Great Lakes Kayaking

  • shortGymCA

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    Feb 16, 2008 4:35 PM GMT
    When I lived in Long Beach California, Id go Ocean and marsh kayaking and even when I lived in Ohio I enjoyed all the river routes near where I lived.

    Now I live in Chicago and not sure of where to go. any other kayakers in the area? I'm not big on lake, but I'm sure iwht a lake this size its more like ocean. Any river routes in a good driving distance?
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    Apr 08, 2008 12:38 AM GMT
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    A few years ago, I kayaked around the Apostle islands in Lake Superior. Basically camped on a different island every night. The distance between islands can range from 1 to 20 miles, so plan accordingly.

    There are Kayak rental shops in Bayfield , Wisc who can provide kayaks, life jackets and maps. Bayfield has a very 1960's hippy vibe so is not part of red neck northern Wisconsin. Outside of Milwaukee and Madison , Ashland/Bayfield is the other ultra liberal spot in Wisconsin.

    Trek & Trail is the company my friends and I went with. We did an unescorted trip. We rented the Kayaks, life jackets and weather radio but declined a guide. They also provided road transportation to the starting off point that we selected.

    We decided the route and how many miles a day we should plan for, in order to be back in Bayfield in time. It was an awesome trip,
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    Apr 05, 2010 1:58 PM GMT
    I am in the burbs and would love to kayak a river with you guys.
  • brain5brawn

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    Apr 05, 2010 2:34 PM GMT
    I went to school in Upper Michigan and I knew a number of guys who used to kayak up there....maybe a bit of a hike (about 8 hours north of Chicago) but its beautiful up there and wel worth the drive. Actually the one friend who was into it is moving to Bloomington, IL soon and he's bi....
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    Apr 05, 2010 2:35 PM GMT
    thanks guys, anyone want to set up a trip?
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    May 16, 2015 4:36 PM GMT
    shortGymCA saidWhen I lived in Long Beach California, Id go Ocean and marsh kayaking and even when I lived in Ohio I enjoyed all the river routes near where I lived.

    Now I live in Chicago and not sure of where to go. any other kayakers in the area? I'm not big on lake, but I'm sure iwht a lake this size its more like ocean. Any river routes in a good driving distance?


    I know I come late to the game, but last summer a fratbro and I went kayaking on the Pere Marquette R. east of Ludington, MI and had a blast. Lots of liveries on that and other nearby rivers, as well as on the Au Sable R. in NE MI and all over Grand Traverse Bay and environs. This August I'm going up to Marquette and the Apostles for a week and can't wait.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 16, 2015 11:36 PM GMT
    Since you live in Chicago which is America's most American city, is there any kayaking on either the Chicago or the Calumet Riversicon_question.gif
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    May 17, 2015 1:14 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidSince you live in Chicago which is America's most American city, is there any kayaking on either the Chicago or the Calumet Riversicon_question.gif


    You could canoe/kayak on either, but it's going to be a pretty dirty paddle for much of the way. The Calumet is getting better, slowly but surely, but its cleanest reaches are just downstream from its source near Otis, IN, near Westville, IN. You'd have a better time on the Kankakee pretty much anywhere along its route. Trail Creek in MI City, IN is also a good short run, and salmon still spawn it its upper reaches. If you're up for an hour's drive, check out Willow Slough, on the IN-IL border south of Kankakee.

    BTW, if your query was addressed to me, I grew up in Chicagoland, but now live in SDiego. I get back there pretty often, though, and keep up w/ family, friends, and politics.
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    May 17, 2015 2:14 AM GMT
    MGINSD said
    roadbikeRob saidSince you live in Chicago which is America's most American city, is there any kayaking on either the Chicago or the Calumet Riversicon_question.gif


    You could canoe/kayak on either, but it's going to be a pretty dirty paddle for much of the way. The Calumet is getting better, slowly but surely, but its cleanest reaches are just downstream from its source near Otis, IN, near Westville, IN. You'd have a better time on the Kankakee pretty much anywhere along its route. Trail Creek in MI City, IN is also a good short run, and salmon still spawn it its upper reaches. If you're up for an hour's drive, check out Willow Slough, on the IN-IL border south of Kankakee.

    BTW, if your query was addressed to me, I grew up in Chicagoland, but now live in SDiego. I get back there pretty often, though, and keep up w/ family, friends, and politics.
    Try to keep up with the urban development aspect as well. There is a proposal and design competition to cover up six to seven blocks of the I-94 between downtown Chicago and the west side. Obviously there are proposals for about three dozen new skyscrapers along this busy corridor. A wealthy Chinese developer is planning to start construction on an 88 story super tall hotel and condo tower on Lake Shore Drive next year. Despite its worsening financial problems and gang violence, Chicago is still an economically powerful city with a lot of new investment and development well under way. It could probably do even more if Chicagoans would just kick the Democratic Party out of city hall and let a different political party manage the city for a change.
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    May 17, 2015 2:15 PM GMT
    Sounds like a run-up to revive the Cross-Town Expressway, which came to nought in the '60s and '70s; thanks for the heads up. OTOH, RMDaley did a great job restoring the SSide lakefront between 80th & 90th Streets, but leaving just enough of US Steel's old South Works to show just how mighty a force in was when it was. He did a good job restoring some of the historic boulevards, too, though Garfield still needs a LOT of help. Meig's Field? Not so much, and speaking of Democrats, the only reason he wasn't convicted of destroying government property after he tore it up was because Clinton was president. I was rooting for the Latino challenger to Rahm, but he just didn't have enough clout and money to outdo the Demo-machine.
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    Sep 03, 2015 3:56 PM GMT
    This sounds pretty exciting and an adventure of note.
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    Sep 03, 2015 4:02 PM GMT
    Just returned from my annual kayaking trip in Northern MI w/ one of my fratbros. This year we did the Au Sable River, east from Grayling about 13 miles, using Borcher's livery and completing their 4 hr. trip in about 3. Their service is the most professional I've used to date, and highly recommended. The Pere Marquette, Kalamazoo, Manistee, and Pine Rivers are all good options, as are the Grand and Huron, the latter being accessible from Ann Arbor if you want to combine it w/ a football weekend there. Rates go down for Fall soon, so google the sites and get going!