Michigan's Canoe Trails


Goin' with the flow. We know—sometimes it's rough. But along Michigan's scenic canoe trails, it's mostly smooth-going. You can kick back and enjoy the gurgling of the river, the calm expanse of the lake, the dappled light, the beauty of the woodlands, the surprise of wildlife. Nothing is more relaxing and centering than exploring the outdoors perched in a canoe. And did we mention good fishing? Depending on when and where you go, you'll reel in steelhead, brook trout, and salmon.

Waterway List
All of these trails are in Hiawatha National Forest, in Michigan's upper peninsula.

Autrain River Canoe Trail: Short, quiet, lots of wildlife.

Big Island Lake Canoeing Area: More than 20 inland lakes.

Carp River Canoe Trail: An enjoyable weekend's float.

Sturgeon River Canoe Trail: For a little more excitement—meanders and rapids.

Whitefish River Canoe Trail: Deep, swift and cold in early spring. Bald eagle sightings are common.

Background Information: Map sources, tips, degree of difficulty (defined), and additional information.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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