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Kayaking Guided by

Superior Stay Hotel is pleased to recommend a Marquette resident Alena to offer guided kayaking tours to our guests.



Alena is a recent graduate of Northern Michigan University, where she studied Entrepreneurship and Biology. Alena has guided kayaking tours in Marquette and studied the ecological effects of tourism in heavily trafficked locations. She has knowledge of local ethnobotanical plants and an eye for spotting animals.

Best Places for Kayaking in Marquette

Presque Isle

2.9 miles | 9 minutes
Direction from Superior Stay Hotel

A beautiful scenic area on Lake Superior. Known for Black Rocks, a popular rock jumping area, the breakwall, Sunset Point, and trails throughout the area.

Good spot for those with kayaking experience.

Harlow Lake

8.6 miles | 16 minutes
Direction from Superior Stay Hotel

Harlow Lake is quaint, and quiet; perfect for a peaceful day spent paddling and and having a picnic onshore.

Good spot for beginner kayakers.

Echo Lake

11.3 miles | 24 minutes
Direction from Superior Stay Hotel

Largely untouched and wild; Echo Lake is home to many varieties of fish, birds, and mammals.

Good spot for beginner kayakers.

What to wear while Kayaking?

  • Dress in layers: As for any outdoor activity, be sure to dress for the weather and dress in layers. It is better to take off a clothing layer than wish you had more when you are cold.
  • ALWAYS wear a PFD(Personal Floatation Device): There’s no reason not to wear a PFD while you’re in the water. It provides warmth to your body and keeps you afloat.
  • Wear sun protection: (Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, etc.) Even on a cloudy day, the sun’s rays are reflected off the water, making you more susceptible to sunburn.
  • Avoid Cotton: Cotton is very absorbent, thus will become heavy when wet. Cotton takes a long time to dry and does not retain heat when wet, therefore putting your body at risk of hypothermia, even on a warm sunny day.
  • Wear Synthetic Clothes: Nylon, polyester, and fleece are usually moisture-wicking and quick-drying, making excellent materials to kayak in. Wool base layers are warm but dry less quickly than nylon and polyester, yet will insulate your body even when wet, so it is a good choice in cold kayaking weather.
  • Avoid Tight Clothes: Choose layers that are not too tight, allow movement, and are comfortable as you sit for a while when you kayak.
  • Shoes: Water shoes/booties and sandals are generally good choices while Kayaking. If the water or air temperature is cold, choose wool socks under your shoe.

When & Where

Meet at Superior Stay Hotel rear parking lot for a brief orientation.

You will drive your own vehicles to meet Alena at your designated location.

What to bring

  • Water
  • Extra layers of clothing
  • Easy-to-eat snacks
  • Facemask

Gear Provided


(sea kayak, river kayak or sit-on-top kayak)


PFD with a whistle

(Personal Floatation Device)

Spray Skirt

(if using sea kayak)

Dry Bag

Other gear (Carried by the guide)

  • Marine radio
  • Extra paddle
  • Bilge pump
  • Paddle float
  • Medical kit
  • Repair kit
  • Bathroom kit
  • Emergency blanket / extra clothing layers

To schedule your kayaking

Please email us on with your name, number of guests in your party, your cell phone number and when would you like to go on a kayaking.


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*It is not recommended to kayak Lake Superior unless done so in a sea kayak or have proper experience and equipment. Be aware of the weather, wave, and wind conditions when planning your paddle. Check out for updates.