July 15-19, 2020
“This place will change your life”
The new destination trips will be light on the coaching and heavy on the “Let’s explore some cool places”. If you want a day more focused on exploration and less focused on skill building then one of the Destination Trips is for you!
Miners Beach to Grand Portal
This is the trip sought after by those who want to see the jewel in the crown of Pictured Rocks! Paddlers will set off on this excursion to the Grand Portal, leaving from the iconic Miners Castle Beach and exploring the cliffs on the way to the arch. We’ll paddle another 1.5 miles past the portal to Chapel Beach and take a shore break before making the return journey. Paddlers will be expected to bring all they need for a full day of travel and need to feel comfortable in potentially challenging conditions with minimal opportunities to land.
Sand Point to Trout Bay on Grand Island
This scenic trip takes you from the mainland at Sand Point across the East Channel, under waterfalls, in and out of sea caves and on to Trout Bay. The Trout Bay peninsula is home to one of the best cliff jumping spots in the area at Cobble Cove. We’ll have lunch on the cliffs of Cobble Cove or carry on another 1.5 miles to the longest beach on Grand Island.
Grand Marais Campground to the Log Slide
The eastern edge of the Pictured Rocks National Shoreline terminates in massive sand dunes reaching 300+ feet in height. Our journey will traverse the base of these dunes and meet up with the fabled Log Slide, a destination steeped in logging history. Once there, we encourage you to climb up for the spectacular view and test your cardio on the 345 foot assent.
This trip takes paddlers from Hurricane River past the beautiful Au Sable lighthouse to the Log Slide. This journey will allow some great paddling, a wonderful chance to scale the mighty Log Slide, and a visit for a tour of the Au Sable Lighthouse!
Spray Falls Adventure
This one has a little bit of everything. We start at Little Beaver Lake, take a small channel into Big Beaver Lake (that can get a little bumpy!) and paddle down a scenic sandy creek called (Can you guess?) Beaver Creek and out into the biggest of lakes, Gitche Gumee (Lake Superior). We’ll have Lunch on the dunes overlooking Lake Superior and then we pass an interesting point in the park – the transition from sandy dunes to rocky cliffs. We’ll stop and play at scenic Spray Falls and then make the return journey.