What we're about

Join the group for hiking, backpacking and kayaking trips in northern Michigan. Weekend backpacking trips include the Porcupine Mountains, Pictured Rocks, Manistee River trail, Jordan valley trail, North Manitou island, North Country trail, and Isle Royale. Weekend kayaking trips include the sturgeon, manistee, boardman, platte, au sable, 2 hearted, manistique and the pine. Weekend day hiking trips, (on the weekends when backpacking or kayaking trips aren't scheduled), include parts of the Jordan Valley Pathway, Shingle Mill Pathway, North Country Trail, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Nordhouse Dunes, Hartwick Pines, Sand Lakes Quiet Area, and areas of the U.P. I'd also like to do some local small hikes or winter activities during the week after 5 pm, if there is enough interest. I also organize some snowshoeing and cross country skiing winter weekend trips.

You can also join us on facebook- https://www.facebook.com/groups/northernmihikingbackpackingkayaking/

For those of you who would like packing list ideas for backpacking and kayaking events, please use these as a guide:

Backpacking Trip Checklist:


Overnight Kayaking Trip Checklist:


Core Values

•Spirit of adventure- We carry this in our heart always.
•Individuality- Feel free to be yourself, without any judgments.
•Determination- We use this to get through any challenges that we may face along the way.
•Relaxation- We come to relax, and to enjoy our time in the wilderness.
•Resilience- We weather the storms and any unknown elements that we may face along the way.
•Adaptability- Adapting to challenges that may arise help us to grow and to not fear the unexpected.
•Discovery- The sense of discovery is always within us.
•Respect- Always respect ourselves and respect others.
•Diversity- We can learn from each other, we are all unique.
•Ambition- This describes our strong desire to push ourselves when we need it the most.
•Safety- Be safe at all times, and help each other if we are injured.
•Encouragement- Offer this to others who may need it, and give this to ourselves when we need it.
•Environment- Respect and help protect the environment.
•Equality- This defines our relationships with each other.
•Exceed Expectations- Set new personal goals and strive to exceed them.
•Exploration- We set off to explore the places that we haven't seen, and to revisit the places which inspire us.
•Solitude- This creates inner peace and a feeling of being part of the wilderness.
•Open-Minded- Be open minded to changes and to new challenges.
•Perseverance- We persevere through the unknown obstacles in our way.
•Thoughtful- We remain thoughtful of others and to their personal space.
•Friendship- We seek this on our adventures, and we hope to develop lasting friendships.
•Cooperation- This helps us to remain cohesive and focused.
•Courtesy- We offer whatever we can do to help each person.
•Wonder- Our sense of wonder is an important element in our quest for adventure.

Upcoming events (2)

Menominee and Peshtogi River White Water Rafting

Wildman Adventure Resort

Enjoy the excitement of white water rafting two of the best rivers in the Midwest. We will meet by 11pm on Friday, August 20th at the Wildman Adventure Resort N12080 Allison Ln, Athelstane, WI[masked]https://maps.app.goo.gl/6WSS7oUbSs34UNpU6. Both rafting trips are suitable for beginners. (Please Note: Wildman Resorts has two locations, we will be meeting and camping at their Peshtigo Outpost Location) Saturday morning we can hike some trails in the area to see some water falls before eating lunch and leaving about 12pm for the Menominee river outpost. The resort also offers other adventures that may you choose to participate in if you would like to Saturday morning. The Menominee offers class IV and V rapids as it travels though Piers Gorge including a 10 foot drop over Mischicot Falls. We will make 3 runs through the gorge and will be using smaller 4 person boats for a more extreme adventure. On Sunday morning we will raft the Peshtigo River which has the longest continuous run of white water rapids in the mid-west containing Class II to IV rapids. and finish up around lunch time to head home. Due to lower summer water levels we will likely raft this river in individual inflatable kayaks with guides nearby. The cost for this trip is $155 per person and includes both rafting trips and 2 nights of camping. Everyone needs to provide their own camping gear, breakfast and lunch. Closed toed sandals or shoes are required for rafting. There are multiple dining options about 30 minutes from the campground if you would like to go out for dinner on Saturday. Maximum participants for this trip is 12. Please send $155 by PayPal to [masked] within 7 days of signing up to confirm your spot. If you would prefer to pay by check please PM me and I will send you my address to mail a check. This is a pre-paid trip and is subject to the outfitters refund policy. If you have paid for the trip and later have to cancel, I will be able to provide full refunds until August 1st. After August 1st there will be no refunds unless we can find a replacement for your spot. After you have paid I will send you a link to complete the online waver form. All waiver forms must be completed in advance prior to the trip. https://wildmanranch.com/

Turnip Rock, sea cave & lighthouse kayak adventure

Port Austin


We will meet Friday night at Port Crescent State Park (sites 11 & 13) just W of Port Austin where we will be tent camping on rustic campsites (firepit and picnic table only). Saturday morning we will paddle out into Lake Huron to Turnip Rock, a small hidden beach, and to the Port Austin Light Station (lighthouse). Sunday we will once again paddle out of Port Austin to some small sea caves, Flat Rock, and, best of all, a SUPER-SECRET location that few know about! Trust me, it's worth it. For those of you who want to extend the fun, if there is time we may also drive over to the Point Aux Barques Lighthouse Sunday afternoon for a quick paddle. This trip is very weather dependent, so will be watching the weather carefully, and time our departures accordingly. Winds can drive large waves on Lake Huron, so you will need a kayak with watertight compartments, and a PFD, which will be worn while we are on the water. You should have some experience paddling in big, open water, and wet exits and re-entries, as we will be more than a mile from shore at times. A spray skirt is recommended. Don't show up with a $200 kayak that doesn't have dry hatches that you bought at Menards. Sorry. That type of boat is not safe for this type of trip. If weather is bad one of the days, we can paddle the nearby Pinnebog River as a substitute plan. If weather is bad both days, then we're screwed. The cost is $15 per person to cover the cost of the campsites, which you can send me on PayPal ([masked]). Bring your own kayak gear, tent, food, etc. There are 2 kayak rental shops in Post Austin if you need them (remember, sea kayaks, not rec boats) This trip is limited to me and 10 others. There are 4 spots remaining. (The caves and SUPER SECRET place can only hold a few people at a time anyway) Let me know if you have questions. Paddle On!

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Au Sable River Overnight Kayaking Trip

Canoe Harbor State Forest Campground

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