The Manistique area is a year-round destination offering swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking in the milder months. In all of Michigan there is no other area that offers the canoeist and kayaker so many opportunities as Schoolcraft County. Whether you are a novice or an avid canoeist there is a body of water here for you.

Manistique Area Canoeing

Manistique River

Northland Outfitters
Northland Outfitters

M-149 - Manistique, Michigan

Take a relaxing trip in a kayak or canoe down one of our beautiful rivers. Choose from day trips as short as 2 1/2 hours to overnight trips from 2 to 7 days. These trips are truly perfect for you, your family, and friends - pets too!

Kayaks Manistique Michigan
Kayaking Hiawatha
Kayak Trip

Hiawatha National Forest - Canoeing

USDA Forest Service
USDA National Forest Service

Hiawatha National Forest

Canoeing or non-motorized boats are allowed at several of the lakes and rivers located withing the Hiawatha National Forest.

AuTrain River
Autrain River

Hiawatha National Forest

The slow moving, meandering AuTrain River offers an excellent four to six hour canoe trip. The trail begins at the Forest Service boat launch in the AuTrain Lake Campground and proceeds north approximately 10 miles to Lake Superior.

Big Island Lake Wilderness
Big Island Lake Wilderness

Hiawatha National Forest

More than 20 inland lakes nestled in rolling woodlands make up the Big Island Lake area, which offers secluded canoeing, fishing, hiking and camping opportunities as well as backcountry Nordic skiing in winter. The scenic area covers 6,606 acres and is primarily roadless with limited access to three of the lakes for motorized vehicles.

Indian River
Indian River

Hiawatha National Forest

The Indian River Canoe Trailhead at Fish Lake is approximately 36 miles northwest of Manistique, and about 15 miles south of Munising. The Indian River, from Fish Lake to Indian Lake, a total of almost 36 miles, offers excellent canoeing.

Flowing Well Campground
Flowing Well Campground

Hiawatha National Forest

Flowing Well is situated along the banks of the Sturgeon River among large trees and a variety of wildflowers. Camping, fishing, picnicking, and canoeing can be enjoyed in a pretty and serene setting.

Indian Lake


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