PADDLING FOR OVER 30 YEARS!
Trek and Trail was founded in 1978 by Mary and Greg Sweval. It began as a XC ski shop in Bessemer, MI and also provided winter adventure. In 1986 it opened a retail store and sea kayaking center in Bayfield providing trips and education among the Apostle Islands.
T&T also had kayaking centers in Door County & Duluth, ran international trips to Mexico and Lake Biakal and offered dog sled rides in Bayfield during the winter. T&T scaled back over the years as Greg moved on to other ventures. Mary solely continued T&T and concentrated on growing the Bayfield location. Scott Kluver and Rob & Lynn Riemer, who have all been guides and staff for T&T for many years, acquired T&T in 2014 when Mary decided to retire. They have a deep rooted passion to keep T&T going strong for many years to come. They are officially KR Kayaking LLC DBA Trek and Trail.
Why are we the best?
We are the original sea kayak tour company for this area, and the only one conveniently located right in Bayfield, with 30 yrs of safely running kayaking trips within the Apostle Islands.
We have expertly trained guides & friendly staff.
We use safe, sturdy, roto-molded tandem kayaks for our adventures & have high quality plastic or fiberglass kayaks & gear available for rent.
We have the best location- right in the city of Bayfield! We're in the "Cooperage" an 1800's building on the National Historic Registry which includes a small museum in house. We're right next to the Madeline Island Ferry dock in downtown Bayfield.
We have a beautiful sandy beach to launch and do our instruction from.
We are now offering 1/2 day sea cave tours for those with limited time.
Our included lunches and overnight meals are specially catered from a city of Bayfield eatery offering many fresh & local ingredients helping support our local economy and farmers.
We have a fully stocked retail store carrying all items you might need or may have forgotten to bring for camping or kayaking, and even Mt.bikes for rent to ride around Bayfield.
We carry name brand gear such as Patagonia, TEVA, Snap Dragon, Seattle Sports, NRS, MTI, etc. and have plenty of momentos to bring back with you.
New and used kayaks are always for sale from Current Designs, Necky, and P&H. Also new and used paddles from Werner & Lendal as well as all other necessary gear such as wet suits, PFD's, safety equipment, and car racks.
Come live & play in the northwoods for a summer of fun on the shores of the mighty Lake Superior!
Our hiring process is ongoing with the largest thrust happening between January-April. We accept resumes year round.
Positions we are looking to fill are for: Full sea kayak guide, Assistant sea kayak guide, Outfitting/Shuttle Driver, and Reservations/Retail. Pay is based on experience.
If interested send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: P.O. Box 832 Bayfield, WI 54814, call, or send a message from the contact page and we will get back to you with an employment package.
THE APOSTLE ISLANDS NATIONAL LAKESHORE
The best place to find information about the Islands is the NPS website: www.nps.gov/apis/index.htm
There are 22 Apostle Islands but only 21 make up the Apostle Island National Lakeshore. (Populated Madeline Island is the only exception.) Many Islands are designated as part of the Gaylord Nelson Wilderness Area with back-country permits.
In this National Park there are 6 historic lighthouses, untold miles of beautiful sand beaches, over 20 miles of sandstone cliffs riddled with sea caves and unusual rock formations, 22 documented shipwrecks, an abandoned fish camp, brownstone quarries, and has such rich history in Native American lore, French Voyager travels, and the shipping trade.
It is an ideal place for sea kayaking in the summer, not just for the main tourist attractions. Sheltered inlets, bays, and back water sloughs provide kayakers ample opportunities to practice skills or practice navigation on the open water crossings. For those with more time, most of the islands have designated campsites with potable water, outhouses, picnic tables and fire circles. Miles of hiking trails provide access to other historical sites. The natural beauty and solitude here is remarkable!