Please read the information in this brief overview because it explains that while our intent is to provide tours along the Lake Michigan shore, that intent will be balanced with an overarching concern for safety.
All About Water will launch guided kayak tours within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in summer, 2016. We will strive to provide guests with tours along the Lake Michigan shoreline in one of two primary areas: north of Empire, to the Pierce Stocking Scenic Overlook; or, to Pyramid Point depending on wind and wave direction.
However, our primary concern will always be the safety of our guests and guides. So, on those days when Lake Michigan is just not conducive to kayaking because of current or forecast weather, we will offer alternatives. The first option will be a guided tour on an inland body of water; the particular water may vary from time to time, but Victoria Creek and Lake Leelanau will be the most frequent choice. Another option will be for the guests to kayak without guides on an inland lake within the Park. The third option will be a rain check to reschedule the tour for another day.
The exact locations of put-in and take-out have been identified, but will not be published until they have been confirmed with the National Park Service.
All About Water will provide transportation for guests from a parking area off the water to the put-in site, and then from the take-out location to the parking area at the end of the tour.
Prior experience in a kayak is not necessary to enjoy our guided tours.
We will provide the kayaks, paddles, seat backs, dry bags for personal items, life jackets for all, and wetsuits if the weather requires them. You just need to bring water, suntan lotion, snacks (high energy snacks are recommended), and plenty of enthusiasm.
The authorization we received from the National Park Service to provide guided tours includes a number of conditions: the safety of our guests and guides, and respect for nature are primary themes of these conditions. All of our plans flow from those themes.
Please read our Tour Information page for further details about this tour.