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Trips: Hiawatha Water Trail Illustration: Lorenzo del Bianco

For "ye who loves the haunts of nature"

Along Lake Superior's south shore is a trail paddled for centuries by Native Americans and early European explorers. Today, the Hiawatha Water Trail spans 120 miles from Big Bay to Grand Marais, Michigan, with 23 water accessible campsites. This trip covers 58 miles along the trail's most scenic stretch. Plan some leeway in your schedule for waiting out Superior's sudden weather changes and keep an eye open for wildlife such as eagles and black bears.


Put in at Grand Marais and paddle west past the glacially deposited Grand Sable Dunes rounding Au Sable Point to Hurricane River Campground. Algon the way, stop and explore the Au Sable Point lighthouse.


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