There is a hidden gem on the St. Marys River that takes you to a place where you will feel like you are on your own private island. You will have a front row seat to the passing freighters and have the chorus of birds as your soundtrack. The beauty of this retreat is that it is only a 30 minute kayak paddle from Rotary Park in the Soo!
There are even two launch points to choose from to begin your kayak excursion! Head eastward on Portage Avenue (which becomes Riverside Drive) to Rotary Park and launch your vessel from the dock there. Or, keep heading east on Riverside Drive and launch from the Harvey Marina.
Once you reach the dock on Voyageur Island, take this opportunity on the secluded and serene island to slow down.
The path will vary from boardwalk to rustic walking trails, but that is the charm that makes the island so special. As you traverse the semi-wilderness take a moment to look more closely at the trail. You may see deer tracks or even moose tracks!
There are a few featured comforts on the island to help you feel at home. There is a compost restroom and many benches to rest and get the perfect photo of passing freighters and wildlife on the river.
Follow the easy to read trail maps along the way to find the various wildlife viewing platforms and the best sites to get amazing views of the passing freighters on the St. Marys River.
Watching a freighter pass the island is definitely an experience to remember.
There is something to be said about experiencing the St. Marys River from land and from the water. The ability to quietly paddle through its crystal clear water brings you so close to nature and the true spirit of Sault Ste. Marie. Take a few moments to gaze at the reflection of the sky on the surface of the water as you float along the river. You’ll find the stress from the hustle and bustle of everyday life melt away.
The wild nature of the Upper Peninsula is encompassed in these waters and islands along the St. Marys. Make your trip Up North a memorable one with a day trip by kayak (or paddle board!) to Voyageur Island. Don’t forget to tag your photographs with #ilovethesoo on your social media so we can share in the fun! For more photos of Voyageur Island and beyond follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.