Yes, it really is this much fun.
Some of the North Shore’s best kayaking lakes are right here in Grand Marais. Our kayak tours can take you to a quiet lake deep in the boreal forest. Or it might be a paddle right out our back door, on the magnificent Gichigami. The lakes in Grand Marais offer clear water, pebble beaches, and an abundance of wildlife.
No previous kayaking experience is required. Your tour begins as you get fitted into your equipment. Next, you have a lesson on the beach that teaches you how to adjust, paddle and get in and out of your kayak. All participants are trained in basic kayak safety. Then your guide takes you out on the water, where you experience the thrill and beauty of paddling Minnesota’s North Shore.
Make sure you call us at 218-387-3136 to reserve your spot in advance because we fill all of our available tour spaces on busy days. Don’t see the tour you’re looking for? Our ACA certified guides are also available for customized tours or individual skills training. Or check out our kayak rentals and plan your own Grand Marais kayaking adventure.
Half Day Kayaking Tours
Half Day Kayaking Tours are $65/person. We meet at Stone Harbor to launch from the put-in point your guide has picked for you. You may cruise around the Grand Marais Harbor and see the panoramic view of the Sawtooth Mountains. Or you may paddle by Artist Point, Fall River or Five Mile Rock. Maybe you paddle on one of our hidden gems–the beautiful inland lakes of Grand Marais. Your guide designs a trip that suits your skill level and the current weather conditions.
Morning tours are 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; afternoon tours are 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. A snack is provided. Please see the packing list below for items to bring with you.
Sunset Kayaking Tours
Sunset Kayaking Tours are $65/person. You meet at Stone Harbor to get your gear and then we drive you to the put-in point chosen by your guide. Then you paddle back as the sun sets over the beautiful Sawtooth Mountains.
Sunset Kayak Tours are three hours in length and available on Fridays throughout the summer. Time of sunset varies throughout the summer–each trip is timed for best viewing the golden rays and all of the North Shore’s serene beauty. Call us at 218-387-3136 to schedule your tour. A snack is provided. Please check the Packing List below for what to bring with you.
Full Day Kayaking Tours
Full day kayaking tours are $150/person. You spend the whole day enjoying the beauty of one of the many lakes in or around the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. We can even target one of your favorite species of sport fish, if that tickles your fancy. Your full day kayak tour is planned to suit your skill level and the current weather conditions.
You meet at Stone Harbor at 9:30am on the day of the tour and return by 4:30pm. Lunch is provided for you, however we do have a few items we recommend you bring along. See the Packing List below for details.
What We Provide
- Kayak and kayak accessories
- Transportation from our store to the kayaking site
- Dry bag for your warm change of clothing
- Snack (half day and sunset tours) or Lunch (full day tours)
Recommended Packing List
- Paddling footwear (lightweight, quick-drying water shoes; sandals are ok but no flip-flops, please)
- Hat with wide brim (for sun & rain protection)
- Wicking t-shirt (synthetic, wool or silk)
- Warm change of clothing (Think: “If I got soaked and wanted something to put on right away, what would I bring?” The minimum to bring is an insulation/fleece jacket.)
- Clothing to wear under your wetsuit (typically a swimsuit, compression shorts, or other quick-dry, close-fitting clothing that won’t bunch up; remember it will get wet)
- Sunglasses & strap
- Water bottle or hydration pack (we have filtered water here at the store, if you need to fill it)
- If needed: medications; eye glasses and/or contact lenses and spare
- Optional: camera in a waterproof, protective case
- Sunset tours only: headlamp or flashlight with fresh batteries
Are you missing something from the equipment list? All participants receive a 10% discount at Stone Harbor on the day before and the day of the trip.
All Stone Harbor tours and instruction require active, physical participation on the part of the guest. You must sign the Stone Harbor Guided Tours and Instructional Activities Waiver and Release of Liability form and the Stone Harbor Confidential Medical History form prior to participating in any Stone Harbor tour or instruction. Please call us at 218-387-3136 if you have any questions about the physical requirements or the risks associated with the activities. Also note that your safety is our highest priority. Sometimes weather conditions and temperatures require that we change the locations of our tours.
All tours and instruction are weather dependent. If a tour or class needs to be cancelled due to the weather, you will receive a full refund. If you must cancel a reservation, please give us 48 hours notice for a full refund.
We are committed to your safety. Our safety policy can be found here.