Launch Sites

Some of our favorite places to paddle, with map links and information on put-in spots.

Michigan Rivers

Water Trails

Saginaw Bay Blueways Trail
Beaches and access points on the western shore of Saginaw Bay from Quanicassee to Singing Bridge
Tip of The Thumb Heritage Water Trail
Huron County, Michigan -- Access Points on Lake Huron in Michigan's Thumb
Keweenaw Water Trail
Michigan Upper Peninsula: Circling the tip of the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula, it gives the paddler the opportunity to experience the grandeur of Lake Superior with an extended margin of safety provided by the ability to move to the alternate shoreline when wind and waves threaten.
Les Cheneaux Water Trail
This trail spans over 75 miles of the northernmost shores of Lake Huron from the Carp River near St. Ignace through the Les Cheneaux Islands and on to DeTour Village, located at the mouth of the St. Mary's River.
Michigan Canoe Trails
Trails are in Hiawatha National Forest, in Michigan's upper peninsula.
Lake Superior Water Trail
The Lake Superior Water Trail is an on-going, cooperative effort to connect the 3,000 miles of shoreline that border Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake (by surface area) in the world and the cleanest of all the Great Lakes.
Natural Rivers Program
Michigan DNR - The Natural Rivers Program was developed to preserve, protect and enhance our state's finest river systems for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations.
Ludington State Park Water Trail
PDF map from MDNR
The Western Shore of Lake Michigan
This is a "work-in-progress", listing proposed/projected water trail sites/access points with GPS coordinates.

Other References

New to Kayaking?

Don't know how to get started? Which boat to buy? How to learn without embarrassment? What if it tips over? Do I have to roll the kayak?

We were all beginners once and we'd be happy to help you with the basics. Before you even buy a boat, why not stop in at our monthly meeting (see the Paddlers Calendar) for some friendly advice from experienced paddlers. Whether you're interested in calm afternoons on one of Michigan's beautiful lakes and rivers or two weeks in the wilderness, we can help - we've been there.

To ask any questions or to contact the group for any reason, please send an e-mail to Eastcoastpaddlers@gmail.com