Canoeing Michigan

Michigan boasts an impressive amount of Great Lakes shoreline, but besides Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and Lake Superior, there are rivers and lakes in every part of the state that invite exploring.  In Lower Michigan, easier more accessible rivers traverse state and national forests, such as the Grand and Au Sable rivers. In the Upper Peninsula, Sylvania Wilderness preserves a rare tract of old growth forest amid 36 lakes that are connected by portages. Isle Royale National Park floats on the horizon, beckoning canoeists across Lake Superior. The rivers of the Upper Peninsula tend to be wilder than those in the south, with serious rapids and waterfalls suitable only for the experienced whitewater canoeist. Although Michigan does not have as many opportunities for extensive canoe trips, the lakes and rivers of Michigan offer a wide variety of shorter paddling trips.

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Sylvania Wilderness Guide

The Sylvania Wilderness is made up of 18,000 acres (7,300 ha) of old-growth forest in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Ottawa National Forest. As part of the National Wilderness Preservation System, Sylvania represents a unique part of America’s natural heritage: only 4% of all land in the United States ...

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Isle Royale National Park Guide

Heading out on Lake Superior can seem a daunting prospect, until you see Isle Royale come into view. The National Park’s 500,000 acres (202,000 ha) are officially a part of Michigan, though it actually lies 45 miles (72 km) from the Upper Peninsula and 17 miles (27 km) from Minnesota. Visitors ...

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Michigan Rivers & Streams

"He turned and looked down the stream. It stretched away, pebbly-bottomed with shallows and big boulders and a deep pool as it curved away around the foot of a bluff."— Ernest Hemingway For the literary-minded, the Big Two-Hearted River may be Michigan’s best-known river, thanks to the two short ...

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