Paddling festivals on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan are good places to mingle and learn.
© Beth Gauper
From Rossport, kayakers weave among three tiers of islands on Lake Superior.
If you're interested in sea kayaking and ready to jump in, kayaking festivals are a good place to improve skills and meet other kayakers. Programs include classes, seminars, demos, on-water tours and, often, races.
Sign up as early as possible for the best selection of classes and tours. Youths get discounts. Below are some of the best festivals.
July, Door County Sea Kayak Symposium near Ellison Bay, Wis. This big festival, sponsored by Rutabaga in Madison, is based at the Rowleys Bay Resort on the Lake Michigan side of the peninsula. Passes include some meals.
July, Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium in Grand Marais, Mich. This symposium, the oldest on the Great Lakes, is held on the eastern edge of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
July, Two Harbors Kayak Festival in Two Harbors, Minn.
Clinics and tours are a la carte at this family-oriented festival on
Lake Superior. People who just want to
watch, swim and try out kayaks pay a small fee.
August, Ladies of the Lake Kayak Symposium in Munising, Mich. This
festival for women includes instructional courses, clinics, programs and tours.
Last updated on May 18, 2017