September 23 – 24 | Straits of Mackinac, Mackinaw City, MI

Adventure Learning Weekend

The Straits area offers multiple amazing paddling opportunities. There are options for open-water crossings under the Mackinac Bridge or across to Mackinac Island.  Wilderness Point and the nearby Dark Sky Park offer great environments for developing skills.

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Cost: $350

Location: Straits of Mackinac, Mackinaw City, MI

Lodging: Camping is available at nearby Wilderness State Park. Multiple hotel options exist on both sides of the bridge.  Launch sites will be determined based on wind, waves and weather forecasts.

Communication: expect an email as the event draws closer with more details – any specific questions can be emailed to

What's Included

We provide low-ratio professional coaching and access to demo boats and demo paddles.

*Note – lodging and food are on your own


There are several paddling options available in the area of the Straits. In addition to the group goals and desired outcomes, we will determine the plan for the weekend based on the current conditions of wind, waves, and weather.  We may cross the Straits under the Mackinac Bridge, paddle out to Mackinac Island for circumnavigation, surf, or explore Wilderness Point and the nearby Dark Sky Park.

ACA and BC Awards

The Straits area is a perfect venue for those looking to pursue the ACA Level 3 Skills Award or the British Canoeing Sea Kayak Award (formerly BCU 3 Star). We will have the opportunity for training for both awards and if we have conditions we could incorporate an assessment during the weekend. Contact us prior to the weekend if this is something you would be interested in. Email:

*Additional BC fees apply for a successful assessment.

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Amazing conditions and great opportunity to practice skills with other paddlers and responsive coaches

Great weekend of paddling in an unique environment.

Crossing under the bridge was amazing but the skills and confidence I gained working with the coaches in my group was invaluable.