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The Best Places to Kayak in Duluth

Kayaker on calm water at sunsetOverlooking the largest freshwater lake in the world, it’s no surprise that Duluth is a popular destination to kayak. The stunning coastline of Lake Superior offers easy paddles near the city, while the North Shore has more rocky and untamed scenery. Excursions on the St. Louis River estuary have great wildlife viewing and even whitewater kayaking opportunities. Choose one of the city’s amazing guided kayak tours for a stress-free excursion, and let their professional guides take care of all the gear and planning while you relax and enjoy the fun.

The Historic Inns of Duluth offer a great choice of romantic and luxurious Bed and Breakfasts while you’re in town. Each Inn includes perfectly appointed guest suites, with a gourmet breakfast included to begin your day. However, each has a distinct personality, with beautiful views, architecture, and ambiance. Find your perfect kayak getaway at one of our six historic inns, and add a touch of elegance to your outdoor adventures.

Kayak Tour Groups in Duluth

Duluth is lucky to have three great kayak tour groups, each with a wealth of experience and knowledge of the region. Explore the waters, without the worries of transportation or arranging rentals. Just sit back and enjoy the experience, whether you’re new at kayaking or looking for a challenge.  

The Duluth Experience offers the most variety of tours and almost everything is included.  With seven regular tours and some additional special events, you may want to try more than one trip. Their comfortable van will transport guests and all the gear to and from each location. The guides provide kayaking instruction toLighthouse on top of cliffside overlooking Lake Superior ensure a fun and safe trip, as well as information on the region’s history and landscape. A delicious lunch is also included on the longer excursions. Experience Lake Superior at its most scenic on their Adventure, Sunset and Night Owls tours. The morning paddles around the historic Glensheen Mansion are magical. Two of the longest tours take 6 hours but are worth the ride to the stunning Split Rock Lighthouse and Black Sand Beach. For amazing wildlife viewing and picturesque coves join the St Louis River Estuary Adventure.

Day Tripper Duluth tours also cover the popular kayaking locations with all instructions and gear included. Paddle under the cliffs of Split Rock Lighthouse with a scenic beach picnic provided. Their Duluth area tours cover rocky Brighton Beach, the sweeping views at Park Point, and the wilderness of the St. Louis River Estuary. However, the most unique tour is their Rails and Water trip that includes a train ride upstream to your waiting kayaks. 

View of kayaker from behind on whitewater rapidsThose looking for thrills along with their kayak tour should check out Swiftwater Adventures. Their whitewater kayaking Intro Trip includes instructions on basic strokes and is designed for those new to the experience. Continue building your skills with their Summer Evening and Weekend classes on the St. Louis River. There you will learn kayak control techniques, rolls and more. Test your limits with the whitewater and wilderness kayak tour. This 2 to 3-hour tour on the upper and lower St Louis River includes exciting rapids, side hikes, rugged terrain, and breathtaking scenery.

After a day kayaking on impressive Lake Superior, under the cliffs of Split Rock or tackling the wild currents on the St. Louis River, return to your serene accommodations at one of Duluth’s finest Inns. The Historic Inns of Duluth offer a choice of premier Bed and Breakfasts at several wonderful locations. Reserve your dream vacation this summer and explore the waters of Duluth.


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