Kayaking in the Great Lakes can be a fantastic experience, but it can also be dangerous. Whether you're kayaking here at Pictured Rocks or anywhere, conditions can change rapidly. Remember, rescue is not guaranteed!
At Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, we have responded to many rescues where kayakers were ill-equipped or ill-informed. Occasionally, kayakers will be properly prepared, and Lake Superior will still overwhelm them. We implore anyone interested in kayaking Lake Superior to seriously consider the risks, and to properly prepare before setting out. Even experienced kayakers have been overpowered by the lake.
Before you set out to kayak Lake Superior, ask yourself these questions. Do I know the marine forecast? Do I have a life jacket? Do I have a sea kayak? Did I tell others where I'm going? Can I save myself (and get back in my kayak from the water)? These are just a few things to consider before heading out.