This is the dune at Pierce Stocking Scenic Overlook. The viewing platform, just to the left of the trees at the top, is 450′ above the surface of the water.


Want to see the Pierce Stocking Scenic Overlook from the water?

This is the tour for you!

$180/two-person kayak, $100/one-person kayak.

No kayaking experience is required.

This tour is right for just about everybody.

This tour takes you to the base of what is probably the most recognized natural feature of the park.

Approaching the dune on the water from over a mile away provides a unique opportunity to appreciate its magnificence.

You’ll also have wonderful views of Empire Bluff to the south and South Manitou Island to the north. North Manitou Island will be visible at times, too.

You’ll marvel at the clarity, and blues and greens of the water of Lake Michigan.

North Bar Lake is where the tour starts and ends.

It is small by many standards, but beautiful by any.

There are no houses on North Bar Lake.

North Bar Lake is a “no-wake” lake.

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

(Please read more, below the pictures.)

It’s a great way to start the day.


Winding up the trip on North Bar Lake.

The logistics of this trip:

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 North Bar Lake where the kayaking part of the trip begins.

You’ll receive some brief kayaking and safety instructions.

The group will proceed from North Bar Lake to the base of the dune, approximately a mile and a half north.

Weather permitting, the group will beach at the base of the dune and enjoy break to take in the setting and perhaps climb part or all of the dune.

The group then returns to North Bar Lake.

The group will have the opportunity to enjoy a trip around all or part of North Bar Lake. We then shuttle you back to your vehicles at Lions Park in Empire.

We expect to have you back to your car between 12:00 and 12:30 for the morning tour, and 7:30 or 8:00 for the evening tour.

Start to end time on the water is between 2 ½ and 3 hours. It varies based on the wind conditions and the speed of paddlers in the group.


An evening trip to the base of Pierce Stocking returning to North Bar Lake.