"Why should I choose Lost Creek Adventures over other kayaking companies?"
We get this question more and more, and for good reason. First, a short history...
I started Lost Creek Adventures in 2011 after almost 20 years of experience in the Apostle Islands area. At that time there were only two other outfitters; Trek & Trail, and Living Adventure. I have guided for both of these companies and respect what they do. When our trips are full we refer clients to one another. There is no higher compliment. After all, we are competitors! There are a couple of other companies based outside of our area who I also believe do quality work. Unfortunately there are also some that you need to watch out for...
So what sets Lost Creek Adventures apart from the others?
True to our description
As far as sea cave tours go, Lost Creek offers complete tours true to description. Our half-day or 'Lite' tour takes you through half of the mainland sea caves during this trip. (assuming good weather) We have not seen other companies do this. I see some tours turn around at the 1/4 way point, with their "full" tour only going to the half-way point. (And they charge the full day price!) We paddle approximately 4 miles during our half day tour. Our full cave trip is 8 miles. You will know this because you get to a beach to break for an awesome catered lunch, all included. Because we spend more time with you we also get to give you more instruction and fun facts along the way.
Our trip doesn't have hidden costs
We are the closest outfitter to the sea caves. This means that we pay your parking fee by transporting you the 4 miles to the put-in. Other outfitters have you drive 1/2 hour in their van (each way) or meet at the parking lot where YOU have to pay the parking fee. Just meet at our shop in Cornucopia (free parking) where your guide will meet with you, help you prepare, and shuttle you to the tour sight. Also, on our Full Day tour lunch is included.
Make sure you compare "apples to apples". You won't find an outfitter who gives you more time on the water or more value for the price.
Lake Superior is unpredictable and cold. You hire an outfitter to take care of you, and to watch your back. Would you knowingly hire an outfitter that doesn't give their guides first aid training? Would you use an outfitter who's guides are not trained to rescue you? (This is a real issue!)
We train our guides and don't let them lead until they are ready. We update their paddling skills weekly and seasonally. We are also the only outfitter in the area who's owner is also a sea kayaking trainer with the American Canoe Association. Essentially this means that we train other companies instructors and guides.
My advice when choosing an outfitter would be first to ask your friends. If you don't know anyone who has been to the area then the second best option is to find reputable reviews. There is a company out there making fake reviews of the reputable companies. Luckily it's pretty easy to spot these reviews by taking the time to read the owners comments.
At Lost Creek Adventures we promise to strive for the highest standard of safety, reliability, and quality. Let us earn your trust!