Apostle Islands Exploration
Skill Level: Any. Fitness & camping experience recommended.
It's only natural; the longer you stay in the islands, the more you will see. What may not be as obvious is the effect that the water and wilderness has on you over an extended period of time. Treat yourself to an extended break. We try to balance our route to include a good amount of time on the water while leaving room to also explore the islands by foot.
By the end of this trip your paddling skills should be honed for the rest of the season and you'll take away some great memories.
Scheduled Trip Dates
Trips run Monday-Thursday beginning in later June. Custom dates also available for groups of 4 or more.
You have some experience in a sea kayak and want to take it to the next level. We give you our most experienced and skilled instructors and push you towards comfort and proficiency in true open water environments. Foundation topics are concerned with technique and safety. Other topics covered will be map and compass navigation, rescue scenarios, and tide basics.
Bonus: This course includes the ACA Skills Assessment curriculum and for those interested, the assessment, a great resume builder for scout leaders, camp instructors, etc.
Prerequisites: You should have several days of sea kayak experience under your belt, have experienced some wind and waves, (or be willing to safely) and a great attitude.
Scheduled Trip Dates
Trips run Tuesday-Saturday beginning in later June. Custom dates also available for groups of 4 or more.
A Sample 4-day Trip Itinerary
Your first day starts off with a course in kayak skills and safety. You eat a great lunch. Then we travel to your put-in where you learn to pack your kayak and we head out to our island campsite for the night. Upon arrival you may go for a hike, help set up camp, make a fire, maybe fish... while your guide prepares dinner. Typical dinner fare may include fresh Lake Superior Whitefish, rosemary potatoes, dutch oven brownies, vegetarian stir-fry, or paella, or... (You choose your meal options during registration) Later, hug a mug of hot chocolate while you watch the stars from a cliff outcrop or curl up with a book in your tent.
Day 2 may begin with a morning dip in Lake Superior while Ospreys fish from overhead, time to write in your journal while sipping freshly-ground coffee, or maybe you need a warm up and take a run to the lighthouse to see the sunrise. (Or maybe you just sleep in while your guide fixes breakfast...) Day 2 may include a visit to sea caves, historical lighthouses, great beaches for lunch, and your final destination for the night.
Day 3 on these longer trips day 3 may get you out further in the islands. Devils, Outer, Twin...These are the names of these less-visited islands. You might get to paddle through THE most famous sea caves in the Apostles, or get to hike and explore islands where the view is of the north shore of Lake Superior! Now you're getting into the groove of paddling, feeling strong, and perhaps a bit sad to remember that tonight is your last night...
Day 4 starts with another great breakfast such as eggs, sausage, and orange juice. (What? On day 4?) On this your final morning you may take some time to explore your island by foot. We'll then pack up and and paddle towards our take-out, perhaps past shipwrecks and eagle nests. We try to arrive at our landing beach by 3pm at the latest, unless your group requests a different end time. Exchange contact information with your new friends!