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Plan a Day of Michigan Kayaking the Upper Thumb

If the weather looks to keep Saginaw Bay calm and the winds low, consider a morning of paddling the waters of the Upper Thumb. The region offers some of the finest Michigan kayaking areas for both the novice and expert.  

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Three Popular Michigan Kayaking Destinations

Turnip Rock Michigan KayakingTurnip Rock Trail – This paddle is 7 miles along the shoreline north of Port Austin. It has three unique features to explore. Turnip Rock has been called by CNN  one of the Most Amazing Rock Formations in America. Nearby Thumbnail Point is really considered the true tip of Michigan’s Thumb. If the area around Turnip Rock and Thumbnail Point are crowded then continue paddling a hundred yards further into the Sea Caves of Pointe Aux Barques. 

If you want to learn a bit more about this great paddle see Turnip Rock – Five Things to Know. 

Pointe Aux Barques Sea Cave Michigan Kayaking

Broken Rocks Trail This is a shorter water trail that extends south-west along the shore. The landmarks are Table Rock, Broken Rocks and Twin Sisters. This is an ideal paddle for families with children or novice kayakers. Table Rock is accessible to stop,  take a break, re-energize with a trail snack, take pictures and swim. The trail can be completed in about two hours. 

Pointe Aux Barques Paddle Michigan Kayaking

Tip of the Thumb Heritage Water TrailIf your in for a long multi-day paddle consider taking this well-marked route along the shore of the Thumb. At 103 miles it offers an excellent opportunity to see the rocky shores along Lake Huron to the tranquil waters of Wild Fowl Bay. There are 44  marked access points along the trail to start or end your quest. 

Use Safe Leave-No-Trace Principles on the Water

Leave the trail better then you found it. Pack it in, pack it out. Always wear a life jacket and watch the weather. If the wind picks up or waves come in its best to turn back and attempt another day


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CNN – Huron’s Turnip Rock An “Amazing Formation in America”

Cable News Network, CNN, has declared Huron County’s Turnip Rock one of America’s most amazing, or weird, rock formations. Located on private property and accessible only by canoe or kayak explorers to the site are treated to an amazing limestone formation just off the beach.  The formation has been described as:

This enormous rock received its turnip connotation from thousands of years of erosion from storm waves. Now, it is an island with a few trees and little other vegetation. The land nearby is all privately owned, so the only way to view it is by waterway or trekking across a frozen Lake Huron in the winter. It is quite the comedic, awe-inspiring landmark, located at the tip of Michigan’s thumb.” – Michigan.org

See the story at CNN America’s weird and amazing rock formations


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