upper Peninsula adventure. Your tour is all paddle time. After the brief safety presentation we depart immediately. We wont keep you for 6 hours when you only paddle for 4 hours. Helping you create great memories with us and plenty of time to create more on your own.
We make it easy to enjoy a kayak tour at Pictured Rocks Adventure. Book your tour, follow the ‘what to bring’ guide on the tour page and just meet 30 minutes before your pre-booked tour to get in your boat and paddle. That’s it. We won’t keep you any longer than your paddle time once we’ve departed. TIP: Longer tours are generally for those more fit and higher skill level paddlers. Our guides are serious about your safety and are well trained by seasoned experienced guides.
Overnight Trips Any Length
Experience the lake shore day and night. Enjoy epic sunsets after a hard days paddle or hike. With several exit points from the trail on a hiking tour, it can be easily customized to suit your skill level and time frame. Kayak overnights can be out and back, or one way. All overnight bookings must be approved in advance. We will help you plan your adventure to make the most of your time in the outdoors.
Our tours mainly consist of 12 paddlers or less. We paddle in smaller sized groups than other larger outfitters which allows us to explore more areas and spend more time at each feature, and allows guides the time to provide more personal attention to each client on the tour. Larger groups end up waiting in line for caves or other features so we tend to keep group size lower. Private tours can be accommodated by request as well.
ALL TOURS MEET AT N7294 Co Rd H-15, Shingleton, MI 49884 AKA THE BEAR TRAP INN
DUE TO RECORD NUMBER OF VISITORS EXPECTED TO VISIT THE PARK, WE ARE REQUIRED BY PARK SERVICE TO SHUTTLE YOU IN. WE MEET AT OUR MARKED PARKING AREA AT THIS LOCATION N7294 Co Rd H-15, Shingleton, MI 49884. THE SHUTTLE TO AND FROM IS ON US. PLEASE BE AT THE BEAR TRAP INN ONE HOUR BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED TOUR. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR MISSING THE BUS. WE WILL COME PICK YOU BACK UP BUT YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY 5$ PER PERSON TO PAY FOR THE EXTRA TRIP. THE PARK IS 15 MINUTES FROM THE MEET.
We are a local Northern Michigan business, and when you call or text us you are speaking with the owner or one of our kayak guides. If we cant get your call immediately, please send a text and we will respond personally and promptly, as soon as we are back on land. Be sure to include your name, number, and brief description, we can get the details on the call back. Remember you must speak to managment in order to cancel or alter a booked tour.
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
This is a fantastic destination. With a background spun from the imagination of a fairy tale author. This place was forged over time by the crushing forces of nature that molded the rock, compared to the might of Lake Superior even the rock is fragile. This the worlds largest coastline is known as the third coast. Hundreds of miles away from any salty water. Endowed with a vast array of wildlife and a challenging topography Pictured Rocks is a beloved destination for backpackers, and an unmatched experience when explored via kayak. Kayaking while watching visiting eagles and loons makes for a great day on the water, they are only a few among wellspring of the wildlife, and even a glimpse as they pass by will add amazement to the experience. All the Way up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, The Pictured Rocks National Lake shore is host to soft sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls, an endless world of wilderness, with the star of the show is in the rock formations along the Lake Superior shoreline.
in 1966 Congress designated Pictured Rocks as the first national lake shore in the whole of America, paying homage to the unparalleled backdrop. The lake shore meanders for approximately 42 miles, with sandstone cliffs that tower up above 200 feet overlooking the lake, and are the namesake of the park. The cliff side was carved by the pressure and unrelenting weathering of time, as waves crash into the painted walls. Paddle past caves, archways, and shapes that invoke familiar pictures.
While visiting Pictured Rocks, you will be at the shores of the largest and deepest Great Lake. The largest fresh water lake of them all. For a paddler, a tour among the unrivaled Pictured Rocks National Lake shore is the destination of a lifetime. Fair warning Lake Superior’s waters can go from a mood that’s harmless to that of a survival situation very quickly. Expert guides know when to go on the water and how to stay safe. Pictured Rocks National Lake shore is peppered with a multitude of hiking trails that traverse the entirety of the vast 42 miles of the shoreline, and some that are simple out and back day hikes. From viewing the many waterfalls that cascade over the cliffs into Lake Superior. One of America’s most special destinations and often passed over parks. Your Time at this one-of-a-kind destination should absolutely be a well deserved notch on your lifetime kayak adventure bucket list.
Pictured Rocks Adventure llc. Is guide owned and operated. The owner of the company will likely be on the beach or guiding your tour. The lead guides have all worked at least one season together so group synergy is a given.
Here at Pictured Rocks Adventure our aim is to get adventure seekers on the water and off efficiently and safely. Whether on the water or off the trail you will have everything you need to enjoy your outdoor experiences with us. With a sister company in Wisconsin we can complete any Lake Superior adventure with the famous Apostle Islands and its lake shore as well. Theses adventures require a specific level of fitness, and the ability to swim is required. Guests must be able to paddle for several hours depending on the tour selected. The 2 hour tour is the recommended tour for absolute beginners. All tour times are approximate. If it takes a little longer to get to the good stuff, chances are we will row with it if weather and time allow. All guides are certified by Pictured Rocks Adventure, and they make calls based on the safety of our guests. Please refer to our size and weight limit for paddlers based upon safety guidelines. The owner is a lead guide and in most cases will be on the beach and next to many of you, in his kayak on your adventure. Close attention to safety and satisfaction is an ultimate priority. We appreciate you’re visit and will see you on the water or on the trail.
Any Reservation that is canceled 24 hours in advance receives a full refund. If weather cancels your tour you also receive a full refund. We try to give you at least 24 hours notice by text or email if weather is a concern
We do our best to get you out to your desired location. If weather does not permit we do not force you to go on a different tour. We will offer an alternative tour, a chance to reschedule or a 100% refund.