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Trip Area Descriptions

Tour the Pigeon River Country

Expand your horizons with a single or multi-day expedition of hiking, biking, or kayaking adventure to the Pigeon River Country and High Country Pathway in Northern Lower Michigan.

Encompassing over 105,000 acres, the Pigeon River Country State Forest (PRC) is the largest continuous block of state owned land in Michigan’s lower peninsula. Many state the PRC offers the best opportunity for a near-wilderness experience. Flowing through the heart of the PRC is the mighty Pigeon River. With its headwaters starting northeast of Gaylord, the Pigeon winds north 42 miles before flowing into Cheboygan County's Mullet Lake. With over 80 linear miles of river, endless paddling opportunities await.

The Pigeon River is swift and wild. This river sees minimal clearing, offering a rustic challenge for all ability levels. Be prepared for log crossings, portages, log jams, beaver ponds, and more surprises.

Ride the High Country Pathway

The High Country Pathway (HCP) is an awesome 80 mile ribbon of trail looping through the heart of elk country. The HCP embodies the classic definition of single track for both hiking and biking. This trail passes through a variety of ecosystems consisting of high woodlands, tamarack swamps, silver beech groves and pine forests. From the trail it is common to spot beaver, black bears, bobcat, snowshoe hare, wood ducks, bald eagles, deer, wild turkey, and elk. With over 900 elk, the PRC hosts the largest elk herd east of the Mississippi. The HCP trail is one of the best opportunities to see elk in their natural environment.

The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) has chosen the High Country Pathway as an EPIC RIDE. This trail was hand picked as one of only four trails designated per year as EPIC RIDES in North America. The HCP is the first trail in Michigan to achieve this legendary status. The IMBA EPIC RIDES are at the top of many mountain bikers, “must ride list.”

The PRC is remote and can be harsh and unforgiving. Bikers on the HCP should have intermediate skills unless staying on the easier 10 mile loop of Shingle Mill Pathway. The HCP consists of mainly narrow single track that is marked by blue paint blazes. Due to the remoteness, the HCP sees minimal trail maintenance. Be prepared for slow, rough trail consisting of mud, roots, ferns, berry briars and downed logs.

Paddle the Inland Waterway

The Inland Waterway is one of the most historic and popular boating channels in Michigan. It first served as a trade artery for fur traders in the earliest days of Michigan’s history. Then it became an important shipping and supply route for communities before the introduction of the railroad. Now it is a popular recreational spot allowing you to almost cross the entire Tip of the Mitt by way of the connecting rivers and lakes.

Join us as we paddle this historic waterway, enjoy many of the beautiful sights while accompanied by our experienced guides who will expound upon the past of the area. We offer half day, full day, and extended trips on the Inland Waterway.

Navigate the Les Cheneaux Island Chain

Come with us as we introduce you to the Les Cheneaux Island chain, one of the Mid-West’s lesser known kayaking hot spots. We offer half day, overnight, and extended adventures through this archipelago where the numerous bays and islands make for safe paddling and beautiful sights.

The area received its name from some of the earliest French Explorers who came to the area in the search of fur. Its rich history is tied into that of the entire straits areas which was a major hub of trade throughout the Great Lakes region. Join us for one of our marquee trips and discover a part of Michigan few people have experienced.

Explore Sturgeon Bay and Wilderness Point

Sturgeon Bay is a beautiful tucked away park with beautiful sand dunes and crystal clear water. We'll paddle along the shoreline with our final destination being a small chain of islands which is part of the Wilderness State Park. Once to the islands we will have to time to explore and look for Petoskey stones which can be found frequently in this area if you know where to look. On the return trip you will have a front seat view of what is proudly rated as a "Million Dollar Sunset!" Join us for this trip which can be done either as a half day or whole day excursion.

Discover the “Wild Side” of Whitefish Point
and the Lake Superior Shoreline

Daily or overnight adventure includes the “Yurt in Paradise” as base camp, located on a Lake Superior beach three (3) miles north of Paradise Michigan on famous Whitefish Point.  From the yurt we explore miles and miles of pristine Lake Superior shoreline, hunt for agates, pickup stones, kayak Lake Superior or the Tahquamenon River.  We can also visit the Tahquamenon falls which are the second largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, the Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point which has the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes, visit Vermillion Point which has an original 1887 lifesaving station and take a 7 mile walk on the beach to Crisp Point lighthouse.  With the yurt as base camp, this makes a great adventure for families with small ones as the yurt has facilities for meals, beds for naps and a bath house.  The yurt can also be rented to discover Lake Superior on your own.