Kayaking Along the North Shore

When you’re next to the largest freshwater lake on the planet, you want to get out on it! Kayaking is a wonderful way to take in the Sawtooth Ridges and shoreline from the big lake. Paddlers get up close views of the rock outcrops, cliffs, caves and cobblestone beaches that make up the area shoreline and are a focal point of the Lake Superior Water Trail.

Want to take a smaller step into kayaking? Drop your kayak into any of the hundreds of inland lakes surrounding Caribou Highlands Lodge. One of our favorites is nearby Barker Lake, with its close proximity and pretty scenery. Or if you’ve never been out, make your first kayaking adventure a guaranteed success by taking a guided tour.

Lake Superior Water Trail

A water trail that will circumnavigate Lake Superior upon completion, the Lake Superior Water Trail currently extends from Duluth north to the Pigeon River on the U.S. – Canadian border. For maps, descriptions, hints and suggestions, go to the LSWTA website.

Access and Beach Points Along the Trail

  • Schroeder Public Boat Landing Off Hwy 61; parking area and ramp access
  • Temperance River State Park On Hwy 61; parking, picnic & rest area & carry-in access
  • Tofte Town Park Off Hwy 61; parking, picnic area and ramp access
  • Onion River Rest area for kayakers; cliffs & small caves in this area
  • Lutsen Resort Rest area for kayakers; lodge has restaurant
  • Lutsen Town Park On Hwy 61; parking, picnic area & carry-in access
  • Cascade River On Hwy 61; parking, rest area & carry-in access
  • Cut Face Creek On Hwy 61; parking, picnic & rest area & carry-in access

Kayak Rental and/or Guided Tours

Sawtooth Outfitters Guided Lake Superior Tours (ages 14+)
Hwy 61 in Tofte
Offering rentals and 1/2-day guided trips on Lake Superior. Includes kayaks, equipment, instruction, and transportation.

Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply Guided 1/2- and Full-Day Kayak Tours (ages 14+)
On the East Bay of Lake Superior, in Grand Marais
218-387-2360 / 800-720-2809
Offering rentals, regular and custom, 1/2 and full-day day guided trips on Lake Superior. Includes kayaks, equipment, instruction and transportation.

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