Great Lakes & Wild Lands


Dates: Please call to book

Cost: $595 per person. Trip size is between 4-10 people.

           Bike rentals available- $15 day

Discover the Eastern Upper Peninsula’s wildflowers, migrating birds, limestone pavement, coastal islands and peninsulas.  Spend a day kayaking among the beautiful Les Cheneaux Islands.  Learn basic kayaking skills or if you are experienced, polish up your skills with our coach. Les Cheneaux island archipelago has unique Great Lakes marshes, bays and forested and limestone cobble features.  Journey to Government Island, the only publicly owned island of the 36 in the archipelago, where we will rest and enjoy a picnic.  Take a stroll on the island’s shore side trail.  Look for warblers, see old growth cedar trees, and view limestone loving wildflowers and grasses.

Spend a half day touring by bike the shoreline villages of Cedarville. View the Les Cheneaux islands, marinas, and historic sites. Visit Les Cheneaux Historical Museum; tour gardens at Creekside Herbs, a low impact or sustainable business; and visit Windblown Glass Studio located in a unique geodesic dome.

Discover Drummond Island, the second largest freshwater island in the United States. Travel by mountain bike to both the north shore to experience the islands geologically unique and Alvar habitat. This limestone pavement community, protected by the Nature Conservancy, is found only a few places on earth. Drummond Island hosts a complete ecosystem …abundant with bald eagles, osprey, terns, beaver, wolves, bobcat, black bear and other species.

After lunch we’ll pack up our gear and move our explorations to Lake Superior. Stay in Paradise at a “mom & pop” place that caters to birders. Dinner will be at a classy UP brewery located next to Tahquamenon Falls. Conclude the evening with a presentation from The Falls Park Interpreter and an owl count at Whitefish Point. Meet with staff at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, tour facilities and observe avian research taking place through accipiter counts and passerines banding. Conclude our trip with a resident biologist along the trails of the Tahquamenon River.

Highlights - Hiawatha National Forest-Government Island, Les Cheneaux Islands, Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, Tahquamenon State Park & Drummond Island.

Trip Instructors and Guides - Biologists, Kayak Guide, Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Staff, State Park Naturalist.

Start Location - At Woods & Water Ecotour Office in Hessel. Trip will conclude at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

Grade - Easy kayaking & hiking, no experience necessary.  Biking is 12 miles round trip on gravel roads at a slow pace.  You provide your own transportation to start destinations.

Provided - 4 nights/5 days. 2 meals and snacks.  Kayak/paddling gear and instruction. Permits