Explore the Lake Michigan Water Trail in Lake County

Explore the Lake Michigan Water Trail this summer at one or more of the following events! Enjoy the trail by paddling on Lake Michigan in large, guided, beginner-appropriate voyageur canoes, and learn about opportunities for recreation, education, and stewardship along Illinois’ northern Lake Michigan coast!

All events are free and include beginner-friendly paddling experiences and other family friendly activities. People of all ages, skill levels, and abilities are welcome – bring your family and connect to Lake Michigan! Life vests and paddles will be provided.

All skill levels welcome! Family friendly activities
Kayaking for Ages 10+ (7+ with a parent)

Explore the Lake Michigan Water Trail in Lake County

Explore the Lake Michigan Water Trail this summer at one or more of the following events! Enjoy the trail by paddling on Lake Michigan in large, guided, beginner-appropriate voyageur canoes, and learn about opportunities for recreation, education, and stewardship along Illinois’ northern Lake Michigan coast!

All events are free and include beginner-friendly paddling experiences and other family friendly activities. People of all ages, skill levels, and abilities are welcome – bring your family and connect to Lake Michigan! Life vests and paddles will be provided.

All skill levels welcome!  Family friendly activities
Kayaking and Canoeing for all ages

Paddle the Lake Michigan Water Trail

Explore the Lake Michigan Water Trail with Openlands! Openlands is pleased to be co-hosting several paddling events this summer in Lake County. Enjoy Lake Michigan in large, guided, beginner-appropriate voyageur canoes, and learn about opportunities for recreation, education, and stewardship along Illinois’ northern coast! People of all ages, skill levels, and abilities are welcome – bring your family and connect to Lake Michigan! 

In addition, there will also be guided tours of natural areas and other family friendly activities such as fishing, provided by local partners. These events and all activities are free and no registration is required. Learn more about the events…

Let us know if you are planning to bring a large group! We can help with scheduling and travel. Contact paddle@openlands.org.

 Ready to explore the water trails of northeastern Illinois for yourself? Then check out PaddleIllinoisWaterTrails.org! Covering over 500 miles of water trails across 10 waterways, this new guide provides rich information about paddling, including step-by-step trips along each trail.