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10 Reviews That Prove Pictured Rocks Kayaking Outshines the Competition

What makes Pictured Rocks Kayaking so special? We’re the only outfitter with a boat! This means you can skip miles of paddling and get straight to the best part of the national lakeshore. Plus, our boat follows you during your tour, making bathroom breaks a breeze and paddling easy. But our guests have some other reasons, too. We gathered 10 compelling reviews that leave no doubt as to why people think Pictured Rocks Kayaking stands head and shoulders above the competition. Prepare to be inspired as we uncover the thrilling adventures, breathtaking scenery, and unparalleled experiences that have set Pictured Rocks Kayaking apart — as the unrivaled choice for paddling the national lakeshore.

“A once in a lifetime experience.”

A once in a lifetime experience. Did the boat tour with kayak launch from the boat. The boat goes out from munsing bay and then out to lake superior for a 45 minute boat ride. Then you get into your 2 person sea kayak and paddle leisurely for about 2 hours covering around 5 miles of the picture rock landscape. Some little inlets that you can get your kayak into as well as a large portal to go through.

Craig Brophy

, May 31st, 2024 Google Review

Two Younger Women Paddling Through a Sea Cave in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Literally cannot say enough good things

Literally the most fun I’ve had on a vacation. My husband and I planned our whole honeymoon around this kayak tour and we have zero regrets. We got to see a dozen beautiful landmarks along the pictured rocks shoreline, we were literally close enough to reach out and touch the rock. It was an unforgettable experience.

Our tour guide, Bobby, was awesome. I’d never been kayaking before and I was really apprehensive going into it, but Bobby was very patient with our group and super helpful. He knew a lot about the area and even took a few candid photos of me and my husband that he was able to share with us later. I’m really glad we got to spend the afternoon with him.

Our tour was scheduled for Wednesday, May 29th but weather conditions were bad and our captain didn’t think it was safe to send us out on the tour. Pictured rocks kayaking was super nice about offering a reschedule or refund for everyone on the boat. They even scheduled another departure time especially for us the next day. It was really well handled and refreshing to see how highly our safety was prioritized.

Pictured rocks kayaking is fantastic, a super well run company and the most fun tour you’ll ever go on. You gotta check them out!

Courtney B

, June 2nd, 2024 Google Review

Best Kayak Tour of Pictured Rocks

We were so glad that we booked with this company and that we chose to do the Ultimate Kayak Tour. Unlike other companies, the boat stays with you the entire time. You can get on and off the boat for any reason, even if it is just to go to the bathroom. We felt so safe and well taken care of. The boat captain and all the guides were fantastic and really focused on safety. Our guide Zach was super nice and friendly.

Elizabeth F from Madison, Wisconsin

, June 28th, 2023 TripAdvisor Review

An Absolute Must – Even for Beginning Kayakers

This is a must for seeing picured rocks! The crew are professional and knowledgeable. Even a beginner kayaker will be able to enjoy Pictured Rocks. It is a lot of fun and the pace is perfect for beginners and to really experience the caves and beauty. We wanted to book another tour as soon as we finished!

S7738ZDjessicag from Missouri

, July 6th, 2023 TripAdvisor Review

A class act best 4th of July possible

The people was amazing. The ladies that checked us in were so polite. Captain Harry and his crew were simply amazing. Explaining the process was effortless. Boarding and in boarding the kayaks the guys will make sure you’re safe Logan was our guide and he was the best talking about the age of the rocks and the stories from long ago. Never felt rushed out on the water. Logan made sure he had a connection with his group as all the other guides. These guys were very organized. By the trip back to the dock the worn out 4 th of July group was still singing Sweet Caroline! The whole time took time to get a photo with our traveling companion Bob!

F3828SLlarryc from Vandalia, Illinois

, July 5th, 2023 TripAdvisor Review

This is a MUST-DO at Pictured Rocks!

This company is amazing! They are very professional and organized with a big focus on safety. The main boat stays close by the whole time, so if you need to go back to the main boat for any reason, you can. Our tour guide, James, was the best. He was fun and informative and safety-focused.
Also, don’t worry about kayaking FIVE miles. It’s not as hard as it sounds. You are in tandem boats and it’s really pretty easy. I thought it sounded like it would be pretty strenuous, but it really wasn’t. If you go to Pictured Rocks, this is a must-do. I will be recommending Pictured Rocks Kayaking to anyone I know who is visiting the area. Really an A+ company!

Tdonn1 from Dublin, Ohio

, July 5th, 2023 TripAdvisor Review

First time Kayaking- Fantastic time

This was a great way to kayak for my first time. There is a safety/how to demo before you go onto the boat. The boat takes you to the scenic part of pictured rocks and you launch right off the boat. It is really easy to launch. If I can do it, you can. You are in a tandem kayak, so if you are solo, you will be paired with another solo/odd number of group person or a guide. The views were beautiful and the guide for my small group, Calvin, was fantastic. There were no negatives for me, but I should mention that there are size restrictions to the kayak. I am a big person and I just fit in the kayak. There is a demo kayak in the ticket office that you can check out prior to purchasing a ticket, if you have any concerns about fitting in the kayak.

Andrea R

, July 3rd, 2023 TripAdvisor Review

Hands down the best way to see the rocks!

Hands down the best way to see the rocks! They were awesome and contacted us the day before saying the weather looked better and asked if we wanted to adjust. We were so glad we did! The sun glistening off the rocks is magical. We had Calvin as our guide and he was outstanding.
Yeah, we are going to hike places to see it – but this is amazing. You gotta get out on the water. LOVED that we could even take a pee break and the boat was right there if needed.

Ashley Deters

, June 9th, 2024 Google Review


Such a fun experience! Even though the water got choppy and we couldn’t venture into the caves, it was still a really awesome time. Our guide, Bobbie, was super laid back, and down to Earth. He was very knowledgeable and always made sure the group was together and doing okay. The captain was also very welcoming, and never once did I feel unsafe on the boat. I’m going to go back and hope there are better weather conditions so I can go in the caves! 10/10 highly recommend!! Don’t do the boat cruises, get in these kayaks and get right next to the Beautiful scenery!! You won’t regret it!!

Amber A from Onalaska, Wisconsin

, June 29th, 2023 TripAdvisor Review

Julia was our guide and although the weather wasn’t in our favor, she was a super star and shared some cool facts about the rocks & even towed my husband for a portion of the trip which I’ll never let him forget! Great company and really appreciated the boat ride to the rocks and the bathroom when needed. They provided us with spray skirts to keep dry which was MUCH NEEDED. We have seen them rocks from the cruise, but kayaking them up close is worth the expense & one of the only companies that allow 6yr olds to kayak! Kids loved it very much

Ang Doee

, June 29th, 2023 Google Review

It’s Time: Pictured Rocks Kayaking

We pride ourselves in providing exceptional service and an extraordinary experience while prioritizing the safety and comfort of our guests. So, if you’re seeking an extraordinary journey that surpasses expectations, look no further than Pictured Rocks Kayaking—the epitome of outdoor excellence. Don’t hesitate to embark on your own unforgettable adventure and witness firsthand why Pictured Rocks Kayaking is simply unmatched.

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