Hello! I am hoping to do a 5 day solo trip and live in the Detroit area. Because I would like to spend more time paddling than driving, and I’m not comfortable driving excessive distances in one day alone, I’m leaning towards staying on the Lower Peninsula, but I might consider the UP or Ontario, if the border opens up in the next month. I have a small bias towards rivers, but also enjoy lake paddling!
I am looking for recommendations of both routes and outfitters that I can work with for the trip. I am okay with either a kayak or a canoe, but while I have fairly extensive experience doing trips in tandem canoes, I have not done a solo trip before and feel unsure about portaging a kayak, and the space available in canoes is appealing. From what I have seen, most of the canoe liveries do not rent solo canoes, or do not advertise it. Unfortunately, buying a canoe is not an option for me at this point as I don’t intend to live in the area permanently. What are my best options for a trip in the area?