Sea Kayak Denison Falls

Lake Superior's Most Spectacular Waterfall

Trip Description:

Guided six-day sea kayaking trip with five days kayaking, five nights camping and a half-day kayak instruction.

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Want to combine sea kayaking along one of Superior’s most remote sections with a day hike to one of Superior most remote and awe-inspiring waterfalls? Our Denison Falls weekly escape by sea kayak is for you.

This trip traces the Lake Superior coast of the Superior Highlands Conservation Reserve, a large swath of land encompassing unique geological features such as diabase dikes, pillows and kettles, a boreal-mixed forest and wildlife such as moose, beavers, bear and bald eagles. Cultural features include a small collection of First Nation Ojibwa pictographs.

After group paddling instruction at our base we’ll depart westwards through the Superior Highlands Conservation Reserve arriving mid trip at Dog River. There, we take a day hiking inland to the spectacular Denison Falls, a favourite of well-known Canadian filmmaker, artist and paddler Bill Mason. It’s a 40m (100ft) drop of swirling cataracts.

Trip features include stellar Canadian Shield formations, crystal clear sweet water paddling and the company of highly qualified guide and delicious meals. There are no designated campsites and the coast is a mix of sand/gravel beaches interspersed by rocky outcrops.

This trip is designed for novice through to intermediate paddlers. While no previous sea kayaking experience is required, your enjoyment will be enhanced if you are in good physical condition and comfortable with backcountry camping.

Your enjoyment will be enhanced if you are in good physical condition and comfortable with wilderness camping. Lake Superior is mostly calm in summer, but when it gets rough we enjoy the view from shore.

Although each group will travel according to its own pace, we tend to spend most of the day on the water leaving lots of time for covering the distance and exploring.

You will be responsible for carrying a portion of the group gear in your kayak, as well as your tent, sleeping bag and personal gear. 

Typical Trip Itinerary

1Arrive for 2pm gathering, Group kayak skills/safety session, trip preparation & BBQ Rock Island, Superior Beaches, Michipicoten River
2Minnekona Point10kmMichipicoten River, Perkwakwia Point Lighthouse
3Dog River15kmMcCoy’s Harbour, bald eagle nest
4Dog River15kmDenison Falls, False Dog Harbour
5Dore River10kmMakwa River, unique rock formations
6Mid-afternoon finish Rock Island9kmSeagull Islands, Dore River Falls

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Denison Falls Lower Denison Falls Dog River Campsite McCoy's Harbour Doré River

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