The scene is set, the paddle is in the water, and you are floating effortlessly. This is not a dream, this is your day of fun and adventure on the waters off Rotary Island Park! In Sault Ste. Marie, we really are incredibly fortunate to live on the beautiful St. Marys River. We are also extremely lucky to have Rotary Park as the perfect place to begin a day on the water.  

Whether exploring in a kayak or on a paddleboard, you will still have a unique perspective of the St. Marys River. Whichever you choose, the sights and sounds of the beautiful St. Marys River and nearby islands will not disappoint.

Don’t have a kayak or paddleboard? No worries! You can rent one at Bird’s Eye Outfitters or the Regional Outdoor Center at Lake Superior State University. There are opportunities to book guided tours as well. As you disembark and put your paddle in the water for the first time, take a moment and feel your stress begin to melt away. This is your time to soak up the unique sights and sounds of the Upper Peninsula.

Looking for a day of sharing the water with friends and family? The third annual Soo Ultimate Paddle Day is taking place all day Saturday, Aug. 17. It brings races, love for the outdoors and a family friendly atmosphere together for one jam-packed day of fun. For more info about Soo Ultimate Paddle Day, visit our blog on it here

There are opportunities for paddlers of all skill levels on the shores of Rotary Park. Stay close to shore and hone your paddling skills, or venture toward Voyageur Island!

Voyageur Island Area Maps

There are access docks on the south side of Rotary Park as well as on Voyageur Island. This makes launching and landing your kayak or paddleboard a breeze for any paddler.

Even though you are only less than 10 minutes from town, you will feel like you’ve discovered your own sanctuary on the river when you take time to explore the chain of small islands off the shore of Rotary Park.

The opportunities for adventure are everywhere you turn in Sault Ste. Marie. Make your trip to the Soo unforgettable with a day of exploring the St. Marys River by way of Rotary Park by kayak or paddleboard. Don’t forget to tag your photographs with #ilovethesoo on your social media so we can share in the fun! For more photos of Rotary Park, and beyond, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest