Paddling to Arch Rock on Mackinac Island

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Our typical routes, described in detail below, have been designed to give you the best options for kayaking and paddleboarding around Mackinac Island & Mackinaw City.

Great Turtle Kayak Tours' Routes around the Straits of Mackinac

When you book a tour in advance with us, there is no need to make a decision on your route just yet. You and your group are free to choose your destination when you reach our beach, at the time of your reservation.

All tours are custom tailored to the interests, weather, and experience level of your group. A guide accompanies all groups, free of charge, to give you the best tips on location, history, safety and general paddling.

When you know what date you would like to reserve, book your tour online to secure your time. 
Don't delay! Our tours are popular and they fill up fast!

New! By popular demand:
All routes are now also available as private tours when booking online!
You can also choose to completely customize your private tour for your group with any start time, duration, and destination:
Book a Custom, Private Kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard Tour Now!

 

Mackinac Island Routes

 

Sunrise & Sunset Cruise

Watching sunrise on Mackinac Island from kayaksWe start each day at Great Turtle Kayak with one of our favorite tours: the sunrise tour to Arch Rock & the Rock Maze. And we end our day with the spectacular sunset tour near Devil's Kitchen and the Grand Hotel. Immerse yourself in the rays of the Sun in absolutely the most gorgeous times of day. Take a relaxing cruise around the breakwall and ride the waves as you bathe in the picture perfect waters and epic skies of the East and West.

Details - short length, appx 2-3 miles, 2 hrs   *Great for beginners

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SUNRISE
> Sunrise Single Kayak    > Sunrise Tandem Kayak    > Sunrise Stand-Up PaddleBoard

SUNSET
> Sunset Single Kayak     > Sunset Tandem Kayak     > Sunset Stand-Up PaddleBoard

 

Arch Rock Excursion

Exploring underwater caves near Arch RockEnter the Straits outside the East breakwall towards Arch Rock, and coast over the beautiful underwater caves and rock formations of the Rock Maze to arrive the old fashion way... by water! Picture taking, sunrise tours, and snorkeling are a couple of the favorite options of this highly recommended tour.

Details - medium length, appx 3 miles, 2 hrs, around east breakwall and back   *Great for beginners

Reserve an Arch Rock Tour Online Now!
> Single Kayak    > Tandem Kayak    > Stand-Up PaddleBoard

 

Snorkel the Rock Maze

Exploring underwater caves near Arch RockCombine our most popular tour, a paddling tour to Arch Rock on your choice of single kayak, tandem kayak, or stand up paddleboard, with an additional 1 or 2 hours snorkeling the coast in the waters below Arch Rock. Swim over the beautiful underwater caves and rock formations of the Rock Maze and experience breathtaking underwater views. Unprecedented underwater photography opportunities are a highlight of this highly recommended tour.

Reserve a > Snorkel the Rock Maze Tour Online Now!
> Single Kayak    > Tandem Kayak    > Stand-Up PaddleBoard

 

Devil's Kitchen Adventure

Sunset off the coast of Mackinac Island Michigan

Brave the straits and go outside the west breakwall towards Devil's Kitchen! Enjoy unprecedented scenes of the Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island Lighthouse, Round Island Lighthouse, the Grand Hotel, and the West Bluff as you ride waves and take in the scenery! Picture taking and sunset cruises are a couple of the great features of this highly recommended tour.

Details - medium length, appx 3-4 miles, 2 hrs, around east breakwall and back 

Reserve Online Now!    > Single Kayak    > Stand-Up PaddleBoard

 

Round Island Retreat

A retreat to Round Island Lighthouse MichiganIf you are experienced and want to challenge yourself, paddle across the Straits of Mackinac to a little place called Round Island. Officially Hiawatha National Forest, Round Island is famous for its historic Lighthouse, which has guided boats through the Straits of Mackinac for over a century. Lush forest awaits you, along with the perfect photo opportunities for a once in a lifetime chance to capture raw island nature untouched by man for hundreds of years. Take a quick lighthouse visit, a bird-watching day trip to the East side, or make it an overnight campout! Any way you prefer, the Round Island tour is always an adventure that you will never forget!

Details - appx  3 - 4 hrs guided tour across the straits south

Reserve Online Now!    > Single Kayak    > Kayak: Overnight for Camping

 

Bois Blanc Getaway

Island hopping with a friendIf you are daring enough to challenge yourself, then paddle across the Straits of Mackinac to visit our neighbors on Bois Blanc Island (Boblo). Lush forest and gorgeous beaches await you, along with the perfect photo opportunities for a once in a lifetime chance to capture raw island nature untouched by man for hundreds of years. Take a day trip or make it an overnight campout! Either way, the trip to Bois Blanc is always an adventure that you will never forget!

Details - appx  4 - 5 hrs guided tour across the straits south

Reserve Online Now!    > Single Kayak    Kayak: Overnight for Camping

 

Around Mackinac Island

Kayaking around Mackinac Island Michigan is a fabulous family and group activity!The brave and conditioned paddler will enjoy circumnavigating Mackinac Island. Enjoy unprecedented scenes of the Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island Lighthouse, and Round Island Lighthouse as you ride waves and take in the scenery from north, south, east, and west. Picture taking and wildlife are a couple of the great features of this highly recommended tour.

Details - long length, appx 4 - 6 hrs, all the way around the Island 

Reserve Online Now!    > Single Kayak

 

Mackinaw City Routes

Please Note: We will not be operating our Mackinaw City routes for the 2020 & 2021 seasons.
We hope to be back soon!

 

 

* Moms Reminder: All tours are weather permitting and life jackets are required at all times

Sunset off the coast of Mackinac Island Michigan