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Expert Guides, New Kayak Fleet Treats MMR Visitors to the History, Beauty and Wonder of Marquette

MARQUETTE, Mich. (Aug. 3, 2022) — Marquette Mountain Resort launches its highly anticipated Lake Superior kayaking tours on Aug. 6, featuring expert guides and a new fleet of sea kayaks to take guests on educational adventures and further expanding the resort’s offerings as a true all-seasons destination.

“Kayaking Lake Superior, especially off the shores of Marquette, provides an unforgettable adventure and creates new perspectives on the natural beauty and history of our great community and the lake it shares,” said Kaet Johnson, General Manager of Marquette Mountain Resort. “We’re initially offering two different tours, exploring key areas of the lake and the Marquette shoreline, providing enjoyable, educational experiences for both beginner and advanced paddlers.”

Marquette Mountain Resort’s proposal to conduct paddle sports concessionaire operations was approved by the City of Marquette earlier this year. Guests can make kayak tour reservations through the resort in person and online. Johnson noted that interest in the tours is high and guests should book their tour as early as possible, as availability is limited.

“Kayaking is a natural addition to the many activities and amenities we offer guests. With two different tour packages, it’s designed to serve the needs of both families and those seeking an adventure-sport challenge,” Johnson said. “So regardless of the season, guests can relax or push themselves on our various and unique kayak tours, ski runs, downhill mountain bike trails and hiking routes.”

Guests will be shuttled from the resort to the kayak launch site and back. Tour guides will provide comprehensive safety tutorials and basic kayaking use, as well as Leave No Trace outdoor environmental principles.

Kayak tours feature one guide for every five tandem kayaks with a maximum of 10 craft per tour. They are offered daily, with a morning excursion from 9 a.m. to noon and another from noon to 3 p.m. Guests are provided with most everything to enjoy their tours, including spray skirts, paddles, life vests and dry bags to store meals and personal belongings.

While Johnson said more tours may be added in the future, the resort’s current tours include:

Presque Isle – Ideal for casual or inexperienced paddlers, including families with children. Kayakers launch from (and return to) the Middle Beach Shiras Pool Drainage Basin and circumnavigate Presque Isle (turning back at the lighthouse/breakwall), while taking in the scenic Black Rocks area and cliffline on the eastern side of the historic isle

Historical Waterfront – This tour takes kayakers of all experience levels along the waterfront of downtown Marquette. Highlights include historical landmarks such as Founder’s Landing, the Lower Harbor Ore Dock and the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse. This tour launches from Founder’s Landing and ends at McCarty’s Cove.

Marquette Mountain Resort is a privately owned, year-round resort where visitors can slide, ride, fish and hike on over 300 acres of forested and rugged Precambrian bedrock formations with views of Lake Superior. Access to the mountain is available with a day or season pass. Marquette Mountain Resort also provides full-suspension mountain bikes for rent and hosts guided historical tours of Marquette by kayak. Tours, rentals, day and season passes can be purchased online at

Derek Smith
Communications Specialist
(262) 513-6450, x-3250