Exploring the North Shore

Our trip to the Apostle Islands and the shores of Lake Superior have been a resounding success so far. Not only has our kayaking adventure been a blast, but I have also discovered a state park that I will need to go back and explore more thoroughly in the future.

On my way to the Apostle Islands yesterday, I made a stop in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. To call this state park gorgeous would be a significant understatement, and that is coming from an avid national parks enthusiast.

The rocky and mountainous coastline of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park reminds me a lot of Acadia National Park in Maine. The coastal mountains, the rocky shoreline, the fantastic hiking trails, and the amazing wildlife all mirror the popular national park in the Northeast United States.

I am definitely going to have to plan a trip back out to the park in the future as I only got to spend a few short hours in the park. In the time I had, I did get to see some amazing waterfalls (which I will be sharing video and pictures of on Facebook and Instagram in the near future) and one of the most beautiful scenic overlooks I have ever seen in a state park (Lake of the Clouds scenic overlook pictured above).

As for our Apostle Islands kayaking adventure, I don’t think it could have possibly been more fun or more beautiful. To see the sea caves from the shoreline is one thing, but to see them from out on the water is a whole other level of amazing. Kayaking into the caves and thru the tunnels is an experience I won’t soon forget (and not just because my arms are sore from paddling all those miles).

Our guides with Lost Creek Adventures could not have been more friendly and knowledgable. They really did everything they could to make so everyone had fun despite the variety of experience levels. I will be writing an Apostle Islands Visitor Guide that you can expect to see in the next few weeks. As is typical with my guides, you can expect to see recommendations on excursions, accommodations, restaurants, and much more in the guide.

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  1. I spent my whole childhood skiing in the upper peninsula of Michigan. We didn’t often ski in the Porcupine Mountains, but sometimes we did. And I agree with you about looking like Maine. I’ve only been to Maine once, but it bears a striking resemblance to the shores of Lake Superior. Glad to hear it was a successful and enjoyable trip. Look forward to the write-up.

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