Basic Safety Course
Passing This Course Qualifies You For Unguided Rentals, 1/2 Day (3hr.)
This intensive, beginner course presents essential information, instruction, and experience that will help you manage your risk in a sea kayak. Content includes: weather, hypothermia, local hazards, equipment, basic strokes, wet exists, and rescues.
Departs daily at 8:30am and 1pm $55 pp
Confidence Course - 2 Day Extensive Safety Course
This course is an in depth study of the information presented in the Basic Safety Course with concentration on skills training and building your confidence. We've included curriculum necessary for participants who want to seek out sea kayaking certifications with the B.C.U or A.C.A.
Course Dates are by reservation only. $279pp
Paddlers Expedition - 3 Day Challenge Course
A natural follow-up to the Confidence Course, this course is designed to prepare paddlers to join expeditions & extended trips, and to access more challenging terrain. It includes a rolling session in the pool, advanced strokes, navigation, rescue work, trip planning, equipment selection, and an aggressive paddle to an island for an overnight using these skills. Course includes: instructor, equip. & overnight provisions.
Course Dates by reservation only. $479pp
Private Lessons- One on one skills instruction from one of our guides.
$35/hour (not including equipment) We can work on whatever kayak skills you want. If there are special skills, let us know ahead so we can find the right instructor for you. This is the way we normally teach eskimo rolling, as one to one is best.
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* Please make your guide aware of any pertinent medical conditions you may have -i.e. allergies, medications you're taking, etc. Also include any previous injury or illness that may present an issue during the trip.
Trips where we provide food it is essential you notify us of any food allergies or serious dislikes to prepare or adjust.
*If you have any concerns about your personal fitness level or ability to participate please consult your physician.
*We ask that all minors are accompanied by an adult on all tours.
This can be a parent/family member, scout leader or guardian.
*Guideline Age requirements: Mostly restricted by size rather than age. Must be able to reach foot pegs & handle front of a double kayak in wind.
Sea Caves and Island Paddles
8-13 yrs. in a triple kayak with 2 adults
14-17 yrs. will be paired biggest with smallest
8-11 yrs in triple kayak with 2 adults
12-14 yrs. each paired with 1 adult in double kayak
14 -17 yrs. will be paired biggest with smallest.
*Please remember that if you are late for a trip you are not the only one affected. If you are late and miss the trip there is NO REFUND.
Your promptness affects everyone's time on the water. Please plan accordingly.
*We cannot control the weather.
Occasionally we are forced to alter our trip routes. Our guides will make determinations based on conditions and have complete authority to alter trip as needed. Please be understanding. This is for your safety.
*We recommend all participants acquire travel insurance to cover emergency medical situations, evacuations, or unforeseen last minute cancellations. We have limited seats and our trips generally fill. Once you book your seats they are secure and not available to other willing customers. Our cancellation policy is strict. If you cancel last minute there is no refund. The purchase of a private short-term travelers insurance policy may put you at ease in the event you would need to recoup canceled trip costs.
*Please have a good understanding of our cancellation policy and alternate trip option. You may view it and the AOR on our contact page....finally,..did we mention,........We can't control the weather.
Trips include: Basic instruction, guide, equip, and provided lunch.
Basswood Island- 8 miles round trip. Features an open water crossing from our beach in Bayfield to Basswood Island. Once out there we stop for the included lunch, take an adventure hike through an old farmstead, check out the historic brownstone quarry, or view the famous "Honeymoon Rock" formation then paddle back.
Departs Daily at 9am $119 pp
Sand Island - Also around 8 miles round trip. Features an open water crossing from Little Sand Bay to Sand Island. Once there we stop for the included lunch, take a peak at the historic brownstone lighthouse, paddle through the island's wonderful section of sea caves then back to Little Sand Bay. Also, includes shuttle service to/from LSB to Bayfield.
Departs Daily at 8am $119 pp
* Basswood may be alternate for full day Sea Caves or Sand Island trip in poor weather conditions -guide determined.
Bay of Treasures- Full Day Adventure
Experience the quiet magic of a backwater estuary. Explore channels of the Bark Bay Slough area until you reach the open water of Lake Superior where a small sea cave awaits. This area is teaming with interesting plants, shorebirds, and wildlife. You may witness turtles, beaver, otters, osprey, eagles, and more in this naturally protected environment. A wonderfully sheltered spot to enjoy nature and enjoy kayaking even when the big Lake is too windy or wavy.
Departs Daily at 9am $119 pp
Cliffs and Wreck- 1/2 Day Adventure
This 3 Hour tour will take you back in time as we launch right from our beach & head south of Bayfield past the marina- waving to those on the dock or the ferry. You will paddle over and around a shipwreck providing an interesting photo opportunity. We continue down the shoreline to check out the beautiful red sandstone cliffs and listen to the guides tell stories, history, and geology about this area. Then turn around and head back. A great introduction into kayaking.
Departs Daily at 8:30 am and 1 pm $60 pp
* Please click on attached printable follow ups for more details such as itinerary & personal gear recommendations. We want you to be ready for your Apostle Islands Sea Caves day trip or overnight adventure. Also please read considerations at the bottom of this page. ALL GUIDED TRIPS USE & INCLUDE TANDEM KAYAKS FOR SAFETY. Basswood or Bay Of Treasures may be alternate for full day Apostle Island Sea Caves or Sand Island trip in poor weather conditions -guide determined.
