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Sec. of State Ruth Johnson to Kayak from Mackinac Island to Mainland


Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is making a seven-mile kayak trip from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City on Friday, May 31st.

Weather permitting, Johnson will be in her personal 18-foot kayak for the trip across the straits which could take up to three hours. The Hobie Cat in which she will be travelling will be covered in decals promoting things like the Pure Michigan license plate and organ donation. The kayak is powered by paddles, pedals and will also be outfitted with a sail that highlights

In a news release Johnson said “let’s hope our Pure Michigan weather cooperates as we kick off the summer season. We simply don’t have enough money to really advertise our convenient online services so we had to be creative.” Johnson noted that department staffing levels are 25 percent below what they were a decade ago.

Johnson is partnering with the Michigan DNR and Shepler’s Ferry for the trip dubber “Kayakinac” by her team. The kayak will go on to make appearances throughout Michigan this summer, including the Traverse City Cherry Festival parade.

Those interested in following Johnson’s travels can track her progress on the official Secretary of State Twitter feed at and Facebook at

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