Water Sports Activities You Can Enjoy in The Keweenaw

Posted on July 24th, 2020

Right on the northern tip of Michigan, the Keweenaw Peninsula extends out into Lake Superior. It’s also known as Copper Country, thanks to it being the location of the first-ever copper boom in the United States. Its rich history is not the only thing worth visiting for though!

The lake is one of the top attractions and there are a number of activities you can enjoy around it. However, it’s also got some cool things to do on land – with cold winters that mean you can ski and snowshoe here.

In this post, we’ll take a look at the best water sports adventures you can enjoy in the Keweenaw. Hopefully, it’ll give you some great ideas on how to spend your vacation – as well as getting you excited for hitting the cool calm waters on Lake Superior!

Learn how easy one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world is!

The crystal clear and calm waters of Lake Superior are an excellent place to try out one of the fastest-growing board sports in the world – stand up paddleboarding. Once you master the basic technique of standing up on your board, you’ll propel yourself across the waters in a tranquil yet challenging sport. It’s an idyllic way to see the sunrise – even those who aren’t morning people won’t want to miss the concoction of colors from their board on a summer’s morning!

While there are a number of rental shops in Keweenaw if you want to bring your own checkout Gili Sports Paddle Boards. There’s a huge range, including inflatable paddle boards which are great for beginners.

If you’ve mastered stand up paddle boarding quickly, or you want the ultimate relaxing water sport, there’s something else you can do. Why not try paddleboard yoga? You’ll find your inner peace while giving your core a workout. What’s not to love?!

Lone paddle boarder in the Portage Canal

Explore the waters of Lake Superior on a sea kayak experience

SUPing isn’t the only way to experience the waters of Lake Superior. In 1995, the Keweenaw Water Trail was born to allow sea kayakers and canoers to make the most of their time on the peninsula.

There are several landing sites along the route where you can stop off for a rest, to take sublime photographs, or to refuel with some food and drink. However, not all landing spots have the amenities for you to do this, so it’s a good idea to be prepared with supplies at the beginning of your trip.

The lake is one of the coldest in the United States, so you will definitely need a life vest – and a wetsuit is highly recommended (this is the case for SUP too). Don’t let the cold water put you off though – the scenery is stunningly picturesque and tackling the Keweenaw Water Trail is the perfect chance to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life!

Scuba dive down to shipwrecks

While you might think that scuba diving is for seeing tropical fish and turtles in the Caribbean and Thailand, Keweenaw has its very own underwater preserve. On the south shore of the lake, you’ll find lost shipwrecks including the Mesquite, Tioga, and City of St. Joseph. These shipwrecks are mostly from the 1800s and are a must for anyone who wants to combine history with scuba diving.

Thanks to the unique geological formations of the peninsula, it’s not just the shipwrecks that will astound you underwater!

Enjoy a yoga session on the shores

Yes, we know, this isn’t exactly a water sport in the traditional sense. However, what’s not to love about making your body more flexible with a sublime view of the shores of Lake Superior? Join a group session at one of the resorts on the lake shores, or find your own secluded spot where you can be completely undisturbed. Either way, doing it at sunrise or sunset will help you find inner peace!

Two kayakers paddle under a Lake Superior Sunset

Chill out on the beach

After enjoying the whole range of water sports that the Keweenaw Peninsula offers, you’ll need some time to chill out and relax. Thankfully, the peninsula is home to more than 40 inland beaches and lakes. Two of the best are Great san Bay and Agate Beach Park, which are fun for all the family.

Final Thoughts on the best water sports activities in The Keweenaw

While there are lots of awesome water sports activities on offer on the Keweenaw Peninsula, don’t forget to set some time aside for other stuff too. It’s a great place to explore either on foot, by mountain bike, or on an ATV. For more information on how to make your vacation in Keweenaw memorable and exciting, check out Keeweenaw.info.

Not only will you find advice on what to do in Michigan, but also where to stay and the best places to eat and drink too. Everything you need to plan your vacation is here!

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