Meet Brock! This is his first year here at Northern Waters. In his off-time, Brock enjoys whitewater rafting, surfing, and watching Netflix to even out all that activity! He is a recent graduate of NMU’s Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management program and hopes to travel the country through seasonal work before making his way into the National Parks Service. Whether it’s on Lake Superior or a river somewhere in the U.P, catch Brock out on the water to say hello!
Carl brought commercial kayaking to Pictured Rocks twenty-six years ago. After extensive white-water and sea kayaking, he strives to continue improving the quality of the trips we offer every year. Carl is active in many summer and winter outdoor activities. He loves the snowy weather that arrives in Munising, Michigan every year. Look for Carl at the shop and ask him anything about the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and the local town of Munising, MI.
Chelsie is a second year guide with us. She is a graduate of the Upper Peninsula's Northern Michigan University and travels across the U.S. working seasonal jobs. She hopes to work in Conservation Education some day. Chelsie loves animals and enjoys crafting, surfing, hiking, rock climbing and of course, kayaking. Come join us on a tour and meet Chelsie!
Say hello to Colleen! She is from Rochester Hills, Michigan and has recently graduated from WMU with a degree in recreation and sport management. This is her first season with us here at Northern Waters. She has always maintained an active lifestyle playing soccer all through college! Currently, she is training for a marathon.
This is Haden's third season at Northern Waters Adventure from Johnsburg, IL. Haden is a senior at Northern Michigan University and is studying Outdoor Recreation and Leadership Management with a minor in Wildland Firefighting and Sustainability. Haden enjoys playing in the outdoors and photography. He is slowly becoming a world traveler and hopes to see you on an adventure!
Henry has worked for Northern Waters Adventures for five seasons. He enjoys kayaking and camping trips for weeks at a time working in a piecewise circumnavigation of Lake Superior. He has been sea kayaking since 1990 and is an American Canoe Association Coastal Kayaking Instructor. He teaches in symposiums all around Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota and has been doing so since 2004. When not on the water Henry also loves to hike and snowshoe.
Jeff is our main driver this season. He has been in this area since ‘93 and is originally from SE Michigan. He has a love for the outdoors and has spent many days hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, and gardening. He’s also a weather spotter for the NOAA. His wide range of occupations range from playing keyboard and bass guitar in a band to driving school busses for 12 years and substitute teaching! He graduated from Western Michigan University as an engineer.
This is Joe's seventh season at Northern Waters Adventures. During the school year Joe teaches in Menominee, MI. (a province of the southern Upper Peninsula). Guiding, instructing, and surfing are Joe's kayaking passions. He believes that community and connectedness are essential to any on water experience. If you have any questions on local breweries, give Joe a shout!
Nancy is a lifelong resident of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She has lived in Munising for the past twenty years and worked here at Northern Waters for three seasons. She has a background in insurance, banking, animal care and customer service. She loves to hike, ride horses, berry picking and sharing the beauty of the outdoors with others. She has an extensive knowledge of the area and other experiences to enjoy in Pictured Rocks. If you have any questions about the area, ask Nancy!
Paul is a true yooper and has only ever lived in Munising! He is studying advertising management at Michigan State University. He plays the guitar, ukulele, and the bongos. He is well acquainted with the area so feel free to ask him all about our beautiful pictured rocks! If you ever need a music or netflix recommendations on a moments notice, he’s your guy.
Say hi to Van! He was born and raised in Munising. He’s a student at Northern Michigan University studying aviation maintenance engineering. He loves to bike and kayak in the summer and ski in the winter. During the off seasons for Northern Waters, he works at the local ski hill. If you see him around, he’d be glad to help you with navigating the UP and figuring out what to do while you’re in town!