Of all of the ways to experience the natural beauty of the Traverse City area, the best just might be from the water! And thanks to an abundance of freshwater lakes, streams and rivers, you can find the perfect spot and mode of paddle-transit that's right for you -- whether in spring, summer or fall!
Adventurous? Take a sea-worthy kayak out on Lake Michigan for spectacular views of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Feeling more laid back? Canoe or drift the afternoon away in a tube down a tree-shaded river. There's also the option to explore the breweries in town with Paddle for Pints or Kayak, Bike and Brew. Or maybe you want to try the latest craze: stand-up paddleboarding. Most early summer mornings you can find SUP lovers enjoying yoga out on Grand Traverse Bay.
There are kayak, canoe and SUP rental outlets all around the Traverse City area, and several offer instruction and guided tours.