Kayaking on Lake Superior at Paradise Beach, Minnesota


While we think that our Grand Marais kayak tour is one of the best half-day tours on the shore, other locations are just as scenic for explorers that want to get off the beaten path. Lake Superior’s Paradise Beach is one of those locations. Located east of Grand Marais and north on Highway 61, Paradise Beach is literally an agate hunters paradise, and it’s the only place in the world to find the Paradise Beach agate. For paddlers, it offers several small offshore rocky islands to paddle around and a mainly undeveloped shoreline that is a mix of rocky basalt outcroppings and cobblestone beaches.

The trip starts at the Paradise Beach wayside rest area at mile marker 123 on Highway 61. We fit the kayaks and do a quick lesson before launching onto the big lake. From there, we’ll paddle to the off-shore islands and complete a 1/4-mile circumnavigation of Marr Island, the biggest. During gull nesting season, we’ll maintain a good distance. Then we’ll paddle west on a course that parallels the lake walk section of the Superior Hiking Trail to a tombolo, a small island attached to land by a small sandbar. Alternatively, we can paddle east to the mouth of the Brule River and the historic Naniboujou Lodge. After the lodge, we will view from the water one of the most unique abandoned mansions on the north shore.

While not as visually dramatic as the half-day Grand Marais kayak tour. This Lake Superior kayaking trip is one of our favorite places to paddle near Grand Marais, and we think it’s a must if you’ve already taken the Grand Marais trip.

What people are saying: Kayaking gives you a unique and enchanting perspective of Lake Superior. I would recommend it to everyone! – Marie, La Boussac, France.

Price: $55 per person (minimum of 2)

Our guides accept gratuity.

Time: 3 hours by arrangement.
Age limit: 13 and up.
Skill level: Beginners welcome.
Where to meet: Paradise Beach Rest Area at mile marker 123.
Reservations: Advanced reservation and payment required.
The weather on Lake Superior is dynamic, and if our guides determine it’s too rough, we will change locations or reschedule the tour. Trips go out in light weather conditions such as light rain, cool temps or fog.

By arrangement May 1 to October (depending on weather).