Sea Kayak Denison Falls

Lake Superior's Most Spectacular Waterfalls

Join our fully guided advanced novice-intermediate sea kayak trip from our base in Michipicoten Bay westwards on Superior to Dog River and a day hike to cascading Denison Falls and back through a Canadian shield landscape of rocky headlands and remote sandy beaches.


August 11–16, 2024


$1495 CAD

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 Trip Includes

  • Qualified Guide(s)
  • All Meals and Snacks
  • Group Safety and Communication Gear
  • Group Camping Gear

 Extra Trip Options

  • Meal Adjustment (Contact us if you wish to bring your own meals.)
  • Sea Kayak and Gear Rentals
  • Paddle Canada Level 1 sea kayak certification

Trip Description

Want to combine sea kayaking along one of Superior’s most remote sections with a day hike to one of Superior’s 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 Canadian Shield encompassing unique geological features such as diabase dikes, pillows, rocky headlands and wide sandy beaches. It’s a boreal-mixed forest with wildlife such as moose, beavers and bald eagles. Cultural features include a small collection of First Nation pictographs.

After an afternoon group paddling orientation, lodge dinner and overnight at our base, we’ll depart westwards through the Superior Highlands Conservation Reserve arriving mid trip at Dog River. There, we enjoy the day taking a steep hike inland to the spectacular Denison Falls. Whether you stay at the Lower Falls or climb to the Upper Falls you will understand why this 40m (100ft) drop of swirling cataracts was a favourite of Bill Mason, well-known Canadian filmmaker, artist and paddler.

What to Expect On Your Adventure

  • Your guide(s) are Paddle Canada and Wilderness First Aid certified, know the route, its best campsites and the stories, history and ecology.
  • You’ll have the option to be certified with the Paddle Canada level 1 sea kayak skills while on trip. Also your skills at weather interpretation and risk assessment. Also build confidence paddling in some wind and wave (when it gets rough we enjoy the view from shore).
  • Experience back-country camping and learn to pack and carry your own gear (e.g. tent, sleeping bag, and personal items)
  • There are no designated campsites. We’ve installed “Thunder boxes” box outhouses at many of our campsites.

Is this Trip for You?

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.

Although each group will travel according to its own pace, we tend to spend most of the day on the water (@6 hours) leaving lots of time for covering the distance and exploring. Lake Superior is mostly calm in summer, but when it gets rough we enjoy the view from shore.

You’ll be paddling crystal clear sweet waters with highly qualified guides, delicious meals and in the company of like minded paddlers.

Typical Trip Itinerary

Day Activity / Campsite Distance Sights & Highlights
1 Arrive for 2pm gathering, Group kayak skills/safety session, trip preparation & BBQ Rock Island, Superior Beaches, Michipicoten River
2 Minnekona Point 10km Michipicoten River, Perkwakwia Point Lighthouse
3 Dog River 15km McCoy’s Harbour, bald eagle nest
4 Dog River 15km Denison Falls, False Dog Harbour
5 Doré River 10km Makwa River, unique rock formations
6 Mid-afternoon finish Rock Island 9km Seagull Islands, Dore River Falls

Take a 360 Virtual Tour

Visit a few of the many spectacular vistas along this trip route.

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

Trip Map

Trip Photo Gallery

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