Great lakes information

Hi looking to do a trip around the great lakes. Starting from Rochester NY. Go thru Michigan by way of Canada. Going to Traverse city to compete in the downwind surf ski race aug 17. the move around the lakes thru northern lake superior and Georgian Bay.

Can mix camping up with motels looking also for Day hikes and interesting history sites and museums.

Very good water skills and looking for some big Surfing.

We Surf lake Ontario all the time.

Any one got any inforantion

Cheers Dan

Some info
The Pure Michigan website might help you out.

Hiking trails are just a part of the site:

If you travel up the “sunrise side” of the state along Lake Huron, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary might be of interest.

The Headlands International Dark Sky Park is located Emmet County. A terrific place to visit on a clear night.

Also in Emmet County (Petoskey) is the Bear River Vally Recreation Area, which hosts the only whitewater park in the lower peninsula.

Sleeping Bear Dunes offers 100 miles of hiking trails:

I live in northern Michigan - bring warm clothing and lots of bug spray. The ice just went off Lake Superior earlier this month and the nights can get quite cool. We also have an abundance of mosquitoes and ticks this year throughout the state.

Can’t tell you much about Lake Superior except that it’s big and cold.

Sounds like a great trip.

I take it your primary transport
is car. Its going to take a couple of years to circumvent all of the GL by surfski. Or more. 6500 miles.

Superior winds are usually from west to east.

Its no accident that great surfing is usually found on the east coast of Superior near Wawa. Particularly Michipicoten Harbor.

Rivers that run into Superior often generate huge standing waves with these west winds opposing.

But you have to choose your spot carefully. Much of the Ontario shoreline is undeveloped and if you need rescue it is impossible at times with high winds and fog.

Naturally Superior Adventures has a great spot with lodging at the mouth of the Michipicoten River. You may have a better chance of being saved should standing waves prevent your return to shore. Other places on the Pukaskwa coast have claimed many lives. Remembering Herb Pohl who died near NSA and the fella at the mouth of the White River…(PLB was deployed but due to remoteness, it was too late)

Rt 17 continues down through Lake Superior Provincial Park and beaches and rock cliffs face an incoming sea. Agawa Bay sometimes has nice breakers.

Its best to plan on camping and feeding yourself. There are motels along this 1000km stretch of shoreline but they are few and far between.

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If you have time?, start your trip by racing the Two Harbors Festival August 2-3

then work your way to Traverse City for their race… Enroute, I would ski northshore lake superior and day trip near Sibley Peninsula, Rossport, Pukaskwa national Park , Lake Superior Provencial Park all before crossing border at Sault St Marie, then maybe make a trip west to pictured rocks national park in upper mich before heading south to traverse city.

Likely to find big waves and will certainly be cold water skiing! Some of these areas you are likely to be all alone…

pm me if you would like more ideas

I disagree
I circumvent the great lakes often! :wink:

water trails link:

You may want to supplement this with the map on this website.

GOOD stuff
All good stuff. Trying to get some of my paddling buddies to go with me. Will do more research.

Cheers Dan

Hey kayakmedic, did you stay at the
White Fang Motel outside of Michipecoten?

We’ve done driving trips around most of the Great Lakes, and for whatever reason, we never had trouble snagging a motel room. Maybe you had too many boats on your car or something.

Between there and the Soo there is very little. Between there and Terrace Bay there is little.

Your point is?

Were going back in August for a month.