Pyramid Point is in the distance. It is a beautiful tree-lined shore to the point.

Want to see Pyramid Point from the water?

This is the tour for you.

You’ll have great views of Sleeping Bear Point to the south, South and North Manitou Islands to the west, and “the crib” lighthouse in between. You’ll see “whaleback” in the distance to the north.

The shoreline on this trip includes forested hills rising from the water, the bare sand and clay face of Pyramid Point, and another forested stretch that extends all the way to the water’s edge.

Take in the clarity of the Lake Michigan water with the beautiful blue and green hues.

2019 cost is $200/tandem (two-person kayak) and $100/one-person kayak.

Please see the gallery of images we have put together of this tour over several years.

(Please read more, below the pictures.)

Lake Michigan seems to have many moods.


The bare face of clay and sand is quite a contrast to the beautiful forest along so much of the shore.

The logistics of this trip:

Prior kayaking experience is not required.

However, some moderate level of fitness is necessary.

You’ll have to be able paddle for several hours (with occasional rest stops).

The total time is over five hours.

Total time on the water is over four hours.

We pick you up at Lions Park in Empire at 9:00 am for the morning tour and 4:30 for the evening tour. The starting times may be changed in late summer and early fall because of the shorter daylight hours. We will let you know if that happens.

We shuttle you to South Sunset Shores Drive, or West Lake Michigan Drive, depending on the direction and speed of the wind. The objective will be to have the wind at your backs, if possible.

Our inaugural trip around Pyramid Point. Sleeping Bear Point is to the left in this image and South Manitou Island is to the right. It was serene.


You’ll receive some brief kayaking and safety instructions.

The group will proceed toward Pyramid Point with a stop or two along the way.

Weather permitting, the group will beach at the base of the point and enjoy break to take in the setting. Climbing the dune will probably not be possible because of the wash outs there.

The dune at Pyramid Point is 260’.

The group then resumes the trip with another rest stop or two before the end.

We then shuttle you back to your vehicles at Lions Park in Empire.

We expect to have you back to your car between 1:30 and 2:00 for the morning tour, and 8:30 or 9:00 for the evening tour.

Start to end time on the water approaches four hours. It varies based on the wind conditions and the speed of paddlers in the group.

We shuttle you back to the parking area in Empire.

We expect to have you back to your vehicle between 1:30 pm and 2:00 (8:30 and 9:00 pm for evening tours).


Please note regarding scheduling this trip:

We have a limited schedule for this route. However, if you would like a date that is not presently available we will try to accommodate you. Please email or text with the date you want and the number of people in your party. We will do our best to make this possible. Thank you!