Welcome to Rowleys Bay!
Emphasis on Outdoor Activities
To the northwest of Rowleys Bay Resort lies the Mink River, one of the few unspoiled estuaries in the Great Lakes system. Bordered by protected Nature Conservancy property, the river flows through coniferous swamps, a large marsh and empties into Lake Michigan at Rowleys Bay. On a boat, canoe or kayak trip, you’ll see blue-joint grass, willow, dogwood, alder shrubs, bulrush, wild rice, cattails, bur-reed, water lilies, osier, dwarf lake iris and dune thistle. The north side of Rowleys Bay is bordered by Newport State Park, with Sand Bay Park providing a southern border, accessible via the resort’s five miles of hiking trails.
Birders can enjoy four-season bird watching on the Mink River Estuary and the resort’s never-frozen bay. An estimated 200 species pass through annually, including bitterns, great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, sedge wrens, yellow rails, northern harriers, marsh hawks, blue-winged teal, loons, black ducks, red-breasted mergansers,swans, sandhill cranes and bald eagles. On any given day you will see a variety of birds using the bay as a landing strip.
Rowleys Bay Resort’s marina and DNR launch provide direct access to legendary Four Foot Shoal, one of the best places to catch trophy king salmon in Lake Michigan. Other fish found in the waters include steelhead, brown and rainbow trout, northern pike, perch, walleye and small-mouth bass. The launch area also is a quick getaway to Lake Michigan and the Mink River for aqua adventures such as kayaking, canoeing, sailing and windsurfing.
If you don’t want to travel with all your gear, or just want to try a new sport, a variety of rentals are available just outside the resort’s front door. DC Adventure Center offers kayak tours, a 500-foot Adventure zipline through our forest canopy, and stand up paddleboard (SUP) rentals and tours of the Mink River. Seaquist Segway will take you off-road on a tour of our expansive trail system, and fishermen can hook up with Captain Tim Guckenberg and his Reel Addictions Charters. For landlubbers there is volleyball and basketball.