Zeb is a new member on our staff for the summer of 2017. He is originally from the west coast of Michigan where he spent his summers on the beaches of Lake Michigan hiking and camping. He now studies Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological University where he has a rule against doing homework on Saturday's so that he can spend the day exploring the Keweenaw Peninsula. His favorite memories outside have been his yearly canoe trips with his father which have taken him to Isle Royale numerous times, the Minnesota Boundary Waters, and several Michigan wilderness areas. In his free time he enjoys biking, hiking, photography, windsurfing, and really just being outside. He is excited to be guiding others into the great outdoors for the summer.
Woods & Water Ecotours welcomes Brian as a new guide for the 2017 season, Brian was born and raised in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and has a profound love for the outdoors. He received his degree in Natural Resources Technology, (fisheries, wildlife, and forestry) from Lake Superior State College in 1984 and has enjoyed living in the UP with it's abundant natural settings. He started kayaking in the early 1990's and has kayaked extensively throughout the Upper Peninsula and northern Ontario. Enjoying nature from a kayak to him is a beautiful obsession. He is looking forward to the adventure of helping others enjoy the natural environment.
Jason is a rookie member on the Woods & Water Encounters staff and is excited to spend a summer in Hessel! He is originally from southeastern Michigan, but has enjoyed living in and exploring the Keweenaw Peninsula while studying mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech. He enjoys mountain biking and spent a summer on the famed Maah Daah Hey trail in North Dakota. When not on his bike, he loves being on the water and will attend Navy OCS after college. Jason enjoys leading others into the wilderness of the U.P. and showing off it's hidden beauty.
We were pleased to host a Boy Scout Troop on a 4 day adventure here in the Les Cheneaux Islands. Lucky guys had an opportunity to see a freighter loading up limestone at the quarry.Read More
She loves few things more than guiding people through the islands and sharing the beauty and history with people, especially those that are here for the first time.Read More
Woods & Water Ecotours would like to welcome Tyler as a guide for the 2016 season. He is origionally from the lower Michigan but has enjoyed living in the Keweenaw Peninsula for the past four years where he recently graduated from Michigan Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While in school, he spent much of his time kayaking, biking, and camping and is excited to explore a new portion of the UP this summer. His favorite trip in college was an 85 mile kayak tour along the Lake Superior shoreline. He has a passion for nature and helping others experience it. He hopes to eventually find a career in the outdoor industry.
“Our family had a wonderful day thanks to you. Your knowledge of our environment is amazing! Josh loved the Eskimo roll. We will remember this day forever.” ~Lori, Tom, Josh & Ben
“We had a wonderful “Up North” experience. Thank you for the special attention you gave toward the children. ~ Michael, Ann, Kara, Carmen, Nicholas & Camille
“Just a note of thanks for your coordination and company on our trip to the Les Cheneaux Islands. Our family consensus is that is was one of most memorable adventures. This is a tribute to your concept, accommodations and execution of the trip. This has reinforced our confidence in intuition and serendipitous experiences when the stars are aligned. We feel lucky we found your website and arranged the trip! It seems we left Michigan with new friends, as you treated us more like friends than clients. The Eastern U.P., Lake Huron and your business are a hidden jewel” ~ Lew, Renee, Lewis & Ross, MN