Date Published: December 22, 2015
Publication Name: Detroit Free Press
EMPIRE, Mich. — Guided kayak tours will be available next year along the shoreline at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan.
Jeff Gagie received authorization from the National Park Service for his company, All About Water, to provide the tours at the popular tourist destination, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reports. Weather and water conditions will dictate when the tours take place.
“The authorization … has a number of restrictions and requirements concerning safety,” Gagie said. “I have tremendous respect for the water and I want people to have a safe and fun experience.”
Gagie started All About Water in 2014 as an online kayak and paddle board rental company that offers deliveries in the Traverse City region.
“I would see the beautiful Lake Michigan water and I wanted to give everyone the opportunity to see the shoreline from a unique perspective,” Gagie said.
Customers will be able to choose from routes led by credentialed guides going around Pierce Stocking, Pyramid Point or Good Harbor Bay.
Gagie hopes to begin the tours mid-June. The cost of $60 per person includes kayak rental and equipment such as life jackets, paddles, dry bags and wet suits.