Boat Shuttles
A guide for the independent paddler.

Boat Shuttles

Boat shuttles allow paddlers to access some of Lake Superior’s most remote areas in a safe, time-effective manner. Popular destinations for sea kayakers include Michipicoten Island and the Slate Islands. Whitewater canoeists and kayakers frequently hire boat pick-ups at the mouth of the Pukaskwa and Dog rivers to eliminate the long flatwater journey back to civilization. Most backpackers in Pukaskwa National Park employ a boat shuttle to access the Coastal Trail’s remote southern trailhead.

We rely on McCuaig Marine Services for our Pukaskwa Park boat shuttles. Contact us if you need assistance.

McCuaig Marine Services

(Heron Bay/Marathon, Ont.; remote service available in Michipicoten/Wawa, Ont.)
Contact: Keith McCuaig, phone (705) 206-2758; email; or Facebook.
Fees: Prices are quoted on a per-trip basis, minimum three hours.
Service area: Specializes in Pukaskwa National Park, Michipicoten Islands. Service to Slate Islands also available.
Vessel: 30-foot aluminium landing-craft catamaran, designed and built to Transport Canada and U.S. Coast Guard standards as a small passenger vessel.
Cruising speed: 25 knots. Vessel, operators and service certified by Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard.
Capacity: 12 passengers and eight sea kayaks.

Bluebird Charters

(Terrace Bay, Ont.)
Contact: Come & Kinda Castonguay, phone 807-824-3353; 
Service Area: Specializes in Slate Islands.
Capacity: Bluebird Charter Boat is equipped to carry 6 kayaks or 3 canoes and a total of 6 people with camping gear.

Northern Phin Charters

(Terrace Bay, Ont.)
Contact: Gary Salesse, phone (807) 825-9685 or (807) 823-0048
Service Area: Specializes in Slate Islands.
Vessel: 26-foot Seaswirl Offshore.
Capacity: Up to three sea kayaks or two canoes and paddlers