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Kayak to Turnip Rock

This wonder of nature on Lake Huron is one of the best weekend getaways in Michigan


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Turnip Rock is a rocky formation that rises from the glassy water of Lake Huron in Port Austin. The surrounding land area of the rock is privately owned; thus, Turnip Rock can only be reached by water. A kayak is the easiest method to get there and embrace the views on your way.

The classic kayaking route to Turnip Rock takes about 2 to 5 hours. Besides visiting the actual rock, paddlers also see the nearby "sea" caves and the famous Thumbnail Point. Kayakers shouldn't underestimate the challenge of paddling for a few hours.

Normally kayaking season at the Turnip Rock area runs from March to mid-November. Summer is high season for kayaking to the rock; so those looking for some solitude better aim for the shoulder season in spring and fall. Rental opening and closing dates depend on the weather.

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