Pictured Rocks Kayaking

Pictured Rocks Kayaking

In this video I take you along while I kayak Pictured Rocks near Munising Michigan. This is by far one of my absolute favorite kayaking experiences EVER! This video journals my experience throughout the day and is my best attempt to highlight the beauty of this national lake shore.

This video is split up into a few parts, and here’s why…
We used Uncle Ducky’s Paddling Michigan as our guide service. (http://www.paddlingmichigan.com/) They offer several options to paddle Pictured Rocks, and so I thought it would be appropriate to split the video up into segments that would reflect the type of trip you might experience should you book with them.

The trip we chose was the “paddle and hike”. This took us along roughly 14 miles of beautiful Lake Superior shoreline, and then ended with a 3 mile hike to a pickup point. In the middle, we stopped for lunch at Mosquito Beach.

Some trips they offer just go to the point where you eat lunch and then return home. In my opinion, you miss out on a lot if you just paddle halfway and then back.

If you ever want to paddle this, I highly suggest long sleeve everything as the stable flies are AWFUL! Whatever wasn’t covered, they attempted to bite.

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Intro music for this video was written and recorded by myself.

Other music in this video came from the YouTube Creator Studio.


  1. JB Outdoors And More on June 1, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    beautiful footage. love how you put this 1 together. gorgeous. thank you

  2. pagan outdoors on June 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    awesome, simply awesome, thank you for taking us along, cheers craig

  3. Jim Chimner on June 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Wow I can’t believe they had you out in those big waves. Looks like the tandoms handled them well. I’ve done a few open water paddles , but conditions were ideal.

  4. World Traveler on June 1, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Awesome vid.. thanks for sharing..

  5. Joel Hernandez on June 1, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Great video bud!

  6. ResetYourCard on June 1, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    9:38 is amazing

  7. Anthony Faurot on June 1, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    were going in august, looks like those boats handle the water well, looks rough.

  8. Tallie Allen on June 1, 2020 at 5:03 pm


  9. Walk Michigan on June 1, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    How was the parking where the Kayaks started from?  I remember seeing on the Michigan Hiking and Backpacking facebook group where it was crazy bad and people were parking all over the place where they shouldn’t be.  Not sure if this was the same company.  The also basically took over the beach and made it very unpleasant for people that were there to use the beach.

  10. neolexington on June 1, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    You got some great footage! The Munising area is definitely a Michigan treasure. I’m headed up to Paradise in a little over a week for their blueberry festival and some camping. Can’t wait!

  11. Amanda Wainwright on June 1, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    My husband and I are doing this in a few weeks and plan to camp at chapel beach one night and then kayak back to miners beach the next day. We are avid kayakers and have great lakes experience…. with that being said – any advice?

  12. ben terwellen on June 1, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    great trip, ty for sharing

  13. UglyTent Bushcraft & Survival on June 1, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Excellent video! It felt like I was along for the ride.

  14. Cristine Thomas on June 1, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    We are going up in a few days, this looks amazing but now I’m a bit concerned about the bugs. Following your advice as to the long sleeves etc but did you use bug spray also ??

  15. AlaskanFrontier1 on June 1, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    I’m speechless, this looks amazing, and I have watching some of your other videos, they are all great! Btw I just wanted to say your "Contact" form on your website seems to be broken and I’d recommend looking into that.

  16. Rich Peterson on June 1, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Almost booked that trip a few weeks ago. Gonna need to for sure now

  17. Mark Thomas Hobbies on June 1, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Looks like fun. I will be hiking the NCT through there next week. Glad I got a new hammock with a bug net for this trip. Mark

  18. Prince Mehandiratta on June 1, 2020 at 5:35 pm
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  20. Lauren Williams on June 1, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    What kayaking company did you use?

  21. Janeen Gunter on June 1, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Thanks for the awesome video! I definitely want to do this some day soon! Do you know if the bugs are that bad all Spring, Summer, and Fall, or just at certain times?

  22. terry boyer on June 1, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    I’m an amputee David so these vids are the only way I get to experience this beauty. Thankyou!

  23. Joe JoeLesh on June 1, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Thank you! I was able to glean some information

  24. USA Roadtrip364 on June 1, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Very cool kayking at the Pictures Rocks.. very nice job..

  25. Erik K. on June 1, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    One of your best videos yet David. Incredible!

    Thank you for sharing.

  26. bradspicks on June 1, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Hey David, what Kayaking tour vendor did you go with and what was the cost? The outfit who launches by boat charges some big money to go with them

  27. Nathan Key-No on June 1, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    Oh wow, this guy helpped out with my youth group a few years ago. I was just looking up Kayaking vids and happened to recognize him. Small world 🙂

  28. Geri Kinnaman on June 1, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Awesome video! The color of the water was beautiful! Thanks for taking us along. 🙂

  29. Offgrid TV on June 1, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Awesome. Liked and Subscribed. We spend every summer in our kayaks on Lake Superior – north of the Sault. Ontario Canada. Subscribe for more … https://youtu.be/2onrH_zWARo

  30. kevin ball on June 1, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    nice video heading up there in two days. planing on doIng 42 miles.

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