No paddle? No problem!

Explore the North Shore from the water with a guided tour

Bluefin Bay Family of ResortsSo you’ve never worn a spray skirt, done a sweep stroke or dropped a rudder. Guess what? It doesn’t matter! With our complimentary kayaking tours, everyone – from absolute beginners to advanced paddlers – can have a great time exploring the greatest of lakes.

No paddle or paddling experience, no problem! We’ve got you covered.

Sea Kayaking on Lake Superior

KayakingUnder the watchful eye of our certified guides, kayak tours typically head northeast along the rocky shoreline, paddling past waterfalls and over sea cliffs, dipping into caves and witnessing lots of wildlife.

More inland sea than lake, wind can sometimes be a factor on Lake Superior. When this happens, our guides play it safe and take guests to explore one of our many gorgeous inland lakes. Whether out on the BIG Lake or inland, we promise you won’t be disappointed.

Regardless of paddling experience, all physically capable guests ages 12 and older are welcome to join in the adventure. While we provide all necessary equipment, including the very safe and stable tandem kayaks, we do recommend wearing a swimsuit under the wetsuit and shoes that can get wet (take it from us – paddling barefoot is not a good idea).

Tours hit the water three to four times daily throughout the summer and can be booked here on our online Resort Activities Calendar to ensure your spot.

Inland Kayaking on Caribou LakeRecreational Inland Kayaking on Caribou Lake

This is the second year we’ve offered inland kayaking on beautiful Caribou Lake in Lutsen. In this guided adventure, we’ll recreational kayak for two hours on this peaceful, scenic lake. As we paddle along the shore, you’ll want to look for wildlife like beavers, loons, and ducks.

Inland kayaking is perfect for families and beginners or those who want to kayak, but don’t want to risk falling into Lake Superior’s chilly waters. This guided trip is kid-friendly for children ages 7 and up. We offer basic kayak stroke instruction, which makes it perfect for beginners.

Wilderness Canoeing Close to Home

Wilderness Canoeing ExperienceOur Wilderness Canoeing Experience on the Poplar River has become a guest and staff favorite. Guests meet at Bluefin Bay Guest Services and then drive or take the shuttle (one family group only) to the Poplar River in Lutsen. We then hike about a quarter of a mile to the canoes, and paddle two miles along the beautiful Poplar River.

No past canoe experience is needed and children as young as five can participate. The trip is leisurely, scenic, and within the whole family’s capabilities. This is definitely a family-friendly activity.

For those who love to stay at Bluefin Bay Resorts, but have always wondered what a Boundary Waters Canoe experience would be like, this 2.5 hour trip gives you a flavor for the BWCA but is shorter and closer to home. Because our Wilderness Canoe Experience is so popular, it fills quickly.

Check our Resort Activities Calendar for dates and times for all on the water adventures. All guided activities are complimentary and can fill quickly in the summer, so it’s best to register in advance via the online link.

Please note that all of our activities are operated under NEW health and safety protocols. Please check the online activity listing for social distancing and other rules prior to your visit. Read more on our Stay Safe page here.

Happy paddling!

Check out these fun videos:

Sea Kayaking on Lake Superior

Wilderness Canoeing Experience

Paddling Season is Almost Here!

KayakingReady to get out on the water? You’re in luck – Our complimentary guided kayak and canoe trips start June 1st! Gliding along the water in a canoe or kayak is an ideal way to de-stress and connect with the natural world around you. Our guided Wilderness Canoeing on the Poplar River, Lake Superior Kayaking Trips, and our NEW Inland Kayaking Trips on Caribou Lake are the perfect way to experience the magic of paddling. Our experienced guides will provide you with all the equipment and instruction needed for a memorable and safe adventure on the water.

NEW THIS YEAR! Inland Kayaking:  Join us for some inland kayaking on the beautiful Caribou Lake in Lutsen. We will kayak for two hours on this peaceful, scenic lake. As we paddle along the shore be sure to look for wildlife like beavers, loons, and ducks! Inland kayaking is perfect for families and beginners or for those who do not want to paddle on Lake Superior. This guided trip is kid-friendly for children ages 7 & up (accompanied by an adult). Basic stroke instruction will be provided.

Wilderness Canoeing: Our Wilderness Canoeing Experience on the Poplar River has become a guest and staff favorite. Along with your guide, we will shuttle you to the Poplar River in Lutsen, hike about a quarter of a mile to the canoes, and paddle two miles along the beautiful Poplar River. No past canoe experience is needed and children as young as five can participate. The trip is leisurely, scenic, and within the whole family’s capabilities.

Lake Superior Kayaking: Lake Superior offers one of the most incredible sea kayaking experiences available between the two coasts. Paddle along the scenic shoreline of Lake Superior with one of our expert kayak guides. You will spot a sea cave and multiple waterfalls, not to mention the wildlife! Lake Superior could be calm like glass or have choppy waves, we will go regardless, (as long as we deem the conditions safe) in order to provide guests with a full Lake Superior experience. Our expert and certified guides will provide you with full instruction and equipment you need. Kayakers of all skill levels age 12 and up are welcome.

Our canoe and kayak trips are quite popular and tend to fill quickly. To reserve your spot, be sure you sign up in advance – you can now sign up right from the activity calendar on the website! Just click on the activity and look for the sign-up link at the bottom of the description.

Happy paddling!