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A Refreshing Stop at Arch Rock

A Refreshing Stop at Arch Rock

One of the most beautiful views on our island is that of Arch Rock, a short hike, ride, or paddle from Hotel Iroquois. The dynamic shoreline of Mackinac Island offers plenty to see, but any trip would be incomplete without a stop at this iconic spot on the eastern side of the Island.

Perhaps one of the best ways to experience Arch Rock is to take your kayak out into the straits. Whether you want to join a tour group before your journey or prefer to enjoy the peace and quiet alone, a kayak rental is the optimum way to interactively explore the rich environment above and below the swells.

If you choose to embark on the tour, you’ll also have access to a local and knowledgeable tour guide, who can offer insight on the many wonders you’ll encounter on the trip. Learn about the mysterious and beautiful Rock Maze just beneath Mackinac Island’s calm waters, and keep an eye on the tree-spotted shoreline for local birds and wildlife. Let your tour guide teach you about the unique and lush history of the Island as you coast over stunning underwater caves. Take a breath from paddling to snorkel and see these formations up close.

If you have enough time, bring your kayak ashore below Arch Rock and hike the short way up for the breathtaking view. Get a breath of fresh air, take in the swaying trees, and, if it’s the right time, an unrivaled view of the sun setting on the west side of the Island.

If you’re not fond of water sports, there are other ways to get out to Arch Rock which are just as exciting. Make Arch Rock one of your many stops along a horse-drawn carriage tour of the Island, or enjoy a 30 minute hike out to the shoreline.

Whichever way you make it back to Hotel Iroquois, enjoy the flexibility the Island has to offer, and sit down for lunch or a few beers after your rewarding day.

Address: Arch Rock, Mackinac Island, MI 49757