Isle Royale Sea Kayaking Adventure

isle royale menagerie lighthouse

Menagerie Lighthouse, Isle Royale

In the middle of the world’s largest lake, Isle Royale is the most remote and spectacular sea kayaking destination in the Midwest. Lake Superior can be calm or challenging but always an adventure. Join Stone Harbor on this 22-mile sea kayaking journey as we explore the wild beauty of the island’s southern shore. We’ll visit protected coves, nearby smaller islands, abandoned fishing villages and restored lighthouses. We will also have plenty of time to relax and explore some of the many hiking trails found within one of the least-visited national parks in the U.S. This trip will be the perfect conclusion to your summer and one you’ll treasure for a lifetime.


Note: This is a typical itinerary. Call us at 218-387-3136 to customize an Isle Royale trip just for you.

Day 1: Travel from Grand Marais to Isle Royale. After our arrival, we will have enough time to set up camp and provide some initial instruction for any guest in need.

Day 2: Kayak from Rock Harbor to Daisy Farm. This trip is a great opening paddle of six miles and allows plenty of time for adventuring in and around Mott Island. We will set up camp early enough to take an evening hike up Mt. Ojibway.

Day 3: Kayak from Daisy Farm to Chippewa Harbor. This leg is seven miles, and should take under four hours, leaving time for an inland hike, if desired. The area between Chickenbone Lake and Lake Richie is prime for moose sightings. From our camp at Chippewa Harbor to Lake Richie, the hike is approximately 2.75 miles each way and not overly difficult.

Day 4: We will spend the day kayaking from Chippewa Harbor to Malone Bay Campground. This is the longest leg of the trip, but still is less than 10 miles. Although the distance is further than any previous leg, this portion should be less dependent on favorable winds. There are several island chains close to shore offering significant protection should there be wind out of the east.

Day 5: After a short portage, (about ¼ mile) we will spend the day navigating Siskiwit Lake. Ryan Island is located on the east end of the lake – after visiting, you’ll be able to say you’ve been on the largest island in the largest freshwater lake in the world!  If taking a direct route to the island, it is approximately 1.75 miles each direction.

Day 6: Prepare for departure. Ferry pick-up is 10 am. We’ll return to Grand Marais about 6 pm.

This trip includes all necessary food, gear and transportation to and from the island.  Guests are responsible for securing their own accommodations in or around Grand Marais the night prior to the trip, as well as the night after returning to Grand Marais, if desired. There will be a mandatory gear check the night before we leave, so each guest does need to be available on that date.