The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a premier paddling destination for good reason. Exploring these islands by kayak gives you something few things do these days...time.
Time to quiet your mind and reset to a slower pace. Time to wonder what it was like when the glaciers covered this land in a mile of ice. Or what it would feel like to be a French Voyageur paddling these waters with your load of furs for trade. It gives you time to ponder what makes sea caves, or perhaps to visit a lighthouse and imagine what it was like to live on these islands as a light-keeper. You may find yourself paddling over a shipwreck and feel the cool hand of the lake give you shivers, or walk through the timeless wisdom of a moss-laden old growth forest.
Camping by sea kayak puts you in touch with the water and islands like no other form of travel. You will be camping, but you will also be traveling in style: Self-sufficient, self-propelled, and in touch with your surroundings.
What to Expect From Us
Experienced Staff - All of our guides have specific training by the American Canoe Association and lead guides have advanced first aid certifications with lots of time on the water.
Tasty Meals - This isn't backpacking... Expect fresh whitefish, fruit salad, and dutch oven brownies. Read about our food philosophy.
Small Group Sizes - We sometimes go out with as few as two, and limit our non-custom trips to 10 or less.
Solid Equipment - Chosen with safety in mind, offering top of the line singles, tandems, and even triple kayaks.
Educational Opportunities - You'll come away from your trip with new found skills in paddling and kayak camping. All overnight trips include our Introductory Safety Course ($50 value) which allows you to come back and rent on your own in the future. Every trip also includes lessons in natural and cultural history as our route and time allow.
"We enjoyed the time we spent with our guide and thought that he did an
excellent job in all phases of the trip."
"The menu was varied and a pleasant surprise as we are experienced campers and hikers and know how hard it is to produce good meals on the move for days at a time."
"We were impressed with all of the equipment"
"The whole experience was very positive and worth every penny."
Now it's time to choose...
A short trip will let you unwind a bit from the everyday, and give you a taste of sea kayaking in these islands. But if you are ready, a longer trip will allow you to see the more remote locations within the Apostles, as well as give you a wilderness immersion that will quiet your mind and leave you refreshed.