Presque Isle is a small peninsula of 233 acres that jets out into Lake Superior. The park’s jagged shoreline is more than two miles in length and contains some of the oldest exposed rock formations in North America. Most of the park is undeveloped woodland including white birch, maple, and ironwood stands accented with areas of virgin white pine and huge hemlock trees. It is long been high on the list for sea kayakers since the seaward or east side of the peninsula meets the lake with sandstone cliffs nearly 100 feet high, small caves, and crystal clear water. Near the northern end the reddish sandstone, which was old ocean bottom, gives way to black lava type Pre-Cambrian rocks that are over 1 billion years old. Glacial scars can be seen as they moved over the surface in past Ice-Ages. As you round Sunset Point and head south along the shore the shoreline changes for rocks to a beautiful sandy beach and a small cove for about a mile before we are back into the Canadian Shield type granite rock outcroppings that are so common in this area. Paddling by the tip of Middle Island Point you’ll see log cottages that are very old perched high above these beautiful granite cliffs that are nearly vertical. Don’t forget your camera on this trip as you can get some beautiful photos of a trip you’ll remember for a long time.
As we make the crossing out to Partridge Island look for the eagles nest on a tall pine tree on the south end. You might even see them flying around. Partridge Island is about 60 acres in size with steep banks and cliffs of Granite Rock and tall pine trees. Also many large boulders dot the shoreline. Somewhere along the shoreline on Partridge Island we’ll stop for a lunch break of about 45 minutes.
After lunch our journey continues with a crossing of the bay to the rocky shoreline just below Sugar Loaf Mountain to a small secluded cove the northbound along the shoreline past the old Wetmore Landing that was once a landing for Ships loading logs down bound for Chicago, Detroit, and Milwaukee as these cities experienced rapid growth in the late 19th century. Passing Wetmore’s we are paddling in the crystal clear waters just below sandstone cliffs of over 80 feet in height and around the point to Little Presque Isle or Garlic Island. A short paddle around the island brings us in view of the beautiful sand beach at the Little Presque Isle beach where our sea kayak journey is complete.
Approximate completion time 6 hours. Runs June 1-Sept 30. Skill level
Novice to Intermediate.
Minimum 2 paddlers. Reservations required.
Single, Double, kayaks available.
Note: These are estimated times only. The itinerary can be adjusted as necessary.
Dependant upon on winds this trip may be run in either direction
Cost: $99 per person, $79 per person 12 yrs old and under