Paddling Our Wild Shores

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

Michigan is home to some of Superior's most stupendous shoreline and has a park that is prepared to help paddlers. Sandstone cliffs characterize the western end, and long miles of quiet beach are the rule on the eastern end. Camping is by permit, and a number of sites are close to the shore. Hiking trails follow the coast and strike off inland for side excursions.

Put in near the headquarters on the west end, at Grand Marais on the east, or at Hurricane River, near the Au Sable Light Station. Either canoe or kayak is appropriate, but Superior can be rough, so be prepared for wind and waves. Several sections of shoreline are sheer cliff, with no available landings for miles. You can paddle the entire park shoreline (45 miles) in three to six days, depending on your travel style.


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