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Top 5 Prettiest Places for Paddle Boarding in the Midwest USA

Girls Who Travel | Top Five Prettiest Places for Paddle Boarding in the Midwest

SUP enthusiasts should head to the middle America! Paddle boarding in the Midwest is something to add to your bucket list. While there might be other extravagant cities outside of the country on that bucket list, plenty of opportunities for adventure are still waiting for you in the U.S. Plus, you seek to get out of your comfort zone and see more of nature in its unscathed form while.

Top Five Prettiest Places for Paddle Boarding in the Midwest

Girls Who Travel | Top Five Prettiest Places for Paddle Boarding in the Midwest

Push yourself to see new sights outside of your typical travels. Read about the top five prettiest places for paddle boarding in the Midwestern United States below.

1. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore of Lake Superior consists of 21 islands perfect for paddling. Their arrangement is ideal as you can paddle from island to island while witnessing stunning landscapes and wildlife.

One of the wonderful features that attract adventurers to the Apostle Islands is the sea caves. Paddle board past the gorgeous formations. Remember to view them from a distance rather than enter the caves to keep yourself safe on the water.

2. The Upper Dells of the Wisconsin River

Girls Who Travel | Top Five Prettiest Places for Paddle Boarding in the Midwest

There’s another Wisconsin body of water that you can’t pass up: the upper and lower dells divide the famous Wisconsin River.

The Upper Dells are perfect for nature lovers. The cliffs rise high above the water beside towering trees. Plenty of channels are open to explore. Not to mention, it’s a peaceful river that’s ideal for stand-up paddle boarding.

3. Huntington Mine Lake in Minnesota

The Cuyuna State Recreation Area is a popular location for mountain biking, but that’s not all it has to offer. The site was once used for mining. But today, the abandoned mining pits resulted in gorgeous bodies of water perfect for recreational purposes.

Paddle boarders are welcome to explore the crystal-clear water of Huntington Mine Lake and admire the vibrant mountain scenes. You’ll also see fish species like Bluegill, Rainbow Trout, and Hybrid Sunfish.

4. The Chippewa River in Michigan

Girls Who Travel | Top Five Prettiest Places for Paddle Boarding in the Midwest

Some folks call the Chippewa River a natural lazy river. The clear water and serene environment are ideal for a wide range of paddle boarding skills.

The water moves at a slow pace, so it might be the perfect location to try stand-up paddleboard yoga! The peaceful environment will give you the space to clear your mind, enjoy the scenery, and try something new.

5. Starved Rock State Park in Illinois

Girls Who Travel | Top Five Prettiest Places for Paddle Boarding in the Midwest

The North American Midwest is abundant with pretty places for paddle boarding. One of the most amazing locations you’ll find in Illinois is the lakes of Starved Rock State Park.

The park is just outside of Chicago along the Illinois River. Observe dazzling waterfalls, sandstone bluffs, and even catch a glimpse of wildlife along the bank.

The opportunities for adventure are endless! So, brush off your paddle board, don your favorite swim gear, and hit the road! Which Midwestern U.S. location will you visit next?

Dianne Pajo

Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.

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