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Sea kayaking

Sea kayaking

You don’t have to travel to the ocean to go sea kayaking. Try the pristine north shore of Lake Superior in Cook County, Minnesota.

Lake Superior is our very own inland sea, beckoning with sapphirine water, hidden beaches, and a whole new perspective of the North Shore. If you’ve never held a paddle before, your next vacation in Lutsen-Tofte-Schroeder, Grand Marais and Grand Portage is the perfect time to try.

Whether you’re an experienced paddler or an enthusiastic beginner, we’ve got the gear, resources and scenery to make your kayaking experience magical.

Kayak rentals and tours
Many Cook County lodging properties offer paddling tours and equipment rental to their guests. Visit the Interactive Map, click the Lodging tab, and select “Recreational equipment” and “Guided guest activities.”

The following businesses offer tours (including some extended day and overnight trips) and kayak rentals. Not all rent kayaks for Lake Superior paddling. Check for details.

-Bear Track Outfitting (on Highway 61, Grand Marais)
-Sawtooth Outfitters (on Highway 61, Tofte)
-Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply (on the East Bay, Grand Marais)

Lake Superior Water Trail
The Lake Superior Water Trail hugs the North Shore. If you are an experienced sea kayaking family or going with a guide, the Water Trail provides campsites and some seriously scenic paddling.