Don't be fooled by the so-called Red Cliff and Madeline Island "sea caves". We go to the mainland Sea Caves in the National Park near Meyers Beach. The best and the biggest caves in the region!
Experience sculptured cliffs & red sandstone caves along a beautiful stretch of the mainland. Amazing naturally carved out rock by the mighty Lake Superior! Enjoy paddling through grand archways, neat little tunnels, and into a large crack formation. It's truly an unforgettable adventure!
Full Day- 7 miles (6.5 hr) round trip exploring the full stretch of the mainland sea cave section.
Includes basic instruction, guide, equip., van shuttle service to & from launch site. Enjoy a provided lunch 1/2 way through your journey on a remote beach- a perfect opportunity to stretch your legs, swim, and relax.
Departs Daily 9AM(returning around 3:30pm) & 11AM (returning around 5:30pm) $119 pp
1/2 Day- 3.5 mile (3hr.) round trip. Includes basic instruction, guide & equip, no lunch.
An excellent option for those wishing to tour 1/2 the section of these natural wonders due to a limited time schedule or fitness level. Participants need to pick up personal fit wetsuit and PFD at our Bayfield shop at least 1hr. before departure. Participants provide their own transportation to the Meyers Beach launch site. The guide will meet you there with kayak equip. to begin tour.
Departs Daily 8:30am, 11:45am, 12:30pm & 3:45pm $60 pp
* All overnights include meals,snacks & beverages, guide, kayak equipment, PFD's and safety gear, wetsuits, camping permits, cooking gear, water filtration, van shuttles to or from land put-ins /take-outs, and outfitting with tents and sleeping pads.
* All overnights begin at 8:45AM with the included Basic Safety Course that will allow you to rent with us in the future ($50 value).
* Overnights listed below run routinely with one guide & up to 6 participants. If you have more than 6 in your group please refer to our group/custom program pricing.
* Overnight departure days can be adjusted with a group of 4 or more
Apostle Islands Overnight
Introduction To Kayak Camping, 2 days
A perfect introduction to sea kayak touring & camping or those with only the weekend to get away.
Depending on NPS permit, We may explore the Sea Caves and lighthouse on Sand Island, or the Brownstone quarry & "Honeymoon Rock" on Basswood Island. All will get the chance to go hiking on pristine beaches or along forest trails among the abundant wildlife. Relax by the campfire, have a smore, and enjoy spending the evening on a remote island.
This trip is well within the ability of beginners and young families.
Departs Saturday morning and returns Sunday late afternoon. $289 pp
Paddle Through Time
Our most popular overnight adventure, 3 days
You become part of Lake Superior's richness as we paddle out for two nights of camping each night on a different island. Depending on NPS permits, we may explore rugged shorelines/ sea caves, lighthouses or shipwrecks. Then when at camp, hike wilderness trails to discover what each island has to offer, relax on the beach, or sit by the fire. A great introduction to the cultural, geological, and natural history of the area. This trip generally covers about 25-30 miles of paddling over the 3 days. Ideal for beginner to intermediate paddlers with moderate physical condition.
Departs Friday morning and Return Sunday late afternoon. $415 pp
Island Base Camp
A Family and Exploritory Adventure, 4 days
By using an established base camp we eliminate the ritual setting up, taking down, and packing of overnight camping gear. This provides us with more time and energy to explore or pop over to nearby islands to view their highlights. During this four day/3 night trip there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, learning about Ojibwa history, work on kayaking skills, go fishing, or any other fun relaxing things you would like to do. Not daily carrying the extra gear weight makes this trip great for young families too.
Departs Monday morning and returns Thursday afternoon. $505 pp
Wild Island Escape
An Intermediate Level Outer Island Loop, 5 days
If you're looking for more remote wilderness, bigger water, and have a moderate amount of kayaking experience, this trip is for you. You may enjoy Michigan Island's old growth forests and historical lighthouses as well as Outer Island's secluded beaches, lagoons, and expansive hiking trails. These islands are less visited and more wild creating a truly singular experience.
Departs Sunday morning and returns Thursday afternoon $595 pp
Devil's Island Rendezvous
Our most Advanced Trip, 6 days
Circumnavigate the Apostle Islands while stopping at all the best spots: The most expansive section of sea caves at Devils Island, the sand spit & lagoon on Outer Island, The lighthouse on Michigan Island, the fish camp on Manitou Island, the quarries on Hermit Island, and the "singing sands" beaches of Stockton Island to name a few. This trip really hits all the highlights this area has to offer but is a lot of paddling so moderately good physical condition is required.
Departs Sunday and returns Friday $725 pp
Apostle Island Photo Workshop
Novice to Experienced Photography Enthusiasts, 4 days
This photo workshop combines the art of photography with four days of kayaking. Ever want to know how to capture professional looking photos? Let our professional photographer give you in depth tips and techniques on how to capture the beauty of the Apostle Islands. The serene beaches, spectacular sea caves, majestic white pines, historic lighthouses, and an abundance of wildlife all provide excellent subject matter for this trip.
Participant slide show at our gear shop will finish the course allowing for further discussion and recap.
Departs with a minimum of four participants with a custom date reservation. $895 pp