From the team at Great Turtle Kayak Tours

We sincerely hope that everyone is staying healthy and happy in these challenging times. We thank you deeply for your interest in our tours and for supporting small, local businesses as we all find ways to make it through and enjoy another beautiful summer on Mackinac Island.

The GTKT team is well and keeping a cautiously optimistic outlook. The 2021 season is off to a great start, and we're looking forward to making the very best of another summer on the water with you.

We've made detailed changes to our policies, and we will use this page to announce and catalog any future changes. We intend it to be a resource that reflects our commitment to the health and safety of our customers and team as our top priority. We plan to run the season fully staffed and in full compliance with local and state safety restrictions.

Updates to Policies & Procedures

Our policies have been updated extensively for the 2020 & 2021 seasons. In accordance with the end of the State of Michigan Pandemic Executive Orders,  we no longer require facemasks on our beach or our tours. As per our usual process, we will be continuing our strict gear sanitization procedures.

Gear Sanitization

We are fortunate enough that our new neighbor, the Gypsy Vodka Company, has rapidly repurposed a factory right here in our local area to produce an alcohol based sanitizer for mitigating COVID-19 on surfaces. Since the disinfectant is biodegradable, it is safe for our customers and the lake. This is exactly the type of product that we strongly prefer to use and sell.

  1. All gear to be used on a tour is disinfected before and after each tour. Lifejackets, paddles, kayaks, and paddleboards are sprayed with a spray bottle filled with liquid sanitizer, and wiped thoroughly with a sponge dipped in the same liquid sanitizer.
  2. After a tour, the lifejackets and paddles that were used are hung on racks to dry completely in direct sunlight before reuse.
  3. Subsequent tours for a given day will use different gear, following the Step 1 & 2 procedures.
  4. Step 1 will be performed on all gear that was used during the day before performing nightly storage.