Michigan's Upper Peninsula Kayak Trip Day 4 July 28, 2012

Les Cheneaux Islands Day 2

 Saturday morning Carla, Sally and I woke up early so we could get back to Loon's Point to shower and  pack up after the night on Government Island. John and Ed decided to paddle a while longer.
 John and I had planned to leave for home Saturday night while the others would stay until Sunday. But Deb's back was bothering her, so she was finished kayaking. Ed was at her mercy since he rode up with her. Sally decided to leave early to visit her sister, and Carla needed to get home to to take care of some problems. So John and I ended up being the only ones left to paddle.

We drove to a boat launch in Cedarville since we needed to be out of the campground by 11:00. We paddled into the west end of Cedarville Bay and headed south to the Lurie Bay and Little La Salle Island 

Stopped for lunch on Little La Salle Island. Water level was very low in the bay.

 Paddling around the reeds in Duck Bay on Marquette Island.

 We found ourselves in the middle of a sailboat regatta in Muscallonge Bay. Had to dodge boats for a while. Luckily the race was finished so we didn't interfere with them.
Boat house with living quarters above. Nice idea.

Got off the water about 3:00. Temperature was around 85 degrees, and the speed boats more numerous, so we decided to leave. Can't wait to come back here next year. This was definitely a memorable trip.

Miles paddled today: 10.5. Year to date: 160 miles. I might make it to 250 miles yet.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula Kayak Trip Day 3 July 27, 2012

Les Cheneaux Islands

We got up Friday morning to a forecast that didn't look favorable to kayak Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. So we made the decision to drive to Cedarville to paddle around the Les Cheneaux Islands, which was our original plan. So we thanked our host for putting up with us for the last few days, and left with an open invitation to come back and kayak anytime. We will definitely take him up on that. We are already planning next years trip.
We set up camp at Loon's Point Campground, although most of us planned on camping on Government Island. It looked like a nice small, friendly place.
We packed up our kayaks with camping gear and food for an overnight stay on the island. 

Setting out on Cedarville Bay to begin exploring the open waters at the north end of Lake Huron.
Lots of houses and cottages on most of the islands. Reminds me of Cape Cod.

Boat traffic was low, as we kept out of the busier channels.

Lots of wooden motor boats in the area, as this was where the old Chris Craft boats were built. Some of the craftsmanship of the boats was very stunning. I have always admired these old wooden boats.
John C and I paddled around the east side of Island #8 while Deb, Carla, Sally and Ed paddled the west side.

Government Island- no houses or roads here. Very thickly forested.
We landed at the north end campsite on Government Island and took a look around.

We set up camp in the clearing, with a couple of picnic tables and fire ring provided. 
John, Sally, and Carla, decided to hike the island, and Deb decided to sleep back at Loon's Point in the comfort of her motor home. Ed's back was bothering him, and my knee was sore, so we stayed in camp.
We set out on Scammon Cove after supper at about 8:30 to watch the sunset over the islands.
We paddled to the south end of the island hoping for a view of the sunset over the water. But the waves were a little larger than we liked in the open waters of Lake Huron, so we stayed closer to the shore.

  Looking at the campsite at the south end, we realized we should have explored more before deciding on a campsite.  It was a lot more peaceful at the south end since there were no other islands close by. Next year we will have to remember that.
 Penny Island at the southern tip of Government Island. Very rocky terrain, unlike Government Island.

The sunset was great over the island. Sally and Carla did venture out this far to see it.

Our futile attempt at a campfire. After we turned in for the night, the fire came to life.

Miles paddled today: 6.75. Year to date: 149.5 miles.