Premier Paddle & Camping Adventures
Mackinac Island, MI & Mackinaw City, MI
Safe, Fun, Unforgettable!
Learn to kayak or paddle board from pros in the calm waters of the Mackinac Island marina and Haldimand Bay,
Explore the natural rock formations, wildlife, and lighthouses of Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City, St. Ignace, Round Island, and Bois Blanc Island on a guided tour.
We are dedicated to giving you the best possible experience of the Straits of Mackinac, and the surrounding islands. We provide a safe and comfortable environment, as well as the unique privilege of navigating the Straits in your own vessel, with a local guide to show you all of the best sights. We are a company with purpose.
Our American Canoe Association & Red Cross certified guides will give you the best view of the water and the Islands. They have been kayaking the local waterways for over 25 years, guaranteeing a safe and rewarding tour every time. They are filled with knowledge and passion for paddlesports, gear, and the local area, and adept at supporting all ages and skill levels. Our guides are in turn guided by our philosophy of ecotourism & sustainable tourism.
Our gear is top notch! Our rental kayaks (by Liquid Logic, Native Watercraft, and Paluski) and stand up paddleboards (by Malibu and Imagine) have been carefully selected for the Straits of Mackinac to provide you with the most comfortable, stable, and secure environment. We offer a perspective of the beautiful Islands and Straits of Mackinac, that can only be experienced thru immersive watersports.
Our guides use the same gear as our guests, and our expert maintaenance crew keeps our gear in pristine condition for the safety and comfort of all.
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We have 2 locations: 1 on Mackinac Island, & 1 in Mackinaw City.
* Please note: Our Mackinaw City location is a partership with the Mackinac Island State Park, and will be closed for the 2020 & 2021 seasons due to COVID-19.
How to Find Us on Mackinac Island:
The island is accessible via ferry boat from Mackinaw City and St. Ignace.
We are located in the middle of town, on the shore line, behind the historic Horse Corral Mall.
Across from the Haunted Theatre.
Doud's Deli is on the street side inside the Horse Corral Mall.
Follow the rock path on either side of the buildings to the beach.
You can see us from the ferry boats, we are adjacent to the Sheplers Dock.
Horse Corral Mall - Beach
7395 Main St.
Mackinac Island, MI 49757
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How to Find Us in Mackinaw City:
- We are located on the beach inside of the Michilimackinac State Park.
- Next to the Visitor's Center.
- Underneath the south side of the Mackinac Bridge.
Visitor’s Center - Michilimackinac State Park
102 W. Straits Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
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(231) - 71 - KAYAK (231) - 715 - 2925
More Questions About Us?
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more details about us.
Beginners receive detailed instruction on the shore before departure.
You will be assisted into and out of your kayak/paddleboard for your safety.
Guides will point out the best pathway to follow in the harbour to avoid boat traffic.
Always take care of the provided equipment: Paddle, life vest and kayak/paddleboard.
What to Bring
What to Expect
You will be exerting physical energy and getting plenty of excercise.
Expect to get a litle bit wet from paddle drip.
Balance is key with paddle sports, expect to get some practice maintaining your balance.
Expect to improve your kayaking and paddling skills!
Life jackets are provided, and must be worn at all times.
- Alcohol use is prohibited.
General Safety Tips
Be aware of surroundings at all times: watch the water for boats and unexpected waves.
Keep a centered balance when entering and exiting, and while paddling the kayak or SUP, to avoid tipping over.
Relax and have fun, our guides are always there to help!
* Moms Reminder: All tours are weather permitting. If you have reserved with us, and the weather does not cooperate at the time of your tour, you will be refunded.
Comes from the name of Mackinac Island, and the Straits of Mackinac region in general, Michillimackinac, 'The Great Turtle' or 'The Land of the Great Turtle'.
You can reserve kayaks online by visiting the following link:
Thank you for your interest in Great Turtle Kayak Tours, we hope to see you soon!