Beaver Island Kayaking Adventure
5 Days, 4 Nights
Come with us to explore three great secluded Islands of the Lake Michigan Archipelago. Start on Beaver Island and see the small town of St. James, and how residents of remote islands on the Great Lakes have survived for years. Then, paddle out to Garden and High Islands and see how some places in the Midwest can still be wild and remote. These islands are only accessible by small boat, so you will have an exclusive opportunity to get up close to the coastline, come ashore and explore the vast forests, and hike to abandoned historical sites. This is a truly unique opportunity to explore these remote and wonderful places.
Day 1: We meet in the early afternoon outside Boyne City at Young State Park located on Lake Charlevoix for an orientation paddle. That evening we will have the chance to kayak to Boyne City for dinner enjoying the evening sunset before heading back to camp for an early start the next morning.
Day 2: Up early in order to catch the first ferry to Beaver Island we will need to pack up camp and head to Charlevoix. The two hour plus ferry ride offers a chance to relax and enjoy the views of the approaching islands. Once unloaded from the ferry a public beach offers easy access to our afternoon paddle. Before we head out you will have the chance to explore this quiet island community. Our days paddle will take us out of the horseshoe shaped harbor and along the north coast of Beaver Island before our crossing to Garden Island. Once we arrive at our campsite and tents are set up we can hike into the island before dinner to explore secluded woods and an ancient Native America cemetery.
Day 3: Depending on wind and weather conditions today's paddle may take us to the western edge of this island chain visiting the shores of Whiskey and Trout Island before we land on High Island. The long sand spit on the northeast corner of High Island offers great camping and stunning sunset views. This will be our home for the next two nights.
Day 4: Our planned layover day offers the chance to circumnavigate High Island or venture into the deep woods seeking the highest point on the Island. Whatever your choice the remote Islands will be sure to offer plenty of adventure.
Day 5: Pack up and head back over to Beaver Island, crossing back to Indian Point and heading to St. James Harbor. Once in St. James we will catch the afternoon ferry back to Charlevoix and the mainland.
**This itinerary is subject to change. As with all adventure travel, some activities are dependent on appropriate conditions. But fear not -we have many alternative activities available in case the weather is not cooperative.
Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan. Beaver Island is a popular tourist and vacation destination. Beaver Island lies around 32 miles from the city of Carlevoix, Michigan.The island can be reached only by air or boat.
History Trivia: This island at one time was the site of a unique Mormon kingdom.